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Signs of the Times Update: November 22, 2021

November 22, 2021

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.”  (Isaiah 43:2)

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 federal government announced that it has terminated its immediate plans to implement “emergency” work-safety rules that would require employees across the nation to accept the experimental COVID-19 mRNA treatments or other vaccines for COVID-19. A statement from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said: “On November 12, 2021, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit granted a motion to stay OSHA’s COVID-19 vaccination and testing emeargency temporary standard … The court ordered that OSHA ‘take no steps to implement or enforce’ the tests ‘until further court order.’ While OSHA remains confident in its authority to protect workers in emergencies, OSHA has suspended activities related to the implementation and enforcement of the ETS…” The mandate would have required employees of companies that have 100 or more employees to take the shots.

Walt Disney World has paused its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for employees after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a series of restrictive laws last week punishing companies that don’t let workers opt out of vaccine requirements. DeSantis’ office cheered the decision, adding in a statement “we believe that all companies in Florida will likewise follow the law.” Not doing so could be costly: Fines are possible up to $50,000 per violation for large companies and $10,000 for smaller businesses if an employee is fired. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Disney World employed more than 70,000 workers.

  • It was also reported that Ascension St. Vincent’s Hospital was calling for their staff to return to work after they had been terminated for not getting the vaccine.

The Loudoun County School Board has agreed to a permanent injunction prohibiting it from retaliating against Leesburg Elementary School teacher Tanner Cross for expressing his constitutionally protected views on the board’s transgender policy. Cross made headlines earlier this year after he was suspended for telling the school board that he wouldn’t address children by preferred pronouns because it violates his Christian beliefs. “I’m a teacher, but I serve God first, and I will not affirm that a biological boy can be a girl, and vice versa, because it’s against my religion. It’s lying to a child. It’s abuse to a child. And it’s sinning against our God,” Cross said. The settlement was reached after the Virginia Supreme Court affirmed a lower court’s injuction against the school board and makes Cross’ job protection permanent.

Kyle Rittenhouse struggled to hold back an eruption of tears as a jury foreman in Kenosha, Wisconsin, went through count by count, declaring him not guilty on each, before collapsing to his seat as the jury’s verdict on the final charge was read. The 18-year-old was facing a mandatory life sentence on charges of first-degree reckless homicide, first-degree intentional homicide, attempted first-degree intentional homicide and two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety for fatally shooting two people and injured a third person during the second night of civil unrest in Kenosha on Aug. 25, 2020. But on the fourth day of deliberations and the 15th day of the trial, the jury unanimously agreed with Rittenhouse’s defense, that he had a reasonable belief that his life was in danger and that he acted in self-defense.

  • Rittenhouse and a friend had been invited to join others who had been asked by the owners of a used car lot in Kenosha to protect the property after 100 cars had been burned the previous night during riots in response to the police shooting of a black man, Jacob Blake. This case has nothing to do with race. It never had anything to do with race. It had to do with the right to self-defense,” Rittenhouse said.
  • A riot was declared in Portland, Oregon, in the wake of the not guilty verdicts in the Kyle Rittenhouse case. While there were minor disturbances from protesters on both sides outside the courtroom, Kenosha remained calm Friday night with no reported unrest. Portland, on the other hand, saw an estimated 200 “hostile” people protesting the verdicts at the Justice Center in the downtown area of the city around 8:45 p.m. PT, throwing “urine, alcoholic beverages, water bottles, and batteries” at deputies blocking the ramp entrance into the complex. No arrests were made, and no injuries were reported.

A Culture of Lies: You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. 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)

Misinformation about the Wisconsin Rittenhouse trial and acquittal is flooding network TV and social media, saying he shot three black men, traveled across state lines with a gun., and used an AK-47. In fact, he shot three white men with an AR-15 which was bought by a friend and was picked up by the teenager, who resided in Illinois, from a home in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Rittenhouse claimed self-defense and the jury agreed, clearing him of all charges after video footage and witness testimony during the trial showed he was attacked by all three of the men he shot.

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 Biden administration will submit a treaty to the Senate for approval in order to limit hydrofluorocarbons, a class of climate super-pollutants. The Kigali Amendment is designed to curb the hydrofluorocarbons that are ubiquitously used in refrigerators and air conditioners and are hundreds to thousands of times more damaging than carbon dioxide. The submission to the chamber for ratification was long anticipated but is among the most consequential moves the president’s team will make in its effort to rein in the emissions of hydrofluorocarbons.

  • The Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol is an international agreement to gradually reduce the consumption and production of hydrofluorocarbons. It is a legally binding agreement designed to create rights and obligations in international law.

Amid a national lockdown of the unvaccinated, police in Austria are patrolling stores and stopping cars to check the vaccination status of citizens and residents. An Austrian television news report showed officers stopping shoppers at a retail outlet and ordering them to display on their smartphones verification that they had been vaccinated for COVID-19.Reacting to a spike in COVID cases and ICU patients, Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said Sunday that people who are unvaccinated can leave their homes only for “essential reasons” such as shopping for food or going to the doctor. “In reality we have told one third of the population: You will not leave your apartment anymore apart from for certain reasons. That is a massive reduction in contacts between the vaccinated and the unvaccinated,” Schallenberg said.

  • Yet another precursor to how things will be under the authoritarian one-world government to come.

Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg on Sunday announced the country is placing millions of people who aren’t fully vaccinated for COVID-19 on lockdown starting Monday. Under the measures revealed on Sunday, unvaccinated people are ordered to stay at home except for limited reasons. About 65 percent of the Central European nation’s population is vaccinated, meaning over one-third of the population will be forced to stay home, regardless of work or other commitments.

  • The pandemic continues to be an excuse for authoritarian measures that are paving the path for the eventual one-world government.

Nearly 200 countries, including the United States, reached a climate deal in Scotland that contained watered-down language regarding coal power. India pushed the countries to use the phrase “phase down” when it came to coal power rather than “phase out.”  U.S. climate representative John Kerry maintained that it was still a “good deal” but many other nations and climate campaigners criticized India for making demands that weakened the final agreement. Climate activist Greta Thunberg derided the COP26 Climate Summit in Scotland that concluded this weekend, summarizing it as “Blah, blah, blah.”

  • Most nations failed to live up to earlier pledges, so there is little reason to think that they will do so this time, eventually ushering in global laws that will force the issue and take another step toward the one-world government of Revelation 13.

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 House voted 220–213 to pass Democrats’ $1.85 trillion Build Back Better Budget bill on Friday, sending the bill to the Senate after months of delays and infighting. Although the passage finally puts an end to months of drama in the House, the bill will now have to face an even tougher challenge in the Senate, where defection by a single Democrat could kill the bill. Republicans were far from happy with the bill’s passage after months of fighting the proposal, which they consider too pricey and economically dangerous.

  • President Biden’s “Build Back Better” legislation will increase the U.S. deficit by $367 billion over 10 years, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said Thursday. That estimate does not include the additional revenue that could be generated from tax enforcement activities, which the CBO suggested would be $207 billion in the next 10 years. The nonpartisan federal agency’s $207 billion figure is far less than the White House’s $400 billion estimate, which it plans to achieve through raising the minimum tax to 15 percent on the income the most profitable companies report on their books.
  • This social welfare/climate change bill breaks a key pledge from Biden’s 2020 campaign that he would not raise taxes on individuals making less than $400,000 annually. An analysis by the Joint Committee on Taxation released Tuesday shows that the House version of Mr. Biden’s bill starts raising taxes as early as 2023 on middle-class families. The House is preparing to vote on the massive social spending bill this week.
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi confirmed that the Build Back Better reconciliation bill will force American taxpayers to fund abortions. During a press conference, a reporter asked Pelosi if the Hyde Amendment, a long-standing ban on taxpayer-funded abortions, is in the spending bill. “It’s not in the bill,” she replied.

A “whistleblower” has come forward to hand over documentation of the FBI’s counterterrorism operations against U.S. parents concerned about the immoral politicization of their public schools. The whistleblower reveals that an FBI email on the issue was sent the day before the Attorney General ostensibly committed perjury before Congress. A letter from the House Judiciary Committee to Attorney General Merrick Garland signed by Ranking Member Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) reads, “Last month, during your testimony before the Judiciary Committee, you testified that the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation were not using federal counterterrorism tools to target concerned parents at local school board meetings. We are now in receipt of a protected disclosure from a department whistleblower showing that the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division is compiling and categorizing threat assessments related to parents, including a document directing FBI personnel to use a specific ‘threat tag’ to track potential investigations. This new information calls into question the accuracy and completeness of your sworn testimony.”

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

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives have sent a letter condemning Finland’s decision to persecute Christians for their faith. A report at Decision Magazine said the effort was organized by Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, who wrote to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom about a multitude of instances. “The Finish government is currently prosecuting well-known Christians for publicly supporting long-standing Christian doctrine,” the letter said. These criminal prosecutions raise serious questions regarding the extent of Finland’s commitment to protecting freedom of religion for its citizens, as agreed to with its participation in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and other multi-lateral organizations.” Church leaders were arrested for espousing Biblical principles that there only two genders, male and female, and that marriage should be only between one man and one woman.

Christians in China are being ordered to preach that China invented business. A report from the online Bitter Winter magazine that monitors religious and human rights explained the orders came during October, as China was honoring the Shang Dynasty. The myth is that the Shang Dynasty invented state-controlled agriculture and commerce. “Now, Christian pastors of the government-controlled Three-Self Church are told that they should preach the same myth in their sermons,” the report said.

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

The Taliban would like to see no more women appearing in TV dramas in Afghanistan. The militant Islamist group, which took control of the country in August, also wants female journalists and TV presenters to wear hijabs when appearing on television. This is the first such request directed to Afghan media by the Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, NDTV reports. Other new rules (although a ministry official says they’re guidelines, not rules) include a ban on films that go against Islamic Sharia law or Afghan values, a ban on footage of men exposing their torsos, a ban on comedy or entertainment shows that are offensive or insulting to religion, and a ban on foreign films that promote foreign cultural values.

Commissioners in one Wyoming county where parents have raised objections – 85 so far – to what they consider pornographic material being made available to children in the public library – apparently think they’ve solved the dispute. They are refusing to accept any public comments at their meetings. It seems they tried to ban comments on just the library and its problems, but were warned that it’s illegal to censor statements based on their content, so took the dramatic step of refusing to allow any public comments.

  • This is where things are headed, Criticize the progressive agenda and you will eventually be silenced as globalist bureaucrats close their ears to any and all opposition.

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 fourteen-day average of new Covid-19 cases in the U.S. has risen 29% over the past two weeks. Hospitalizations are up 6%, but deaths are down 9%, although deaths lag new cases by up to two weeks. Michigan and Minnesota lead the country by a significant margin in recent cases per capita. Several states with relatively high vaccination rates are in the midst of significant outbreaks. New Hampshire, New Mexico and Vermont are all reporting elevated case levels.

  • Arizona’s seven-day average of new Covid-19 cases was at 3,685 on Friday compared to 2810 two weeks ago. Arizona’s seven-day death rate per 100,000 people ranked 11th highest among states and territories as of Saturday

COVID-19 breakthrough infections are increasing as vaccine effectiveness rates drop below 50% and the winter virus season fast approaches, threatening the most vulnerable Americans and promising more workforce disruption amid a nationwide labor shortage. The surge is forcing President Biden and governors to fight the pandemic on two fronts ahead of the holidays, trying to persuade skeptics to get vaccinated while using booster shots to backfill immunity in those who came forward early in the rollout but now have waning antibodies.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that it has no record of people who are naturally immune transmitting the virus that causes COVID-19.In the fall, the CDC received a request from an attorney on behalf of the Informed Consent Action Network for documents “reflecting any documented case of an individual who: (1) never received a COVID-19 vaccine; (2) was infected with COVID-19 once, recovered, and then later became infected again; and (3) transmitted SARS-CoV-2 to another person when reinfected.” In a response dated Nov. 5 and subsequently made public, the CDC said it doesn’t have any documents pertaining to the request, meaning that they do not have a single record of anyone with ‘natural’ immunity spreading the disease.

Waning vaccine immunity and rising infections due to the Delta variant has prompted wealthy nations to reconsider the definition of “fully vaccinated” — which currently means two Covid-19 shots. In the near future, it might require up to three shots to be considered fully vaccinated.

  • It is likely that this will be an ongoing exercise in futility, with more and more shots required. Flu shots are still voluntary, but Covid is giving the bureaucrats an excuse to be more authoritarian without constitutional grounds.

New evidence revealed that SARS-CoV-2 is spreading significantly in white-tailed deer in the U.S., sparking potential concern about long-term implications to the coronavirus pandemic in humans. Dr. Diego Diel, an associate professor of virology at Cornell University, explained that SARS-CoV-2 is the “virus that actually causes” the disease COVID-19. That widespread carriage of SARS-CoV-2 by deer draws concern due to the possibility of the animals carrying the virus indefinitely – to where they could spread it back to humans in periodic form. “If we want to continue to be proactive about emerging variants – and not be surprised by one that suddenly pops up – there’s an urgent need to continue to monitor SARS-CoV-2 in wildlife, especially in animals that could serve as a reservoir, like the deer,” said Suresh Kuchipudi, a veterinary virologist at Penn State who co-led the study.

  • Three snow leopards at the Lincoln, Nebraska, Children’s Zoo have died from complications due to COVID-19 after multiple animals were infected, the zoo said Friday, 11/12.

International

Ireland will impose a midnight curfew on bars, restaurants and nightclubs from Thursday, its prime minister Micheál Martin has announced, as the country tackles a fresh wave of Covid-19 cases. People must now show vaccination passes at theaters and cinemas. Ireland has one of Europe’s highest vaccination rates, with 89.1% of people over the age of 12 having been immunized, but its booster program has only been available to those over 60, healthcare workers and at-risk people.

Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said Friday that the country will go into a national lockdown to contain a fourth wave of coronavirus cases. Schallenberg said the lockdown will start Monday and initially last for 10 days. Most stores will close, and cultural events will be canceled. Starting on Feb. 1, the country will also make vaccinations mandatory.

