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Signs of the Times Update: February 28, 2022

February 28, 2022

The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, “The LORD is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.” (Psalm 92:12-15)

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

Negotiations between Russian and Ukrainian officials in Belarus on Monday, Feb. 28, yielded no results, officials said after concluding. “The parties have determined several priority topics on which certain decisions have been envisioned,” Mykhailo Podolyak, a top adviser to Zelensky, said. “The parties are returning to their capitals to have the possibility to implement these decisions.”

  • Meanwhile, Belarus has allowed Russian forces to pass through their country during the war. A senior US intelligence official said Monday that Belarus is expected to send troops into Ukraine as soon as Monday to fight alongside Russian forces.

Cluster bombs were employed in deadly Russian attacks on Kharkiv, an eastern Ukrainian city with the third-largest population in the country, Human Rights Watch reported. At least eleven civilians died and dozens of others were wounded as the Russians targeted the city on Monday mornings. The shelling was reportedly aimed at residential areas. The use of cluster bombs, which release multiple bomblets are considered especially heinous and dangerous to civilians because they aren’t confined to a specific target.

Putin has put his nuclear forces on high alert represents an unnecessary and dangerous move, according to the Pentagon. Putin made the move Sunday in response to “aggressive statements” by leading NATO powers and economic sanctions by the West.

Anti-war protesters packed the streets of major Russian cities Thursday, expressing vehement opposition to President Vladimir Putin’s full-scale military invasion of Ukraine. Videos shared widely on social media show many cities, including the nation’s capital of Moscow, jammed with Russian citizens publicly taking a stand against their government’s assault on Ukraine at great personal risk. As many as 3,000 Russians have been detained for protesting the war.

Countries tightened the vise around Russia’s economy on Monday, announcing new sanctions on its central bank and individuals, with even Switzerland breaking its neutral stance to join the EU in is actions. Battered by global sanctions, Russia’s Central Bank dramatically hiked interest rates to try to slow the ruble’s plunge. The New York Stock and Nasdaq Exchanges have halted trading in Russian companies listed on their respective exchanges.

  • The U.S. and Europe on Saturday kicked a number of Russian banks off the SWIFT banking system, cutting the country off from a swath of international financial transactions in the strongest sanction imposed so far for its invasion of Ukraine. The nations also imposed major restrictions on Russia’s central bank.. SWIFT stands for the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication. It is a global messaging system connecting thousands of financial institutions around the world. It doesn’t move the money, but it moves the information about the money. Barring Russia from SWIFT would damage the country’s economy right away, cutting Russia off from a swath of international financial transactions. That includes international profits from oil and gas production, more than 40% of Russia’s revenue.
  • President Biden said the first wave of U.S. penalties included “full blocking sanctions” on two major Russian financial institutions, as well as on the country’s sovereign debt. “That means we’ve cut off Russia’s government from Western financing,” he said. “It can no longer raise money from the West and cannot trade in its new debt on our markets or the European markets either.”
  • European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the 27-nation bloc would shut down airspace to Russian-owned, Russian-registered or Russian-controlled aircraft, as well as banning state-owned Russia Today and Sputnik, while also increasing weapons support to Ukraine.
  • BP says it will ‘exit’ its $14 billion stake in Russia oil giant Rosneft, the biggest reaction yet by a Western firm to Ukraine. The abrupt divorce marks the end of one of the Western world’s largest-ever investments in Russia, seen as so politically important that Russian President Vladimir Putin and then-British Prime Minister Tony Blair personally attended a signing ceremony for a key part of the deal in 2003. Shell also said they were pulling out of their Russian business.
  • Eight years ago, after Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula, the U.S. and its allies harshly condemned the invasion and imposed economic sanctions on Russia. It barely made a difference. Russia still controls Crimea. Russia’s economy, after going through a recession, soon started growing again. President Vladimir Putin is still firmly in control.
  • International economists say that Russia purposely built a ‘fortress economy’ to withstand the expected economic sanctions. Moscow has meanwhile amassed a war chest of $630 billion in international reserves — a huge sum compared to most other countries. David Lubin, a Citi economist and associate fellow at Chatham House, said “fortress economics” requires the creation of big foreign currency reserves that can be spent if sanctions bite.

President Vladimir Putin cast aside international condemnation and sanctions, warning other countries that any attempt to interfere would lead to “consequences you have never seen.” •        Anatoly Antonov, Russia’s ambassador to the United States, posted, “It is hard to imagine that there is a person in Washington who expects Russia to revise its foreign policy under a threat of restrictions. I don’t remember a single day when our country lived without any restrictions from the Western world. We have learned to work in such conditions. And not only to survive, but also to develop our state.”

Germany will halt authorization of a major gas pipeline due to Russia’s actions in Ukraine, Chancellor Olaf Scholz said last Tuesday. Scholz said that because of Russia’s recent actions in Ukraine, regulatory approval for the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline between Germany and Russia would not happen for the time being. Russia is a top oil and natural gas producer, so the world is addicted to its exports. In fact, the European Union depends on Russia for more than a third of its natural gas, so this sanction will also cause some angst in the EU and rising energy prices worldwide.

  • After weeks of refusing to send military aid to Ukraine due to a longstanding policy never to send arms to conflict zones, Germany has reversed course. On Saturday, Berlin buckled under the pressure of fierce criticism from other western European nations and has now opted to send 1,000 anti-tank weapons and 500 Stinger anti-aircraft defense systems out of its own arsenal.

Even as gunfire sounded in Ukraine’s capital, natural gas kept flowing through the major pipelines from Russia to Europe. But the invasion and accompanying sanctions are casting a shadow over longstanding energy ties, both for the coming weeks and longer term. The world is already facing high energy prices and a supply crunch that has hit consumers with high utility bills and pain at the gasoline pump. Russia’s attack on Ukraine has whipsawed energy markets, especially because Europe depends on Russian supplies of natural gas. Russia is also a major oil producer.

  • Perhaps Russia’s most powerful weapon would be shutting down the gas pipeline to Europe.

The images emerging from Ukraine on Thursday evoke memories of 20th-century conflicts in Europe that once seemed unimaginable in 2022, leaving many to wonder: Is this a new Cold War? Or the beginning of World War III? Faith Hillis, a historian of modern Russia at the University of Chicago, argued the term ‘cold war’ down not apply. “First of all, it’s hot,” Hillis said, since the invasion of Ukraine is actual warfare. “The other difference between the Cold War and the contemporary context is that the world is very global and the world is very interconnected.” Many historians say the current situation is more reminiscent of the beginning of World War II.

  • A spokeswoman for Russia’s foreign ministry delivered a threat to two European countries considering NATO membership, in chilling remarks that come as Russia engages in aggression against Ukraine. In a Friday morning news conference, Russia’s Maria Zakharova warned that Sweden and Finland would face “military and political consequences” if they seek NATO membership.

The U.S. State Department has been unable to provide a number of Americans left in Ukraine but estimates are as high as 30,000. Officials now are telling anyone still there to go by land to Poland, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia or Moldova. An investigation by the Daily Mail from the United Kingdom has revealed that many Americans were fleeing Ukraine in buses to neighboring Romania as Vladimir Putin’s military struck the nation on Thursday, but thousands still were left behind.

The U.N. refugee agency, UNHCR, said at least 500,000 refugees had fled Ukraine to neighboring countries, such as Poland, Moldova, Hungary and Romania, in the wake of Russia’s assault on Ukraine. The countries on the European Union’s eastern flank were once part of the Moscow-led Warsaw Pact and are now members of NATO. Among them, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Romania all share land borders with Ukraine.

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 New Zealand High Court has upheld a challenge to a vaccine mandate for Police and Defense Force staff, stating that it was not a “demonstrably justified” breach of the Bill of Rights. The mandate required all Defense Force personnel and all Police constables, recruits, and authorized officers to receive two doses of the vaccine by March 1. Part of the group’s religious objections to the mandate were concerns over the fact that “the Pfizer vaccine had at some point been tested on cells that had been derived from a human fetus.” The group claimed that “requiring vaccination by such a vaccine was in conflict with the religious beliefs of some of the affected persons.”

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)

Democracy has been on the decline worldwide for more than 15 years. Just one in five people now live in countries designated as “free,” down from nearly one in two in 2005, a new report from Freedom House found. One major reason is the growing ruthlessness of authoritarian leaders, particularly Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin has spent more than two decades consolidating power, rebuilding Russia’s military and weakening his enemies, reports the New York Times. He has repeatedly undermined democratic movements and popular uprisings, including those in Syria and Belarus. He has meddled in Western elections. And he has deployed Russian troops to enforce his will in Georgia and Crimea. The invasion of Ukraine — the largest war in Europe since World War II — is a significant escalation of this behavior. The country’s fall would mark a violent end to one of the world’s democracies.

  • With a recent partnership established between Russia and China, Taiwan may be next on the list for a Chinese invasion. Russia is a strong ally of Iran, so meddling in the Middle East might also be on the agenda.

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 Supreme Court justices on Feb. 22 rejected a bid by health care workers in Maine to block the state’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Justices declined to hear arguments for and against an appeals court decision that left the mandate, which affects all health care workers in Maine, intact. At least six justices rejected the writ of certiorari, or request to review the lower court decision denying a preliminary injunction. How each justice voted wasn’t made public.

  • The healthcare professionals in Maine argue their state’s COVID vaccine mandate “explicitly discriminates against religious exemptions,” saying the decision indicates a willingness of the Court to uphold coercive vaccine requirements in spite of religious objections.

While the United States government has not issued a federal digital vaccine pass, a national standard has nevertheless emerged. To date, 21 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico offer accessibility to the SMART Health Card, a verifiable digital proof of vaccination developed through the Vaccination Credential Initiative (VCI), a global coalition of public and private stakeholders including Microsoft, Salesforce, Oracle, the Mayo Clinic and other health and tech heavyweights,” a new report from Forbes explained.

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

President Joe Biden nominated U.S. Circuit Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, to replace retiring Associate Justice Stephen Breyer. Jackson would become the first Black woman to serve on the nation’s highest court in its 233-year history, if she receives Senate approval. Jackson, a 51-year-old federal appeals court judge in Washington, D.C., has long been considered a frontrunner for the president’s first Supreme Court nomination. Because she was recently confirmed by the Senate with bipartisan support, her selection is a signal the White House is aiming for a drama-free confirmation – or, at the very least, a less messy fight than has been the case for recent nominees.

  • Multiple conservative organizations aid Jackson is an activist who opposes religious rights, dislikes free speech for some Americans, promotes abortion as “health care” and threatens Americans’ constitutional rights, citing Jackson’s authorship of an argument in 2001 that supported a Massachusetts law limiting free speech activities of pro-life sidewalk counselors. Jackson’s nomination could also carry some judicial baggage, though, as some of her overturned decisions are expected to receive scrutiny during the confirmation process.

The Supreme Court last Tuesday turned down former President Donald Trump’s request to hear his challenge of a lower court decision ordering him to turn over documents to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 capitol riot. The documents, currently held by the National Archives, are records from the final weeks of the Trump administration, and are being sought as part of the probe that is exploring the protest that interrupted the process of counting electoral votes, as well as other attempts to overturn the results of the November 2020 election.

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

A federal appeals court has ordered a lower court to reconsider making an exception to United Airlines’ COVID-19 vaccine mandate for certain employees. The ruling from a divided Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals marks the latest step in an ongoing legal battle over Chicago-based United Airlines’ COVID-19 vaccine mandate. A handful of employees who sought religious or medical exemptions filed a lawsuit against United in a Texas federal court in September, alleging the carrier’s offer of unpaid leave wasn’t a reasonable accommodation for workers who received exemptions from the mandate. In November, Judge Mark Pittman denied their request to block United from placing them on unpaid leave while the court considers the case, finding they failed to “show they would suffer imminent, irreparable harm.”

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

Senate Democrats are pushing a vote on an abortion bill that would be even more extreme than Roe v. Wade. Already this bill has 48 total co-sponsors in the U.S. Senate. Reports say this bill could be on the floor in as few as two business days. If passed, this bill will override every state law, including the gruesome third-trimester partial birth abortion, parental consent or notification and even sanitary clinic regulations. Senate Democrats are pushing a vote on an abortion bill that would be even more extreme than Roe v. Wade. Already this bill has 48 total co-sponsors in the U.S. Senate.

Colombia’s constitutional court has ruled in favor of legalizing abortion for the first 24 weeks of pregnancy. Last Monday’s ruling took place at an extraordinary session attended by nine judges. In the end, five of them voted in favor of abortion. Pro-lifers held a “Silence of the Innocents” sit-in outside the court. Hundreds of coffins representing aborted babies were placed on the sidewalk. Feminists and pro-abortion activists also held demonstrations and called for the “total decriminalization of abortion.”

The French National Assembly voted today to extend the legal limit for abortion from 12 to 14 weeks. The bill received 135 votes in favor and 47 votes against, with nine abstentions. Abortion has been legal in France since 1975, but, like many European nations, a limit of 12 weeks has been put in place that bans late-term abortions. Now, it’s legal to kill babies in abortions even closer to viability, which medical advances have extended down to 21 weeks.

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)

As of Monday, 2/28, new Covid-19 cases in the U.S. were down 62% over the last two weeks, with hospitalizations down 44% and deaths down 24% to 1876/day. The plummeting Covid-19 case counts are leading to lifted mask mandates and more conversations about steps toward normalcy — but more people are dying of the coronavirus now than during most points of the pandemic.

  • More than 2,000 Covid-19 deaths were reported in the United States each day for the past month up until Monday, 2/21 when deaths fell below 2,000/day. Average daily deaths are falling, but from a very high point. The only other time that deaths have been this high for this long was during the first winter surge, before vaccines were available. The Omicron wave has also been deadlier for longer than the Delta surge: In September, when Delta was dominant, average daily deaths topped 2,000 for half as long as for Omicron.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Feb. 25 drastically changed a key measure that is used by officials across the country to determine whether or not to require mask-wearing. The federal agency now says nearly three-quarters of Americans don’t need to wear masks because they live in areas with low or medium community risk from COVID-19. The dramatic switch comes because the CDC switched from only using COVID-19 cases as a factor and are taking into account other metrics, including hospitalizations.

Experts say it’s not likely that the highly transmissible Omicron variant — or any other variant — will lead to herd immunity. “Herd immunity is an elusive concept and doesn’t apply to coronavirus,” says Dr. Don Milton at the University of Maryland School of Public Health. Early hopes of herd immunity against the coronavirus faded for several reasons. One is that antibodies developed from available vaccines or previous infection dwindle with time. While vaccines offer strong protection against severe illness, waning antibodies mean it’s still possible to get infected — even for those who are boosted. As long as the virus spreads, it mutates — helping the virus survive and giving rise to new variants. Those mutants — such as omicron — can become better at evading the protection people have from vaccines or an earlier infection.

  • Populations are moving toward “herd resistance,” where infections will continue, but people have enough protection that future spikes won’t be as disruptive to society, Milton says. Many scientists believe COVID-19 will eventually become like the flu and cause seasonal outbreaks but not huge surges.

Mysterious heart problems are arising in some people who’ve had covid-19, even those with mild cases. The prevalence of such symptoms suggests a cardiac crisis may be on the horizon. More data is needed, but experts worry about a coming wave of cardiovascular problems directly and indirectly related to the virus. Patient advocacy groups are calling on President Biden and other leaders to invest in research and treatment, and to prepare the health-care system for the potential long-term consequences of a rise in post-covid heart problems.

Some at-home rapid COVID-19 tests contain a toxic chemical that may be harmful to both children and adults, according to health officials. the National Poison Control Center issued a warning about the chemical: “It is important to know that the extraction vial in many rapid antigen kits includes the chemical sodium azide as a preservative agent,” the center said. “The BinaxNow, BD Veritor, Flowflex, and Celltrion DiaTrust COVID-19 rapid antigen kits all contain this chemical.” The chemical is found in herbicides, pest control agents, and airbags for cars.

  • Nearly half of the 500 million free COVID-19 tests the Biden administration recently made available to the public still have not been claimed as virus cases plummet and people feel less urgency to test.

Low-income parents have been hit especially hard by child-care problems brought on by the virus. Day-care closures and other disruptions shot up in December and January, as the omicron variant sent caseloads into the stratosphere. Child-care issues were most common in households that make less than $25,000, where parents are less likely to have back-up child-care options or flexible working arrangements. Strapped for cash and with no paid leave from their employers, some have struggled to buy basic goods.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday announced the first shift by a state to an “endemic” approach to the coronavirus pandemic that emphasizes prevention and quick reactions to outbreaks over mandates, a milestone nearly two years in the making that heralds a return to a more normal existence. However, there will be no immediate lifting of the dozens of remaining executive emergency orders that have helped run the state since Newsom imposed the nation’s first statewide stay-home order in March 2020. Living with COVID-19 under Newsom’s plan means boosting the state’s surveillance and monitoring of virus remnants to watch for the first signs of a surge. Masks won’t be required but will be encouraged in many settings.

