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Signs of the Times Update: March 28, 2022

March 28, 2022

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. (Ephesians 4:30-32)

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

A report from the Times of Israel says that archaeologists and researchers have found the earliest “proto-alphabetic Hebrew text,” including the “YHWH” reference to God, ever discovered. The report says the small fragment apparently dates to about the Late Bronze Age, maybe 1200 B.C, and if it is verified, 2×2 centimeter “curse tablet” may also be one of the great archaeological finds ever. “It would be the first attested use of the name of God in the Land of Israel and would set the clock back on proven Israelite literacy by several centuries,” the report explained, “showing that the Israelites were literate when they entered the Holy Land, and therefore could have written the Bible as some of the events it documents took place.”

The state of Michigan has agreed to pay a Catholic ministry $250,000 in attorney’s fees for trying to force the non-profit to violate its religious beliefs by placing children in LGBT homes. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, as part of a stipulated court order and judgment approved by a federal judge last Monday, conceded that it likely would lose a lawsuit filed by the ministry in light of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in a separate case.

Judicial Watch just announced a major victory for cleaner elections. They settled a federal lawsuit against North Carolina after the state removed over 430,000 ineligible names from its voter rolls. The U.S. Election Assistance Commission released data in June 2019 showing that voter registration rates in a significant proportion of North Carolina’s counties were close to, at or above 100% of their age-eligible citizenry – statistics considered by the courts to be a strong indication that a jurisdiction is not taking the steps required by law to remove ineligible registrants.

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)

President Biden raised eyebrows Monday, when he said that times had shifted and a “New World Order” is coming that the U.S. must lead. Biden made the comments during Business Roundtable’s CEO Quarterly Meeting on March 21, noting that events currently occurring in the world have generated “significant opportunities to make some real changes” in the world economy.” Thera’s gonna be a new world order out there and we’ve got to lead it and we’ve got to unite the rest of the free world,” he said.

  • Another conspiracy theory come true!

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 FBI conducted an internal audit, a highly redacted version of which came to light earlier this month, that found 747 “compliance errors” across 353 separate cases in the category of “sensitive investigative matters.” The 747 “compliance errors” occurred over a relatively short time frame between Jan. 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019.  The bureau acknowledged the 2019 audit findings were “unacceptable.” The audit says officials violated FBI policies in failing to receive approval from supervisors and attorneys before opening a sensitive investigation. And they also did not notify the appropriate United States Attorney’s Office in writing within a month of starting the probes, as required. 

  • The audit shows that 191cases involved public officials, while dozens of cases involved religious groups, dozens involved political organizations, 10 cases involved political candidates and 11 cases involved the news media.  

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)

More confusion from our befuddled President, but this time it’s significant and on a global stage. In his remarks Thursday in Brussels after an emergency summit with NATO leaders to discuss Russia’s war on Ukraine, President Biden made a claim about sanctions that contradicted what his own administration had previously asserted. “I did not say that, in fact, that sanctions would deter” Putin from invading Ukraine, Biden said during his press conference. “Sanctions never deter,” he concluded repeatedly. However, Vice President Kamala Harris contradicted Biden’s Thursday statement when she said. “The purpose of the sanctions has always been and continues to be deterrence.” Press Secretary Jen Psaki said. “We do see them as having a deterrent impact.” And National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan added, “We do see them as having a deterrent impact.”

  • The White House on Friday insisted the U.S. military will not be deployed to Ukraine amid Russia’s multifront war on the country after comments President Biden made to troops in Poland seemed to suggest otherwise.
  • By ad-libbing that Putin, the Russian leader, ‘cannot remain in power,’ President Biden seemed to suggest a drastic change in U.S. policy — prompting a scramble by White House officials to clarify that the Administration was not planning an assassination.

President Biden on Monday released his $5.8 trillion budget proposal for 2023, which he said calls for “one of the largest investments in our national security in history,” including funding to ensure the U.S. military “remains the best-prepared, best-trained, best-equipped military in the world,” amid Russia’s multi-front war on Ukraine. The president’s budget proposal includes $6.9 billion for the European Deterrence Initiative, NATO, and countering Russian aggression to support Ukraine and other partnerships with NATO allies. The budget offers $1 billion in assistance.