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

  • The vaccines are not the Mark of the Beast, much as polio, measles, tetanus shots are not either. The Mark must be on the hand and/or forehead and will be required to buy and sell. However, the vaccines are a precursor in that they prepare the masses to follow government orders when the true Mark comes.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., known for his activism against vaccines of all kinds, drew sharp rebukes from critics when he claimed in an interview with Tucker Carlson that the COVID-19 vaccines are deadlier than all vaccines combined over the past 30 years. Kennedy, in a segment of a Fox Nation interview that Carlson aired on his nightly Fox News program Monday, cited data from the Centers for Disease Control’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, known as VAERS. “There have been 17,000 deaths reported to VAERS from the COVID vaccines,” said Kennedy, the son of the former attorney general and New York senator and the nephew of President John F. Kennedy. “And that’s more, in the last eight months, than all vaccines – the billions and billions of vaccines – combined over the past 30 years. This vaccine appears to be killing more people than all vaccines combined.” Health and Human Services points out that a VAERS report is not proof that a link has been established between a vaccine and an adverse event. However, HHS also notes that VAERS is a “passive” system of reporting, and it “receives reports for only a small fraction of actual adverse events.”

  • The vast difference between what VAERS reports and what the government says is quite troubling. VAERS is inherently inaccurate to some degree, but that doesn’t fully explain the enormous gap. Something is off, very off, and in that case, it’s likely that our increasingly socialistic and authoritarian government is not revealing the truth.
  • A total of 30,551 fatalities and 1.1 million adverse events due to COVID-19 vaccines have been reported by the European Union’s official database. The European Medicines Agency site’s figures, through Nov. 13, are from reports regarding the Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and AztraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized boosters of the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines for all Americans 18 or older. “The FDA has determined that the currently available data support expanding the eligibility of a single booster dose of the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines to individuals 18 years of age and older,” Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said.

The White House says that, as of 11/17, about 10% of eligible kids aged 5 to 11 have received a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine since its approval for their age group two weeks ago.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asked a federal judge on Nov. 15 to give it until the year 2076 to fully release the documents in its possession tied to the approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. The FDA’s request was made in a filing as part of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit by a medical transparency group. The government told the court it has 329,000 pages of documents responsive to the FOIA request and proposed releasing 500 pages per month to allow for redactions of exempt material. At that rate, the FDA would fully release the records in question in just under 55 years.

Oklahoma was granted a temporary restraining order that blocks Ascension Healthcare from terminating employees who were denied religious exemptions from the firm’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor had filed for a restraining order against the company’s requirement. On the night of Nov. 12, a Tulsa district judge granted the request.

About 2,000 United Airlines employees requested medical or religious exemptions from the vaccine mandate. As an accommodation, United placed them on unpaid leave indefinitely. They are part of Airline Employees 4 Health Freedom, a group legally challenging being placed on unpaid leave. In May, the company sent employees a letter with an incentive offer: pay for 13 hours of flight time, amounting to $2,600, for those who got vaccinated. And there was a penalty: those who did not get the shot would not be able to fly to as many international destinations. That means less work available for the unvaccinated. From there, the list of countries unvaccinated pilots could not fly to grew, grounding them.

To ramp up vaccinations worldwide, the White House is planning to invest billions of dollars to expand U.S. vaccine manufacturing capabilities. The money will help fund new facilities, equipment, staff and training. The aim is to spur production of at least 1 billion doses per year, increasing the supply for poorer nations.

International:

Europe’s leaders are toughening their stances towards unvaccinated people and pursuing measures that increasingly isolate them from the rest of society, as frustration grows over stalling shot rollouts and a wave of Covid-19 infections on the continent. Germany may become the next country to impose stricter rules on those who haven’t been fully inoculated require Germans to provide proof of vaccination or a negative test in order to ride a bus or board a train. About two-thirds of Germans are fully vaccinated — one of the lowest rates in western Europe — and the country’s leading politicians have turned to tough rhetoric and restrictive measures in an effort to push the rate higher.

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)

Flags across the state were flying at half-staff Monday in Wisconsin as authorities tried to determine why an SUV hurtled through a barricade and slammed into a Christmas parade in suburban Waukesha on Sunday, killing at least five people and injuring more than 40 with six children in critical condition. The city’s livestream captured video of the crash, and dozens of witness videos showed the vehicle hitting members of the Waukesha South High School Blackshirt Band, the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies and a children’s dance group. A vehicle was recovered, and a person of interest was in custody – Darrell Brooks Jr., 39, a Milwaukee black man with an open court case related to domestic violence and a criminal history dating back to 1999 that includes numerous violent felonies. He’s also listed as a Tier 2 registered sex offender in Nevada.

  • Brooks was fleeing a knife fight at high speed when he plowed into the parade.

Colorado police were searching Monday for the suspects in a drive-by shooting that left six teens injured at a park near a high school in the Denver suburbs. The victims, ranging in age from 14 to 18, are all students at Aurora Central High School and all are expected to survive. Multiple rounds of different calibers were found at the scene in Nome Park.

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.

Over 80 people allegedly stormed and robbed a Nordstrom in California on Saturday night, according to multiple reports of the incident. The robbery was over within minutes as thieves armed with crowbars and wearing ski masks allegedly streamed out of the Nordstrom into the dozens of cars lining the block. The alleged attack took place around 9 p.m. right around Nordstrom’s closing time. Three people have been arrested so far for robbery and weapons charges (as of 11/21).

The San Francisco area saw back-to-back flash mobs ransack a Nordstrom and a Louis Vuitton over a 24-hour period, alarming security experts in a city that has already been struggling with rampant smash-and-grab incidents.

Police in Southington, Connecticut, are investigating a bizarre theft incident involving multiple people which occurred at a grocery store and resulted in a reported loss of $1,600 worth of goods. Footage from the scene shows that ” four individuals left the store without paying for the items, loaded them into two awaiting vehicles parked in the fire lane, and fled the area. Nobody attempted to stop them and they fled before police arrived. Brazen thievery is becoming more common.

Cyber Security: If you would prepare your heart, and stretch out your hands toward Him; if iniquity were in your hand, and you put it far away, and would not let wickedness dwell in your tents; then surely you could lift up your face without spot; yes, you could be steadfast, and not fear; because you would forget your misery, nd remember it as waters that have passed away, and your life would be brighter than noonday. Though you were dark, you would be like the morning. and you would be secure, because there is hope; yes, you would dig around you, and take your rest in safety. You would also lie down, and no one would make you afraid. (Job 11:13-19)

A top FBI official said Tuesday that the bureau has not seen a decrease in cyberattacks coming from Russia, contradicting what President Biden‘s national cyber director recently told Congress. “From an FBI perspective, we have not seen a decrease in ransomware attacks in the past couple of months originating from Russia,” he said at a House Oversight Committee hearing. The testimony provided a stark contrast from National Cyber Director John C. Inglis who told lawmakers earlier this month that he had spotted a “discernible decrease” in such Russian cyberattacks.

Health: Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. (3John 1:2)

An estimated 100,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in one year, a never-before-seen milestone that health officials say is tied to the COVID-19 pandemic and a more dangerous drug supply. Overdose deaths have been rising for more than two decades, accelerated in the past two years and, according to new data posted Wednesday, jumped nearly 30% in the latest year. Experts believe the top drivers are the growing prevalence of deadly fentanyl in the illicit drug supply and the COVID-19 pandemic, which left many drug users socially isolated and unable to get treatment or other support.

An estimated billion people worldwide are facing malnutrition as the global food crisis worsens, with 45 million already on the brink of famine. Of these billion people, 239 million are African. Countries such as Madagascar, Mozambique and Zimbabwe are among the worst affected. Recent studies also show that, globally, 22% of children under the age of five are “stunted” due to lack of nourishment, and that many of these – an estimated 14 million babies and young children – are suffering acute and severe malnutrition.

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)

Tens of thousands took to the streets in cities across Europe and Australia Saturday as anger mounted over fresh Covid restrictions imposed against a resurgent pandemic. And Dutch police faced a second night of rioting — this time in The Hague — after the previous night’s violence in the port city of Rotterdam. Clashes erupted after a day of mainly peaceful protests elsewhere in the Netherlands, with rioters throwing stones and fireworks at police and setting fire to bicycles and cars. Several people were arrested. Three people were hospitalized after being shot by Dutch police during the riot.

The Biden administration is likely planning a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics in February in response to human rights abuses in China, according to a report. Several sources said that a formal recommendation has been made to President Biden that the US refrain from sending an official delegation to China, meaning no U.S. government official will attend. Though the decision hasn’t been finalized, according to Rogin, Biden is expected to approve the plans before December. This is meant to send a message to the Chinese government about its human rights abuses without putting the onus on athletes.

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

The final Afghan evacuees who’d been housed at Fort Lee, the first evacuee camp set up on U.S. soil, have now been processed and resettled in the country, the Biden administration announced Wednesday. The Virginia military base was tapped in late July to temporarily house Afghans being flown out of their home country as the U.S. prepared to withdraw its final troops. The Taliban’s faster-than-anticipated takeover of the country in August sparked a surge of people, forcing the administration to open seven other camps at other military bases around the country.

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 Biden administration’s more lenient approach to illegal immigration is now showing up in the nation’s immigration courts, where over the final three months of the last fiscal year, judges issued deportation directives in less than a third of cases. That’s down dramatically compared to 2019 and 2020, under the Trump administration, when 80% of cases resulted in either removal orders or grants of voluntary departure.

The surge of migrants at the southern border now is overwhelming Texas state troopers patrolling an area previously affected little by the crisis. Areas in west Texas have been overrun by groups of people crossing the border and trying to evade capture. The Texas Department of Public Safety shifted more than 1,000 officers from their normal duties to the border since March. Vehicles and helicopters also were moved to the area to assist Border Patrol in what had been the quietest place along the state’s 1,250-mile border with Mexico

Violence erupted at the Poland-Belarus border on Tuesday, as migrants desperate to cross into the European Union threw stones at Polish border guards who responded with water cannon and tear gas. Polish and Belarusian authorities have blamed one another for the ratcheting of tensions on the border, where thousands of people have traveled in the hope of making it into the EU only to find themselves stuck in freezing conditions.

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 throng of container ships anchored off the coast of Southern California grew by 43% since President Biden’s announcement a month ago that the ports there would start working around the clock and ease supply chain woes. A record 83 cargo ships sat off the coast Friday awaiting offload at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, according to data from the Marine Exchange of Southern California. That’s 25 more than the 58 container ships in the backup than when Mr. Biden made his announcement in mid-October.

  • Several large retail chains, including Walmart, have chartered their own ships to deliver goods from Asia.

The national gas price average jumped to $3.41 a gallon Friday, according to AAA, 61% higher than the average at the same time last year. The Biden administration has called for an investigation into whether oil and gas companies acted illegally to push up prices.

  • Gas prices in California reached an all-time high Monday as the average price of a regular gallon soared to $4.682, according to the American Automobile Association. Drivers in the San Francisco Bay Area are paying more at the pump than anywhere else in the country – with a gallon of gas hitting a near record level of $4.84.

Besides gasoline, beef prices have risen the most on the Consumer Price Index since October 2020, rising 20.1% in the past year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Tyson Foods, based in Springdale, Arkansas, announced on Monday that chicken prices rose 19 percent during its fiscal fourth quarter, while beef and pork prices jumped 33 percent and 38 percent, respectively.

Costs for childcare have gone up over 100% in Georgia, Louisiana, Florida and Ohio during the COVID-19 pandemic and they’re up in pretty much every state.

Despite low inventory and rising prices, home sales inched higher in October, marking the second straight month of growth, according to a report from the National Association of Realtors. Existing-home sales were up 0.8% from September.  However, home sales were down 5.8% from a year ago, which was a cyclical peak in a pandemic surge in home buying.

Retail sales increased 1.7% last month, accelerating from the 0.7% gain in September. A rise in prices is partially driving the gains, with the costs of food, gasoline and other household goods climbing sharply. Economists expect retail sales to remain robust through the holiday season, despite consumer sentiment falling to its lowest level in a decade, according to a survey by the University of Michigan.

Figures released Thursday by the Labor Department show that applications for unemployment benefits for the week ended Nov. 13 fell to 268,000 from a revised 269,000 a week earlier. The number of Americans collecting unemployment benefits still remains above the 2019 weekly average of 218,000.

The latest round of monthly child tax credit payments is scheduled was distributed to tens of millions of families on Monday. And it could be the next-to-last one unless Congress acts. More than $15 billion was sent to families of roughly 61 million children last month, according to the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service. Eligible households have received a total of more than $61 billion since the first monthly payment in July. Most parents automatically get the enhanced credit of up to $300 for each child up to age 6 and $250 for each one ages 6 through 17. The IRS is scheduled to send the final payment next month.

CVS announced Thursday that it plans to close around 900 of its approximately 10,000 US locations over the next three years and improve health services at many of the remaining stores, the Wall Street Journal reports. CVS and its rivals have been struggling with staff shortages, and the company says it aims to find jobs at different locations for employees affected by the closures.

Orders in North America for robots are reaching record numbers as the U.S. economy continues to slog through a labor shortage fueled by the pandemic. The total number or orders this year reached nearly 29,000, with a value of $1.48 billion, up 37% from a year ago.

The U.S. Census Bureau this week released data showing that the number of people moving to a new location within the U.S. has fallen to its lowest rate in more than 70 years. The findings toss some cold water on anecdotes that Americans were relocating more than ever during the pandemic. From 2020 to 2021, nearly 27.1 million Americans, or 8.4%, reported living in a different residence than the year prior, according to the latest geographic mobility data from the Census Bureau. The migration rate, which has steadily declined since 2014-2015, is the lowest in more than 70 years, according to Census estimates of Consumer Population Survey data that go back to 1948.