  • The plan sets specific goals, such as stockpiling 75 million masks, ramping up to 200,000 vaccinations and 500,000 tests a day, and adding 3,000 medical workers within three weeks in surge areas through ongoing contracts with national registry companies.

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.

Newly published CDC data shows a massive increase in COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations since the emergence of the omicron variant among those who have been fully vaccinated. The data, which is used by local health departments across the nation, indicate the case rate in fully vaccinated people rose by more than 1,000% between Dec. 11, 2021, and Jan. 8, 2022, the Epoch Times reported. People who have received two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, or the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are considered fully vaccinated at the moment.

  • The COVID case rate of those who received a booster, a third shot or second J&J shot, also spiked, by about 2,400% between the same dates. According to the CDC data, cases also rose among the unvaccinated, but at a much lower rate. Consequently, the Epoch Times reported, “people who haven’t received a vaccine were just 3.2 times more likely to test positive for COVID-19 in January” than boosted adults.

International:

Israel has decided to stop mandatory weekly COVID tests at elementary and middle schools. “We are seeing a consistent decline in morbidity numbers, so this is the time to gradually open up what we were the first in the world to close,” Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said in a statement. The changes come after Israel’s Health Ministry recommended last week that the country lift some of its restrictions because of the decline in cases. On March 1, tourists will be allowed to enter Israel as long as they submit to a COVID-19 test before boarding their plane to the country and then another test when they land at Ben Gurion airport. Unvaccinated Israelis will no longer need mandatory quarantine when they arrive as long as they can test negative upon landing in Israel.

In France, people thought getting two shots of the vaccines would let them be exempt from mandates and keep their social privileges active. But the French Government on Fridy began deactivating the vaccine passports of nearly four million double-vaxxed citizens simply because they still have not taken the booster shot. According to France News 24, Individuals who have had their passes taken away will effectively be relegated to unvaxxed status and no longer be able to engage in most aspects of society. France deactivated 4 million COVID vaccine passports months ahead of their expiration date, in order to force people to get the booster shot sooner.

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)

Gun deaths have overtaken car crashes as the leading cause of trauma death in the U.S., according to new research that found firearm suicides among older White men are a driving factor. Researchers at the Westchester Medical Center in New York pulled data from 2009 to 2018 and found gun deaths rose 0.72% per year over that period while car crashes fell 0.07% yearly, resulting in firearm deaths surpassing crashes in 2017. An estimated 1.4 million years of potential life were lost due to gun deaths in 2017 compared to 1.37 million years due to car crashes. The trend continued into 2018 with the years of potential life lost due to firearms exceeding those due to car crashes by more than 38,000. Firearm suicides surged from more than 18,700 in 2009 to more than 24,400 in 2018, and firearm homicides rose from about 11,500 to nearly 14,000 over the same period. Males accounted for 85% of the firearm deaths.

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

Ahmaud Arbery’s killers were found guilty of hate crimes on all counts after a trial that focused on their racist slurs and comments. The federal trial was the first to focus directly on racism in connection with one of the high-profile killings of Black people that sparked massive racial-justice protests in 2020. Travis and Gregory McMichael and William Bryan were accused of pursuing and shooting Arbery, an unarmed 25-year-old, because he was Black.

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

A security guard posted inside a high-end jewelry store in Chicago foiled a broad daylight smash-and-grab on Tuesday. The attempted heist happened just before 12:30 p.m. at the Marshall Pierce & Company jewelry store in the 900 block of North Michigan Avenue in the city’s Magnificent Mile neighborhood. Three male suspects entered the store and walked up to a watch case when one suspect took out a hammer from his jacket. Before the suspect could smash any glass cases, police said an armed security guard intervened and ordered the suspects to the ground. The three suspects refused to listen to the guard and fled the store empty-handed.

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)

In a disturbing new trend, antisemitic leaflets are being left in neighborhoods across the country in recent weeks, according to published reports. “In what appears to be a coordinated effort in cities across the country, antisemitic and other racist materials were distributed in clear sandwich bags to parts of our city overnight,” Colleyville, Texas, Mayor Richard Newton said Sunday. The leaflets come just over a month since members of Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville were taken hostage by a gunman. “Every single aspect of the COVID agenda is Jewish,” read one leaflet that was left in a driveway in Colleyville. “Sacrifice people, including Jews, sometimes when necessary,” another leaflet says. Out on the West Coast, Bay Area neighborhoods were targeted with similar antisemitic leaflets for the second time.

Women in India are often viewed as inferior. They are considered a possession to be given away to future in-laws or a burden that requires a dowry upon marriage, one who will receive no inheritance. So, instead of being protected, respected, and viewed as equals, girls and women are being disowned, shunned, pushed aside, and even killed in the womb—simply for being female.

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

In January, more than half of American children missed at least three days of school. About 25 percent missed more than a week, while 14 percent of students missed nine or more days. For tens of millions of American children last month, school wasn’t anywhere close to normal.

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

A Canadian single mother with a minimum wage job was caught up in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s crackdown on the Freedom Convoy protest of the government’s vaccine mandates, losing access to the money in her bank account because she gave $50 to the truckers. Mark Strahl, a Conservative party member of Parliament, said the mother made the donation before Trudeau invoked the Emergencies Act. The government now bans donations to the truckers under the nation’s anti-money-laundering laws, which typically address terrorism and drug trafficking.

  • The Canadian truckers knew how dangerous Trudeau is to the country because of his deep commitment to the World Economic Forum Great Reset plans. That is why they kept repeating they were not anti-vax and were putting themselves heavily on the line for the benefit of all Canadians.

Washington, D.C. appears to be preparing for thousands of truckers who plan to descend on the U.S. capital in the coming days. State and local law enforcement have called in support from the National Guard in anticipation of the massive convoy in the D.C. area between late February and late March. As many as 700 National Guard members are preparing to man posts across the nation’s capital. U.S. truckers, in their People’s Convoy, on Friday reached a mass of trucks and other vehicles eight miles long, and have raised some $850,000 to support their nationwide protest of vaccine and mask mandates. The People’s Convoy started with around 150 vehicles and has grown to over 250 as it made its way through Texas and Oklahoma over the weekend.

One protester drove a car toward a New Zealand police line, narrowly avoiding officers, while other protesters sprayed officers with a stinging substance, police said Tuesday, as they tightened a cordon around a convoy that has been camped outside Parliament for two weeks. The clashes in the capital of Wellington came a day after police reported that some of the protesters had thrown human feces at them. Police Assistant Commissioner Richard Chambers told reporters the actions of some of the protesters, who oppose the coronavirus vaccine mandates instituted in the country, were unacceptable and would be dealt with assertively.

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.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott directed all state agencies to consider transgender drugs and surgeries for minors as illegal child abuse after an opinion from state Attorney General Ken Paxton declared that the practices violate Texas law. Abbott’s directive noted that state law requires all licensed professionals who come into direct contact with children, including medical professionals and teachers, to report child abuse or face criminal punishment. “Texas law also imposes a duty on DFPS [Department of Family and Protective Services] to investigate the parents of a child who is subjected to these abusive gender-transitioning procedures, and on other state agencies to investigate licensed facilities where such procedures may occur,” the governor added.

  • District attorneys representing five of Texas’ largest counties on Wednesday said they will not treat gender-affirming procedures for transgender youth as “child abuse,” defying a push by the state’s attorney general and governor to target the medical treatments.

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)

U.S. sheriffs are demanding to be notified of new arrivals as the Department of Homeland Security ships tens of thousands of illegal immigrants throughout the country. They say locals will have to keep track of migrants if federal officials can’t. At the very least, they need to be aware of migrants whom law enforcement agencies are dropping off in their jurisdictions, they say. “If they’re shipping terrorists into our neighborhood, we have a right to know that. Drug dealers, smugglers — we have a right to know that.” said Sheriff Thomas Hodgson of Bristol County in Massachusetts.

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)

An inflation gauge that is closely monitored by the Federal Reserve jumped 6.1% in January compared with a year ago, the latest evidence that Americans are enduring sharp price increases that will likely worsen after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The figure reported Friday by the Commerce Department was the largest year-over-year rise since 1982. At the same time, consumers as a whole largely shrugged off the higher prices last month and boosted their spending 2.1% from December to January, Friday’s report said, an encouraging sign for the economy and the job market.

On Tuesday, in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, oil prices surged to their highest level since 2014, which could trigger the already high price of gasoline in the U.S. to soar even higher. The international oil benchmark rose to over $105/barrel as traders calculated the possibility of disrupted supply from Russia. Prices were down in the $60s only a few months ago. The last time crude oil prices reached such a higher level was in 2008, when the price of a barrel of oil reached $147 and gasoline rose to $4.09 a gallon.

  • As of Monday, 2/28, oil prices had settled at around $95/barrel.

Home prices rose 18.8% in 2021, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller US National Home Price Index, the biggest increase in 34 years of data and substantially ahead of 2020’s 10.4% gain. All regions saw price gains last year, but increases were strongest in the South and the Southeast, each of which were up over 25%. Phoenix led the way for the 31st consecutive month with prices 32.5% higher than the year before. It was followed by Tampa with a 29.4% increase, and Miami, with a 27.3% increase.

More Americans own a home now than in any year following the Great Recession, with the US homeownership rate climbing to 65.5% in 2020, according to NAR. That’s up 1.3% from 2019, the largest annual increase on record. But Black homeownership, at 43.4%, remains lower than it was a decade ago. And it is nearly 30 percentage points behind the White homeownership rate of 72.1%. Meanwhile, the Hispanic homeownership rate rose to an all-time high, reaching over 50% for the first time, and the Asian homeownership rate is 61.7%.

Investors bought 18.4% of homes sold across the country during the last three months of the year, according to Redfin. That’s an all-time high on records dating back to 2000. Investors shelled out $49.9 billion for homes in the fourth quarter, up from $35 billion one year earlier. Because two-thirds of investors pay with cash, they have a “competitive advantage” over other buyers.

In the 50 largest U.S. metro areas, median rent rose 19.3% from December 2020 to December 2021, according to a Realtor.com analysis of properties with two or fewer bedrooms. And nowhere was the jump bigger than in the Miami metro area, where the median rent exploded to $2,850, 49.8% higher than the previous year. Other cities across Florida — Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville — and the Sun Belt destinations of San Diego, Las Vegas, Austin, Texas, and Memphis, Tennessee, all saw spikes of more than 25% during that time period.

Continuing claims for unemployment benefits, which count people who have filed for jobless aid for at least two weeks in a row, dropped to just below 1.5 million in the week ending February 12, marking the lowest level since the week of March 14, 1970. It was also a lower level than economists had predicted. Last week’s initial jobless claims stood at 232,000, about the average before the pandemic.

Although dine-in restrictions in most places have eased, delivery rates remain higher now than they were pre-Covid. In 2019, delivery accounted for about 7% of total US restaurant sales, according to Euromonitor International. After a spike in 2020, it settled at nearly 9% in 2021. So whether restaurant owners like it or not, delivery is here to stay, despite the extra labor and delivery costs.

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

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid announced Saturday morning that it was moving its embassy in Ukraine to Poland due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The decision to move the embassy to Poland will help Israeli citizens crossing the border from Ukraine, the Foreign Ministry said. Some see this new development as a positive sign regarding Israel’s relationship with Poland, which had deteriorated recently. In June, the head of the Foreign Ministry’s Political-Strategic Department summoned then-Polish Ambassador to Israel Marek Magierowski to express Jerusalem’s “deep disappointment” with a new law passed that restricts the rights of Holocaust survivors to reclaim property seized by the country’s former communist regime.

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)

Saudi Arabia’s state-run news agency said 16 people of different nationalities were wounded last Monday at an airport when glass shattered inside the airport as a result of the interception and destruction of a drone carrying explosives launched from Yemen. The Saudi-led coalition that’s battling Yemen’s Houthi rebels was quoted as saying that the bomb-laden drone was targeting King Abdullah Airport in the Saudi city of Jizan, near the border with Yemen. Saudi Arabia has been involved in Yemen’s civil war since 2015, fighting against the Iranian-backed Houthis who overran the capital of Sanaa and ousted the internationally recognized government from power. Despite seven years of fighting and war, the Houthis remain in control of Sanaa and much of northern Yemen.

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)

Lebanese authorities have thwarted attempts by members of the Islamic State group to carry out three attacks near the capital Beirut that would have inflicted a large number of civilian casualties, the interior minister said Wednesday. Bassam Mawlawi said the would-be attackers, two of whom were detained earlier this month, are all Palestinians who had been recruiting young men to carry out suicide attacks with explosive belts in the predominantly Shiite southern suburbs of Beirut — a stronghold of the militant Hezbollah group. IS has in the past claimed responsibility for deadly attacks that killed and wounded scores of people in Lebanon. Such violence has dropped in recent years since the extremist group lost territories it controlled along the Lebanon-Syria border. There has been concern recently that Lebanon’s severe economic crisis was driving young men, particularly in the impoverished north, to join IS.

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

The situation in Afghanistan is so bad that poor Afghans are selling their children for food, reports World Vision. Afghanistan is now facing its worst hunger crisis in living memory. The latest stats show that 22.8 million people — 55% of the population — are facing acute levels of food insecurity and malnutrition, and children are dying due to starvation. An estimated 8.7 million Afghan children and adults will be on the brink of starvation by March 2022.

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

The second of two winter storms in as many days brought snow from the West into the Central and Southern Plains last Wednesday, shutting down interstates, closing schools and prompting hundreds of flight cancellations. In Arizona, Interstate 40 eastbound was shut down at mile marker 71 east of Kingman and mile marker 145 in Ash Fork. The first storm closed portions of three interstates in Minnesota and North Dakota Tuesday and brought snow and ice from the Upper Plains to the Midwest. In Wisconsin, the Lake Superior town of Washburn reported 30 inches of snow.

Parts of the Upper Midwest that were already digging out from up to 30 inches of snow received no respite on Wednesday as a blast of Arctic air drove even high temperatures into single digits – and wind chills as low as minus 50 degrees. At least six people died on icy roads in Missouri and Kentucky since Wednesday, when a winter storm started a long march eastward across much of the U.S.

An “extreme” atmospheric river was barreling into the Pacific Northwest on Monday, and with it will come the threat of flooding and avalanches, forecasters say. Meteorologists said rainfall amounts will range from 2-4 inches early this week from Portland, Oregon, to Seattle, and locally higher amounts are possible on the windward sides of the mountains.

The ice sheet covering Greenland is melting rapidly at its base and is injecting far more water and ice into the ocean than previously understood, according to new research, which could have serious ramifications for global sea level rise. “Unprecedented” rates of melting have been observed at the bottom of the ice sheet, caused by huge quantities of meltwater falling down from the surface, according to the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Drawing on thousands of academic studies from around the globe, the report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change finds that climate change is already causing “widespread disruption” to human society and the natural world. Failure to curb pollution from fossil fuels and other human activities, it says, will condemn the world to a future that is universally dangerous and deeply unequal. The developing nations and vulnerable communities that contributed the least to warming will suffer the most from its consequences.

Signs of the Times Update: February 21, 2022

February 21, 2022

Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)

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

A Christian, Judge Boulos Fahmy Eskandar, was appointed to the position  President of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC). No Christian has ever before been appointed to this position. The SCC has significant powers, with the authority to judge whether or not Egypt’s laws and regulations are constitutional. The appointment demonstrates the commitment of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to treating Christians as equal citizens. President al-Sisi has already taken a courageous stand for religious freedom, for example in repealing Ottoman-era restrictions on the building of churches.

  • In another welcome development, an Indian court also upheld the principle of equal rights. A judge in Tamil Nadu rejected a resident’s application to withdraw permission granted to Christians to construct a new church building, highlighting India’s constitutional commitment to religious freedom.

San Francisco voters on Feb. 15 overwhelmingly voted to recall three school board members, expressing their frustration with the board’s strict rules during the COVID-19 pandemic. Alison Collins, Gabriela Lopez, and Faauuga Moliga were all recalled, with preliminary results showing at least 72 percent of voters opted to oust each one. Lopez, the board’s president, Moliga, the board’s vice president, and Collins stoked anger when they didn’t move to reopen schools and spent time on matters deemed frivolous, such as renaming school buildings for social justice reasons.

An Illinois county must pay $374,104 in attorney’s fees for requiring a Christian nurse to refer women for abortions and provide abortifacient contraceptives, a state judge ruled Wednesday. Sandra Rojas had worked as a pediatric nurse for 18 years in the Winnebago County Health Department when, in 2015, she and other nurses were required to undergo training about abortion referrals and abortifacient contraceptives. Rojas objected, saying her Christian faith prohibited her from assisting in abortion services. Rojas resigned her position and then sued the county, alleging it had violated her freedom of religion and freedom of conscience rights. Judge Eugene G. Doherty of the 17th Judicial Circuit sided with Rojas last year, ruling the department “improperly discriminated” against Rojas “by refusing to accommodate her objections of conscience.”