  • The president, in the budget, proposed a new minimum tax on millionaires and billionaires “who so often pay indefensibly low tax rates.” The tax would ensure that those individuals pay “at least 20% of their total income in federal income taxes.” “The minimum tax would apply only to the wealthiest 0.01% of households – those with more than $100 million – and over half the revenue would come from billionaires alone,” the White House said.

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

Dmitry Bodyu, the pastor of Word of Life Church in Melitopol, was taken by eight to 10 Russian soldiers Saturday, his wife Helen told NBC News. He is 50. “They came in, took our phones, [electronics and] took him somewhere – I don’t know where,” his wife said. His daughter, Esther Bodyu-Ogawa, said that the Russians asked if he was American. The pastor had told Ukrainians they could shelter from the war at his church. also took his passport.

Earlier last year, in the neighborhood of Lake Calhoun which is a predominantly upscale area in Minneapolis, a mob of 30 Somali Muslim men congregated in a large group and proceeded to go through this neighborhood and threatened to rape women and kill non-believers of Islam and anyone else they felt like inflicting violence on. One woman, who was threatened with rape and murder was so scared when she was interviewed by the local news that her voice and appearance had to be disguised. She told the KSTP news reporter, “We couldn’t get him out. We didn’t know what to do. They were screaming at the house that they were going to kidnap me, and we’re going to rape you. It was just a very traumatizing experience.” While these threats were being made, there were other Somali terrorists driving their cars onto sidewalks and shooting fireworks at people.

  • Mayor Hodges, in an effort to appease the Somali terrorists, set up an anti-blasphemy hotline where Muslim citizens could call and report on other citizens who they felt were harassing them.

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

The USA Today reports that problems with the vital safety net of federal emergency medical personnel have persisted for more than 15 years and across at least four presidents: Bush, Obama, Trump and Biden. Calls to change the system began as early as Hurricane Katrina, which struck the Gulf Coast in 2005, and were renewed after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in 2017. Before the pandemic, plans were put in place to increase the number of workers in the system to more than 16,000, including about 10,300 clinical professionals who could provide medical care. Again and again, however, the effort fell short. Then the pandemic hit. Now the shortage in emergency medical staff has is acute and has been harshly exposed.

As the world marked the two-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic, research has found that among the 53 million Americans serving as caregivers, many are battling caregiver fatigue. More than 1 in 5 Americans are caregivers, caring for either an adult family member or a child with special needs. While the number of family caregivers has increased overall since 2015, there has been an increase of nearly 8 million more caregivers for adults aged 50 or older, according to the AARP. A study in Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine found that the pandemic worsened the burden placed on Americans proving care for a parent, with the self-rated burden increasing 3 percentage points compared to pre-pandemic scores.

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)

Although Covid-19 cases in the U.S. declined 12% over the past two-weeks, the 7-day average has shown a slight rise, possibly indicating the omicron BA.2 subvariant may cause a rise in new cases as it has in Europe and Asia. Meanwhile, deaths are down 39% and hospitalizations down 36% over the past two weeks.

  • Eleven states show a rise in new cases over the past two weeks, ranging from +2% in New Jersey to +28% in Colorado and +110% in Kentucky.

One of the world’s largest newspapers has conducted an investigation of Britain’s official COVID-19 count, finding evidence that the scope of the pandemic and the number of deaths had been significantly miscalculated. The Mail on Sunday reported that British health chiefs have admitted that the numbers they have fed the government are only an approximation, provoking “fury” from top officials. And the PCR tests on which cases are based have proven to be inaccurate, they added,

 In the United States, the death figures have been complicated by the fact that the CDC has estimated that only about 6% of the recorded COVID-19 deaths were from COVID-19 only. The other fatalities had an average of more than two comorbidities, meaning serious underlying conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. Similarly, in Italy, a study found only 2.9% of the people with COVID-19 on their death certificate had no underlying conditions.

Aspirin may help lower the risk of death in hospital patients who are fighting a tough case of COVID-19, a new study found. George Washington University researchers analyzed data on more than 112,000 patients hospitalized with moderate COVID-19 at 64 health systems in the United States from Jan. 1, 2020, through Sept. 10, 2021. Compared to patients who weren’t given aspirin, those who received aspirin within the first day of hospitalization had a 1.6% lower risk of death and also a lower risk of blood clots.