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

Residents of the Ma’aleh HaZeitim compound on the Mount of Olives said that rioters from nearby Arab neighborhoods launched an offensive against the Jewish community on Saturday evening. Molotov cocktails, firecrackers, stones and other projectiles were hurled at Jewish residents and homes in the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood. Residents said that the police had “failed greatly” in managing the situation, with the authorities taking “a long time to arrive” and instead focused on bringing stranded Jews “back into the neighborhood, while the Arabs continued firing.”

Nationalist protesters called for Jews to be killed or expelled from Poland at a rally in the central Polish city of Kalisz on Thursday. Protesters at the rally, held to mark Poland’s Independence Day, blasted Jews as enemies of the state and burned a copy of the 1264 document known as the Statute of Kalisz, which bestowed on Jews rights and protection and resulted in a large Jewish community that was ultimately wiped out by the Nazis in World War II. Kalisz Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski had attempted to ban the protest, according to a report in German state-owned media outlet Deutsche Welle. The national government, however, overruled the ban, designating the demonstration as a national ceremony.

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

A Palestinian terrorist from eastern Jerusalem killed one person and injured four more, one seriously, in an attack near the Chain Gate of the Old City in Jerusalem Sunday morning. The terrorist, who according to unconfirmed reports was disguised as an ultra-Orthodox Jew, was killed by police in a shootout.

The Israeli Security Agency, in cooperation with the IDF and the Israel Police, have uncovered an extensive Hamas infrastructure that was directed by senior Hamas officials abroad and operated throughout Judea and Samaria in order to perpetrate terrorist attacks. They arrested over 50 Hamas terrorists throughout Judea and Samaria who were involved in establishing the terrorist infrastructure. Money, munitions, weapons and equipment for preparing improvised explosive devices were seized.

Iran has resumed production of equipment for advanced centrifuges at a site the United Nations’ atomic-energy agency has been unable to monitor or gain access to for months, diplomats familiar with the activities said, presenting a new challenge for the Biden administration as it prepares for nuclear talks. The renewed work has raised concerns among Western diplomats who say it could allow Iran to start secretly diverting centrifuge parts if Tehran chose to build a covert nuclear-weapons program, although they say there is no evidence at this point that it has done so.

  • Iran’s stockpile of near-weapons-grade nuclear fuel has jumped significantly, according to a confidential report by the United Nations atomic agency that found Tehran has almost doubled its output of highly enriched uranium in recent months, putting it closer to being able to produce the fuel needed for a nuclear weapon.

Several members of Congress told an Israeli general earlier this month that the United States will not take serious action against Iran on the nuclear issue, and Israel will have to deal with the danger by itself. For years, Israeli governments have been saying that they would act alone if the danger from Iran became acute, although they would prefer that the world unite against Iran’s development of nuclear bombs and its ongoing ambition to eliminate Israel.

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)

Suicide bombers set off two powerful explosions in the center of Uganda’s capital during rush hour in an attack later claimed by Islamic State. At least three people were killed and 33 were injured in the Tuesday morning attacks, which took place within about 550 yards and three minutes of each other in Kampala’s heavily guarded business district, police spokesman Fred Enanga said. Three suspected suicide bombers also died in the blasts. Police also shot and injured a fourth would-be suicide bomber in a suburb north of Kampala and during a search of the alleged attacker’s residence recovered a suicide vest and other bomb-making equipment.

The U.N. peacekeeping chief warned Friday that the crisis in Africa’s Sahel region remains volatile, with insecurity and instability seriously undermining prospects for development and many lives lost every day as a result of terrorist attacks. “Millions of people are displaced,” Jean-Pierre Lacroix said. “Children can no longer go to school, and primary health care remains inaccessible for many” while the COVID-19 pandemic is still raging. The G5 Sahel force was set up by five African nations — Chad, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Mauritania — in 2017 to fight the growing terrorist threat in the vast Sahel region. Lacroix said the joint force continues to increase its operational pace but faces “enormous challenges,” including the return of foreign fighters from the conflict in nearby Libya, domestic challenges, political uncertainty and major shortfalls in equipment and the capacity to carry out operations effectively.

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)

Two deaths are being blamed on wildfires sparked by high winds this week in the western U.S. A pilot working to help suppress the Kruger Rock Fire near Estes Park, Colorado, was killed when his tanker plane crashed Tuesday evening. And a volunteer firefighter was killed in a wildfire Monday in Park County, Wyoming. Sustained winds were measured at 58 mph in the area with gusts up to 75 mph. Both fires were sparked by power lines blown down in the wind

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)

Cobalt is vital for electric vehicles and the push against climate change. Two-thirds of it comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the quest for the metal has demonstrated how the clean energy revolution is caught in a cycle of exploitation, an investigation by The Times found. In particular, China and the U.S. are rivals in Congo and China is winning. Hunter Biden, the president’s son, was a founding board member of a firm that helped China secure one of the world’s largest cobalt deposits.

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)

Heavy storms in Egypt last week washed scorpions into streets and homes, and the resulting attacks from the dangerous arachnids left three dead and more than 500 others injured. Egypt’s fat-tailed scorpions are among the world’s deadliest; after a sting from one’s tail, the venom can kill a person in less than an hour. Hospitals have been given extra doses of anti-venom and locals are being advised to avoid areas with lots of trees.

Torrential rains that caused mudslides and stranded motorists ultimately cut off Vancouver from the rest of Canada. The “atmospheric river” also wrought havoc in the U.S. too, with flooding, historic rains, and high winds causing road closures in Washington state. The storm’s high winds knocked out power to at least 175,000 customers in Washington and tens of thousands in British Columbia, caused evacuations, and closed schools. Rivers crested in northwestern Washington state Tuesday after several days of heavy rains caused extensive flooding not seen in decades. Many areas remain covered in water as the rivers slowly drain. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee declared a State of Emergency Tuesday for 14 counties affected by the floodwaters and strong winds from the atmospheric river. This was the second atmospheric river in the area within a few days, and this one was a category 5, the highest level.

  • Four bodies were pulled from the debris of a landslide that covered a highway in southern British Columbia as torrential rainfall and catastrophic flooding hit the region earlier last week.
  • There were significant delays for railways and trucks using the Canadian port city of Vancouver after severe and widespread flooding slammed the Pacific Northwest, officials said Wednesday — and the impact could be felt for days. Vancouver is Canada’s largest port and the third largest in North America by tons of cargo.

Signs of the Times Update: November 13, 2021

November 13, 2021

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Though an army may encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war may rise against me, in this I will be confident. For in the time of trouble, He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock. (Psalm 27:1,3,5) 

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) 

In the 14 months following the signing of the Abraham Accords, relations between Israel and many of its Arab neighbors are flourishing. In one of the latest signs of cooperation, Israel and the United Arab Emirates signed a joint venture to send an unmanned vehicle to the moon by 2024. That followed a surprise visit last month during a multi-national military exercise with UAE. On the commercial front, the Israeli Expo in Abu Dhabi is another sign of success resulting from the historic peace agreement. It’s been amazing the progress,” said best-selling author and Mideast analyst Joel Rosenberg. “We’ve been watching business deals to be developed, tourism deals. We’re seeing, The Jerusalem Post forming a media alliance with an Emirati newspaper and TV company. We’re seeing Israeli airlines open up direct routes to Arab countries—the UAE, Bahrain, Morocco. We’re seeing Moroccan and Emirati and Bahraini airlines flying direct routes into Israel.”  

Texans hit the polls earlier in the week to pass all eight proposed amendments to the state constitution, including one that curtails the ability of government to restrict religious services. Proposition 3, which won the backing of 62.4 percent of voters, amends Article 1 of the Texas Constitution by adding a new section preventing the state, or any political subdivision of the state, from enacting any laws that prohibit or limit religious services, including ones conducted in churches, congregations, and other places of worship. during emergencies like pandemics, according to state authorities. 

A federal appeals court last Saturday blocked the Biden administration’s private employer COVID-19 vaccine mandate, asserting there may be constitutional issues with the requirement. The halt of the mandate, which was unveiled this week, is temporary as the case moves forward. The case was brought by multiple businesses, including the American Family Association; multiple individuals; and several states, including Texas, Utah, and Mississippi. 

  • The federal appeals court reaffirmed its decision Friday to enact a stay on President Biden’s workplace vaccination mandate following a legal challenge from Texas and several other states. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration to “take no steps to implement or enforce the Mandate until further court order.” The decision was the latest development in what is expected to be a lengthy legal battle over the mandate’s legality. 

The U.S. lifted restrictions Monday, 11/8 on travel from a long list of countries including Mexico, Canada, and most of Europe, setting the stage for reunions nearly two years in the making and providing a boost for the airline and tourism industries decimated by the pandemic. The rules require that travelers have proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test. Those crossing land borders from Mexico or Canada will require proof of vaccination but no test. 

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) 

As international climate talks in Glasgow dragged into deep overtime, organizers released a new agreement on Saturday that they hope could be the basis for a new global deal to tackle climate change. The agreement calls on nations to return next year with stronger pledges to cut planet-warming emissions in this decade. Recognizing that countries are not doing enough to prevent a significant rise in temperatures, it urges wealthy nations to “at least double” by 2025 the financial aid that they provide to developing countries to help adapt to heat waves, floods, droughts and wildfires. The agreement retains language calling on countries to accelerate efforts “towards the phaseout of unabated coal power and inefficient fossil fuel subsidies, recognizing the need for support towards a just transition.” 

  • It marks the first time an international climate agreement explicitly mentions fossil fuels, which the draft calls the root cause of global warming. But behind closed doors, negotiators said, that language faced opposition from nations like India, Russia, Saudi Arabia and South Africa. 
  • Climate change advocates say that the agreement would not prevent temperatures from rising more than the critical threshold of 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above preindustrial levels. But officials said it represents a significant step on a path to a safer future. 
  • As end-time weather continues to grow more extreme, climate change will be the rallying cry (along with a global economic depression and war in the Middle East) for a transition to an authoritarian global governmental system. How long this will take is unknown, but Biblical prophecy makes it a surety. 

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

After a tense day of negotiations, the House of Representatives passed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, sending it to President Joe Biden’s desk which he signed into law. The measure includes some $550 billion in new spending that seeks to fund the construction of roads, bridges and highways, public transport, water infrastructure, as well as power and broadband infrastructure, and cyber security, among other initiatives. The final vote was 228-206, with 13 Republicans joining Democrats in support of the bill. Six progressive Democrats—members of the “Squad”—voted against the measure. 

  • The bill puts billions of dollars in new investments toward a sweeping list of projects including rebuilding roads and bridges, electric car charging stations, clean energy and power grid improvements, all with a focus on climate change mitigation, resiliency and equity.  

House Democrats agreed to vote on the bill after first agreeing to set up a separate and soon vote on Biden’s ambitious $1.75 trillion budget bill, also known as the Build Back Better bill. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) had sought to hold votes on both bills but was forced to postpone the vote on the Build Back Better bill, after some moderate Democrats said they wanted a least 72 hours to review the text of the bill. After a week, there has yet to be a vote as moderates and progressives continue their standoff. 

  • The two bills combined on top of substantial economic relief during the pandemic add up to an unprecedented spending spree that will ultimately bankrupt America. 

President Biden‘s mammoth social welfare and climate change bill is poised to raise taxes on the middle class, while giving lucrative breaks for the super-wealthy, according to a new study. Nearly 30% of lower- and middle-class households would pay more in taxes starting next year if the bill became law, according to the study by the liberal-leaning Tax Policy Center. The report is an in-depth analysis of the tax increases that House Democrats want to see included in the multitrillion-dollar legislation. Although the tax increases start small, they grow massively by the end of the decade. Meanwhile, two-thirds of millionaires would see tax cuts if the cap on the salt and local deduction, or SALT, is raised from $10,000 to $80,000, the report found. 

  • President Biden‘s $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package faces serious delays in implementation because of supply chain and workforce shortages. The looming barriers to breaking ground on major highway, bridge and port projects include a scarcity of building supplies, inflated prices for materials and a scarcity of workers from engineers to ditch diggers, industry analysts say. 

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

Rep. Darrell Issa is slamming YouTube and its parent company, Google, and accusing them of unfairly censoring conservatives’ rights to freedom of speech after the site removed the video of an address he gave earlier this year and cited claims that it violated rules against anti-vaccine misinformation.  “Google and YouTube have censored me!” the California Republican said Tuesday on Twitter in the first of a series of tweets, adding that “Big Tech will stop at nothing to silence conservatives.”In subsequent tweets, the congressman said that “Google and YouTube didn’t even pretend to fact check what I said. They just want to shut down free speech.” 

Cancel Culture: But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. (1Peter 3:14-16) 

The number of State Farm spots featuring Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers was drastically decreased this weekend, following the revelation Rodgers is not vaccinated against Covid-19. Rodgers recently contracted Covid and missed his team’s game Sunday. Rogers spoke out against the ‘woke’ cancel culture, further turning the liberal media against him and will most likely lose much of his endorsement income. 

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

At least nine Christians were wounded, three critically, after a group of Muslims opened fire on Pakistani Christians in an attempt to force them to give up land in Punjab handed down through generations of believers. The shooting happened on October 29 as the Christians watered their fields in Trikhani, a village near the city of Burewala, in Vehari district. “They wanted to kill us,” said Raja Masih, who was shot close to the heart. “They fired straight at us.” Christian families have resisted previous threats from Muslims to force them to sell their land, which they describe as “the history and legacy of our ancestors.” A Christian added, “In any case, the Muslim offers do not reflect the real market value of the fields.” 

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

President Biden’s administration just gave $5 million taxpayer dollars to a United Nations program that provides deadly abortion drugs and devices to women across the world. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Supplies program provides maternal health care supplies and contraception in countries affected by humanitarian emergencies. However, it also works with abortion groups to distribute life-destroying abortion drugs and devices to vulnerable women and girls, said Rebecca Oas, Ph.D., director of research at C-Fam. 

Abortion pill complications arising from incomplete abortion in the UK seem to mirror recently published data from a study in the U.S. According to Kevin Duffy, a former Global Director of Clinics Development at MSI Reproductive Choices (formerly Marie Stopes International), nearly 6% of women (as many as 1 in 17 pregnant women) who obtained a so-called ‘medical abortion’ (abortion pill) in the UK were subsequently treated for complications and needed hospital treatment arising from an incomplete abortion. 