The United Church of Christ has now paid off more than $100 million in medical debt for people across the United States. The UCC announced Monday (Feb. 14) that it used $200,000 from one of its annual Giving Tuesday campaigns to purchase and pay off $33 million in medical debt for residents of Ohio, where the mainline Protestant denomination is based. That brought the total medical debt the UCC has purchased and paid off since late 2019 to more than $104 million.

  • Hospitals and medical practitioners are glad to get something for medical debt, even if they don’t receive full payouts.

True Christianity: Jesus said, “This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me;  in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men. You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men.” (Mark 7:6-8)

A priest has resigned from a Catholic church in Phoenix, Arizona, after it was determined he incorrectly performed thousands of baptisms for decades by changing one word. Father Andres Arango resigned from St. Gregory Catholic Church in Phoenix after it was determined he used the words “We baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” instead of the correct phrase “I baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” according to Thomas J. Olmsted, the bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix. “The issue with using ‘We’ is that it is not the community that baptizes a person, rather, it is Christ, and Him alone, who presides at all of the sacraments, and so it is Christ Jesus who baptizes,” Olmsted said.

  • Absurd. Just like the Pharisees and their traditional rituals – developed by people not God. These traditions are substituted in place of our relationship with God and are fraught with error. As Jesus said, “You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel!”

Future Built on 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)

There was an ugly exchange in Canada’s Parliament Wednesday during which the Prime Minister shockingly responded to Conservative MP Melissa Lantsman, who is Jewish and who was challenged Trudeau’s wrongful invoking of the Emergency Measures Act. Trudeau shouted, “Conservative Party members can stand with people who wave swastikas, they can stand with people who wave the confederate flag. We will choose to stand with Canadians who deserve to be able to get to their jobs, to be able to get their lives back. These illegal protests need to stop, and they will.”

  • As LifeSiteNews reports, “There have been no swastikas! There was only one person on one day, not having anything to do with the truckers, who for a few hours carried a Confederate flag and was run away from the protest by truckers. Trudeau and his team and his media prostitutes keep repeating this and other lies over and over again.”

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)

President Joe Biden said the U.S. national emergency that was declared in early 2020 due to COVID-19 will be extended beyond March 1, citing what he called a “risk to the public health and safety. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause significant risk to the public health and safety of the Nation.” President Donald Trump had declared a national emergency, which allowed the freeing up of about $50 billion in federal aid. The emergency would have been automatically terminated unless, within 90 days prior to the anniversary date of its declaration, the president sent a notice to Congress stating it would continue beyond the anniversary date.

  • The federal government will be very reluctant to give up the increase in powers that the emergency declaration provides.

In 2020, the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University found that just 2% of millennials, a generation now well into adulthood, have a biblical worldview. That’s the lowest of any generation since surveys began. Lifeway Research reports that two-thirds of those who attend a youth group as teenagers will drop out of church as adults.

Immense fraud has created a huge task for Washington as it tries to tighten scrutiny of the $6 trillion in emergency coronavirus spending. White House officials and government watchdogs believe that large amounts of money meant to address the pandemic were stolen through identity theft and fraud. Tracking down all of that money has proved difficult, and some officials fear a lot of it may never be recovered.

  • Trusting the government to do anything is misplaced optimism. The bureaucracy has grown so large that the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing. The waste of taxpayer money is absolutely disgraceful.

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

President Joe Biden on Friday officially signed into law the stopgap funding measure passed by the Senate Thursday night, averting a government shutdown for now. The funding for the federal government was set to expire on Friday. The bill signed into law Friday will extend the funding until March 11.

  • By postponing agreement on a full spending bill yet again, Congress keeps kicking the can down the street hoping that Democrats and Republicans can finally hash things out. Divisions are wider than ever, so prospects aren’t good. The ongoing uncertainty only roils financial markets all the more.

A New York Times reporter explained why the paper joined nearly every major media outlet in ignoring the blockbuster special counsel charge that Hillary Clinton’s campaign spied on internet traffic at Trump Tower, Donald Trump’s New York City apartment and the White House in an effort to frame Trump as a Russia stooge. Two days after the story broke, Times reporter Charlie Savage wrote that Durham’s claims “tend to involve dense and obscure issues, so dissecting them requires asking readers to expend significant mental energy and time — raising the question of whether news outlets should even cover such claims.”

  • It didn’t seem too ‘dense and obscure’ when they jumped on the media bandwagon to accuse Trump of collusion with Russia.

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 Fairfax County school board in Falls Church, Virginia has announced its scheme to impose a “pre-crime surveillance program” that would be established to “monitor and deter social media threats, hate speech, bullying and harassment by students.” But the Rutherford Institute says it raises significant questions about government surveillance and “its chilling effect on the lawful speech of students, parents, and other community members.” It could trigger “one-size-fits-all zero tolerance policies regarding expressive activity that is misconstrued as negative, critical or hateful.”

  • For example, social media posts or likes regarding Biblical truths such as only two biological sexes, the condemnation of homosexuality and marriage as only being between one man and one woman, could all be classified as hate speech by the secular humanist school board with possible punishments meted out.

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

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

Police in Pakistan have registered a murder case against between 150 and 200 Muslims following the death of Christian shopkeeper Pervez Masih on February 14 in Lahore. The incident happened in the city’s LDA Quarter, Walton Road, after a group of Muslims was involved in an altercation the previous evening with Pervez at the games shop he ran. The next morning, between 150 and 200 Muslims went to the shop armed with guns, clubs and iron bars. One of the mob hit Pervez with a brick, causing a critical head injury. Pervez, who was in his late 20s, died in hospital.

Local officials have begun legal proceedings against church leaders in the province of Tizi Ouzou, Algeria with the aim of closing the church.     The provincial governor filed the case against the pastor of the church in Ait Atteli and his father, who owns the land where the church building stands. The case is based on a 2006 ordinance stipulating that permission must be obtained before a building is used for non-Muslim worship.

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

New Covid-19 cases in the U.S. are down 65% over the past two weeks while hospitalizations are down 42% and deaths are down 15%. Every state is now showing declines in new cases, from Maine at -1% to Nebraska at -81%.

Pandemic-era excess deaths — that is, deaths above the expected norm — surpassed 1 million in the United States this month, according to federal health data. That’s a million more than would normally have died compared to pre-pandemic years. The vast majority of the excess deaths tallied by the CDC were from Covid-19, though deaths from heart disease, hypertension, dementia and other conditions over the past two years were also elevated.

The omicron wave that assaulted the United States this winter also bolstered overall immunity, leaving enough protection against the coronavirus that future spikes will likely require much less — if any — dramatic disruption to society, reports Newsmax. Millions of individual Americans’ immune systems now recognize the virus and are primed to fight it off if they encounter omicron, or even another variant. About half of eligible Americans have received booster shots, there have been nearly 80 million confirmed infections overall and many more infections have never been reported. One influential model uses those factors and others to estimate that 73% of Americans are, for now, immune to omicron, the dominant variant, and that could rise to 80% by mid-March.

The Omicron variant slammed essential workers. So the National Guard became teachers, janitors and more. The Guard’s latest wave of assignments shows how omicron devastated crucial parts of the U.S. workforce, with employees calling in sick like never before.

A day after it was announced that Queen Elizabeth II has tested positive for Covid-19, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined England’s roadmap to ending all legal restrictions and start “living with Covid”. While the PM hailed the end of restrictions, he and other UK officials made clear that the pandemic is not over.

Other Diseases:

Authorities with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said bird influenza has now been detected in flocks of birds in Kentucky and Virginia, just days after the officials said that thousands of birds were sickened with the flu in Indiana. The highly pathogenic avian influenza was detected in a non-commercial backyard flock of birds on Long Island in New York, federal authorities confirmed Saturday. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control says the recent detections of the bird flu do not present an immediate public health concern. No human cases of these viruses have been detected in the U.S.

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.

Christopher Cole, FDA Executive Officer of Countermeasures Initiative, revealed the Biden administration’s future COVID-19 policy on hidden footage obtained by Project Veritas. The 20-year veteran of the agency claims to be directly involved in the approval process of the experimental COVID-19 injections. Cole states Biden wants to inoculate as many individuals as possible and wants everyone to take an annual COVID-19 injection (including kids). The agency’s executive officer reiterates the reason the policy hasn’t been announced yet is to not “rile everyone up.”

  • All such plans lead to the vaccine passports that progressives strongly want to implement.

New York Mayor Eric Adams announced on Monday that 1,430 public-sector workers in the city were fired for failing to meet a Feb. 11 deadline to get vaccinated against COVID-19. As many as 4,000 city workers were given notice in January to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment. Three-quarters of those workers had already been on leave without pay for months, having missed an earlier deadline for getting vaccinated in order to stay on the job. The mayor suggested that those workers chose to leave their jobs by refusing to get vaccinated, and were no officially fired.

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)

Atlanta saw a 30-year record in homicides last year, when it had 158 murders compared to 157 in 2020 and 99 in 2019. So far in 2022, homicides are up 43% compared to the same time period in 2021. Rapes are up an astounding 236%, with 37 reported so far this year compared to 11 at the same time in 2021.

A Kansas City, Missouri, mom decapitated her six-year-old son and a dog, according to police. Tasha Haefs allegedly called 911 on Tuesday night telling authorities that she believed the devil was trying to attack her, KCTV reported. Officers arrived at her home and found blood on the front steps and could hear a woman singing. The woman allegedly sang louder as they knocked on the door. 

The fatal stabbing of a 35-year-old woman in New York City’s Chinatown is raising new fears about crimes against Asian Americans. The alleged assailant is in custody, though it remains unclear whether the attack was racially motivated or one of opportunity. A homeless man identified as 25-year-old Assamad Nash followed the victim to her apartment and later was found hiding under her bed. Nash, who has a long history of misdemeanor crimes, is charged with burglary and murder.

A man who had just been robbed at gunpoint at an ATM in southeast Houston opened fire in an attempt to stop his attacker but instead shot a 9-year-old girl inside a truck that was driving nearby. The girl later died at a hospital. Tony Earls, 41, was charged Tuesday with aggravated assault and serious bodily injury in the shooting. Police were searching for the robbery suspect. They have not determined if that man returned fire or was shot.

A truck driver in Georgia was shot multiple times on an interstate Wednesday afternoon in an apparent case of road rage, authorities said. The shooter sped away before police arrived.

During an attempted robbery by an armed passenger on the night of Feb. 10, Uber driver Christina Spicuzza was captured on dashcam video pleading for her life before her passenger eventually killed her

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)

Families of nine victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre agreed Tuesday to a $73 million settlement against the maker of the gun, Remington Arms, used in the deadly 2012 shooting, marking first time a gunmaker accepts liability for a U.S. mass shooting. The settlement comes almost eight years after the families sued Remington for how it marketed its Bushmaster AR-15, the semiautomatic rifle used in the 2012 mass shooting in Newtown, Conn.

Americans across the country have used legal guns to defend themselves and thwart crimes, but the reports have been ignored by mainstream media and most people are unaware how often guns are used in self-defense cases. As crimes skyrocketed in major cities since 2020, instances of women using guns to protect themselves and stop crimes have repeatedly played out. “Thank God I had my gun, or I’d probably be dead right now,” a Chicago woman with a concealed carry permit said after two would-be carjackers approached her outside a bank. In New Orleans just last week, a mom and Air Force veteran pulled a gun on a man who tried to get into her car while she was sitting in gridlocked traffic with her 2-year-old son. The suspect fled.

  • Dr. John Lott, an economist and president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, said there are about 2 million defensive gun uses per year, according to the average of 18 national surveys. 

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

Protesters gathered in Minneapolis on Friday evening after the sentencing of former Minnesota police Officer Kim Potter to two years in prison in the April 2021 shooting death of Daunte Wright. Reports were emerging on social media that looting was underway at stores in Brooklyn Center, the Minneapolis suburb where Potter worked and where the death of Wright occurred. State sentencing guidelines recommend a penalty of about seven years in prison on a manslaughter conviction but Judge Chu sentenced Potter to just two years, arguing that Potter’s shooting of Wright was accidental, thinking her gun was the taser, and that Potter had expressed remorse. 

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 criminal behavior will increase all the more as the end-times ramp up.

Because of the surge in shoplifting, pharmacies are locking up toothpaste and deodorant and Walmart has begun putting steaks behind locked doors. At this point, it is not clear if these new “security devices” are being rolled out nationwide or just in high crime areas.

A Tennessee woman faces 18 counts of statutory rape amid allegations that she had multiple sexual encounters with students at McMinn Central High School. Melissa Blair, 38, allegedly provided gifts that included vape pens in exchange for sex.

An estimated 300 vehicles converged on Richmond, Virginia, to take over the city and engage in illegal activities, according to local authorities. Richmond police said the cars entered the city around 9 p.m. Saturday and stopped at various locations where they posed a threat to public safety by blocking intersections and reckless driving. Police said multiple cars were seen performing donuts and burnouts in parking lots and other spots throughout the city. Officers thwarted the organized effort in six locations and issued 45 summonses for various offenses before the drivers dispersed after midnight.

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

On Tuesday, Amazon removed Black Lives Matter from its charity platform AmazonSmile amidst growing scrutiny over the organization’s financial endeavors. The decision comes after BLM leaders failed to disclose detailed financial reports on up to $60 million it had received in donations. Investigators in California and Washington State believe it is an attempt to hide fraud and the possible pocketing of the money by BLM leaders. Back in 2020, Amazon itself donated $10 million to social justice groups, including BLM at the height of their popularity.

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

The 3G wireless technology that was state of the art just 15 years ago is now getting ushered offstage by wireless carriers planning to use those airwaves to expand 5G service–and this development is sparking some separation anxiety. Devices like home alarms and medical-alert bracelets which perform a vital service and are hard to upgrade. About 1.5 million intrusion and fire alarms and half a million wearable emergency-alert devices need replacement, estimates John Brady, the chief operating officer at Connect America, a tele-health firm.

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)

Publicly traded companies headquartered in California have added record numbers of women to their boards in the three years since the state set gender quotas by law. The number of board seats held by women more than doubled to 1,959 in 2021 from 782 in 2018, representing a dramatic shift in who gets a seat at the boardroom table, new research found. Before the law went into effect, women held 14.6% of the seats on company boards in the state.

A number of Black families across the country are seeking the return of land they say has been wrongly confiscated, often by government entities over the century-plus since the end of the Civil War. The times, places and details differ, but all share the contention that their forebears were mistreated because of race. At stake for these families is millions of dollars-worth of valuable property that has become public land or was sold to other families, often white. The loss of these properties is one reason that Black generational wealth is just a fraction of that accumulated and inherited by white families, experts say.

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

The United States is enduring its most severe increase in traffic deaths since the 1940s. Deaths from vehicle crashes had generally been falling since the late 1960s, thanks to vehicle improvements, lower speed limits and declines in drunken driving, among other factors. By 2019, the annual death rate from crashes was near its lowest level since cars became a mass item in the 1920s. But then came the Covid-19 pandemic. Crashes — and deaths — began surging in the summer of 2020, surprising traffic experts who had hoped that relatively empty roads would cause accidents to decline. Instead, an increase in aggressive driving more than made up for the decline in driving. And crashes continued to increase when people returned to the roads, later in the pandemic.

  • Per capita vehicle deaths rose 17.5% from the summer of 2019 to last summer, according to a NY Times analysis of federal data. It is the largest two-year increase since just after World War II.

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)

While homeschooling increased among all racial and ethnic groups during the pandemic, the rate skyrocketed among African-Americans. Census Bureau data shows homeschooling among black households jumped six-fold, from 3% in spring 2020 to 18% in spring 2021. Relatively equal proportions of white, black, and Hispanic households now homeschool their children.

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)

On Monday, 2/14, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declared a national emergency, invoking extraordinary powers as the trucker-led protests against COVID-19 vaccine mandates continued for their 18th day. It is the first national declaration of emergency since Trudeau’s father did it half a century ago. Trudeau said the government is not “using the Emergencies Act to call in the military.” However, invoking the act gives the federal government, among other things, the right to ban public assembly and seize property to restore order. Meanwhile, Canada’s deputy prime minister and minister of finance, Chrystia Freeland, announced Monday that the federal government is targeting the crowd-funding of the truckers leading the protest through a terror-finance law.

Large groups of police, some on horseback and some carrying assault rifles and what appears to be rubber bullet launchers, have begun moving in on protesters in Ottawa, backed up by armored vehicles on Friday, 2/18. Canadian police started arresting protesters as part of an operation to end the three-week blockade of Ottawa by hundreds of truck drivers that crippled the capital and prompted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to assume emergency powers. Live television footage showed police making at least eight arrests, without using any force. Police arrested organizers Tamara Lich and Chris Barber around Parliament Hill Thursday, but did not immediately move in force on the demonstrators.