People may be at increased risk for developing type-2 diabetes for up to a year after a diagnosis of COVID-19, according to two studies. One study used data from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to track more than 181,000 adults with COVID-19 for a year after recovery. Comparing these patients to more than 8 million people not infected with the coronavirus, researchers found that among every 1,000 people, there were 13 more new cases of diabetes among the COVID-19 patients after 12 months than among the uninfected individuals. In a separate study of 35,865 people with COVID-19 published last week in Diabetologia, researchers found a 28% higher risk of developing diabetes compared to a group with non-COVID upper respiratory infections.

High-risk COVID-19 patients now have new treatments they can take at home to stay out of the hospital — if doctors get the pills to them fast enough. The goal is to get patients started on either Pfizer’s Paxlovid tablets or Merck’s molnupiravir capsules within five days of symptoms appearing. That can prevent people with big health risks from growing sicker and filling up hospitals if another surge develops. But the tight deadline has highlighted several challenges. Some patients are delaying testing, thinking they just had a cold. Others have been unwilling or unable to try the new drugs. Doctors hailed the pills as a huge advance in the fight against COVID-19 because of their convenience compared to other treatments that require infusions or injections.

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday reversed its emergency use authorization for Sotrovimab, the monoclonal antibody used to treat COVID-19, in eight states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, because it is not effective against the new BA.2 variant.

International:

COVID lockdowns may be nonexistent in the U.S. these days, but not so in China: Its biggest city, Shanghai, begins a massive shutdown on Monday that will play out in two phases. Those who live east of the Huangpu River, which divides the city, will be shut down from Monday through Friday. At that point, the lockdown shifts to those who live west of the river. Shanghai has about 26 million residents and is a vital financial hub for China, meaning worldwide ripples will likely be evident. The shutdown is China’s biggest in two years and comes as the nation battles its largest surge in cases since the pandemic began. China reported about 5,700 new infections on Saturday, with roughly half of them in Shanghai. However, nearly all the cases in Shanghai involved asymptomatic patients.

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.

Vaccinated and unvaccinated children aged 5–11 years were about equally likely to test positive for COVID-19 in the last several weeks of data released by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The rate of COVID-19 cases detected in children aged 5–11 was about 122 per 100,000 for the unvaccinated and over 131 per 100,000 in the vaccinated during the week ending Feb. 19. In the prior week, the rate was 248 and 244 for the unvaccinated and vaccinated respectively.

Heart abnormalities were detected in some adolescents months after COVID-19 vaccination, according to a study. Researchers at Seattle Children’s Hospital reviewed cases of patients younger than 18 who went to the hospital with chest pain and elevated serum troponin levels, two key markers of heart inflammation, within a week of getting a second dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.

A booster dose of vaccine against COVID-19 continues to provide robust protection against hospitalization for older people nearly four months after getting the third dose, new data from the UK’s Health Security Agency showed. Vaccine effectiveness against hospitalization for people aged over 65, 15 weeks after a booster, was 85%, down from 91% two weeks after getting the third dose.

The U.S. has run out of funds to buy a potential fourth dose of vaccine for all Americans, White House officials said last Tuesday. Federal officials say they have enough doses to cover a fourth shot for those 65 and older but have run out of money to place additional orders, should the shots be needed, because of stalled negotiations over a $15 billion Covid aid package.

Amid the exposure of Defense Department data indicating an astonishing spike in serious illnesses and injuries correlating with the COVID vaccine rollout, the Army said it has now discharged 27 soldiers for refusing an order to receive the COVID-19 shots. The Air Force has separated 212 airmen, as of March 15, while the Navy said Wednesday it has discharged 652 sailors. Meanwhile, three Department of Defense whistleblowers have presented evidence from the Defense Military Epidemiological Database that shows a nearly 1,000% increase overall in diseases and injuries in 2021 compared to the previous five years.

An Army flight surgeon testified in federal court that she was ordered by high-level command not to discuss the controversy over Department of Defense data indicating a massive spike in serious injuries and illnesses among military personnel when the vaccines were rolled out in 2021. Dr. Theresa Long was testifying March 10 in the case of a Navy SEAL commander who refused to receive a COVID shot. She told Judge Steven Merryday of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida in Tampa that she was observing cases of the demyelination of the central nervous system in military personnel.