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 9% over the past two weeks, now averaging 79,234 new cases per day. The average number of new cases increased more than 40 percent over a two-week period in New Mexico, Colorado, Illinois and Minnesota. Vaccination rates in those states are a bit above the national average. Deaths are rising in about half of U.S. states. Vermont, an early leader in vaccinations, is now seeing record case numbers. Florida, which has been one of the least restrictive states – now reports the lowest daily per-capita case count of any state. 

  • In New Mexico, hospitals are running out of intensive care beds, despite the state’s high vaccination rate. In Michigan, the three-county metro Detroit area is again becoming a hot spot for transmissions. Waning immunity may be is contributing to the rise in cases. 

The government on Friday directed nursing homes to open their doors wide to visitors, easing many remaining pandemic restrictions while urging residents, families and facility staff to keep their guard up against outbreaks. The timing seems off given the rising number of cases in the U.S. 

Pfizer execs say a clinical trial of a COVID-19 pill has succeeded beyond their “wildest dreams.” The company says the antiviral pill, which it plans to sell under the brand name Paxlovid, cut the risk of hospitalization or death among high-risk patients by 89% when it was taken within three days of the onset of COVID symptoms, the New York Times reports. 

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc said on Monday a single dose of its antibody cocktail reduced the risk of contracting COVID-19 by 81.6% in the two to eight months period following the drug’s administration in a late-stage trial. The results showed that antibody therapy, REGEN-COV, has the potential to provide long-lasting immunity from COVID-19 infection, said Myron Cohen, who leads monoclonal antibody efforts for the U.S. National Institutes of Health-sponsored COVID Prevention Network. 

California’s coronavirus case rate is twice Florida’s despite mask mandates and other restrictions to prevent the spread of the virus. Cases in California are no longer falling, with the rate increasing into the CDC’s red “high” level of virus transmission stemming from the delta variant. But Southern states such as Texas and Florida – where state leaders do not enforce face mask policies or support other strict mandates – are in the CDC’s orange “substantial” transmission level. 

A U.S. judge blocked a Texas ban on school mask mandates, saying it violates rights of students with disabilities. In a decision that could have national implications, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel said the spread of the coronavirus was a greater risk for children with special health needs and barred Texas from enforcing Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s order. 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirmed Thursday it is recalling some 2 million Ellume at-home COVID-19 testing because they can produce “false positives” due to a manufacturing defect. The FDA noted that false positives could lead to “delayed diagnosis or treatment for the actual cause of the person’s illness, which could be another life-threatening disease that is not COVID-19” or receiving “unnecessary COVID-19 treatment from a health care provider.” To date, about 35 false positives from the COVID-19 tests were reported to the FDA. No deaths have been reported related to the test, according to the agency. 

International:  

As of Monday, when the new rules allowing people from Europe into the U.S. came into effect and thousands of tourists jetted across the Atlantic to American cities, the two regions have experienced a dramatic reversal in fortunes. Europe is now the epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic once again; it overtook the U.S. case count at the end of October and is now careering towards a difficult winter. Infections are rising in most of the countries that make up the 26-country bloc from which entry rules to the U.S. have been relaxed. Travelers from the United Kingdom and Ireland were also included in the American policy shift. “We are at another critical point of pandemic resurgence,” WHO regional director Hans Kluge said last week, warning that the pace of transmission across the region was of “grave concern.” 

  • Coronavirus deaths across Europe jumped 10% in the first week of November from the previous week, while new cases rose 7%, the World Health Organization reported. 

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

  • The vaccines are not the Mark of the Beast, much as polio, measles, tetanus shots are not either. The Mark must be on the hand and/or forehead and will be required to buy and sell. However, the vaccines are a precursor in that they prepare the masses to follow government orders when the true Mark comes. 

More than 900,000 kids ages 5-11 were vaccinated against the coronavirus in less than a week after the shots became available for that age group, the White House said Wednesday. Jeff Zients, President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 response coordinator, said another 700,000 shots have been scheduled in pharmacies alone for the elementary school-aged kids. Shipping of the vaccines, which are smaller doses than those for adults, could not begin until the Food and Drug Administration granted emergency use authorization on Oct. 29. The U.S. has about 28 million children ages 5-11. Over 20,000 vaccinations sites, from schools to pediatric doctors’ offices, are up and running and more are coming soon, Zients said. 

More Americans are getting their booster shots than people are receiving their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. That’s according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that says 21 million people have already received their booster and more than 786,000 are getting them daily. That’s triple the number coming in for their first dose of the vaccine.  

The effectiveness of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine dropped from 89.2 percent in March to 58 percent in September, researchers found. During the same period of time, Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine dropped from 86.9 percent effective to 43.3 percent, and Johnson & Johnson’s shot dropped from 86.4 percent to 13.1 percent. Researchers also found that the vaccines’ protection against death waned after six months, particularly among older people. While early data showed high vaccine effectiveness against both infection and death, “our results suggest vaccines are less effective in preventing infection associated with the Delta variant,” researchers wrote. Researchers with the Public Health Institute, the University of Texas School of Public Health, and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center carried out the research, which was published in the journal Science.  

Vaccination Mandates 

Eleven states banded together today to file a lawsuit against the Joe Biden’s COVID vaccine mandate for private employers. Other states like Florida, Oklahoma, Georgia and Texas have also filed their own suits or are planning to join this collective suit filed in the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Missouri and Attorneys General in 10 other states filed the lawsuit. Arizona, Nebraska, Montana, Arkansas, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Alaska, New Hampshire and Wyoming joined the Missouri to file the lawsuit. The suit is not just led by Republicans as the office of Iowa’s Attorney General Tom Miller, a Democrat, also joined in the lawsuit. 

No U.S. military branch has granted a request for religious accommodations from the COVID-19 vaccine mandate, military officials said in court filings Friday. Over 16,000 U.S. service members have submitted applications for a religious exemption from the vaccination requirements, according to court documents. 

Starting Monday,11/8, anyone entering a Los Angeles shopping mall, gym, nail salon, theater, or a similar business have to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination as the city’s vaccine mandate officially goes into effect. The new rules also affect restaurants, bars, concert venues, convention centers, card rooms, play areas, museums, and city facilities. Those who self-attest to having a medical or religious exemption can provide a negative COVID-19 test taken during the previous 72 hours. 

United Airlines can carry out its plans to place workers who receive exemptions from its COVID-19 vaccine mandate on unpaid, indefinite leave, a federal judge ruled Monday. U.S. District Judge Mark Pittman, a Trump nominee, last month ordered United not to proceed with its plans as he sought to make sure workers who filed for an exemption weren’t unduly harmed before oral arguments took place. But in an opinion issued after the arguments, Pittman said plaintiffs had not met their burden to prove they would suffer irreparably for him to enter a preliminary injunction. United says it will grant exceptions to its mandate for religious and medical reasons but that all of those who get exemptions will be put on unpaid leave for an undetermined length of time. 

International: 

German health authorities followed other European nations on Wednesday in advising against the use of Moderna’s Spikevax COVID-19 vaccine for people under the age of 30 after evidence emerged the shot has a slightly higher risk of cardiac inflammation. A German advisory committee, known as STIKO, cited findings similar to a study published on Nov. 8 by France’s Epi-Phare, showing that vaccines using mRNA technology were associated with an increased risk of hospitalization for myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle), and pericarditis (inflammation of the tissue surrounding the heart), in younger patients—with a slightly higher prevalence in those who received Moderna than Pfizer. 

The UK’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for front-line health and social care staff in England may force more than 120,000 people to leave the sector, according to government estimates. Health Secretary Sajid Javid announced on Tuesday that all those working in the National Health Service (NHS) and social care must get fully vaccinated to continue in their jobs from April 1, 2022. 

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) 

As his mother drove him home on an Oakland, Calif., highway on Saturday afternoon, toddler Jasper Wu was shot dead as he slept in his car seat. The 23-month-old is believed to have been caught in crossfire and hit by a stray bullet on I-880. The California Highway Patrol asks anyone with information to call the CHP Investigation Tip line at 707-917-4491. 

Tragedy: These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. (John 16:33) 

A mass casualty incident at a music festival in Houston has left at least 8 dead and over 300 injured, emergency services say. About 50,000 people were attending the Astroworld Festival when the crowd began compressing toward the front of the stage, Houston’s fire service said. At least 17 people were taken to hospital, including 11 suffering from cardiac arrest. Live Nation Entertainment, the concert promoter that organized the tragic Festival, has been cited about a dozen times in the past for numerous safety issues. Featured rapper Travis Scott continued to perform for 40 minutes after the first reports of injuries were made to officials and just over 30 minutes after officials declared the concert a “mass casualty event.” Scott claimed he didn’t realize what was going on. 

  • On the day of the show, Houston Police Chief Troy Finner visited Scott in his trailer to express concerns about the safety of the crowd. Meanwhile, several lawsuits have been filed against Live Nation and Scott. 

Cyber Security: If you would prepare your heart, and stretch out your hands toward Him; if iniquity were in your hand, and you put it far away, and would not let wickedness dwell in your tents; then surely you could lift up your face without spot; yes, you could be steadfast, and not fear; because you would forget your misery, nd remember it as waters that have passed away, and your life would be brighter than noonday. Though you were dark, you would be like the morning. and you would be secure, because there is hope; yes, you would dig around you, and take your rest in safety. You would also lie down, and no one would make you afraid. (Job 11:13-19) 

Law enforcement officials have seized an estimated $6 million in ransom payments, and the U.S. Justice Department announced Monday that it has charged a suspect from Ukraine over a damaging July ransomware attack on an American company. Yaroslav Vasinskyi, a Ukrainian national who was arrested in Poland last month, is to face US charges for deploying ransomware known as REvil, which has been used in hacks that have cost US firms millions of dollars. Vasinskyi conducted a ransomware attack over the Fourth of July weekend on Florida-based software firm Kaseya that infected up to 1,500 businesses around the world. 

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 website that features a database of information on critical race theory curricula and training in higher education has found the controversial ideology is infiltrating many of the top 50 most elite K-12 private schools in America. CriticalRace.org found that 21 of the schools had some form of mandatory anti-racism training for students, while 40 schools had some sort of curricular requirement change based on anti-racism or critical race theory. 

Teachers have taken to social media to debunk a claim by Democratic and academic officials that critical race theory is not being taught in K-12 schools. Critical race theory and parental involvement in education became key issues last week in Virginia’s elections, in which Republicans bested Democrats in several races. Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who lost his reelection bid to Republican Glenn Youngkin, had declared that critical race theory was not being taught in the state,, but Verginia educators say otherwise. 

Health: Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. (3John 1:2) 

The federal government announced a large hike in Medicare premiums Friday night, blaming the pandemic but also what it called uncertainty over how much it may have to be forced to pay for a pricey and controversial new Alzheimer’s drug. The 14.5% increase in Part B premiums will take monthly payments for those in the lowest income bracket from $148.50 a month this year to $170.10 in 2022. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services played down the spike, pointing out that most beneficiaries also collect Social Security benefits and will see a cost-of-living adjustment of 5.9% in their 2022 monthly payments, which should more than offset the increase in Medicare premiums. 

Getting family health insurance on the job now costs workers and their employers more than $22,000 a year, on average. Employees foot about $6,000 of the tab, while companies pick up the rest, according to the 2021 Kaiser Family Foundation Employer Health Benefits Survey. The average annual premium for a single staffer in 2021 hit $7,739, also up 4%. Single workers’ pay about $1,300, and employers cover the remaining tab. 

  • About 155 million Americans rely on employer-sponsored coverage — and they are paying a lot more for that benefit than they were a decade ago. The average family premium has increased 47%, more than wages or inflation, which rose 31% and 19%, respectively. 

A woman in Washington state with contractions three to four minutes apart was turned away because the hospital was only accepting “emergencies” due to its low staffing level. She was told she could return when her water broke, or if she developed heavy bleeding. 

  • Staffing issues have been exacerbated by the vaccine mandate which might wind up costing more lives than it purports to save. 

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 survey in Fairfax County, Virginia, will ask students as young as 12 years old about their sex lives. Students in Grades 8, 10, and 12 will have the option of participating in the survey. Among the survey questions are: Have you ever had sexual intercourse? How old were you when you had sexual intercourse for the first time?   During your life, with how many people have you had sexual intercourse? During the past 3 months, with how many people have you had sexual intercourse? Have you ever had oral sex? 

  • Schools have no right, nor no need, to delve into young students’ sex lives except to gain more information about and more control over impressionable youth in place of their parents. 

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

Thousands of New Zealanders mobilized in a peaceful demonstration in the capital city Wellington, to voice their opposition to government-mandated health restrictions and vaccine mandates. Protestors of the Freedom and Rights Coalition gathered against a range of COVID-19-related compliance and health restrictions, holding placards, which read “Freedom,” “Kiwis are not Lab Rats,” and “We are voices for Freedom.” They marched through central Wellington, along with a motorcycle contingent, before congregating outside the nation’s Parliament. 

Thousands of demonstrators marched through the streets of Glasgow on Saturday to demand world leaders move faster to cut fossil fuels wrecking the climate. Glascow is where world leaders have gathered to discuss ways to counteract climate change. Hundreds of people also gathered in central London to take part in a climate march on Saturday, calling on governments to step up their action against global warming. 

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

Border officials reportedly sent over 70 secret flights of migrants from the border to Florida without disclosing any information to Florida Governor. Ron DeSantis. The Washington Examiner reported that Larry Keefe, DeSantis’ top public safety official, said the secret flights have been arriving since the summer, and according to an unnamed official, have been landing daily in Jacksonville daily in recent weeks. “On average, there’s 36 passengers on each of these flights. And that has been going on over the course of the summer through September,” Keefe said. 