  • By Saturday, Canadian police put the number of arrests at over 100, and the number of vehicles towed at 21  law enforcement escalated its confrontation with protesters in Ottawa. The police slowly pushed back the crowd for most of the day, but in the afternoon increased pressure by deploying pepper spray and using police on horseback to gain more ground while advancing against the protesters, knocking some to the ground.
  • Protest organizer Benjamin Dichter took to Twitter to urge protesters to leave and pleaded with the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) to let the truckers “leave in peace.” Protesters were almost entirely gone Sunday.

A new protest took place in New York City against Canadian tyranny, in support of the people of Canada and in opposition Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s oppressive actions, especially his latest move of invoking the Emergencies Act to attack the Freedom Convoy‘s blockades. Protesters gathered outside of the Canadian embassy to show their support for the Canadian Freedom Convoy.

A trucker-led convoy kicked off on Feb. 23 from the Barstow area in California, and headed eastbound toward the nation’s capital Washington D.C. to peacefully protest to end the federal government’s emergency powers declared in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic Protesters want to see freedoms protected by the Constitution restored across the country. The large convoy goes by the name “The People’s Convoy” and is non-partisan and cross-cultural.

  • Security officials will reinstall fencing around the Capitol next week ahead of President Biden’s State of the Union address, Fox News can confirm. U.S. Capitol Police are bracing for a potential “Freedom Convoy” truck protest to Washington D.C. for the March 1 speech.

International:

On Saturday, Feb 12, Australia’s capital city Canberra witnessed perhaps the largest political demonstration in the nation’s history. People came from all parts of the country to participate in the Canberra Convoy to protest against vaccine mandates and government oppression. The numbers were huge, perhaps more than double the population of Canberra and representing over 6 per cent of the total voting population. “There is a growing desire amongst Australians from all walks of life to get their rights and democratic freedoms back,” reported Monica Smit for LifeSite News.

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

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

A California father lost custody of his transgender-identifying 16-year-old child after declaring his opposition to hormone therapy and after the judge asked the dad if he believes transgenderism “is a sin,” according to a new report. The father, Ted Hudacko, expressed unconditional love for his biological son in court proceedings before California Superior Court Judge Joni Hiramoto, who continually asked the dad if he could affirm the child’s self-identity. The child, a biological male, identifies as female and prefers they/them pronouns. Because of the father’s position, he eventually lost all parental rights, with no ability to see his child and no right to stop any medical treatments that could leave the child permanently infertile. The case began in 2019 but became public this month.

A British Christian doctor who was fired for refusing to use the preferred pronouns of transgender patients has filed an appeal, saying his case “affects everyone” who is “concerned by compelled speech” and “transgender ideology.” David Mackereth, a doctor with 26 years of experience, was dismissed from his position in 2018 as an accident and emergency department (A&E) doctor when he refused to identify patients by their chosen gender instead of their biological sex. Mackereth is a Christian who says his religious beliefs are protected by federal law. A British judge in October 2019 ruled against Mackereth, saying the doctor’s beliefs about gender are not “worthy of respect in a democratic society” and are “incompatible with human dignity.”

  • Mackereth appealed the decision to the Employment Appeal Tribunal, which will hear the case March 28-29. The Christian Legal Centre is representing him.

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

Homeland Security announced the departure of the last Afghan evacuees from military bases on U.S. soil Saturday, saying 76,000 of them have been processed and released into American communities.

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 number of Turkish migrants encountered at the southern border so far in FY 2022 already outpaces the number encountered in all of FY 2021 – a sign of the increasingly global character of the U.S. border crisis, which is now moving into its second year. There have been 1,523 encounters of Turkish nationals so far in FY 2022, which started in October. That’s already more than the 1,409 migrants encountered in the entirety of FY 2021. However, 1,409 was a massive increase from FY 2020, when there were just 109 encounters of migrants from Turkey.

  • In December, nearly 45% of all migrants (79,678) came from countries other than Mexico and the Northern Triangle (Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador). More than 2,100 came from Russia, that’s up from 73 in December 2020. Meanwhile, 358 came from Ukraine – up from six a year ago. And there were 1,142 migrants from India (up from 31 last year).

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 producer price index, which measures final demand goods and services, increased 1% for January over December. Over the past 12 months the gauge rose an unadjusted 9.7%. The price of lumber has really been surging once again.  According to the National Association of Home Builders, this most recent surge has “added more than $18,600 to the price of a newly built home.”       

Gas in California hit a record high of $4.72 a gallon on average on Wednesday — and experts say $5 a gallon will likely be the norm there in a matter of months, if not sooner. The US national average is currently $3.51 a gallon.

Only a year ago almost no one paid the full sticker price when buying a new car. Now you’re lucky if you can – 80% of new car buyers in January paid more than manufacturer’s suggested retail price, according to data from Edmunds. The average used car sold for $29,594 in January, up from $22,676 last year, a 30% increase, Edmunds.com reports. The average transaction price of a nine-year-old car rose 43% in a year. Even the price of a modest three-year-old Nissan Versa subcompact car has risen 66%

The median price for a home last month was $350,300, up 15.4% from a year ago, according to the National Association of Realtors. Sales of existing homes — which include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops — surged 6.7% from December, but were down 2.3% from a year ago, largely because there were so few homes to buy.

Mortgage rates increased again, rising to a level not seen since summer 2019. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.92% in the week ending February 17, up from 3.69% the week before. Mortgage rates jumped again because of high inflation and stronger than expected consumer spending, said Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist.

U.S. retail sales rose by 3.8% in January from the month prior, adjusted for seasonal swings — more than the 2% increase economists had predicted. It was a reversal of the decline reported in December, when earlier than usual holiday shopping left little for the last month of the year.

The pay gap between top women executives and their male counterparts at the nation’s largest companies widened in 2020, according to a new report from Morningstar. Even though there were more women in the highest-paying jobs among companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index, they earned 75 cents for every dollar men pocketed, the widest gap since 2012 and down from 88 cents in 2018. 

As cases from the omicron variant drop and officials roll back mask requirements, some Americans are racing to lock in vacation plans. Travel agents, hotel operators and restaurateurs are reporting big spikes in bookings as more people seek to take advantage of the relative lull in infections.

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)

Israeli missiles fired from the Golan Heights hit Syrian targets south of Damascus late Wednesday night, Syria’s official news agency SANA reported. “At 23:35, the Israeli enemy carried out an attack using surface-to-surface missiles fired from the Golan Heights toward targets in the village of Zakyah in southern Damascus, causing damage to the site,” the report said. There was material damage, but no casualties were reported. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition war monitor, said Israel targeted a building where a meeting of unknown military officials was held.

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)

President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin have agreed in principle to a summit over Ukraine, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday, offering a possible path out of one of the most dangerous European crises in decades. Macron said in a statement he had pitched to both leaders a summit on “security and strategic stability in Europe.” Biden agreed as long as Russia doesn’t launch an invasion.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Feb. 21 that Russia recognizes the independence of the separatist Donetsk and Lugansk regions in eastern Ukraine, which Western officials assert would give Moscow the pretext to send in troops. In a speech on Monday, Putin explained that he believes Ukraine is “ancient Russian lands.” “Ukraine is not just a neighboring country for us, Ukraine is a part of our cultural space,” Putin asserted.

Kyiv blamed Russia for a cyberattack last Tuesday, as U.S. President Joe Biden warned that more than 150,000 Russian troops were still amassed near Ukraine’s borders after Moscow’s announcement of a partial pullback was met with skepticism. Ukraine said the online networks of its defense ministry and two banks were overwhelmed in what is called a distributed denial-of-service. The maneuver works when hackers flood a network with unusually high volumes of data traffic to paralyze it. The officials investigating the incident called it the “largest” of its kind in the history of the country – and suspect Russia is the culprit.

Russia’s Investigative Committee claimed on Wednesday that mass graves of hundreds of Russian-speaking civilians had been found in the Donbas region, as the Russian government continued to accuse Ukraine of genocide and human rights violations in Donbas. The committee claimed that the civilians found in the area controlled by Russian-backed separatists were killed by Ukrainian shelling. The announcement comes a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that “in our view what is now happening in Donbas is genocide”

  • According to the latest US intelligence assessment, Russia now has close to 75% of its conventional forces postured against Ukraine.

Shells struck by the hundreds along the tense front lines in eastern Ukraine, drones monitoring a fragile cease-fire lost their way when the GPS signal they rely on was jammed, and then the cellphone network went dark. In a sliver of land where pro-Russian separatists have battled for years against Ukrainian government forces, a group of international monitors tasked with keeping the peace reported more than 500 explosions in the 24 hours ending Thursday midday, around four times as many as an average day over the past month. One shell crashed into a kindergarten in the village of Stanytsia, blasting a hole in the wall that sent soccer balls flying off the classroom shelves just as the school day started. Others blasted craters into the schoolyard and shattered windows of nearby homes. Three people were wounded and half the village lost power.

  • The Ukraine military reported Saturday that there has been a tenfold increase in shelling in past three days.

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

The Taliban on Monday warned that it would reconsider its policy towards the United States if President Joe Biden did not reverse his “unjustified” decision to return only half of Afghanistan’s $7 billion deposited on U.S. soil. The United States will free up half of the $7 billion in frozen Afghan central bank assets on U.S. soil to help Afghans struggling with a humanitarian crisis and hold the rest to possibly satisfy terrorism-related lawsuits against the Taliban. “The Islamic Emirate strongly rejects Biden’s unjustified actions as a violation of the rights of all Afghans,” the Taliban said.

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

A fast-moving wildfire forced evacuations in California Thursday, The was burning near the Sierra Nevada mountains. The Caltech Observatory was also evacuated. Another wildfire started near the Sierra Nevada mountains in California on Wednesday, quickly burning through 1,800 acres and forcing evacuations. The blaze, named the Airport Fire, began right outside the Eastern Sierra Regional Airport in Inyo County, California, around 1:30 p.m. The fire spread quickly, doubling in size from 50 to 100 acres within 45 minutes. The Owens Valley Radio Observatory and the White Mountain Research Center were both evacuated. The evacuation area was later expanded to include Big Pine, a small town of under 2,000 people east of U.S. 395. The Airport Fire is the latest of many winter blazes to plague California this year. 

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

The megadrought in the western U.S. has moderated somewhat over the past three months, with the percentage of the area in severe, extreme or exceptional drought dropping from 78% to 64%. Three western states showed increases in drought while seven states experienced declines: New Mexico was up from 52% to 78% and Wyoming increased from 63% to 67% while Colorado was up from 39% to 60%;  Utah had the smallest decline from  99% to 97%; Nevada was down from 95% to 68%; California declined from 92% to 66%; Oregon dropped from 92% to 75%; Idaho was down from 90% to 37%; Washington decreased from 43% to 26%; and Arizona was down from 34% to 26%.

A thunderstorm brought more than just rain to Pasadena, California, Tuesday. A hailstorm surprised Southern California residents with an inch of accumulation.

More than 100 cars and semis crashed on a slippery stretch of interstate in central Illinois Thursday The crashes stretched several hundred yards along Interstate 39.             There were no immediate reports of injuries. The interstate was shut down for at least 12 hours.

Treacherous winter driving conditions are being blamed for a series of pileup crashes on Friday involving 39 vehicles in central Wisconsin. Ten people were injured.

Several tractor trailers were blown over in high winds and a possible tornado on Interstate 22 in northern Alabama Thursday evening. At least one person was rescued after a tree fell on a mobile home in the Birmingham suburb of Leeds.

Vehicle-related flood deaths reached a five-year high in 2021, fueled in part by extreme rainfall. Cars, SUVs and even trucks are no match for the powerful force of flowing water — even six inches can set a small car afloat, and 18 to 24 inches can carry large trucks away.

International:

U.N. Food and Agriculture officials warned Monday that the Horn of Africa is facing a dangerous drought, and needs emergency relief now. They estimate that 1.5 million livestock have already been killed.

More than 100 people were killed and hundreds of others left displaced by the flooding and landslides in Petrópolis, Brazil. Dozens of others were still missing on Thursday morning. Petrópolis tourist area located in a mountainous region about 25 miles (40 kilometers) to the north of Rio de Janeiro.

Three people have been killed on roads as Storm Eunice hit the UK Friday. Several other people have been injured by falling trees and flying debris, while another man has died in the Republic of Ireland.  About 200,000 homes are without power across the UK. It has brought widespread travel disruption with hundreds of trains and flights cancelled. In London, parts of the O2 Arena’s roof have been shredded. A wind gust of 122 mph at the Needles on the Isle of Wight is provisionally the highest gust ever recorded in England. The UK issued a rare ‘danger to life’ weather alert for the south of England.

Signs of the Times Update: February 14, 2022

February 14, 2022

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. (1John 4:7-11)

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)

Abortions in Texas fell by 60% in the first month under the most restrictive abortion law in the U.S. in decades, according to new figures that for the first time reveal a full accounting of the immediate impact. The nearly 2,200 abortions reported by Texas providers in September came after a new law took effect that bans the procedure once cardiac activity is detected, usually around six weeks of pregnancy and without exceptions in cases of rape or incest. In August, there had been more than 5,400 abortions statewide. State health officials said more data will be released on a monthly basis.

A federal judge ruled that a provision in President Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief law limiting states from cutting taxes is unconstitutional. A Trump-appointed judge imposed a permanent injunction against Biden’s demand that would limit the tax cuts that states can dole out. The judge ruled that it is unconstitutional for Congress to tell states whether or not they can cut the taxes for their constituents. He argued that Biden was trying to impose a tax mandate on the states. U.S. District Judge Douglas Cole therefore enacted a permanent injunction against the clause.

The Virginia Senate has passed a bill that would mandate parental notification for sexually explicit school content and allow parents to demand non-explicit material. The majority-Democrat chamber approved the legislation, SB 656, in a 20-18 vote Wednesday. Two Democrats, Sens. Lynwood Lewis and Monty Mason, joined Republicans to pass the bill. SB 656 requires public schools to notify parents of any instructional material that includes sexually explicit content and allow parents to review it. The legislation also requires schools to provide alternative, non-explicit material to any student upon a parent’s request. School boards have until January 1, 2023 to implement the new policies.

South Dakota became the 10th state to save girls’ sports. Ten states now have laws ensuring girls’ sports are just for biological girls.

Satanic Perfidies: He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44)

Intercessors for America reports: “It is not an understatement to call this a battle of good and evil. It literally is. And on Friday, February 11, satanists from across the world will converge on Scottsdale, Arizona and for three days conduct rituals, services, celebrations, and more debauched and evil events. It’s SatanCon from February 11-13. The satanists chose to locate their conference in Scottsdale as a push back against the city for declining their request to deliver a satanic invocation before the Scottsdale City Council meeting… The SatanCon event is open also to the public, hoping to entice inquiring minds to open up to the products and activities in the SatanCon Marketplace. Visitors can also participate in the late-night “Impurity Ball” satanic ritual.”

  • IFA also reports: “The Satanic church, with apparently over half a million members, is involved in civic activities such as pro-abortion lobbying—especially pushing back on the new pro-life legislation and sanctuary cities for the unborn in nearby Texas. The Satanic Temple After School Clubs meet in elementary and secondary schools across the nation. A new Satanic streaming service being introduced will increase the reach of their beliefs, rituals, and activities.”

Bad Church Shepherds: “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy, and say to them, even to the shepherds, Thus says the Lord God: Ah, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves! Should not shepherds feed the sheep? You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fat ones, but you do not feed the sheep. The weak you have not strengthened, the sick you have not healed, the injured you have not bound up, the strayed you have not brought back, the lost you have not sought, and with force and harshness you have ruled them. So they were scattered, because there was no shepherd, and they became food for all the wild beasts.” (Ezekiel 34:1-5)

Retired Pope Benedict XVI asked forgiveness Tuesday for any “grievous faults” in his handling of clergy sex abuse cases, but admitted to no personal or specific wrongdoing after an independent report criticized his actions in four cases while he was archbishop of Munich, Germany. “I have had great responsibilities in the Catholic Church. All the greater is my pain for the abuses and the errors that occurred in those different places during the time of my mandate,” the retired pope said. Benedict, 94, was responding to a Jan. 20 report from a German law firm that had been commissioned by the German Catholic Church to look into how cases of sexual abuse were handled in the Munich archdiocese between 1945 and 2019. Benedict, the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, headed the archdiocese from 1977 to 1982.

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

According to a 2019 Pew Study, almost two-thirds of Americans believe trust in each other is falling. That’s before the extreme divisions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. “Public trust, specifically of the federal government, began to erode in the 1960s. The series of unfortunate events in the decades that followed—wars, Watergate, economic struggles, impeachments, ever-deepening political divisions—only contributed to what has become a steady decline of public confidence in the federal government. The only notable exception came with the brief spike in national unity in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. During the last two years, like so many other social conditions that pre-existed the COVID pandemic, the numbers hit an all-time low,” notes Breakpoint.