  • Three Department of Defense whistleblowers have presented evidence from the Defense Military Epidemiological Database (DMED) that show a nearly 1,000% increase overall in diseases and injuries in 2021 compared to the previous five years.

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)

Murders have risen more than 30 percent since 2019, recent data suggests. They are still far below the levels of the 1970s, ’80s and early ’90s but have reached the highest point in more than two decades.

Mufiz Rahaman, a refugee in Sydney, Australia, claimed that he didn’t know he was doing anything wrong when he raped a 10-year-old boy because it is a normal thing that happens in his country. He says that he didn’t know this act was sexual assault. He told Sydney’s Downing Centre Court raping children was not seen as morally wrong in his native Myanmar when he pleaded guilty. The 20-year-old and his young victim are both stateless Rohingya Muslims – a group of people considered illegal immigrants from Bangladesh by the Buddhist-majority in Myanmar – who came to Australia to flee religious persecution.

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)

Jurors on Friday found that police used excessive force against protesters in Denver during demonstrations over the killing of George Floyd two years ago, ordering the city to pay a total of $14 million in damages to a group of 12 who sued. The jury of two men and six women, largely white and drawn from around Colorado, returned its verdict after about four hours of deliberations. The protesters who sued were shot at or hit by things from pepper spray to a Kevlar-bag filled with lead shot fired from a shotgun. Zach Packard, who was hit in the head by the shotgun blast and ended up in the intensive care unit, received the largest damage amount — $3 million.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Friday in favor of the Pentagon, temporarily granting the department’s request to let U.S. Navy commanders consider COVID-19 vaccination status when deciding whether to deploy Navy SEALs or other Navy Special Warfare personnel. The 6-3 ruling overturns a district court order in January, and is in place until ongoing litigation is resolved in other lower courts.

Dozens of lawsuits filed against nursing homes since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic have slowed to a crawl. Nursing homes have sought court deadline extensions, filed appeals, petitioned to change courts, or sought legal protections from states to shield liability. And 38 states have enacted legal protections making it more difficult to sue nursing homes for COVID-19-related injuries or death. No lawsuit alleging that people died from COVID-19 due to negligent practices at nursing homes have reached a jury yet.

  • Multiple wrongful death claims are now before five appellate courts, said Adam Pulver, an attorney with Public Citizen, a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization. “Even though we’ve been winning at every step of the fight,” he said, “it just takes a long time.”

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

Last year, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney (D) signed the “Achieving Driving Equality” ordinance into law that would ban police officers from stopping cars during low-level traffic violations. They went into effect earlier this month. The Philadelphia police normally used traffic stops as a pretext when they suspected illegal activity. The police officers are now being restrained from enforcing duly enacted laws and forced to ignore suspected illegal activity such as drugs and violence.

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

New research reveals that low levels of folate, also known as vitamin B9, is linked to an increased risk for dementia and death. The large-scale study, published online in the journal Evidence Based Mental Health, found that older adults who were deficient in folate were 68% more likely to be diagnosed with dementia and nearly three times more likely to die from any cause than those with normal levels of the B vitamin.

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)

Parents at a middle school in Spring Hill, Tennessee, just outside of Nashville, are upset that their children have spent three weeks studying Islam and were assigned to write the Shahada profession of the Islamic faith: “Allah is the only god.” Making the situation worse, parents said the teacher skipped over the section on Christianity.

A study by Renaissance Learning Inc. of the impact of school shutdowns shows children are performing worse at every grade level in math and reading compared to the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Data from 7.3 million tests compiled showed student performance during the second year of the pandemic was worse than the first, with each state seeing marked declines in 2021. The study showed that while reading and math scores have not returned to pre-pandemic levels, they have improved slightly in the latter half of the current school year with the widespread return to in-person learning.

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

Austin’s school officials are dedicating an entire week to promote hazardous sexual behaviors and gender confusion to children during gay pride week. All the children were forced to march in the gay pride parade for which they made drawings of rainbows and rainbow flags and walked the school hallways celebrating the LGBTQ lifestyle.

  • Just another reminder that you might want to think about homeschooling your children if you aren’t already.