President Biden’s administration is sending notices to tens of thousands illegal immigrants who were released into the U.S. interior without being given a date to appear in court, the government confirmed to The Epoch Times. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) “is mailing charging documents to place noncitizens in removal proceedings who have been paroled or released under prosecutorial discretion by Customs and Border Protection,” an ICE spokesman told The Epoch Times in an email. The illegal immigrants, numbering about 78,000, will receive packets of documents, including ones directing them to report to the ICE office closest to where they’re living, and that they will be processed for possible deportation. 

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 Great Resignation shows no signs of slowing down. The number of Americans quitting their jobs edged up to 4.4 million in September, marking another all-time high after notching a record 4.3 million in August, according to the BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover survey. About 6.5 million people were hired in September, essentially unchanged from the previous month. Economists say that when people are comfortable voluntarily quitting, it typically signals that they are confident they can find another job elsewhere. 

  • The U.S. economy had 10.4 million job openings at the end of September, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data released Friday morning. The number of people who were laid off or fired in September was unchanged at 1.4 million, measuring 0.9% of workers. Over the past 12 months ending in September, U.S. employers have added 73.3 million workers, and 67.7 million people have left or lost their jobs. 

American households are carrying record amounts of debt as home and auto prices surge, Covid infections continue to decline and people get out their credit cards again. Between July and September, US household debt climbed to a new record of $15.24 trillion, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Tuesday. It was an increase of 1.9%, or $286 billion, from the second quarter of the year. Credit card balances rose by $17 billion, just as they had during the second quarter. Mortgages, which are the largest component of household debt, rose by $230 billion last quarter and totaled $10.67 trillion. Auto loans and student loan balances also increased, rising by $28 billion and $14 billion, respectively. Even though credit card debt has yet to get back to its pre-pandemic level, total debt is already $1.1 trillion higher than at the end of 2019. 

Prices climbed 6.2% in October compared to last year, the largest annual increase in 31 years, as inflation continues to strain the economy. Data released Wednesday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that prices climbed in large part because of soaring gas and energy prices, plus ongoing supply chain backlogs, especially in the used car market. Officials at the Federal Reserve have said that prices will ease as supply chain backlogs clear up, although they acknowledge that it’s unclear when exactly that will happen. 

  • The automobile industry’s key index of used vehicle prices jumped another 9.2% over the span of just a month. That puts the index 38% higher than a year ago. And used car prices are now up a total of 59% since October 2019. 
  • Prices shoppers paid for groceries climbed 1% in October from September and were 5.4% higher than at the same time last year. 
  • The median price of single-family existing homes rose in 99% of the 183 markets tracked by the National Association of Realtors in the third quarter, with double-digit price increases seen in 78% of the markets. 

Real average hourly earnings – a metric that accounts for the impact of wage and price increases – declined by 1.1% from October 2020 to October 2021, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

According to last Friday’s Labor Department report, there are more than 100 million Americans that are considered to be “not in the labor force” right now. This is the 14th straight month that this “not in the labor force” number has remained above 100 million. But that figure doesn’t include anyone that is officially unemployed. According to the Federal Reserve the number of unemployed people currently stands at 7.4 million. So, there are over 107 million adults in the U.S. who could work, but are not – despite a record number of job openings which numbered 10.439 million in August 2021.  

Some states are closer to their pre-pandemic levels of economic activity than others. Rural states with lots of open spaces in the South and West that imposed fewer restrictions have approached or topped their pre-COVID peaks. They’re ahead of more cautious, densely populated states like New York and California. The dynamics have left states like South Dakota and Idaho near the top of Moody’s back-to-normal rankings and New York and Illinois at the bottom. 

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

Israeli police announced on Tuesday that 78 arms dealers had been arrested in the Jewish State’s largest-ever weapons bust, which snagged some 40 rifles, 13 handguns, two machine guns, and two grenades. The sweep was carried out by 1,600 police officers, including Special Forces and Border Police troops, and took place in 25 mostly Arab municipalities throughout northern and central Israel. Northern District Commander for the Israeli Police Shimon Lavi said that illegal arms sales are an extremely lucrative industry in Israel, with a single assault rifle selling for as much as 100,000 shekels ($30,000). Israel’s police are stepping up the fight against illegal arms sale and skyrocketing crime in Arab communities, Lavi explained. 

What should have been an uneventful visit to the Western Wall on Thursday morning turned into a nightmare for one Jewish family, after they accidentally drove through a neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem. Israel Laffa and his wife followed a route to the Western Wall via the smartphone navigation app Waze, and he checked that the drive went through the Jewish areas in Jerusalem. The drive was uneventful until an Arab teenager noticed the family stuck in a traffic jam in the A-Tor Arab neighborhood, which is about a “three minute” drive away from the Western Wall plaza. Laffa said that suddenly, more Arab teenagers approached his car and began blocking the road in front of their car. He dialed emergency services. Before his call was answered, the youth began pelting the vehicles with stones, large rocks, and other projectiles. Even after the windshield  shattered, they did not stop. They even tried to open the doors, but they were locked. While the police never reached the scene, Laffa said that Border Police forces met him at a nearby gas station and transported them to the hospital for treatment. 

Israel’s Mossad intelligence services thwarted a string of Iranian attacks on Israeli businessmen and tourists in Africa. According to the report, the Iranians targeted Israelis in Senegal, Tanzania and Ghana. The plot may also reflect Iran’s efforts to counter Israel’s diplomatic in-roads in Africa. The African countries of Sudan and Morocco signed the Abraham Accords, and the island nation of Comoros is reportedly moving towards normalizing ties with Israel. In a possibly related development, police in Cyprus arrested six men in a plot to target Israeli businessmen.  

  • Israel and Iran are engaged in what many are describing as a “shadow war.” This has included Iranian drone attacks on Israeli shipping in the Gulf of Oman and cyberattacks on Iran’s nuclear and energy infrastructure. 

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 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) launched by Hamas from the Gaza Strip was spotted in southern Israel on Monday morning. Israelis living near the Strip reported seeing the UAV in the sky for nearly 40 minutes before hearing a loud explosion. The IDF eventually issued a statement that read: IDF air defense soldiers have intercepted a drone launched by the Hamas terror group … the UAV was monitored by the IDF’s air force ground control throughout the entire the incident.” 

An alleged Israeli airstrike against military posts in the central and coastal regions of Syria has wounded two soldiers and caused some material damage, according to a report by the Syrian Arab News Agency, SANA, adding that the Syrian army managed to down most of the missiles. The site attacked was reportedly a missile factory near the city of Homs in western Syria, which was likely set up with Iranian support. This is not the first time that plants like this one have been attacked from the air. Recently, there has been an increase in the number of attacks attributed to Israel in Syria – at least seven in the last few weeks. Israel is reportedly stepping up its activities against the country to push out the Iranians, their missiles and terrorists. 

Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi survived an assassination attempt with armed drones that targeted his residence early Sunday and officials said he was unharmed. The attack was a major escalation amid tensions sparked by the refusal of Iran-backed militias to accept last month’s parliamentary election results. Seven of al-Kadhimi’s security guards were injured in the attack with two armed drones which occurred in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone area. The attack comes amid a stand-off between security forces and pro-Iran Shiite militias whose supporters have been camped outside the Green Zone for nearly a month after they rejected the results of Iraq’s parliamentary elections in which they lost around two-thirds of their seats. 

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

Iran said it intercepted two U.S. drones that reportedly violated its airspace during military drills in the country’s southern waters. The country’s army said in a statement that its air defense unit “intercepted and seriously warned” what it identified as MQ-9 and RQ-4 drones. Last year, Iranian media reported a nearly identical account of a similar incident during military drills that involved intercepting two U.S. drones and a U.S. aircraft by an Iranian drone. 

Pakistan and local Taliban militants have agreed a one-month ceasefire which may be extended if both sides agree, spokesmen said on Monday, opening the possibility of a fuller peace accord to help end years of bloodshed. The Pakistani Taliban, or Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, are a separate movement from the Afghan Taliban and have fought for years to overthrow the government in Islamabad and rule the South Asian nation of 220 million with their own brand of Islamic Sharia law. 

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) 

With the wildfire season winding down, the stats show that this year has been slightly below average, despite severe wildfires in California. The eastern U.S. was below average while the drought-stricken west was above average. Overall, there have been 49,021 wildfires this year in the U.S. as of 11/12 compared to the 10-year average of 52,002 fire. Acreage burned this year-to-date was 6,535,256 versus the 10-year average of 7,042,304 acres. 

  • An analysis by reporters from the Bay Area News Group found that since 2012, a total of 12.7 million acres have been burned in California, which is also double the 6.4 million acres that burned in the state in the previous decade. 

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) 

U.S., China have pledged to work together to slow climate change over the next decade, in a surprise announcement that could boost global climate talks. At the U.N. climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, Chinese special climate envoy Xie Zhenhua said the two countries reiterated the importance of the Paris temperature goal of limiting warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius, with a goal of not exceeding 1.5 degrees. 

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) 

Only a slight improvement this past week in the western U.S. megadrought, with 79% of the area experiencing severe to exceptional drought, down from 80% the previous week and 88% three months ago. The Drought Monitor stats for severe to exceptional drought in each state are: California – 92%, down from 95% three months ago; Nevada – remained at 95%; Utah – 99.5%, down from 100%; Oregon – 95%, down from 96%; Montana – 100%, up from 99%; Idaho – 91%, up from 87%; Wyoming  – 64%, up from 61%; Washington – 43%, down from 57%; New Mexico – 52%, down from 67%; Arizona – 34%, down from 83%; Colorado – 33%, up from 28%. 

The U.S. Coast Guard and other rescuers pulled 20 people from a campground surrounded by floodwaters Friday on the northern coast of Oregon. The area received between 3 and 7 inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service. 

Streets were covered in water and residents in some areas were being advised to stay home and visitors told to stay away as a combination of a coastal storm and high tides brought flooding to the Atlantic coast from northeast Florida into South Carolina last Saturday morning. Some parts of Florida received up to 8 inches of rain Friday and into Saturday. 

Signs of the Times Update: November 6, 2021

November 5, 2021

Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”  Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. (James 4:6-7)

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)

Asian Americans will serve as mayor in Boston and Cincinnati for the first time in both cities’ histories, signaling political progress for a population that has struggled for almost two years with a rise in anti-Asian hate. In another notable win Tuesday, Dearborn, Michigan, elected state lawmaker Abdullah Hammoud as the city’s first Arab-American mayor. Pro-Life Winsome Sears won her race to become Virginia’s Lt. Governor and she will be the first black woman to hold that position.

For-profit businesses with sincerely held religious beliefs are exempt from LGBTQ discrimination liability under a decision this week by a federal judge in Texas. U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor in Fort Worth held that Braidwood Management Inc., which operates three Christian health care businesses in Katy, Texas, is exempt from LGBTQ anti-discrimination protections in Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act under both the First Amendment and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

The U.S. Supreme Court has made a move in favor of religious liberty. On Monday, the high court ordered a rehearing of a case in which nuns were being forced to violate their pro-life beliefs by New York’s controversial abortion mandate. The nuns are part of a coalition of religious groups that had petitioned the high court to protect them from the rule that orders them to violate their devout religious beliefs and fund abortions. The New York Court of Appeals is now being ordered to reconsider Diocese of Albany v. Emami, a case challenging New York state’s directive requiring employers to cover abortions in their employee health insurance plans.

A judge on Monday suspended Chicago’s Covid-19 vaccine policy that required all police officers to receive the shot by the year’s end in what’s being described as a “major victory” for police unions. While Judge Raymond Mitchell ruling doesn’t affect other city workers subject to the mandate, the deadline for police is on hold until complaints can be settled in arbitration. In the meantime, police officers will need to test regularly for Covid-19 and submit their vaccination status by the Dec. 31 deadline.

A district court judge in Washington, D.C. issued a temporary injunction Thursday that bars both civilian and military plaintiffs from being fired after they filed a lawsuit against the White House’s vaccine mandate. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, an appointee of former President Bill Clinton, issued a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction prohibiting the plaintiffs from being fired while their religious exemption requests to the COVID-19 vaccine are pending. “None of the civilian employee plaintiffs will be subject to discipline while his or her request for a religious exception is pending,” Kollar-Kotelly wrote in the order.

A federal judge temporarily blocked an Illinois hospital system from allegedly putting workers with religious exemptions on unpaid leave. In late October, several employees at the Chicago-area NorthShore filed a legal complaint against the company, arguing that the firm’s vaccine mandate discriminated against them by forcing them to decide between a vaccine and their jobs. Liberty Counsel, which is representing the 14 health care workers, said in an emailed statement last week that the “plaintiffs have shared these religious beliefs, and others, with NorthShore, and have asked NorthShore for exemption and reasonable accommodation for these beliefs, but NorthShore has unlawfully and callously refused.”

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 G-20 nations endorsed the imposition of a 15% minimum global tax on day one of their summit meeting Friday. The news of the groundbreaking accord, capping months of negotiations and designed to prevent big companies from shifting profits to low-tax countries, came as G-20 leaders met in person, in Rome, for the first time in two years. Finance ministers of almost 140 countries had already backed the tax change.

  • Yet another step toward the global government of Revelation 13.

In a country that’s been on lockdown for most of the past two years, Australians are facing a new threat: Citizens who were fined for breaking the country’s draconian COVID rules are having their homes seized and bank accounts frozen in the government’s effort to collect the $5.2 million it’s issued in fines. The government is also trying to collect for hotel bills incurred by travelers forced to quarantine there under the COVID rules. Because the fines and amounts owed are so high, some people have had to resort to time payments. Others, who can’t or won’t pay, are referred to debt collectors who are clamping down by “garnishing bank accounts or wages, registering charges over property or suspending driver licenses,” Daily Mail reported.

  • The totalitarian one-world government to come will be built upon the foundations being laid by unconstitutional pandemic emergency orders and other work-arounds that are popping up all over the globe.