The liberal/progressive government continues to wage war against ‘false’ narratives (which often turn out to be true). In a National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin issued Monday, the Department of Homeland Security warned of a heightened threat of terror due in part to “an online environment filled with false or misleading narratives and conspiracy theories, and other forms of mis- dis- and mal-information (MDM) introduced and/or amplified by foreign and domestic threat actors. These threat actors seek to exacerbate societal friction to sow discord and undermine public trust in government institutions to encourage unrest, which could potentially inspire acts of violence,” the alert said. The agency warned of “mass casualty attacks and other acts of targeted violence conducted by lone offenders and small groups acting in furtherance of ideological beliefs and/or personal grievances pose an ongoing threat to the nation.”

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

Last year, 92% of black Protestants approved of the president, a higher rating than any other group. Now, just 65% approve of the job Biden is doing so far. A large majority of Hispanic Catholics (74%) approved of Biden’s work last year. However, over the past year, that support has narrowed to 64%. Last March, 44% of Protestants approved of Biden’s job as president, now it’s down to 32%. While back then 22% of white evangelicals and 40% of white non-evangelical Protestants approved of his job performance, now that’s down to 14% and 31%. Forty-six percent of white Catholics approved of the president’s job last year, but as of January only 35% still agree.

The Supreme Court put on hold a lower court ruling that Alabama must draw new congressional districts before the 2022 elections to increase Black voting power. The high court order boosts Republican chances to hold six of the state’s seven seats in the House of Representatives. The court’s action, by a 5-4 vote announced last Monday, 2/7, means the upcoming elections will be conducted under a map drawn by Alabama’s Republican-controlled legislature that contains one majority-Black district in a state in which more than a quarter of the population is Black.

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)

Two Democratic Senators say the CIA has been operating a secret program that collects data on Americans. Sens. Ron Wyden of Oregon and Martin Heinrich of New Mexico sent a letter to intelligence officials looking for additional details about the undisclosed data repository. The letter, sent April 2021, was declassified on Thursday with portions of it blacked out. Both Wyden and Heinrich are members of the Senate Intelligence Committee. A statement released on Thursday by the two Senators said: “The letter, which was declassified and made public today reveals that “the CIA has secretly conducted its own bulk program,” authorized under Executive Order 12333, rather than the laws passed by Congress. “The letter notes that the program was ‘entirely outside the statutory framework that Congress and the public believe govern this collection, and without any of the judicial, congressional or even executive branch oversight.'”

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has recently announced that there are too many traffic-caused fatalities throughout the US. The solution? The installation of millions of traffic cameras throughout the United States in order to automatically ticket those who violate speed limits and other traffic rules. Pete’s stated goal is the complete elimination of traffic fatalities – an impossibility. So is that what this is all about? Or, is the installation of one of the largest surveillance programs in U.S. history about seizing yet another opportunity to gain control over the masses? Yep.

The Selective Service System is responsible for tracking information on every male aged 18-25 in America—a database it keeps in case Congress calls for a military draft. This agency is finalizing a new rule tracking “vaccination status, including records related to the processing of requests from employees, applicants for employment who are seeking a reasonable accommodation.” Those records will track a person’s “religious beliefs, observances or practices, including medicines or medical products that are used or not used by an employee due to a belief, observance or practice.”

After a great deal of pushback, the Internal Revenue Service finally announced Monday that it is abandoning its controversial plan to use facial recognition to verify IDs online. The IRS had intended to expand the required use of ID.me to taxpayers wanting to access their tax information online starting in June. It was already using the third-party program  ID.me to verify the identity of people opting out of the child tax credit. Not surprisingly, taxpayers and those concerned about privacy never embraced the idea of sending a picture to to the IRS to open an online IRS account. And many expressed concerns that the technology may be less reliable for people of color or older people.

  • Gone for now, but a harbinger of things to come.

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

A federal appeals court has ruled that it will not block Joe Biden’s rule on family planning clinics that forces Americans to fund the Planned Parenthood abortion business. Twenty states are working together to fight a new Biden administration rule, saying it forces taxpayers to subsidize the killing of unborn babies in abortions in clear violation of the law. Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen led eight states in filing an amicus brief supporting 12 other states’ lawsuit against the new Title X program rule. They asked a federal court to grant relief to the 12 states by blocking the Biden administration from enforcing the rule. In a ruling last Monday, a federal appeals court based in Cincinnati declined to block the Biden rule while the lawsuit continues.

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

New cases of Covid-19 in the U.S. are down 67% over the past two weeks and 75% from the peak in mid-January. Hospitalizations are down 35% and deaths, which lag new cases, finally turned the corner and are down 3%. Most states are down 60% to 80%, but Maine is only down 9%, with Mississippi down 31% and Idaho down  39%.

  • West Virginia, Alabama and Kentucky have the country’s highest numbers of recent hospitalizations per capita. Those states have vaccination rates well below the national average.

If you’ve already had COVID-19, your natural antibodies may last as long as 20 months, a new study from Johns Hopkins University suggests. “Almost everyone with a documented COVID-19 infection had antibodies, and these antibodies seem to persist for quite a long time,” said study author Dr. Dorry Segev, a transplant surgeon at Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore. “We really need to start incorporating antibodies from natural immunity into the context of immunity evaluation, moving from vaccine verification to immunity verification.”

New research supports the notion that COVID-19 can cause long-term heart problems. An analysis of U.S. health data found COVID patients are at increased risk of heart complications for at least a year after infection. Those complications include heart rhythm problems, inflammation, blood clots, stroke, coronary artery disease, heart attack, heart failure, and death.

When COVID-19 emerged, scientists figured they could stop the disease by getting 70% or 80% of the country vaccinated. As the delta variant of the virus raged, experts said it might take 90%.Now, as the virus enters its third year, it’s becoming clear that no level of vaccination may be enough to control the spread. “Even if everyone were vaccinated, we would still be able to see some amount of spread,” said Stephen Kissler, a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “We’re basically at the point there that threshold no longer exists,” due to ongoing variant mutations. And vaccines’ fast-waning protection has disappointed experts

The benefits of universal masking in schools remain unclear. Studies — in Florida and in England, for example — tend to find little effect on caseloads, reports the New York Times. “Some experts still favor masks in schools, saying they likely have an effect, even if few studies have yet shown it.” Medical masks are designed for adults, not children, Osterholm notes. Even masks designed for children slip off their faces. Children take off their masks to eat. Add in Omicron’s intense contagiousness, and the benefits of mandates may be tiny.

People who die of severe COVID-19 have brain abnormalities that resemble changes also seen in Alzheimer’s disease, small studies have found. At Columbia University, Dr. Andrew Marks and colleagues studied the brains of 10 COVID-19 patients and found high levels of defects in proteins called ryanodine receptors that control the passage of calcium into cells, a condition also linked to Alzheimer’s.

Gilead Sciences Inc’s drug, remdesivir, showed antiviral activity against omicron, delta and other variants of the coronavirus in laboratory studies, the company said on Friday. Remdesivir, marketed as Veklury, was approved by the FDA in October 2020 to treat hospitalized COVID-19 patients. Last month, this was expanded to non-hospitalized patients who were at high risk of severe disease. Gilead added that the viral enzyme of the coronavirus that remdesivir targets does not contain any additional unique mutations.

A compound in the herb rosemary may block the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. A team from Scripps Research Institute in California reports that carnosic acid inhibits the interaction between the virus’ outer spike protein and the body’s ACE2 receptor protein, preventing the virus from entering the body. In addition, the compound impedes a pathway that involves other inflammatory diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

Mask Mandates:

Parishioners were ‘stunned’ after a Western Australian police officer burst in the middle of a mass at St. Bernadette’s Catholic Church in Mount Hawthorn Perth, Australia last Thursday evening just to check masks. Masks were made mandatory for all indoor settings in the Perth and Peel regions on January 16. Catholic Archbishop of Perth Timothy Costelloe said in a statement, It is highly regrettable that the police felt obliged to intervene during a religious service… The celebration of the Eucharist is the central act of Catholic worship and is sacred to all Catholics.”

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said Monday she will no longer require businesses to check patrons’ vaccination status at the door, effective Tuesday. Bowser also said she will drop a city indoor mask mandate at the end of the month for businesses, stores, gyms and restaurants. The mask rule will remain in place for schools, public transportation, nursing homes, medical facilities and city government offices that deal with the public.

  • Super Bowl weekend marked the first days in Las Vegas without a mask mandate since July 2021.
  • Walmart, the nation’s largest private employer, relaxed its mask rules over the weekend, saying workers can forego face coverings so long as they’re vaccinated.

Other Diseases:

An outbreak of the bird flu has been reported on a turkey farm in southern Indiana and nearly 30,000 turkeys have already been euthanized in efforts to control the spread. This does not present an immediate concern to public health, federal officials said, but it does have agriculture and industry folks worried. On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported the confirmed case of the H5N1 strain of avian flu at a farm in Dubois County. It is a highly pathogenic strain, meaning it is lethal to all poultry that contract the disease. This is the nation’s first confirmed case of the flu in a commercial operation since 2020 and six years since it was last found on farms in Indiana, when hundreds of thousands of birds were killed as a result.

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.

Despite heavy censorship by the White House and the media, study after study continues to show that the COVID vaccination shots, which skipped 7-10 years of safety testing, are now causing severe injury and death. For instance, military doctors just released information regarding a shocking 1,000% increase in neurological disorders among service members since the shots were rolled out, reports Liberty Counsel. Josh Yoder, a commercial airline pilot, also has come forward with stories of vaccine injuries among pilots that raise serious safety concerns, LC reports.

  • Amid indications from many different sources of a dramatic rise in the sudden onset of serious illnesses following COVID-19 vaccination, a veteran embalmer is reporting that he and more than a dozen colleagues in the industry have been noticing strange blood clots in most of their cases, reports WND.com. Richard Hirschman, with more than 20 years of experience in the funeral industry in Alabama, says that in mid-2021, he began noticing odd blood clots in arteries and lungs he had never seen before. Hirschman said that last month, he found that 65% of his cases exhibited the clots. He further said that every one of the 15 people in the funeral industry with whom he has spoken has observed the same alarming trend.
  • The Food and Drug Administration announced Friday it would not proceed with authorizing two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for young children after data from a trial showed it did not generate strong protection.

Dr. Peter McCullough, a well-known expert on vaccines, is on record warning that myocarditis triggered by the COVID-19 vaccinations is way more serious than the same problem from the virus itself. In an interview, he said cases of inflammation of the heart muscle spiked significantly among previously healthy people in nations where COVID shots are used widely. A report from Alpha News said Milo Edberg, 6, was fine before he got the COVID-19 vaccine. Two days later, he was in a hospital bed unable to walk due to myocarditis.

A new study reveals that booster shot effectiveness wanes after 4 months, but the shots still showed sturdy protection against hospitalization, CDC data shows. The shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines still provided significant protection in keeping people out of the hospital during the omicron surge. But the data also shows that additional boosters may be needed.

The only Johnson & Johnson plant that had been making usable batches of the company’s COVID-19 vaccine is no longer producing it, a move that could reduce the global supply of the vaccine by a few hundred million doses. J&J quietly made the move late last year, switching the Netherlands facility to producing an experimental vaccine for another virus that may end up more profitable, sources say. A spokesperson for J&J says the company has millions of finished doses in its inventory, and is still “focused on ensuring our vaccine is available where people are in need.”

  • The African Union and Covax, which gets vaccines to poor countries, were said to be blindsided by J&J’s move, and expressed concerns about the pause—which is planned to last only a few months—considering the single-dose shot, which does not require ultracold refrigeration, is preferred in much of the developing world, where the need for vaccines is still great. The New York Times says J&J had “already fallen far behind on its deliveries to poorer countries.”

Vaccine Mandates:

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday denied a request to block the city’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for employees of the New York City Department of Education who were not given a religious exemption. Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who handles cases from the region, denied the emergency injunction filed by a group of public school teachers, supervisors, and staff employed by the New York City Department of Education (DOE), the largest public school district in the country. Her latest ruling comes the same day as the deadline for the teachers as well as other New York City public workers, firefighters, and police officers to get their COVID-19 vaccinations. Those who do not have proof of vaccination will likely be fired or put on unpaid leave. Sotomayor, an Obama nominee, did not provide an explanation for the rejection and did not hold a full court vote on the case, the court’s usual procedure.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 on Tuesday to allow civilian administrators to fire up to 4,000 members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) who have declined to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Another way to ‘defund the police’ even as crime soars. Los Angeles County crimes skyrocketed from 2019 to 2022 with homicides alone jumping up 94% and grand theft auto is up 59% as well. If they follow through, crime will accelerate even more.

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)

At least 16 U.S. cities witnessed record-high homicide rates in 2021, while New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, also saw notable homicide spikes. New data provided by Freedom of Information Act requests and analyzed by Fox News shows Black males were overwhelmingly the No. 1 demographic killed in most cities. In Chicago, which tallied the most homicides since 1996, 648 of the city’s 797 homicide victims were Black. In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 105 of the 133 homicides were Black males. In Columbus, Ohio, 135 of the 204 homicides were Black males. In Louisville, Kentucky, 133 of the city’s 197 homicide victims were Black males. 

A Texas high school coach is recovering after getting jumped by a group of students after school. Some of the students were causing a ruckus with their dirt bikes, so the coach asked them to stop. Video shows them chasing him, knocking him to the ground and punching and kicking him. The coach was hospitalized and is recovering.

Phoenix police say nine officers have been injured after a man shot an officer who responded to a call at a home early Friday and continued firing at other officers who came to the scene. Five officers were shot and four other officers were wounded by bullet shrapnel during the incident. The suspect was found dead after the shootout. Phoenix police responded to the home at about 2:15 a.m. Friday after receiving a report of a woman who was shot. The shooter invited the first arriving officer inside and then “ambushed” him. Then, another man from inside the home came out holding a baby girl, Williams said. He placed the baby on the ground, walked toward police and was detained. As officers attempted to take the baby to safety, the suspect shot four officers

A Florida woman allegedly stabbed two neighbors with a steak knife after accusing them of blowing leaves onto her lawn, authorities said. Kyong Moulton, 66, told Palm Bay police that she came home on Sunday and found the leaves on her front lawn, believing that her neighbors from across the street left them there. Police said that Moulton then decided to use a leaf blower to blow the leaves back onto her neighbor’s lawn. The neighbor and his 87-year-old mother then confronted Moulton, and the three became embroiled in an argument.

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. Air Force must pay more than $230 million in damages to survivors and victims’ families of a 2017 Texas church massacre for failing to flag a conviction that might have kept the gunman from legally buying the weapon used in the shooting, a federal judge ruled last Monday. More than two dozen people were killed when Devin Patrick Kelley opened fire during a Sunday service at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas. Kelley, who died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, had served in the Air Force before the attack. U.S. District Judge Xavier Rodriguez ruled in July that the Air Force was “60% liable” for the attack because it failed to submit Kelley’s assault conviction during his time in the Air Force to a national database.

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

Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit under the common law right of access after the Capitol Police refused to provide any records in response to a January 21, 2021, request. But Pelosi’s Congress (and its police department) pleaded “sovereign immunity” to the federal court and said that it is immune from all transparency under law. They are “trying to hide every second of its January 6 videos and countless emails,” stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The hypocrisy is rich, as this is the same Congress that is trying to jail witnesses who, citing privileges, object to providing documents to the… January 6 committee” investigating whether Trump and others encouraged the so-called “insurrection” at the Capitol.

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

A Minneapolis SWAT team entered an apartment on a no-knock warrant about 6:48am on Feb. 2, and in less than 10 seconds, a 22-year-old Black man had been fatally shot. Outrage and protests have followed the death of Amir Locke at the hands of the authorities, who were investigating the Jan. 10 killing of Otis Elder when they entered the unit. Days of protests have been going on in Minneapolis, with protesters chanting not just Locke’s name but the names of other Black men killed by police. Hundreds of students staged a walk-out of classes Tuesday to protest no-knock warrants. Protesters want Minneapolis’s interim police chief removed, and the officer who shot Locke fired.

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

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

Even the liberal Rev. Al Sharpton, the longtime civil rights activist, is calling on newly elected New York Mayor Eric Adams to address the city’s spike in crime, calling it ”out of control.” According to a New York Police Department report released this month, ”for the month of January 2022, New York City saw a 38.5% increase in overall index crime compared with January 2021.”

A South Korean diplomat was attacked with no provocation Wednesday in New York City, police say. NYPD officers responded around 8:10pm to reports of an assault in Midtown Manhattan and found the injured 53-year-old. He’d been punched in the face for no reason by a stranger, police say. The male suspect, who said nothing to the victim, fled on foot and has not yet been caught. The diplomat was taken to a hospital with a broken nose. The attack occurred about a mile from the United Nations headquarters.

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

In a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, Hawaii was found to have the highest life expectancy for residents at 80.9 years while Mississippi ranked the lowest at 74.4 years. Tne next highest states are: California: 80.9 years; New York: 80.7 years; Minnesota: 80.4 years; Massachusetts: 80.4 years; Connecticut: 80.3 years; New Jersey: 80.1 years; Washington: 80 years; Colorado: 80 years; and Vermont: 79.8 years. The lowest states include: West Virginia: 74.5 years; Alabama: 75.2 years; Kentucky: 75.5 years; Tennessee: 75.6 years; Arkansas: 75.7 years; Oklahoma: 75.7 years; Louisiana: 75.7 years; South Carolina: 76.8 years; and Ohio: 76.9 years.