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.

Arizona, Oklahoma and Kentucky passed bills on Thursday that would ban transgender youth from participating in girls’ sports, the latest in a flurry of state legislation by Republicans on a heated election year issue. Utah’s Republican lawmakers voted Friday to override GOP Gov. Spencer Cox’s veto of legislation banning transgender youth athletes from playing on girls teams. Cox’s veto letter drew national attention with a poignant argument that such laws target vulnerable transgender kids who are already at high risk of suicide. Cox was the second GOP governor last week to overrule state lawmakers on a sports-participation ban amid a nationwide culture war over transgender issues. Business leaders in Utah are also concerned about backlash and lost revenue. But the bans are supported by the party’s vocal conservative base and 11 states have enacted similar laws.

  • Arizona lawmakers also passed legislation that would prohibit physicians from performing gender-affirming surgery to minors.

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)

How porous is the southern border? An illegal immigrant arrested three times by local police in the U.S. and wanted for murder in Mexico just got deported for the fourth time. Immigration and Customs Enforcements (ICE) classifies the Mexican national, Rafael Silverio Rojas, as a “noncitizen foreign fugitive.” This month the agency’s Enforcement and Removal Operations handed Rojas to Mexican authorities at the international boundary of the Lincoln/Juarez Bridge in Laredo, Texas. Rojas, who is 26 years old, had been removed from the U.S. on three previous occasions before the most recent encounter. Somehow the fugitive managed to enter the country through the southern border again and again.

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

Moscow’s war against Ukraine coupled with record increases in energy prices was a recipe for a global comeback in coal, upending climate change plans around the world. From the U.S. and Europe to India and China, the appetite for more coal has been inflamed by a scramble for alternative energy sources to end reliance on oil and natural gas from Russia. Many countries now see coal as the most practical and speedy solution. Coal power plants can be brought back online quickly, and coal mines already span the Earth, with major production from China, India, the U.S., Australia and Indonesia.

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

The federal minimum wage of $7.25 has lost at least 21% of its value since Congress last raised it in 2009 due to inflation. This has become an emergency for the millions of workers who earn less than $15 an hour and are finding it impossible to trim other costs enough to still be able to put food on the table and fill the gas tank. As a result of Congressional inaction, over two dozen states and several cities have raised their minimum wage, including 11 states and the District of Columbia that have adopted a $15 minimum wage.

Walmart is planning to hire more than 50,000 workers in the United States this spring. America’s largest retailer said in a statement Wednesday that the jobs will be filled in its stores, clubs, campuses and supply chain facilities. The company plans on hiring the new workers by the end of its current quarter, which ends in April. The company employed 1.6 million workers in the United States as of the end of March 2021. In a tight labor market, Walmart boosted employees’ pay to $16.40 an hour.

One out of every five Americans who quit jobs during the Great Resignation say they now regret the move. Of those with regrets: 30% say their new role is different than what they expected; 36% bemoan a loss of work-life balance; 24% miss the culture of their previous job; and 24% say they didn’t thoroughly evaluate the pros and cons of leaving. Many workers acted hastily during a pandemic that fostered severe worker shortages, a seismic shift to remote work and widespread burnout, employment experts say.

U.S. consumer sentiment fell in March to the lowest since 2011 despite the level of jobless claims declining to the lowest level in decades and unemployment sinking to multi-decade lows. The University of Michigan’s sentiment index dropped to 59.4, from 62.8 in February, data released Friday showed. “Inflation has been the primary cause of rising pessimism,” said Richard Curtin, the surveys chief economist.

A month after the expiration of the enhanced child tax credit, which gave families as much as $300 extra a month per child, 3.7 million children fell into poverty, according to a study by Megan Curran, the policy director at Columbia University’s Center on Poverty and Social Policy. The child poverty rate grew from 12.1% in December 2021 to 17% the following month, a 41% increase. Black and Latinx children experienced the sharpest increases in poverty. The federal spending plan, signed into law last week, increases funding for federal programs such as Head Start preschool and grants that help subsidize child care for low-income parents. But those programs only reach a small percentage of the families that need such support, advocates say.