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 U.S. would have the highest personal income tax rate in the developed world under a White House proposal that would overhaul the nation’s tax code in order to fund President Biden’s signature spending plan. The revised framework that Biden unveiled last week costs roughly $1.75 trillion, which includes funding for universal pre-kindergarten, a one-year expansion of the child tax credit, a modified Medicaid expansion and clean energy tax credits, among other things. It relies on a 15% corporate minimum tax, surtaxes on the top sliver of U.S. households, stricter tax enforcement, taxes on corporate stock buybacks and higher taxes on U.S. companies’ foreign earnings. The proposal would push the average top tax rate on personal income to 57.4%, the highest rate in the 38-member Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, according to a new analysis published by the non-partisan Tax Foundation.

OSHA has finished developing a rule that compels companies with 100+ employees to require vaccines or regular testing. It also requires employers to provide paid time to workers to get vaccinated and to recover from any side effects. The rule will go into effect in a few days. It has been estimated that the OSHA mandate will cover somewhere around 80 million American workers. As the new regulations start to be enforced, countless Americans will choose to willingly leave their jobs, and countless others will be ruthlessly terminated for not complying.  This is going to cause enormous nightmares in industry after industry, further damaging the economy.

  • Many employers will be frightened into submission by the extremely high financial penalties. Those companies that are deemed to be “repeat offenders” could potentially “face a maximum fine of $136,532.

About 9,000 of New York City’s employees were placed on unpaid leave Monday for failing to meet today’s mandatory vaccination deadline, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. More than 12,000 have applied for medical or religious exemption, and those requests are still being processed. The police department, which employs about 36,000 officers and 19,000 civilian employees, had an 84% vaccination rate as of Monday, de Blasio said. The fire department was at  77% of firefighters and 88% of EMTs. Sanitation’s rate was 83%.

  • Reports of trash piling up on some streets are coming in as the reduced sanitation workforce can’t keep up.

New York City Firefighter Association President Andrew Ansbro warned that lives will be lost due to the vaccine mandate. “It’s going to be extremely difficult to staff every company. I just feel it’s not physically possible… There are 1,400 life-threatening medical emergencies every day on average, and there are 80 heart attacks every single day in New York City on average. So if you increase response times to any of these responses… if a normal response that would have been six to eight minutes goes and becomes 15 to 20 minutes. You just can’t survive.”

  • Twenty-six fire stations around New York City were reportedly shut Saturday because of staff shortages triggered by the refusal of some firefighters to get a city-mandated COVID-19 vaccine. Saturday’s temporary closures represented 7.6% of the city’s 341 engine and ladder companies. Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, R-N.Y., blamed the closure on Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio. “If someone dies due to a slower emergency response, it’s on Bill de Blasio and his overreaching mandates.” A leaked internal document indicates that on Nov. 3, there were only 55% of firetrucks available. The normal number should be about 90%.

A reported plan by the Biden administration to pay $450,000 per person to illegal immigrants who had been separated from their families during the Trump administration could exceed the payments given to some families of 9/11 victims and Gold Star families (a family who lost a loved one in a war. It could be World War II, Vietnam, Korea, Iraq, or Afghanistan). The payments could amount to over $1 million per family and $1 billion overall, although the Wall Street Journal said that many families would get smaller payouts. The report sparked immediate outrage at the prospect of using taxpayer money to turn illegal immigrants into millionaires.

  • Republicans moved this week to block $450,000 payments to illegal immigrants who were part of family separations during the Trump administration, but they saw their first attempt quashed by Senate Democrats.

Nearly one-quarter of college students are comfortable with using violence to stop a speaker on their campus, according to the 2021 Free Speech rankings released Wednesday by the Foundation for Individual Rights (FIRE) in Education. The country’s top-ranked schools were among the least tolerant in terms of free speech, FIRE found.

  • Colleges that started out as Bible schools have now become liberal bastions for progressive policies.

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

A new survey reveals that even before COVID-19 triggered massive attacks on religion – especially in the United States where worship centers were literally shut down on government orders – a large number of nations globally, 57, had “high” or “very high” government restrictions against faith. The report from the U.S. think tank Pew Research Center explained the 57 nations found themselves in that category for their “official laws, policies and actions that impinge on religious beliefs and practices.” For example, the report highlighted how the two main internet providers in the United Arab Emirates – controlled by the government – blocked websites with information on Christianity and sites displaying testimonies from Muslim converts to Christianity.

  • Blocking, censoring and controlling religion, primarily Christianity, will only increase as we move deeper into the end-times and the totalitarian one-world secular-humanist government.

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

Over the last few years, Big Tech has unleashed many different attacks on WND (World Net Daily), the pioneering Christian journalism organization now in its 25th year. From classifying WND as an “extremist group,” to writing WND out of its search algorithms, to de-monetizing WND’s YouTube channel, to confining WND to “Facebook jail” for over a year, the attacks never end. However, as of this week, Big Tech has upped its game: Google has now officially de-monetized WND. That could end up cutting WND’s online ad revenue roughly in half, since not only does de-monetization mean the removal of all Google ads, but the removal of ads from alternate advertising services as well

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)

“They are helpless, unable to defend themselves from brutal, well-equipped military forces. Life is hard for them,” says s project partner in Thailand, describing life for the Karenni people in their homeland, Kayah state in Myanmar (Burma). Kayah is one of the least developed states in Myanmar. Its people, who are mainly Christians, are being attacked and forcibly removed from their land. People are killed and church buildings are burned. This is part of a pattern of persecution across Myanmar, where village after village is targeted by the much-feared Tatmadaw (Myanmar military). Through bombing, artillery fire, ransacking homes and killing livestock, they drive out the inhabitants, reports Barnabus Fund.

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

Pro-life Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin was the winner of the Virginia governor’s race, defeating pro-abortion Terry McAuliffe. Yongkin will replace radically pro-abortion Governor Ralph Northam, who became known as Governor Infanticide after he said parents should decide if they want to let newborn babies who survive abortions live or die.

The city council in Portland, Oregon, has adopted changes to its policies so that when a woman has an abortion, she can take bereavement time off. “So does the Portland policy actually recognize the fact that abortion kills a member of the human family?” wrote Judie Brown, chief of American Life League, the nation’s oldest grassroots, Catholic, pro-life organization. “It certainly would appear so. How ironic, and yet how sad.”

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 seven-day average of new Covid-19 cases in the U.S. rose slightly to 71,619 on 11/3 from 70,825 on 10/26, ending the steady decrease from 175,822 on 9/13 and the record high of 259,616 on 1/8. New Covid-19 cases rose week-over-week in 24 states in the seven-day period that ended Wednesday. Continued improvement across the South and Northeast is mostly canceling out case growth in parts of the West.

  • Some hard-hit Western states, including Alaska and Montana, are seeing improvement, but infection levels continue to climb steadily in others: over the last 14 days, new cases are up 45% in New Mexico, 29% in Nebraska, 26% in California and Arizona, 23% in Colorado and 20% in Utah.

U.S. health officials say they’re keeping close watch on a “delta plus” coronavirus variant that’s been detected in at least eight states. While the AY.4.2 “sub-lineage” of delta may spread faster than the original variant, there’s no evidence that it causes more severe illness, and authorities say current COVID-19 vaccines remain effective against it.

Infections, hospitalizations, and deaths linked to COVID-19 have risen among people who have gotten a COVID-19 vaccine in recent months, according to newly released data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But the bulk of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths remained among unvaccinated Americans, the data show. Cases per 100,000 among the fully vaccinated increased from 12.3 in late June to 121 in mid-August, according to the data. Around the same time, COVID-19-associated hospitalizations in that population rose from 8.9 per 100,000 to 75 and COVID-19 deaths jumped from 0.1 per 100,000 to 1.1.

  • A stream of studies in recent months have indicated that COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness declines months after inoculation, which is why breakthrough cases are rising.
  • The Republic of Ireland has vaccinated 91% of its population for COVID-19, the highest rate in the European Union, but the nation now has the highest number of patients hospitalized for the disease since March due to the waning effectiveness of the initial vaccinations.

A year-long study from the Imperial College London published in The Lancet on Thursday found that the Delta variant is still highly transmissible even within a vaccinated population. “By carrying out repeated and frequent sampling from contacts of COVID-19 cases, we found that vaccinated people can contract and pass on infection within households, including to vaccinated household members,” said Dr. Anika Singanayagam, co-lead author of the study.

New research released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that individuals who were previously infected with COVID-19 or who got the vaccine have a low risk of being re-infected for at least six months. “Substantial immunologic evidence and a growing body of epidemiologic evidence indicate that vaccination after infection significantly enhances protection and further reduces risk of reinfection,” the CDC concluded.

Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) touted Florida’s milestone of reaching the lowest coronavirus case rate in the nation on Wednesday, highlighting the “overreach” of vaccine mandates. “Without mandates or lockdowns, COVID-19 cases in Florida have decreased 90% since August,” DeSantis said in a press release. “In addition to cases, hospitalizations have plummeted in our state. This has been accomplished by making monoclonal antibody treatments and vaccines widely available throughout our state while protecting Floridians from government overreach,” he added.

The Biden Administration announced a $70 million program to help the makers of rapid at-home COVID-19 tests get U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval more quickly, in a move meant to boost availability of the tests and cut their cost. The National Institutes of Health program will help manufacturers produce the data required by the FDA and will also identify tests with the potential for large-scale production and distribution. The program is part of a wider White House effort to tackle shortages of at-home rapid tests, which can help people make decisions about going to work, school or doing other activities.

A Pfizer antiviral pill reduced the risk of Covid-19 hospitalization and death by 89 percent in high-risk people, the company study shows. The drug’s effect was so convincing that an independent panel monitoring a trial of the drug advised it can be stopped early and submitted to the FDA for emergency approval. U.S. regulators are also convening outside experts to make recommendations on an antiviral pill from Merck shortly after Thanksgiving.

An undisclosed cheap antidepressant reduced the need for hospitalization among high-risk adults with COVID-19 in a study hunting for existing drugs that could be repurposed to treat coronavirus. Researchers tested the pill used for depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder because it was known to reduce inflammation and looked promising in smaller studies. They’ve shared the results with the U.S. National Institutes of Health, which publishes treatment guidelines, and they hope for a World Health Organization recommendation.

International:

British regulators approved the first pill for covid-19 treatment and the first authorization for the Merck drug Molnupiravir in the world. Merck announced the approval of the experimental drug, which was shown to reduce the risk of hospitalization and death in some higher-risk coronavirus patients. It has also been submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for emergency authorization.

  • Merck’s much cheaper drug, Iveremectin, remains on the shelf despite dozens of studies that show it is effective in reducing the severity of Covid-19 infections.

Nearly 34,000 people were locked down at the Shanghai Disney Resort and mass tested for COVID-19 after just one case was discovered. The case that prompted Disneyland’s actions involved one person whose illness was discovered in the nearby city of Hangzhou and had visited the theme park on Saturday. The park’s sudden lockdown and temporary closure underscored just how serious China is about enforcing its zero-tolerance pandemic prevention strategy.

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

  • The vaccines are not the Mark of the Beast, much as polio, measles, tetanus shots are not either. The Mark must be on the hand and/or forehead and will be required to buy and sell. However, the vaccines are a precursor in that they prepare the masses to follow government orders when the true Mark comes.

The FDA on Friday authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children 5 to 11 years old, and on Monday, and the CDC signed off on a children’s coronavirus vaccine Tuesday. The go-ahead from Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, allows vaccine providers to begin immunizing kids ages 5 to 11 immediately. Walgreens and Rite Aid are now accepting appointments for slots beginning this weekend. 

  • Seventy percent of American adults are now fully vaccinated. With booster shots and pediatric doses increasing demand, the country is administering more vaccines a day than at any point since June.

Vaccine mandate rules issues by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration require 84 million private sector workers at large businesses to get vaccinated for COVID-19 by Jan. 4, 2022, or face regular testing under new federal rules being released Thursday. Workers who choose the testing option may have to bear the cost. They also will be required to wear a face mask on the job, beginning on Dec. 5. The rules fill in the details for the vaccination requirement President Joe Biden announced in September for businesses with 100 or more employees. The Labor Department is taking feedback over the next month on whether smaller workplaces should be included.

  • The administration also announced it is requiring 17 million health care workers participating in federal health programs to be vaccinated. The White House is also pushing back the deadline for workers in those sectors as well as federal contractors to get fully vaccinated to Jan. 4, 2022.
  • The attorney generals of Ohio, Kentucky, Florida and Tennessee announced they would take legal action against the White House over the rule and filed a lawsuit in a bid to challenge President Joe Biden’s rule affecting federal contractors.

Thousands of Border Patrol agents could be fired over failing to meet President Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal employees, Arizona’s attorney general warned in a new letter calling on the administration to relax its unprecedented shots-or-else approach. Mark Brnovich, the state’s Republican attorney general, said it is a calamitous time to shed agents amid the record surge of illegal immigrants being caught at the border.

The Supreme Court denied a request from 2,000 Christian healthcare workers to block Maine’s Covid vaccine mandate. Liberty Counsel will refile a petition for the Court to review the merits of the case on behalf of the healthcare workers, some of whom were terminated at the end of October. The Supreme Court needs to resolve the splits in the circuit and lower courts. Only Maine, New York, and Rhode Island have state executive orders banning employers from even considering the sincere religious beliefs of employees. Maine Governor Janet Mills threatened to revoke the business license of any employer that granted an employee a religious exemption.

Over 3 percent of active-duty Air Force personnel did not get fully vaccinated against the virus that causes COVID-19 or get approved for an exemption, the military service announced the day after its COVID-19 vaccine mandate deadline. Another 1 percent are partially vaccinated. Any active-duty personnel who aren’t fully vaccinated are required to get tested for COVID-19 at least weekly, the Air Force announced. Zero religious accommodation requests have been granted as of yet.