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

Drug overdoses now kill more than 100,000 Americans a year — more than vehicle crash and gun deaths combined. There were 101,260 overdose deaths in 2021 compared to 68,710 in 2019. No other advanced nation is dealing with a comparable drug crisis. And over the past two years, it has worsened: Annual overdose deaths spiked 50 percent as fentanyl spread in illegal markets, more people turned to drugs during the pandemic, and treatment facilities and other services shut down.

What heroin and cocaine were in times gone by, the recreational drug of choice, it’s now Fentanyl, a powerful opioid described by some as 100 times stronger than morphine. It mostly comes out of Mexico to the U.S., after being made of products that mostly come from China. It is now the No. 1 killer of people ages 18-48, according to t he CDC. In the past two years, deaths from Fentanyl have significantly exceeded deaths from COVID-19 for this age group. The overdoses cut across gender, race, socioeconomic status and geography.

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

A Democratic lawmaker in Wisconsin has delivered a message to parents who want to have some influence over their children’s education. Rep. Lee Snodgrass tweeted, “If parents want to “have a say” in their child’s education, they should home school or pay for private school tuition out of their family budget.” She fails to realize that those parents who want to “have a say” in their child’s education already pay for the funding of their public schools, through their taxes, which come “out of their family budget.”

  • It has become upside down thinking in government that they are the boss of us. However, the Constitution says that they, and the public school teachers, work for us!

It seems inconceivable that educators are calling the police on elementary school kids for typical child behavior. Temper tantrums. Fighting with other students. Stealing spare change and crayons. Sometimes they’re arrested. Sometimes they’re not. No one knows exactly how many young children are arrested each year in school. But a USA TODAY analysis identified an average of 130 a year. They reported about three cases. The first was a 6-year-old who was forced from her school in zip ties and charged with battery, even though she was too small for a police mug shot and had to stand on a stool. Another cases saw a 7-year-old handcuffed by police following a shoving match with a classmate over a Sonic the Hedgehog drawing. And an 8-year-old was pinned to a chair and arrested by police following a tantrum because she wanted to go to a class party dressed in the cow hoodie her mother made for her.

  • Such abdication of responsibility by schools sets a dangerous precedent. These are traumatic incidents, but no one has studied what the long-term effects are in young children who are forcibly          arrested by the police.

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

The busiest U.S.-Canada border crossing reopened late Sunday after protests against COVID-19 restrictions closed it for almost a week, while Canadian officials held back from a crackdown on a larger protest in the capital, Ottawa. The Ambassador Bridge is now fully open allowing the free flow of commerce between the Canada and US economies once again. Police swept through the lingering protest at the massive Ambassador Bridge linking Detroit to Canada on Sunday, arresting a few truckers and other protesters still attempting to block the nation’s largest border crossing. Several vehicles were seized and towed away.

  • Authorities have seized 13 long guns, handguns, multiple sets of body armor, a machete and a large quantity of ammunition and high-capacity magazines connected to a small, organized group within a larger protest at the Canadian-US border crossing in Coutts, Alberta, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Monday.
  • The blockade forced several Canadian and U.S. automobile plants to scale back production as the supply chain was interrupted, compounding the impact of the chip shortage.
  • The center of Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, was flooded by thousands more protesters on Saturday, Feb. 12, demanding an end to COVID-19 mandates and restrictions.
  • Dozens of vehicles and hundreds of people gathered Saturday and Sunday near the Peace Bridge in Buffalo, New York, which connects with the Ontario city of Fort Erie. Another group, the People’s Convoy, is planning a cross-country convoy starting in Los Angeles and ending in Washington, D.C.

It’s evident that the truckers’ convoy in Canada in protest of COVID-19 mandates and restrictions is working – a growing number of provinces are moving to ease their requirements and the key province of Ontario said it will ease some of its COVID-19 restrictions on Feb. 17, and will be lifting all capacity limits and proof of COVID-19 vaccination requirements on March 1, Premier Doug Ford said Monday.

However, the fight continues with another defeat for the government agents trying to punish the popular movement. It happened when a Canadian court claimed that it was shutting down a GiveSendGo account raising funds for the truckers. The company swiftly rebuked the court, saying it had no jurisdiction to do what it was attempting. The fundraising campaign had moved to the popular GiveSendGo program after a previous effort at GoFundMe had been shut down by leftist interests within that company itself. TD Bank confirmed that it has frozen the bank accounts that had $1.1 million paid to them to support the trucker-led protests in Canada. One of the bank accounts received a lump sum of $1 million in Canadian currency via GoFundMe, while the rest—about $300,000 Canadian dollars—was sent to a second account through several bank electronic transfers.

With 400 to 500 trucks honking near-constantly for nine days in Ottawa, the sound able to be heard blocks away, residents were not happy and the mayor called the honking “psychological warfare.”. But now, a judge has ordered the honking to cease for at least 10 days. The injunction applies to trucks parked on city streets. The truckers are in the city to protest COVID-related health measures including vaccine mandates, though the protests have spread across Canada and now encompass a great many issues.

  • A video of a 78-year-old man being taken down and arrested by police in Ottawa, Canada, for the offense of honking in support of a truckers convoy opposing the nation’s COVID mandates this week has gone viral. The police knocked down and arrested the four-foot-ten man for violating a new court order making honking in support of the trucker protest illegal.

The radical Antifa related terrorist who rammed his SUV through the crowd in a violent attack on “Freedom Convoy” trucker protesters in Winnipeg, Canada has “a long history of far-left militantism in Manitoba.” Canadian authorities report that “after the attack on Feb. 4, 2022, which injured four people,” Zegarac “sped off to try and escape.” In the process he “ran multiple lights and resisted arrest when he was finally caught around 40 minutes later.”

International:

Additional trucker protests have been springing up around the world, from Alaska to Australia. Protesters in a so-called “Freedom Convoy” made it past police checkpoints in central Paris on Saturday, with demonstrators completely blocking traffic in the French capital before they were dispersed with tear gas. Fourteen were arrested. Thousands of vehicles set off on Monday morning from cities across Israel to Jerusalem to participate in a “Freedom Convoy,” calling on the government to lift the state of emergency declared due to the pandemic.

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

A filing from Justice Department special counsel John Durham says Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign paid a technology company to “infiltrate” Trump Tower servers, and later the White House. Durham in a motion filed Feb. 11 said the purpose of the infiltration was to establish a “narrative” of collusion between then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Russia. Durham made the claim in his investigation that brought charges against an FBI attorney and former Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussman, who is currently charged with making a false statement to a federal agent.

Top officials at a U.S. federal cybersecurity agency are urging a judge not to authorize at this time the release of a report that analyzes Dominion Voting Systems equipment in Georgia, arguing doing so could assist hackers trying to “undermine election security.” However, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, said Jan. 26 that the report should be made public because it is “generating misleading media articles about the Dominion voting equipment used in Georgia.”

Pamela Moses, the founder of the Memphis, Tennessee Black Lives Matter chapter was sentenced to 6 years in prison after committing voter fraud. Moses’ criminal background and history of felonies prevent her from voting, or at least it should have. Yet she was still able to register to vote. Moses claimed she thought her right to vote had been restored when she went to cast her vote ahead of the 2020 elections.

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)

Cartels and gangs smuggling drugs and people into Arizona can be considered an  “invasion,” which would allow the governor to authorize the use of state military force against them, according to a new opinion issued by Attorney General Mark Brnovich. Brnovich, a U.S. Senate candidate, has been a frequent critic of the Biden administration’s border policies. “The current situation at Arizona’s border with Mexico and smuggling activities by cartels and gangs satisfies the constitutional definition of an invasion,”  Brnovich wrote, citing drug smuggling, sex trafficking and violence

The Biden administration has secured agreements for Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala to tighten their borders and stem the flow of migration, Special Assistant to the President for Immigration for the Domestic Policy Council Tyler Moran said Monday. “We’ve secured agreements for them to put more troops on their own border. Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala have all agreed to do this. That not only is going to prevent the traffickers, and the smugglers, and cartels that take advantage of the kids on their way here, but also to protect those children,” Moran said.

  • The Biden administration has struggled to keep up with the influx of migrants coming to the border and there has been a major spike in the number of migrant children in U.S. custody. These agreements, while noble, will do little to stem the flow in the near-term.

Supply Chain: He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. (2Corinthians 9:10)

Global supplies of pharmaceutical drugs are getting tighter and tighter, and this has very serious implications for 2022 and beyond. The FDA regularly keeps a list of pharmaceutical drug shortages.  According to that list, there were 114 drug shortages in the U.S. as of January 11th, including antibiotics, diuretics, opioids and heart failure medications. Today, 97 percent of all antibiotics purchased in the United States come from China.

Poverty: Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed. (Proverbs 19:17) Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. (Hebrews 13:16) Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you. (Luke 6:38)

A group of Venice Beach, California, residents warned city leadership that they could be liable for multimillion-dollar lawsuit payouts for not enforcing laws banning overnight homeless encampments. The residents fear the transient-related fires could spread to their homes or businesses, causing damage to structures and tenants’ belongings and posing a serious risk to personal injury or loss of life. Two homeless men were caught on surveillance cameras last week allegedly lighting fire to 15 trash cans along the boardwalk overnight and setting a cardboard box on fire, destroying a park bench. More than 200 homeless campers were cleared from Venice Beach in a major operation this summer, but the Venice Stakeholders Association says about 70 people remain living on the boardwalk. 

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

Nearly 24 million taxpayers still haven’t had last year’s returns processed by the IRS — more than the agency previously reported. The inventory of unprocessed returns and related correspondence was provided by the IRS’s taxpayer advocate service to the tax-writing committees in Congress. The backlog is likely to further slow service in the 2022 filing season.

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)

Household debt increased by $1 trillion in 2021, the biggest annual increase since 2007, according to data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. In the fourth quarter alone, household debt grew by $333 billion to $15.58 trillion, the largest quarterly rate of increase since 2007 as well. Mortgage debt and auto loans were the big drivers of the increase.

The U.S. national debt currently officially sits at just over $30 trillion but, as Tesla’s Elon Musk points out, that does not factor in unfunded entitlements and future obligations. “True national debt, including unfunded entitlements, is at least $60 trillion – roughly three times the size of the entire US economy. Something has got to give,” he tweeted Thursday. The skyrocketing debt comes as President Biden continues to push massive spending packages including his Build Back Better agenda which comes with a price tag of $1.75 trillion.

U.S. consumer confidence plunged to an 11-year low in early February, reflecting heightened concerns among Americans about hotter-than-expected inflation and the skyrocketing price of everyday goods. The University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment index fell to 61.7 in February – down sharply from the January reading of 67.2, down an alarming 8.2% from last month and 19.7% from last February.

The Consumer Price Index, which measures the average change paid by consumers for goods and services, rose 7.5% last month compared with 12 months earlier, the steepest year-over-year increase since February 1982. Shortages of supplies and workers, heavy doses of federal aid, ultra-low interest rates and robust consumer spending combined to send inflation accelerating in the past year. There are no signs that inflation will slow significantly anytime soon.

  • Washington Post columnist Heather Long shared some specific numbers from the inflation report which show where American consumers are being hit the hardest over the past year: Used cars 40.5%; Gas 40%;     Rental cars 29%; Utility gas 24%; Hotels 21%; Furniture 20%; Bacon 18%; Steak 17%; Peanut Butter 15.5%; Pork 14.5%; Fish 13%; Eggs 13%; New cars 12%; Electric 11%; Chicken 10%; Oranges 10%.            
  • According to John Williams of shadowstats.com, if inflation was still calculated the way that it was back in 1990, the official rate of inflation would be above 10 percent right now.  And if inflation was still calculated the way that it was back in 1980, the official rate of inflation would be above 15 percent.

Gasoline prices are continuing to surge up with no signs of slowing down, according to the American Automobile Association. The national average for gas is $3.46 per gallon as of Tuesday, slightly up from Monday’s average of $3.44 and nearly a dollar more than last year’s average of $2.47.

  • Oil prices rose on Monday to $94.91/barrel, climbing towards their highest levels in more than seven years on fears that a possible invasion of Ukraine by Russia could trigger sanctions from U.S. and Europe and disrupt energy exports from the world’s top producer.

Mortgage rates increased again, rising to a level not seen since before the pandemic. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.69% in the week ending February 10, up from 3.55% the week before, according to Freddie Mac. It’s the highest since January 2020. However, this is still much lower than rates decades ago.

Pew Research says 26.5 million people moved from one home in the U.S. to another between March 2020 and March 2021–about 800,000 fewer moves than in the same time span between  2019 and 2020 — based on the most current data available  from the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey. And many of them migrated to the South, according to studies conducted by national moving and housing experts. South Carolina, West Virginia, Florida, Alabama and Tennessee are the most popular destinations, Some did it for the cost of living. Others for comfort, to be closer to loved ones, or for a new job.

Hyundai and Kia are telling the owners of nearly 485,000 vehicles in the US to park them outdoors because they can catch fire even if the engines have been turned off. The recalls from the two Korean automakers are another in a long string of fire and engine failure problems that have dogged the companies for the past six years. This time the problem is contamination in the antilock brake control module that can cause an electrical short. This increases the risk of fire while the vehicles are being driven or are parked.

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

Antisemitic incidents in the United Kingdom soared dramatically in 2021, largely fueled by the militant anti-Zionist demonstrations that accompanied the war last May between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, a new report from the Jewish community’s security organization has disclosed. Worryingly, the Community Security Trust noted that many of the incidents had occurred in schools, aimed at both Jewish teachers and children.

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)

On Monday, an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report revealed that Iran’s uranium stockpile is now close to 16 times over the limit that was set by the Obama-Biden era Iran nuclear deal. The Islamic republic reportedly has 3,241 kg of enriched uranium via an estimate by IAEA. The limit set by the nuclear deal that Iran violated is only 202.8 kg. There are also traces of uranium that were detected at various undeclared locations, which the IAEA has not been given access to since last February.

Iran unveiled a new missile it said was capable of striking Israel and American targets in the Middle East. According to reports on Iran’s state-controlled TV on Wednesday, the missile, called the Khaiber-Sheikan (Khaiber Buster), has a range of 1,450 km (900 miles). That range reaches all of Israel, most of Saudi Arabia and Turkey, and even parts of Russia and Ukraine.

Israeli Special Forces on Tuesday hunted down and killed a three-man terror cell in the heart of the Palestinian-controlled city of Shechem (Nablus). The three terrorists were responsible for at least five shooting attacks in the Samaria area in recent weeks. The three armed terrorists were in a vehicle and were killed during the clashes with the security forces. They were identified as members of the Fatah’s al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades

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)

The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said 12 people were injured by falling debris from an attempted drone attack Thursday on an airport in the southern Saudi region of Abha, near the kingdom’s border with Yemen. Hours later, Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels, who have been battling the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, claimed responsibility for the attack. Saudi air defenses destroyed the bomb-laden drone, according to the coalition.

The Biden administration has signed off on a $100 million deal with Taiwan to boost its missile defense capabilities, sparking an angry reaction from the Chinese government Tuesday. The deal will provide five years’ worth of engineering support to the island intended to “sustain, maintain and improve the Patriot Air Defense System,” according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which said it notified Congress of the sale on Monday. China, which considers the island part of its sovereign territory and has vowed one day to reclaim it, said Tuesday it would take “powerful countermeasures.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin doesn’t appear to be merely bluffing or saber rattling with his threats against Ukraine, according to new satellite images released Thursday by Maxar Technologies and collected over the past 24 hours. The images reveal several significant new military deployments across the region. Russia’s military buildup near Ukraine expanded in late January to include supplies of blood along with other medical material that would allow it to treat casualties, according to three U.S. officials.

  • The State Department on Saturday ordered all non-emergency employees at the U.S. embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, to evacuate as the Biden administration warns that a Russian invasion of the country is increasingly imminent. President Joe Biden also urged all Americans to leave Ukraine immediately.
  • The U.S. has already spent billions of dollars to help Ukraine build up its military defenses and strengthen a struggling democracy that has become more closely aligned with the West.

The current situation with Ukraine has its roots in Russia’s 2014 annexation of the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine. The European Union and the U.S. responded with economic sanctions on Russia that forced it to trade more with Asia. China stepped in, buying Russian oil, investing in Russian companies and more. Russia returned the favor in recent years, buying equipment from Huawei, a Chinese tech giant, after the Trump administration tried to isolate the company. Now Russia and China have formally entered into an historic agreement of cooperation which does not bode well for either Ukraine or Taiwan.

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)

Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency has thwarted 12 terror attacks against Israelis in Turkey during a two-year period, Israel’s Channel 12 reported on Saturday. The unsourced report said most of the planned attacks were Islamic State plots targeting businessmen and other Israelis. The report added that Israeli businessmen in Turkey have been advised to take extra security precautions and change their daily routines.