Approximately two in five New York City restaurants, gyms, and entertainment venues weren’t fully abiding by the city’s COVID-19 vaccination pass mandate when first inspected. The city managed to inspect nearly two-thirds of the estimated 31,000 businesses that are required to ask their employees and customers for proof of vaccination. Some 8,000 were issued a warning for noncompliance. These businesses could be penalized with a fine of $1,000 for the first offense, going up to $5,000 for the third. Upon a second inspection at least two weeks later, only 21 establishments were issued violations,

As the federal government unveiled its vaccination rules for workplaces, 5% of unvaccinated adults say they have already left a job because of a COVID-19 vaccination requirement. That represents 1% of all adults, according to the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation, which conducted the survey of 1,519 adults Oct. 14-24. The survey also found that 37% of unvaccinated workers say they will quit their jobs if forced to either get vaccinated or take weekly Covid tests. And if their employer mandates vaccines and doesn’t offer the testing option, 72% of the unvaccinated workers say they will quit.

Israeli researchers found that protection conferred by Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine waned after several months across all age groups against the Delta variant. For the adult age group, there were 0.34 severe COVID-19 cases per 1,000 for those aged 60 and older who were vaccinated in January, and 0.12 cases of severe infection per 1,000 for those vaccinated in April and May, according to the authors of the study.

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)

There were at least 11 mass shootings in the U.S. over the Halloween weekend, including several at places where crowds had assembled. The violence left at least 12 people dead and another 52 injured. A mass shooting is defined as an incident with four or more victims killed or wounded by gunfire. The number of mass shootings in the US increased during the coronavirus pandemic. There have been 599 mass shootings so far this year, according to the archive. There were 611 in 2020 and 417 in 2019.

A 16-year-old Georgia boy is dead after he was shot in the head while waiting for his school bus Tuesday morning. Timothy Barnes Jr. was a sophomore at Central Gwinnett High School in Lawrenceville, about 30 miles from Atlanta. A 17-year-old student at the high school has been arrested and charged with malice murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony,

A southeast Iowa town is reeling after two high school students were charged with first-degree murder in the death of a Spanish teacher who taught at their school. Both have been charged with first-degree homicide and first-degree conspiracy to commit homicide and will be charged as adults “based on the circumstances and their ages.”

On Thursday gunmen stormed ashore at a beach on Mexico’s resort-studded Caribbean coast and executed two drug dealers from a rival gang in front of luxury hotels. The dramatic shooting attack sent tourists scrambling for cover at the resort of Puerto Morelos, just south of Cancun. The two suspected drug dealers killed Thursday had apparently arrived at the beach in front of the Azul Beach Resort and the Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancun earlier in the day, claiming it was now their territory. “About 15 people arrived on the beach to assassinate two men who had showed up saying they were the new dealers in the area,” the head prosecutor of Quintana Roo state, Oscar Montes de Oca, told the Radio Formula station.

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 U.S. Justice Department has agreed to pay $88 million to Charleston church shooting victims who sued over background-check lapses for gunman Dylann Roof. The settlement, over FBI failures that helped lead to the racially motivated shooting at a historic Black church in South Carolina, is both substantial and symbolic. A lawyer for the victims noted the number “88” carries special meaning for white supremacists such as Roof, who has been sentenced to 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.

Amid nationwide protests seeking police reforms last summer, the Austin, Texas, city council decided to cut about one-third of its police budget – the largest cut of any major city in America. But since the budget cut, Austin has gotten much less safe. According to statistics compiled by the data analysis firm AH Datalytics, the city has seen a nearly 71% increase in homicides over the past year. The city council – under pressure from a rise in violent crime and a new state law that penalizes cities that defund the police – reversed course on its cuts, approving a substantial increase in police funding.

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)

The U.S. blacklisted Israel’s NSO Group over its Pegasus surveillance spyware. The Commerce Department said it was adding the company to the list of entities with which trade is restricted, saying its activities “are contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States.” In an investigation published in July, seventeen news outlets detailed the use of Pegasus spyware to monitor the cellphones of hundreds of politicians, journalists and human rights activists around the world. The U.S. also imposed sanctions on a second Israeli company, Candiru, as well as one from Russia and another from Singapore.

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)

Facebook is changing its corporate name to Meta. Its flagship social network will keep the Facebook name. The parent company of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp announced its new name against the backdrop of a deepening crisis over revelations that it knew its Facebook platform was causing a litany of social harms. It is seeking to broaden its strategy to develop a virtual world known as the “metaverse.”

Facebook announced that is will end use of its controversial facial recognition software, saying it will delete data on more than a billion people. In a blog post, the social media company said that it made the decision after “careful consideration,” by weighing the trade-offs between the technology’s promising potential and the concerns that it has sparked around the world.

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 federal jury in Charlotte, North Carolina, awarded a white male $10 million dollars due to discrimination via his former employer’s equity policy. Michigan native David Duvall worked as the senior vice president of marketing and communication for Novant Health Inc., a health care system with facilities in North Carolina, up until July of 2018. In a 2019 lawsuit against the company, Duvall alleged he was fired without warning and replaced by a white woman and a black woman as the company worked to institute “diversity, inclusion and equity” policies. Duvall accused Novant Health of racial and gender discrimination, a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Duvall was “a strong advocate of diversity at Novant” and believes that the lawsuit “is a message that an employer cannot terminate and replace employees in order to achieve greater diversity in the workforce.”

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)

AT&T Corporation has a new racial reeducation program that contends “racism is a uniquely white trait” and promotes left-wing causes such as reparations, defunding police and trans activism. Christopher F. Rufo, whose investigations propelled the anti-Critical Race Theory movement among public school parents, obtained internal documents about AT&T’s initiative, called “Listen Understand Act.” It’s based on the core principles of CRT, including “intersectionality,” “systemic racism,” “white privilege” and “white fragility.” Managers are required to participate in programs such as discussion groups, book clubs, mentorship programs and race reeducation exercises. White employees, the source said, must confess their complicity in “white privilege” and “systemic racism” or be penalized in performance reviews.

Health: Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. (3John 1:2)

Vaccinating girls against the human papillomavirus, or HPV, has dramatically reduced the rates of cervical cancer in women, a study from the United Kingdom found. Cervical cancer rates were 87% lower in women who were vaccinated against HPV when they were between ages 12 and 13 compared to previous generations, the study published Wednesday reported. The rate of cervical cancer in women who were vaccinated between ages 14 and 16 was 62% lower. And in those vaccinated between 16 and 18, it was 34% lower.

Despite the pandemic, the overall number of suicides in 2020 was 3% lower than in 2019, according to the study conducted by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics. Suicide rates were 2% lower for males and 8% lower for females in 2020. Mental health experts say the findings build on the previous year’s decline. The number of annual suicide deaths had increased steadily from 2003 through 2018, until it fell by 2% between 2018 and 2019. However, the report found suicide deaths increased among people of color. The suicide rate among Hispanic males increased 5% from 2019 to 2020. Researchers also saw a slight increase for Black men and American Indian and Alaska Native men.

The number of Americans who are dying from Parkinson’s disease has jumped by 63% in the past two decades, new research shows. The fresh analysis also revealed that men face double the risk of dying from the progressive and incurable disease than women. A notably higher death rate was also seen among white people, as compared with peers of other racial/ethnic backgrounds. Researches say the reason for this increase is not clear at present and warrants further investigation. The aging population is one factor but insufficient to explain the magnitude of the rise.

The number of U.S. traffic deaths in the first six months of 2021 hit 20,160, the highest first-half total since 2006, the government reported last Thursday, 18.4% higher than the first half of last year. That percentage increase was the biggest six-month increase since the department began recording fatal crash data since 1975. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that behavioral research from March through June showed that speeding and traveling without a seat belt are more prevalent than before the coronavirus pandemic.

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)

Sixth-graders in a North Carolina school were instructed to study an image featuring a sexually explicit act as part of an art assignment, enraged parents claim. Following the commotion, the principal of Kennedy Middle School in Charlotte vowed to ensure that teachers only post vetted images and links onto digital learning platforms for its students, according to WSOC.

A Florida school board member chaperoned a group of elementary school children on a field trip to a gay bar, according to photos of the trip she posted to social media. The post, which was examined by Fox News Thursday morning, shows photos of children in a popular Florida gay bar, Rosie’s Bar and Grill. Screenshots of Leonardi’s post have since circulated on social media, sparking outrage.

  • Public schools have become secular humanist indoctrination centers that advocate progressive policies specifically targeting God’s ordained social order, sexualizing children to tear down Biblical family values.

Law & Order: 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 judgmentFor rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. (Romans 13:1-4, ESV)

Minneapolis voters on Tuesday rejected a proposal to replace the city’s police department with a new Department of Public Safety, an idea that supporters had hoped would bring radical change to policing in the city where George Floyd’s death under an officer’s knee brought calls for racial justice. The initiative would have changed the city charter to remove a requirement that the city have a police department with a minimum number of officers. Supporters said a complete overhaul of policing was necessary to stop police violence. Opponents said the proposal had no concrete plan for how to move forward and warned it would leave some communities already affected by violence more vulnerable as crime is on the rise.

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.

Many companies are jumping on the LGBTQ+ bandwagon: Lego released a set of rainbow “LGBTQIA+” figures, including a drag queen; Disney released its Rainbow Disney Collection with a rainbow-clad Mickey Mouse and other Pride apparel; Skittles featured limited-edition gray packaging with gray candies inside because “only one rainbow matters during Pride” and Kellogg’s “Together with Pride” cereal boxes encouraged kids to choose their own pronouns. Kellogg donated $3 from every box of the special edition rainbow cereal to the extreme LGBT group, GLAAD.

  • The rainbow has been coopted from God Himself who gave real rainbows as a sign that He would never destroy the world with a flood again. That doesn’t mean that He won’t ever destroy it again: But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed. (2Peter 3:10)
  • Who is at risk of being exposed? Scripture warns, “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness.” (Isaiah 5:20)

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)

Senate Republicans on Nov. 3 filibustered an election bill put forward by Democrats, continuing a longstanding division between the two parties on voting-related legislation. The mostly party-line vote saw only one defection, as Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) joined Democrats in support of the bill, and is now the only Republican lawmaker to lend support to any of Democrats’ election bills. Vice President Kamala Harris presided over the vote. Sixty votes are needed to end the filibuster but only 51 voted to do so.

The Racine Wisonsin GOP have identified over 23,000 voters in the 2020 Election, all with the same phone number and another 4,000 voters with the same registration date of 1/1/1918.  These numbers don’t make sense and certainly seem fraudulent. In addition, the Sheriff in Racine uncovered an elderly voting scheme where nursing homes were targeted and votes harvested from the elderly in these homes without their consent. Biden won the election by about 20,000 votes.

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

When President Biden abruptly pulled American forces out of Afghanistan earlier this year, there were tens of thousands of other people who wanted out, too. But there was no time to determine who legitimately needed to be evacuated, for example those who helped American forces there and were a target of the incoming Taliban. Now, weeks later, a report by Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch and a fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, says that ten of the newly arrived evacuees have been labeled as threats to the national security. He said, “Only 10 out of 70,000 isn’t bad, right? Sure. But Biden’s handlers’ catastrophic mishandling of the withdrawal from Afghanistan makes it virtually certain that there will be many more.”

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)

As many as 1.2 million illegal immigrants may have evaded detection and sneaked into the country over the last year and more will come if they hear about plans to pay $450,000 to some migrants, a top Border Patrol union official said in a new podcast released Friday by Sen. Marsha Blackburn.

The Border Patrol counted 557 migrant deaths along the southern border over the past year, shattering the previous record amid the ongoing illegal immigrant surge. The situation could have been worse but for heroic efforts by agents, who set a record for rescues, with 12,854. That was more than twice the number recorded in fiscal 2020, which had been the record number. The 557 deaths easily topped the record year of 2005, when agents counted 492 deaths. In fiscal 2020, just 247 deaths were tallied, and in 2019, during the previous migrant surge, 300 deaths were recorded.

 President Biden’s top homeland security official on Wednesday ordered immigration officers not to arrest illegal immigrants at a number of places, including food banks and shelters. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas detailed the safe spaces for illegal aliens in a memorandum to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers. “Sensitive locations” where officers were barred from detaining people in the country illegally previously constituted of a small number of settings, including churches, hospitals, and schools. The locations are now being referred to as “protected areas.” Mayorkas added social services establishments like homeless shelters, anywhere disaster or emergency relief is being provided, and places where children gather, including playgrounds, childcare centers, and school bus stops.

“Operation Lone Star,” ordered by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, has resulted in 7,744 migrants arrested on criminal charges. The figures are as of Oct. 14 and include 1,300 arrests for criminal trespassing and 6,339 arrests for felony charges. In addition, there were 73,031 migrant apprehensions and referrals and 822 vehicle pursuits. Abbott earlier this year ordered the National Guard to help local law enforcement with arresting migrants who break state laws amid the border crisis. “We’re not doing catch and release; we’re doing catch and jail,” Lt. Chris Olivarez of the DPS said.

The Biden administration issued a memo Friday to stop forcing migrants at the southern border to stay in Mexico as they await an immigration hearing — a second attempt to end the Trump-era policy. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’ memo comes after a review of the program, DHS officials said. “This Administration is tackling longstanding problems that have plagued our immigration system for decades in order to achieve needed systemic change. MPP (Migrant Protection Protocols) does not help meet this goal,” Mayorkas said in a statement. Mayorkas issued a first memo in June officially ending the program but the U.S. Supreme Court in August forced the administration to resume the policy. DHS has appealed that ruling.

A massive caravan of tens of thousands of migrants has rejected Mexico’s offer of humanitarian visas, and is continuing with its journey to the United States border. The Mexican National Institute of Migration said in a statement that it offered humanitarian visas to women and children in the caravan, but said it was rejected by leaders of the caravan, which set off from southern Mexico last week. One of the caravan leaders told Reuters that they were distrustful of the authorities who they said had broken promises to them in the past — and that the deal involved them reporting to government shelters. The migrants, currently in Ulapa, will leave later Saturday and head to Mapastepec as they walk at night to beat the heat of the day.

One woman drowned and 13 people were pulled from the water after up to 70 people attempted to illegally enter the United States from Tijuana by swimming around the barrier at Border Field State Park in San Diego. The Border Patrol, Coast Guard, San Diego fire crews and California State Parks officers conducted a search of the area and took 36 Mexican nationals into custody, including 25 men and 11 women.

The U.S. is risking border security by granting high-risk foreign truck drivers expedited crossing privileges. The Homeland Security agency charged with safeguarding America’s borders is clearing high-risk foreign truck drivers for expedited crossing under a free-trade agreement created to facilitate commercial traffic between Canada, Mexico, and the U.S., according to a federal probe that concludes the failure is “increasing border security risk.”

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)

Hiring rebounded sharply in October as COVID-19 cases tumbled while the reopening of most schools and the expiration of unemployment benefits prodded some Americans to return to work. The economy added 531,000 jobs and the unemployment rate, which is calculated from a different survey, fell from 4.8% to 4.6%, the Labor Department said Friday. Also encouraging: Job gains for August and September were revised up by a total 235,000, depicting a far brighter picture of the labor market.

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell to a fresh pandemic low last week. Jobless claims dropped by 14,000 to 269,000 last week. Since topping 900,000 in early January, the weekly applications have fallen more or less steadily ever since and are gradually moving toward pre-pandemic levels of around 220,000 a week. Overall, 2.1 million Americans were collecting unemployment checks the week of Oct. 23 — down from 7.1 million a year earlier when the economy was still reeling from the coronavirus outbreak.

  • In March and April of 2020, employers slashed more 22 million jobs as governments ordered lockdowns and consumers and workers stayed home as a health precaution. The economy has recovered 17 million of the jobs lost to the pandemic.

The U.S. economy grew at annual rate of 2% in the third quarter of 2021, a sharp slowdown as the pandemic slowed down the recovery. The GDP  (gross domestic product) report from July through September was the worst since the U.S. economy began recovering from the coronavirus pandemic, according to data released last Thursday by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

In a tale of two economies, recent earnings reports reflect the gap in performance that has opened up during the pandemic between digital and physical businesses. Banks and technology companies are largely unfazed by snarled supply chains and worker shortfalls. Manufacturers, retailers and restaurants, meanwhile, are struggling. Microsoft, for example, is riding high on the strength of its cloud business and demand for workplace collaboration software. General Motors, meanwhile, said that revenue plunged nearly 25% as shortages of computer chips hit production.

The Federal Reserve announced that they will start withdrawing their economic supports this month, while also warning about inflation. The Fed will begin to scale back its vast bond-buying program, which helps stimulate the economy and makes borrowing easier by holding down long-term rates. Separately, officials for the central bank flagged that inflation and supply chain snarls continue to cause “sizeable” price increases in some sectors.

Inflation:

Food prices across the world have risen to their highest levels in a decade on the back of tightening supply conditions coupled with robust demand, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The FAO’s food price index, which measures world food commodity prices, surged 31.3 percent in the 12 months through October. On a month-over-month basis, the index rose 3.0 percent, with the October rise representing the third consecutive month of increases. Accounting for the bulk of the rise in the index were higher prices of most cereals and vegetable oils. Tighter availability in global markets was due to reduced harvests in major exporters, especially Canada, the Russian Federation, and the United States of America, which continued to put upward pressure on prices.

Americans are getting hammered by high prices at the pump, and Bank of America thinks the pain may just be getting started. Gas prices have surged to a seven-year high of $3.40 a gallon nationally and are flirting with $4 in Nevada, Washington State and Oregon. Bank of America is now predicting that Brent crude oil, which drives gas prices, will zoom to $120 a barrel by June 2022. That’s 45% higher than current levels.

Americans are already dealing with sticker shock at the grocery store and when filling up at the pump. Next up: Home heating bills. U.S. households that rely on natural gas for heating will spend an average of 30% more over last winter, according to the Energy Information Administration. The natural gas future market valuation has spiked 132% so far this year.

Labor/Supply Shortages

The Great Resignation is taking a toll on workers who’ve been left behind. With 55% of U.S. workers saying at least one colleague has left in the last six months, more than half of the remaining employees say they’ve been burdened with a bigger workload since then. That could lead to even more people quitting in what one expert calls a “vicious cycle.”

U.S. productivity fell dramatically in the third quarter of the year, dropping to its lowest level in 40 years. Productivity decreased at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5% between July and September. That’s the sharpest decline since the second quarter of 1981, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Thursday, when the United States was in the midst of a 16-month recession. The supply chain chaos, which is yet to be resolved, held back production across various sectors.

Wait times for computer chip deliveries have continued to climb. Over the summer, the wait stretched to 19 weeks on average, according to Susquehanna Financial Group. But as of October, it has ballooned to 22 weeks. It is longer for some of the different kinds of chips: 25 weeks for power-management components and 38 weeks for the microcontrollers that the auto industry needs, the firm said.

Both Apple and Amazon posted third quarter earnings reports that said they lost $6 billion in potential sales due to the supply chain issues.

Profits soared at the nation’s two largest oil companies, as ExxonMobil and Chevron both benefited from the recent run-up in oil prices. ExxonMobil, America’s largest oil company, posted net income of $6.8 billion, swinging to a profit after a $680 million loss a year ago. Oil prices got crushed in the early months of the pandemic, when countries were still limiting travel and economic activity was at a standstill. But they’ve roared back since, surging well above $80 a barrel. Chevron, America’s second-largest oil company, reported an adjusted profit of $5.7 billion, excluding special items, its best quarterly result in eight years.

American Airlines delayed or outright cancelled over 2,200 flights over the weekend and Monday due to a range of issues from staffing shortages to bad weather at its Dallas/Fort Worth Hub as all airlines struggle to return to pre-pandemic travel levels.

International:

The U.S. trade deficit jumped to a record high in September as exports slumped, government data showed on Thursday. The Commerce Department said that the trade gap surged 11.2% to a record $80.9 billion. The global supply chain crisis was largely to blame, as American companies scramble to find parts and goods to build their products. Imports are likely to remain high as businesses rebuild depleted inventories. That has led to surging prices of imports as demand easily outweighs supply. The trade gap has been a drag on U.S. economic growth for five straight quarters.

The U.S. and European Union have reached an agreement to settle their diplomatic rift over Trump-era steel and aluminum tariffs, the White House announced Saturday. The Trump administration had placed taxes on EU steel and aluminum in 2018, saying the foreign products produced by American allies were a threat to U.S. national security. Europeans and other allies were outraged by Trump’s use of Article 232 to justify the tariffs, leading many to impose tariffs on U.S.-made motorcycles, bourbon, peanut butter and jeans, among other items. The White House said that the Article 232 tariffs won’t be removed entirely but that some quantity of European steel and aluminum will be allowed to enter the U.S. without tariffs under the deal.

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

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas visited the Vatican on Thursday where he had a private audience with Pope Francis. A Vatican press release described the talks as “cordial” and called for renewed peace talks towards a two-state solution. “With regard to the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians, it was stressed that it is absolutely necessary to reactivate direct dialogue in order to achieve a two-state solution, also with the help of more vigorous effort on the part of the international community,” the statement said.

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

Israel carried out rare daytime strikes near Damascus in Syria on Saturday, according to Syrian media. The strikes reportedly targeted ammunition depots and advanced weapon systems heading toward Hezbollah and other Iranian proxies in the region. Two Syrian soldiers were reportedly injured in the attack, which, according to Syrian state media outlet SANA, was carried out by surface-to-surface missiles fired from northern Israel. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that Saturday’s raid targeted an area that stores several warehouses used by Hezbollah and other terror groups, as well as a headquarters used by the Syrian army. The report noted that the strikes killed several Hezbollah operatives, a claim that has been disputed by Israel, according to Ynet.

On Friday, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic and economic ties with Lebanon by suspending all imports from the country, expelling the Lebanese ambassador from Riyadh, and recalling its own envoy. The move came in response to remarks by Lebanese Minister of Information George Kordahi criticizing the Saudi military intervention in Yemen against the Iran-backed Houthi militia. The Houthis have forced the legitimate Yemeni government into exile and launched terror attacks on Saudi and Yemeni civilians and infrastructure.

Iran has agreed to return to nuclear negotiations in Vienna by the end of November, Tehran’s top negotiator said Wednesday, signaling the possible revival of a process aimed at restoring the 2015 nuclear deal that has been stalled for months and surrounded by uncertainty. In a message posted on Twitter, the negotiator, Ali Bagheri, the deputy foreign minister, who has been meeting with European diplomats in Brussels, said the exact date of the negotiations would be announced next week.

 Iran’s atomic agency said Friday that its stockpile of 20% enriched uranium has reached over 210 kilograms (463 pounds), the latest defiant move ahead of upcoming nuclear talks with the West. In a report carried by semi-official Tasnim and Fars news agencies, spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi said the atomic agency had produced well beyond a 120-kilogram target for 20% enriched uranium set by parliament. Under the historic 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and the World Powers, Iran was not meant to enrich uranium above 3.67 percent. Enriched uranium above 90 percent can be used for nuclear weapons.

The Biden administration levied sanctions against several Iranian companies and their executives whom the U.S. has linked to Tehran’s effort to develop armed drones for attacks on U.S. forces and allies. The administration’s action on Friday marks the start of a campaign against Iran’s evolving unmanned aerial vehicle and precision-guided missile programs, which Western officials say represent a more immediate threat than Iran’s nuclear-enrichment and ballistic-missile programs.

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. 7Fornation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. (Matthew 24:6-7a)

China is building nuclear warheads at an “accelerating pace” and will have 1,000 by the end of the decade, according to the Pentagon’s new China report released Wednesday after a two-month delay. Just a year ago in the last China report, the Pentagon had estimated China’s nuclear arsenal to be in the “low-200s.” “The accelerating pace of the PRC’s (People’s Republic of China) nuclear expansion may enable the PRC to have up to 700 deliverable nuclear warheads by 2027.”

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)

About 60 people including the mayor have been killed in an attack on the village of Banibangou in southwest Niger. The attack occurred in an area overrun by militants associated with a local affiliate of Islamic State that has killed hundreds of civilians in attacks on rural communities this year. A poverty-stricken, arid zone of West Africa encompassing the borderlands of Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso has been racked by violence in recent years as armed groups, some linked with al Qaeda, have sought to establish control over communities and rid the region of local and international military forces. Thousands of civilians have been killed and millions have been displaced.

A Houthi ballistic missile attack on a mosque and a religious school killed and injured 29 civilians, including women and children, in the Yemeni province of Marib. Two ballistic missiles were used in the attack late Sunday. Fighting between government forces and Houthis has escalated in recent months. The United Nations says some 10,000 people were displaced in September by fighting in Marib, the internationally recognized government’s last northern stronghold.

Two suicide bombs and gunfire erupted Tuesday at the main military hospital in the Afghan capital, Kabul, in an attack that killed at least 20 people and injured dozens more A local Taliban commander said clashes broke out as gunmen moved inside the hospital where the two blasts struck. ISIS is believed to have orchestrated the terrorist attack.

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

There are only six large (over 100 acres) wildfires burning along the Pacific coast states following abundant rain and lower temperatures, and none of them pose serious threats as the wildfire season winds down.

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 Biden administration is launching a wide-ranging plan to reduce methane emissions, targeting a potent greenhouse gas that packs a stronger short-term punch than carbon dioxide. The plan was announced Tuesday as President Biden wrapped up a two-day appearance at a United Nations climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland. Biden pledged during the summit to work with the European Union and other nations to reduce overall methane emissions worldwide by 30% by 2030. Proposed rules from the Environmental Protection Agency would establish stricter standards for maintaining old natural gas wells, impose more frequent leak monitoring and require capturing natural gas released alongside oil drilling.

A fridge, toilet seats, and more than 63,000 pounds of trash. That’s what a cleanup team recovered in a monthslong effort to chip away at the so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a massive collection of marine debris plaguing the Pacific Ocean. A half-mile long trash-trapping system named “Jenny” was sent out in late July to collect waste, pulling out many items that came from humans like toothbrushes, VHS tapes, golf balls, shoes and fishing gear. Jenny made nine trash extractions over the 12-week cleanup phase. The mountain of recovered waste arrived in British Columbia, Canada, this month, with much of it set to be recycled. But this was not a one-off initiative. The cleanup team is hoping it’s only the start of more cleanup to come.

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)

Despite the recent heavy rains from a ferocious storm, the Western U.S. is still dealing with a long-term megadrought. As of 11/2, 80% of the western states are still in severe to exceptional drought, down from 88% three months ago. The percentages for individual states compared to three months ago are: Montana – 100%, up from 99%; Utah – 99.5%, down from  100%; Oregon – 96.6%, up from 96.1%; Nevada – remained at 95%; California – 94%, down from 95%; Idaho – 90.6%, up from 87%; Wyoming – 64%, up from 61%;             Washington – 52%, down from 55%; New Mexico – 52%, down from 67%; Arizona – 34%, down from 83%; Colorado – remained at 30%.

Greenland’s ice sheet, the biggest ice sheet in the world behind Antarctica, has melted so much in the past decade that global sea levels rose by 1 centimeter, and trends predict sea levels could rise nine inches by the end of the century. Research published in the journal Nature Communications on Monday says 3.5 trillion tons of Greenland’s ice sheet melted from 2011 to 2020, which would be enough to flood all of New York City in 14,700 feet of water. The ice sheet covers more than 656,000 square miles,  and if it were to fully melt, the global sea level would rise about 20 feet.

Two months after Hurricane Ida slammed into southern Louisiana, thousands of people are living in tents, trailers and hotels – or still waiting for any housing – as assistance programs slowly roll out. Local and state officials have complained that the rollout of federal housing aid has been especially slow. The state launched its own program earlier this month to deliver 2,000 trailers to Ida survivors with nowhere to live.

Streets were closed and drivers advised to use caution Thursday morning due to flooding in parts of coastal South Carolina. The water was pushed inland from the shoreline by a combination of northeast winds from a coastal storm and unusually high tides. Similar conditions are expected to persist at least through the weekend for southern South Carolina, Georgia and into northeast Florida. Severe thunderstorms will pack damaging wind gusts along with flooding risks across much of Florida. Heading into Friday evening, isolated tornadoes and damaging wind gusts are also threats.