At least eight Westerners have been arrested by the Taliban in Afghanistan during different incidents in the last two months. No formal charges appear to have been lodged against the detained men. They include seven British citizens and one US citizen. The detentions mark a sharp escalation of Taliban actions against Westerners living in Afghanistan and come at a delicate moment in US-Taliban relations. Since the group swept back into power as the US military withdrew last August, it has been seeking recognition as Afghanistan’s legitimate government.

  • The Taliban on Friday released two Western citizens and two Afghan colleagues who had been working for the United Nations in Afghanistan, hours after the U.N. had announced that they had been held by the Taliban for several days in Afghanistan. The team members were on assignment with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and were detained in Kabul in recent days.

Al-Qaida’s past ties to the recently empowered Taliban have the potential of making Afghanistan a safe haven for extremists, and “terrorist groups enjoy greater freedom there than at any time in recent history,” U.N. experts said in a report circulated Monday. In the wide-ranging report, the experts also said extremists linked to both al-Qaida and the Islamic State group are successfully advancing in Africa, especially in the turbulent Sahel. And they said the Islamic State continues to operate “as an entrenched rural insurgency” in Iraq and Syria.

  • In what it called “a bright spot” in Southeast Asia, the panel of experts said both Indonesia and the Philippines reported “significant gains” in disrupting Islamic State and al-Qaida-affiliated “terrorism” and “some optimism” that their operational capability “may be significantly degraded.”

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

President Biden’s plan to make combatting climate change a “whole of government agenda” resulted in Americans shelling out more than $1,000 extra in energy costs last year, according to a new report by conservative think tank Heartland Institute. “Rapidly rising energy prices are no accident, but instead the predictable result of Joe Biden’s war on energy,” said James Taylor, the president of the Heartland Institute. For instance, overall electricity prices jumped 8% last year, while industrial energy prices climbed 15%. The price of gasoline, meanwhile, rose more than one dollar per gallon last year. The White House did not respond to a request for comment.

A rogue wave measuring 58 feet (17.6 m) tall was recorded off the coast of Vancouver Island, breaking the record at three times the size of surrounding waves. The probability of such an event occurring is one in 1,300 years,” said Johannes Gemmrich, one of the lead researchers on rogue waves at the University of Victoria. Rogue waves, called ‘extreme storm waves’ by scientists, are those waves which are greater than twice the size of surrounding wave. They are very unpredictable, and often come unexpectedly from directions other than prevailing wind and waves.

Forty out of the 49 satellites Elon Musk’s SpaceX sent into orbit last week were wiped out by a geomagnetic storm on Friday, the company announced Wednesday. The Starlink satellites were launched on Feb. 3 from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and with an intended orbit 130 miles above Earth. The “moderate” geomagnetic storm was caused by a solar flare over the weekend and made the northern lights visible to people in the northern part of the U.S. The increased atmospheric drag from the storm prevented more than 80% of the satellites from reaching their destination and subsequently burn up on reentry. SpaceX has launched more than 2,000 Starlink satellites into orbit in an effort to expand broadband internet service to rural and remote communities. 

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)

Residents in parts of Laguna Beach, California, were under mandatory evacuation orders Thursday after an early morning wildfire was spurred on by winds gusting over 40 mph. The blaze was reported shortly after 4 a.m. PST. Laguna Beach is on the coast about 40 miles south of Los Angeles. Areas under mandatory evacuation orders as of 7:45 a.m. included Emerald Bay north of the Pacific Coast Highway and the Irvine Cove and North Coast areas of Laguna Beach. Part of the Pacific Coast Highway was also closed.

At least two homes were burned and a third damaged in a wildfire that broke out in the Los Angeles suburb of Whittier Thursday afternoon amid unusually warm, dry and windy weather. The fire was the second in the region Thursday, coming after the early-morning blaze near Laguna Beach. About 200 firefighters responded and stopped forward progress of the fire, which only burned a few acres.

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

The U.S. West is in its worst drought in centuries, scientists reported Monday. A study published in Nature Climate Change found the period from 2000 to 2021 was the driest in 1,200 years. Last year’s drought severity was “exceptional,” researchers said, and all indications are the extreme conditions will continue through 2022. Rain and snow in January only provided slight relief and were followed by weeks of dryness yet again.

For 24 hours last weekend, Cyclone Batsirai wreaked havoc on the island of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. From late Saturday until late Sunday (February 6, 2022), the storm battered the south-eastern corner of this desperately poor country, which was already in an official state of emergency due to another cyclone two weeks earlier. At least 111 people died, mainly drowned or crushed when their houses collapsed. Already underdeveloped, much of the country’s infrastructure has been wrecked, with roads and bridges impassable, and schools, hospitals and at least 6,000 homes destroyed.

  • The impoverished churches have also suffered great losses. The Anglican Church alone has lost at least 81 church buildings, 6 schools and 13 pastors’ houses as well as homes of church members – all damaged or completely destroyed.

A ghost village that has emerged as drought has nearly emptied a reservoir on the Spanish-Portuguese border is drawing crowds of tourists with its eerie, gray ruins. With the reservoir at 15% of its capacity, details of a life frozen in 1992, when the Aceredo village in Spain’s northwestern Galicia region was flooded to create the Alto Lindoso reservoir, are being revealed once more.

Signs of the Times Update: February 7, 2022

February 7, 2022

“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him..” (James 1:12)

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

Florida lawmakers have passed a bill that would prohibit future “emergency orders” like those enacted during the COVID-19 response from closing down religious institutions if any businesses are allowed to stay open. Florida’s Republican-led Senate approved the measure (SB 254) in a 31-3 vote Thursday. A companion bill filed in the House, HB 215, was advanced Wednesday and awaits a floor vote. Under the new measure, houses of worship would be considered “essential services.”

Pro-life advocates are celebrating another victory in the battle to save the unborn after a federal appeals court reinstated a Tennessee law restricting abortions based on sex, race, or a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome. The 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order Wednesday allowing the law to go back into effect after it was blocked last September. The court also refused to hear a challenge to the state law until after the US Supreme Court hands down its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization which could lead to a reversal of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.

Coast Guard authorities say 18 people were rescued from an ice floe that broke away in Lake Erie over the weekend. Officials said an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Detroit noticed a group of people on the floe near Catawba Island at about 1 p.m. Sunday with several all-terrain vehicles seeking a route back to land. The helicopter lifted seven people from the floe and an airboat rescued four others. The other seven people were picked up and taken to shore by a good Samaritan who also had an airboat at the scene.

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)

After Joe Biden’s executive order (#14043) in September, more than 50 federal agencies are setting up a massive number of databases to permanently record and track certain people who are submitting exemptions, including their religious beliefs and other invasive information. Liberty Counsel uncovered at least 57 rule changes in 55 federal departments and agencies that have launched new, permanent government databases. Some agencies are creating an entire dossier on each religious person. The Treasury Department states it will document all requests and denials and track the “informal dispute resolution” of each person. It will also record “correspondence,” “supporting notes and documentation” and even “records of oral conversations” on every person who requests an exemption … permanently.

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

American truckers are following Canada’s lead and organizing a protest against vaccine mandates. The U.S. group’s Facebook page, however, was removed early Wednesday in a move that the organizer called “censorship at its finest.” The group, titled “Convoy to D.C. 2022,” acted as a place for truckers to plan and coordinate their trek from California to Washington, D.C.

As protests spread across Canada, a state of emergency has been declared in Ottawa, where it all started with a trucker’s convoy that was joined by thousands of people and other vehicles to clog the streets off Ottawa.. The police chief in the capital city described it as being under “siege” Saturday, and by Sunday, the mayor had declared it “the most serious emergency our city has ever faced” and was calling for outside help. But Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has so far ruled out calling in the military

GoFundMe says it won’t be giving the C$10 million ($8 million USD) raised to support the truckers protesting COVID-19 mandates to the organizers anymore, saying it will instead work with the organizers to send the funds to “established charities verified by GoFundMe.” On Saturday, the GoFundMe fundraising platform said it will automatically refund donations. About $1 million CAD had already been released to the organizers before the campaign’s suspension. More than 120,000 individuals had donated to the campaign before it was suspended.

  • GoFundMe once promoted an appeal for the 2020 Seattle Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP), which undermines their reasoning for pulling support of the trucker protest. Once again, conservatives are the ones to be censored.

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

In America, 63,459,781 babies have been killed in abortions since the Supreme Court legalized abortion in Roe v. Wade in 1973. But Joe Biden wants even more abortions and has unveiled a new task force to promote killing even more unborn children. To coincide with Biden’s celebration of the Roe decision, the Department of Health and Human Services announced a “Task Force on Reproductive Healthcare Access,” labeling “abortion access” as essential health care and attempting to “eliminate barriers” to it across government agencies. HHS will also give nearly $2 million of our tax dollars in Title X grant funding to Planned Parenthood to “protect reproductive health care and ensure access to quality family-planning services.”

Joe Biden headlined the National Prayer Breakfast last week just days after his administration promised to expand abortions to kill more babies than ever before. Biden urged attendees to “spread the faith” even as Biden spreads abortion by sending millions more of our tax dollars to Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion business. “But you don’t “spread the faith” by killing children made in God’s image,” notes LifeNews.com

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), which Dr. Anthony Fauci directs, is behind $27 million in taxpayer funding for research involving tissue or body parts from babies killed in abortions, or approximately 80% of the funding for all such research in the United States. The White Coat Waste Project looked through NIH data to uncover the scope of funding and found that 79.8% comes from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), which is run by White House Chief Medical Adviser Dr. Fauci. Overall, NIH expects to spend $88 million on this type of research in fiscal year (FY) 2022.

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

New Covid-19 cases in the U.S. are down 57% over the past two weeks. Hospitalizations are down 24%, but deaths are up 18% (deaths lag cases by up to two or more weeks). Only Maine (up 28%) and Montana (up 10%) showed increased cases over the last two weeks. Dozens of states are down 80% or more.

With omicron variant cases trending downward, a growing number of Americans say they’re ready to live with the coronavirus and move on. Polls indicate Americans are comfortable taking more risks as the virus continues to circulate, accepting the possibility that they may eventually get covid-19 and that, if they’re vaccinated and boosted, it probably won’t be too bad.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of thousands of studies to determine whether or not there is empirical evidence to support the belief that “lockdowns” reduce COVID-19 mortality. “While this meta-analysis concludes that lockdowns have had little to no public health effects, they have imposed enormous economic and social costs where they have been adopted,” the researchers wrote in the abstract. They concluded that such policies are “ill-founded” and should be “rejected.”

In a reversal from its earlier position, the Biden administration has announced that people on Medicare will get up to eight free COVID-19 home tests each month, beginning in the spring. The administration said it will be the first time Medicare covers a free, over-the-counter test for enrollees. Medicare will pay pharmacies and other entities directly to allow enrollees to pick up the free tests.

Many of the free COVID-19 at-home test kits mailed to Americans this week by the Biden administration are made in China, according to The Epoch Times. The testing kits sourced from iHealth Labs, a California subsidiary of Chinese medical gear manufacturer Andon Health, have a “made in China” label sticker. According to the company’s filings and federal contract records, Andon Health has won contracts with the U.S. federal and some state governments worth over $2.1 billion.

The BA.2 subvariant has begun to replace omicron’s more common “original” BA.1 variant in countries such as Denmark. Data from there suggests no difference in disease severity, according to a WHO official. BA.2 has been reported in five countries, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Senegal as well as South Africa

A South African woman suffering from “poorly controlled” HIV who also had COVID-19 for nine months saw the coronavirus develop at least 21 mutations while in her body, a recent preprint study found. The woman, 22, was able to overcome the virus which causes COVID-19 within six to nine weeks after she started taking anti-retroviral medication that is used to treat HIV, according to researchers at Stellenbosch and the University of KwaZulu-Natal. They concluded that “increased vigilance is warranted” among HIV patients who contract COVID-19 to “prevent the emergence” of COVID-19 variants, like omicron which emerged from South Africa.

Mandates:

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday he will no longer require students and school staff to wear masks as of March 7, making him the latest blue-state governor to relent after two years of divisive COVID-19 mandates. Also on Monday, Delaware also lifted school mask mandates.

Denver’s mask or proof of vaccine requirement to enter businesses is set to expire this week as health officials in Colorado say the omicron coronavirus variant has “run out of fuel within our community.”

Virginia Tech, George Mason University and the University of Virginia announced Monday that they’re dropping their Covid-19 vaccination requirement for students to attend in person.

Washington D.C. health authorities on Tuesday ordered a restaurant that openly defied the city’s mask and COVID-19 vaccine mandates to close. A notice from the D.C. Health Department’s Division of Food was posted on a window at The Big Board, citing violations of District of Columbia food code regulations. The closure is in effect “until further notice.” Owner Eric Flannery, who described himself as apolitical, told reporters that he plans to appeal the move to shut down Big Board.

International:

Sweden and Switzerland joined Denmark, Norway, Finland, Ireland, The Netherlands, Italy, Lithuania, France and the UK in announcing they will lift COVID restrictions and open up their countries. Top Israeli officials also announced this week they are abolishing the country’s “Green Pass” COVID vaccine passport for restaurants, hotels, gyms and theaters.

China, however, remains on full lockdown even as the Olympics began Friday. Several Winter Olympic athletes have blasted China’s coronavirus quarantine hotels  over a lack of edible food and training equipment while they wait to test out of isolation. “My stomach hurts, I’m very pale, and I have huge black circles around my eyes. I want all this to end. I cry every day. I’m very tired,” Valeria Vasnetsova of Russiasaid in an Instagram video. She said it was “impossible” to eat most of the food and that she was losing weight rapidly. Vasnetsova’s COVID isolation will force her to miss the Games.

  • Finland’s men’s ice hockey coach has accused China of not respecting a player’s human rights at the Winter Olympics as forward ​​Marko Anttila remains in isolation 18 days after testing positive for COVID-19.
  • Beijing is focusing on robotic cooks and servers to prepare and serve food to the attendees in the city’s Winter Olympics Main Media Center to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and help maximize efficacy, according to a recent Food & Wine report.

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.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that people who are unvaccinated are more than twice as likely to get infected than those who are fully vaccinated, but are more than twenty times as likely to die from Covid-19.

The U.S. lags many other countries in the proportion of vaccinated people who have gotten the booster shot, with the U.S. at about 26% versus around 50% for Germany, Britain and Belgium, while the France and the Netherlands are about 47% with Canada and Sweden around 40%. This would seem to be the reason why the U.S. death rate per 100,000 people during the omicron surge exceeds most other nations.

  • The U.S. has seen around 30 deaths per 100,000 people versus around 19 for Germany, 17 for France and Belgium, 16 for Britain, 11 for the Netherlands and Canada and 7 for Australia and Sweden.

Evidence supports giving a fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine to people with weakened immune systems, but it’s not clear whether fourth shots make sense for healthy Americans. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention authorized a fourth dose at least five months after a third for people with immuno-compromised conditions – such as transplant recipients, cancer patients receiving certain treatments and people on certain medications. The CDC has not said whether or when it would consider allowing healthy people to get a fourth shot.

The Army will immediately begin discharging soldiers who refuse to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Under a directive issued by Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth, commanders are to initiate “involuntary administrative separation proceedings” against unvaccinated soldiers with no approved or pending exemption request, the Pentagon said in a statement Wednesday. The order applies to regular Army, reservists and cadets.

International:

The U.S. federal government is warning travelers to avoid travel to Mexico due to the twin threats of COVID-19 and violent crime. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Mexico has reached a “very high level of COVID-19” so it is best to avoid going there. The travel alert also warns Americans to be careful in popular vacation spots after two Canadians were killed at a luxury hotel in Playa Del Carmen. The shootings followed similar incidents at other resorts last year.

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

A veteran central California firefighter was fatally shot Monday when he and others responded to a report of a dumpster fire, and authorities have arrested a suspect, officials said. Fire Capt. Vidal “Max” Fortuna was shot before dawn in the city of Stockton and died at a nearby hospital. Homicide detectives are trying to determine what led up to the shooting.

  • All too often, police and firefighters have become targets for shootings.

A Florida man and woman have been arrested in connection to the killing of a 78-year-old man who deputies say was “brutally murdered” in a broad-daylight carjacking at a CVS parking lot on Sunday. Uken Lloyd Cummings had just picked up his medication from the pharmacy. The suspects allegedly shot Cummings, stole his keys and left him for dead. All three were Black, so no racism was involved.

Tennessee officials issued an Amber Alert Wednesday morning for missing newborn Kennedy Hoyle after her mother was fatally shot Tuesday evening. Memphis Police Department officers located her mother’s abandoned vehicle at 11:15 p.m. Tuesday in the area of Sedgewick Drive and Levi Road. They discovered the 27-year-old woman’s body nearby after conducting a search.

Her hair was cut off and her face painted black before she was paraded into the street where some people in a cheering crowd called for her to be raped, which she was. But perhaps the most shocking aspect of the attack in a Delhi, India, neighborhood last month is that video shared on social media shows that most of the baying mob were women. At least 12 people have been arrested by the Delhi police, eight of whom are women. Two are minors.

A good Samaritan in Texas is being hailed as a hero after he was shot several times while trying to save a woman from a suspect who was allegedly holding her at gunpoint early Tuesday. The woman, whose name was not immediately released, told police that she was walking when a dark-colored Kia pulled up and someone inside pointed a gun at her. The good Samaritan, identified by neighbors only as Marcus, was across the street when he spotted the woman being held at gunpoint and yelled at the suspect to leave her alone. police said the gunman turned his attention away from the woman, got out of the car, and fired several shots at Marcus, striking him twice in the leg and once in the arm. He was rushed to a hospital in stable condition. The woman escaped.

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

North Carolina officials asked thousands living within a one-mile radius of a raging fire at a fertilizer plant in the city of Winston-Salem to evacuate Tuesday amid fears of a large explosion. The fire started Monday night at Weaver Fertilizer Plant on North Cherry Street, and the City of Winston-Salem officials have confirmed small explosions at the plant. On Wednesday, officials were working to evacuate 6,500 people as fears grow a smoldering fertilizer plant might explode near thousands of homes. Fortunately, it did not happen

A window rattling explosion occurred at a Louisiana chemical plant, Wednesday afternoon, and sent a “mushroom cloud” of black smoke billowing into the air, leaving at least six people injured. It seems, based on initial information, that the tank became one big “pipe bomb” and authorities haven’t decided yet if it was an accident or intentional.

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

In a gross miscarriage of justice, Black Lives Matter arsonist Montez Terriel Lee Jr. who has confessed to arson for starting the fire that destroyed the Max It Pawn Shop in Minneapolis, MN, and killed 30-year-old Oscar Lee Stewart, whose body was found weeks later, will not face murder charges. According to reports, Lee Jr., of Rochester, NY traveled to Minneapolis specifically to take part in the BLM riots happening there. He has been sentenced to 10 years for the arson, and was not charged with murder, though in court documents, the prosecutors stated that “the Court’s sentence must account for the fact that Mr. Lee’s crime took Oscar Stewart’s life.”

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

Police departments around the country have narrowed policies and states have passed laws banning or partially banning no-knock entries in the wake of deaths during unannounced raids. But on Tuesday in Minneapolis – nearly two years after the infamous death of Breonna Taylor in Louisville – a 22 year old Black man was shot and killed after being roused from sleep on a couch at 6:48 a.m. by SWAT officers with a no-knock warrant. The 15 seconds of body camera footage released by the Minneapolis Police Department shows officers using a key to enter the apartment and then yelling “police search warrant” as they walked through the door. Amir Locke was asleep and wrapped in a white comforter on the couch. Locke’s head peaks out of a comforter, as does the barrel of a gun before three gunshots can be heard.

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

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

A lack of steak at a Pennsylvania Golden Corral buffet may be what led dozens of people to duke it out in a viral video. More than 40 people were seen throwing punches and chairs. Thankfully, no serious injuries have been reported.

Brazen thieves in New York were seen on camera stealing high-end purses from a Louis Vuitton location in Westchester. The video shows people inside the store last month attempting to stop the two suspects from grabbing the purses. A man who appears to be a mall security guard is seen in the background watching the skirmish and not assisting. Another video on Saturday from the same mall showed a different theft incident at a Burberry location., same day,different men. All the perpetrators escaped.

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)

Chicago police arrested a man Tuesday over what authorities are describing as an antisemitic hate crime spree last weekend targeting synagogues and Jewish schools. Shahid Hussain – a 39-year-old with a lengthy criminal record and history of mental health issues – is charged with four counts of felony hate crime, two felony counts of criminal defacement, and two felony counts of criminal damage to property.

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

More than 100,000 Americans died from diabetes in 2021, (up from 87,000 in 2019) marking the second consecutive year for that grim milestone and spurring a call for a federal mobilization similar to the fight against HIV/AIDS. The new figures come as an expert panel urges Congress to overhaul diabetes care and prevention, including recommendations to move beyond a reliance on medical interventions alone. A report released earlier this month calls for far broader policy changes to stem the diabetes epidemic, such as promoting consumption of healthier foods, ensuring paid maternal leave from the workplace, levying taxes on sugary drinks and expanding access to affordable housing, among other proposals.

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

Native American tribes have reached a landmark opioid deal with Johnson & Johnson and drug distributors for up to $665 million. More than 400 tribes sued the companies, claiming they were inundated with highly addictive painkillers manufactured by J&J and shipped by the distributors without regard for the clear signs of abuse and death. The companies deny wrongdoing, saying they complied with federal drug laws. Nationwide, from 2006 to 2014, Native Americans were nearly 50 percent more likely to die of an opioid overdose than nonnatives, according to a Washington Post analysis.

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)

School teachers are leaving in droves and few people want to join the field. The pandemic exacerbated the existing problems. Fears of catching Covid-19 and enforcing pandemic protocols are additions to the long list of challenges teachers face daily — from low pay and often little regard from their communities, to growing numbers of school shootings and legislative requirements about what and how to teach. Many educators have walked away in recent years and amid a dire shortage, few people want to fill their spots.

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

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

The governing body for competitive swimming in the US issued a new policy on Tuesday regarding transgender athletes wanting to compete in elite events. Effective immediately, USA Swimming said a three-person panel of independent medical experts will now decide whether “prior physical development of the athlete as a male” will give an unfair advantage over cisgender females (those who ‘identify’ with their biological birth sex). The panel will also check that testosterone levels have been less than five nanomoles per liter for at least 36 months prior.

A letter written on behalf of 16 members of the University of Pennsylvania’s women’s swim team was sent to the university and the Ivy League on Thursday, claimed that transgener Lia Thomas holds an unfair advantage over her female competition. “We fully support Lia Thomas in her decision to affirm her gender identity and to transition from a man to a woman. Lia has every right to live her life authentically,” the letter says. “However, we also recognize that when it comes to sports competition, that the biology of sex is a separate issue from someone’s gender identity. Biologically, Lia holds an unfair advantage over competition in the women’s category, as evidenced by her rankings that have bounced from #462 as a male to #1 as a female.”                  

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 United States’ national debt has surpassed a whopping $30 trillion — that’s $30,000,000,000,000.00, up $7 trillion over the past two years. The New York Times noted that the landmark debt level “arrived years earlier than previously projected” and blamed the government measures aimed at addressing the novel coronavirus that saw “trillions in federal spending that the United States has deployed to combat the pandemic.” As even the liberal Times notes, the U.S. response to COVID “has left the nation with a debt burden larger than the entire economy, surpassing levels of red ink not seen since World War II.”

Friday’s Labor report showed the United States added 467,000 jobs in January, significantly The Labor Department also revised job growth for November and December upward by about 700,000 jobs. The unemployment rate, measured in a different Labor Department survey, was up slightly to 4.0%. The strong jobs report will most likely spur the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates sooner than later to try and slow down inflation.

The U.S. private sector lost hundreds of thousands of jobs in January, according to Wednesday’s ADP Employment Report. The ADP report relies on private payrolls, unlike the government’s jobs report that counts all workers.  The loss of 301,000 private-sector positions came as a surprise to economists who had predicted businesses had added 207,000 jobs. It was also the first decline in the ADP report since December 2020.

  • The large gap between the government’s and ADP’s jobs reports is quite puzzling. So, who do we trust more, government or business? In these troublesome days, the answer seems quite obvious.

About 4.3 million Americans quit jobs in December as the  omicron variant surged, with millions of workers falling ill or caring for others. The high number of people leaving their jobs came amid immense pressure on workers and parents, many of whom had to juggle multiple responsibilities as case numbers surged at the end of 2021. This follows quits in previous months also in the 4 million range.

A record number of American workers quit their jobs last year — of the 68.9 million separations in 2021, 47.4 million jobs were left voluntarily. Despite a historic number of job openings, many of the workers who quit never looked for a new job. Millions of people have left the labor force altogether — to take care of family, retire early, live on savings or otherwise reassess their lives after Covid. Economists at Goldman Sachs say about 2.5 million people are missing from the workforce. About 800,000 of those have retired early, many supported by rising home equity and stock portfolios. That leaves 1.7 million people of unknown status.

Job openings neared an all-time high of 10.9 million in December, just below July’s all-time high of 11.1 million, despite the spread of COVID’s omicron variant. The 10.9 million openings translate to 1.7 available jobs for each unemployed person, the most on record dating back two decades. The number of employees quitting jobs dipped to 4.3 million from a record 4.5 million in November.

Lots of workers are getting raises, but for many, the pay hikes won’t buy them more at the grocery store or car dealership. In fact, wages are behind where they were when the pandemic began, if you take rising prices into account. Inflation-adjusted wages, which have been falling steadily since mid-2020, are 1.2% below where they were in December 2019.

Ford announced it is suspending or slowing production at several of its North American factories this week due to short supplies of computer chips. “The global semiconductor shortage continues to affect Ford’s North American plants — along with automakers and other industries around the world,” Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker.

Global fertilizer prices have tripled, and some are warning that this is going to have a catastrophic impact on food production all over the world. A food crisis is coming because the cost to produce a ton of ammonia has gotten nearly ten times higher. The process of creating ammonia currently relies on hydropower or natural gas. “To produce a ton of ammonia last summer was $110,” said Tore Holsether, the CEO and president of. Oslo-based Yara International.“ And now it’s $1,000. So it’s just incredible.” Many farmers worldwide will not be able to purchase as much fertilizers usual which could have a significant impact on food production.

A day after Facebook reported that its streak of user growth has come to an end, its parent company’s stock plunged more than 26% in a staggering loss that obliterated more than $230 billion in market value and triggered Wall Street’s worst drop in close to a year. Facebook also saw a first-time drop in its number of daily users. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook was struggling to compete with short-video app TikTok. And, the company’s expenses skyrocketed as it poured $10 billion into augmented and virtual reality hardware to build its “metaverse.”

  • Many Americans who have investments in 401(k) plans managed by the Vanguard Group, BlackRock and Capital Research and Management Co. lost billions Friday as the Dow and Nasdaq both fell by more than 500 points Thursday after the Facebook debacle. Gained some of it back Friday.

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

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett declared that the IDF will implement a laser interception system, within about a year. The new system will replace the current Iron Dome missile defense system and cost much less to operate. “This will allow us,” he said, “in the medium to long term, to surround Israel with a laser wall that will protect us from missiles, rockets, UAVs and other threats.”

A study has revealed that anti-Semitism in the materials used by children in Palestinian Authority schools is getting worse, despite repeated promises that such offensive material would be purged. A report at Jihad Watch explains the books “teach children that they have a duty to engage in violent jihad against the Jews, and that those who die attacking the ‘infidels’ will be rewarded by Allah.”

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)

President Biden said on Thursday that the leader of the Islamic State, identified by ISIS as Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi, was killed during a raid by U.S. Special Operations commandos in a risky pre-dawn attack in northwest Syria. First responders at the scene reported 13 people had been killed, including six children and four women. The operation, which residents say lasted over two hours, jolted the sleepy village of Atmeh near the Turkish border — an area dotted with camps for internally displaced people from Syria’s civil war. There were no U.S. casualties. The operation was planned over months after a tip about al-Qurayshi’s location.

  • President Biden said Thursday that the ISIS leader chose to ‘blow himself up’ before he could be captured in the Special Ops raid. Al-Qurayshi was wearing a suicide vest that detonated during the raid, killing several members of his family as well.
  • What a difference a decade makes. President Biden, was a strong dissenter of the 2011 raid that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, but he signed off on an equally risky and remarkably similar mission.

Israel and Bahrain signed a defense agreement Thursday as part of a show of cooperation aimed at sending a message toward archenemy Iran. Defense Minister Benny Gantz signed the memorandum of understanding with his Bahraini counterpart in the capital of Manama, a key step after the two nations normalized ties in 2020.

The Biden administration expects a restored nuclear deal would leave Iran capable of amassing enough nuclear fuel for a bomb in significantly less than a year, a shorter time frame than the one that underpinned the 2015 agreement, U.S. officials familiar with the matter said. Administration officials concluded late last year that Iran’s nuclear program had advanced too far to re-create the roughly 12-month so-called breakout period of the 2015 pact.

  • The Biden administration is waiving sanctions on some of Iran’s civilian nuclear activities as it seeks to close a deal with Iran on returning to the 2015 nuclear pact. The U.S. will once again allow foreign companies and officials to work on certain non-weapon Iranian nuclear facilities, reversing a Trump administration decision in 2020.

Last week’s ballistic missile attack on the United Arab Emirates, the third assault from Iran-backed forces in Yemen in January, seems to be expanding the bellicose message Tehran is sending across the Gulf and the Middle East, as well as taking square aim at a thriving but vulnerable tourism, trade and financial hub with a reputation for stability.

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)

The U.S. will send 3,000 troops to Eastern Europe as NATO shores up defenses amid the ongoing standoff with Russia who have massed over 100,000 troops at the Ukraine border. The deployments come as the Biden administration seeks to reassure NATO allies eager for a greater U.S. military presence in the region while not wanting to exacerbate an already delicate situation. Some U.S. troops will deploy from Fort Bragg, N.C., while others will be repositioned from where they are stationed in Germany, according to U.S officials.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that his government was studying the responses from the United States and NATO to his security demands related to Ukraine but that it was clear the Kremlin’s main complaints “had been ignored.” Putin added that Russia had not seen “adequate consideration of our three key demands regarding NATO expansion, the renunciation of the deployment of strike weapons systems near Russian borders, and the return of the [NATO] bloc’s military infrastructure in Europe to the state of 1997, when the Russia-NATO founding act was signed.”

  • The US and NATO have said Putin’s demands — which include a promise to never expand eastward to countries including Ukraine — violate NATO’s open-door policy and are non-starters in negotiations.
  • The US is alleging that Russia has been preparing to “fabricate a pretext for an invasion” of Ukraine, this time using a “graphic” video that would depict a fake attack against Russia, with a “staged false explosion with corpses, actors depicting mourners, and images of destroyed locations and military equipment.

The most powerful weapon in the Ukraine-Russian crisis may not be missiles, aircraft or artillery. It could be energy. Russia has the largest natural gas reserves in the world and supplies more than 44% of the natural gas used for heating in the European Union. If Russia invades Ukraine, any retaliation might lead to Russia cutting off natural gas supply lines for Europe in the middle of winter. If EU nations turn to alternate sources, it would lead to much higher prices.

China and Russia proclaimed a deep strategic alliance on Friday to balance what they portrayed as the malignant global influence of the United States. In a joint statement, the two countries affirmed that their new relationship was superior to any political or military alliance of the Cold War era. “Friendship between the two States has no limits, there are no ‘forbidden’ areas of cooperation,” they declared, announcing plans to work together in a host of areas including space, climate change, artificial intelligence and control of the Internet.

The United States is facing a new level of cyberwarfare threat from the Chinese regime that’s “more brazen, more damaging” than ever before, FBI Director Christopher Wray said on Jan. 31. “When we tally up what we see in our investigations, over 2,000 of which are focused on the Chinese government trying to steal our information or technology, there’s just no country that presents a broader threat to our ideas, innovation, and economic security than China,” Wray said during a speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, California.

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)

Three weeks ago, an imprisoned woman known as “Lady al-Qaida” inspired a hostage-taking at a Texas synagogue. A former teacher from Kansas who federal authorities say trained women and children to use AK-47 assault rifles and grenades and led them in an ISIS battalion is back in the U.S., facing charges. Allison Fluke-Ekren was picked up in Syria, officials say, and is due in court Monday in Virginia on charges of aiding a terrorist organization. International terrorism charges against women are extremely rare because men tend to dominate the misogynistic groups such as al-Qaida, the lslamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, and related groups. But a dozen cases over the last decade of U.S. citizens or permanent residents have revealed that Muslim women are shedding traditional caretaker roles to recruit fellow warriors, train others to use rifles and explosives, and even kill.

Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo plan to intensify a joint military offensive against Islamic State-linked militants and degrade their ability to attack civilians. Routes have been secured in eastern Congo to enable ground forces to pursue the militants who also operate as the Islamic State’s self-proclaimed Central Africa Province.

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)

A winter storm that dumped 17 inches of snow in parts of Indiana and the Northeast was still menacing some regions with power outages, icy roads, and frigid cold as of Sunday. The storm left a 2,000-mile trail of snow, sleet and freezing rain from Texas to the Northeast and dumped snow on New York, Vermont, Indiana, Maine, Michigan, New Hampshire, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Bitterly cold temperatures spread across a huge swath of the country from the Southern Plains to the Northeast. Temperatures began to gradually warm up Sunday.

  • More than 350,000 power outages were being reported from Texas to New York as of 2:15 p.m. Friday. Other outages were: Memphis, 130,000; Ohio, 80,674; New York, 60,585; Pennsylvania, 38,619; West Virginia, 24.282; and Texas, 16,241.