The cost of monthly rent reached a new high in February, with the typical apartment now $283 more expensive per month than it was two years ago, before the onset of the pandemic. The national median rent was $1,792 last month, up 17% from a year ago, according to a report from Realtor.com. Rent for studio apartments, one bedroom and two bedrooms all saw double-digit increases over the past year.

For people in the state of New York, utility bills are now 50% higher from one month to the next, and “around 1.3 million residential customers are behind on payments, with the total unpaid bill rising to a historic 1.7 billion,” says reports on data from 10 large utility companies. In New Jersey, a moratorium on shutting off utility services ended six days ago. There are more than 1 million households behind on their utility bills, and they owe a combined 821 million dollars, reports Liberty Counsel. In addition, two Minnesota utility companies (CenterPoint Energy and Xcel Energy) stated that more than 10% of their customers were behind on their utility bills

Wall Street firms have figured out a way to beat inflation for their employees: Just hike annual bonuses to record amounts. The average Wall Street bonus for 2021 hit a record high of $257,500, up 20% from $213,700 the year before, according to estimates released Wednesday by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. February marked the seventh-straight month of rents soaring by double-digit percentages, after rents cratered in some of the biggest cities during the pandemic.

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

Two terrorists opened fire Sunday evening at security forces in the coastal city of Hadera, near Haifa, on Sunday evening, killing two Israelis and wounding six. Two of the injured were listed in serious condition. The terrorists, ISIS supporters who were dressed in full Islamic garb were shot dead by undercover officers who were eating at a nearby restaurant. The killers were identified as Ibrahim and Ayman Ighbariah, Israeli citizens from Umm al-Fahm, an Arab-Israeli city in northern Israel. Police said they were armed with automatic weapons and 1100 bullets, several handguns and knives.

Four civilians were murdered in a terrorist attack in the city of Beershevba in southern Israel on Tuesday in one of the worst nationalistic incidents in recent years. The terrorist, a resident of the town of Bedouin Hora, ran over a cyclist before leaving his vehicle and embarking on a stabbing spree near the Big shopping center. He stabbed to death a gas-station employee, and later, two women and a man. Two other civilians were injured. Police said the terrorist was shot dead on the scene by a bus driver, and a second civilian. The terrorist was known to be a supporter of ISIS.

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)

Americans support the Israelis over the Palestinians by a 2-to-1 margin, although the gap has narrowed in recent years due, in part, to changing opinions among Democrats. That’s according to a new Gallup survey that shows 55 percent of Americans say their sympathies are more with Israel and 26 percent who say they’re more with the Palestinians. Another 18 percent say “both,” “neither,” or are unsure. The poll, released Thursday, found that support for the Israelis has declined slightly among Americans since 2018, when it was 64 percent. Likewise, support for the Palestinians has risen during that time, from 15 percent in 2016 and 19 percent in 2018.

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

Russian airstrikes continue across Ukraine a day before representatives from Russia and Ukraine are set to meet in Turkey for another round of talks. In an interview with Russian independent journalists Sunday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said his country is “ready” to discuss adopting a neutral status, despite the Kremlin providing little hope for an agreement that would end five weeks of fighting.

  • Ukraine said Sunday that it has reclaimed several villages from Russian forces in a series of counterattacks, including to the east of Kharkiv and northwest of Mariupol.

Ukrainians from the country’s besieged cities are being taken to Russian territory and put into camps where they are “filtered there, as in Nazi Germany” Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Iryna Vereshchuk said in a televised interview Saturday. “They are sorted into trustworthy and unreliable, their documents are taken away, they are checked for tattoos,” Vereshchuk told the Current Time television channel. “And if God forbid, a person has something in the form of a trident or our coat of arms, the person disappears, and they can’t find him anymore. Children are taken away from their parents, children from orphanages or boarding schools are also taken away in an unknown direction.”

Russia’s Defense Ministry said Friday that it has completed the first phase of its “special military operation” in Ukraine and will now focus on the eastern Donbas region, signaling that Moscow’s strategy might be shifting due to military losses and a stalled campaign. Friday’s announcement appeared to indicate that the Kremlin may be switching to more limited objectives. Rudskoi said that Russian-backed separatists now controlled 93 percent of Ukraine’s Luhansk region and 54 percent of the Donetsk region that both make up the Donbas. Portions of the Donbas on the eastern border with Russia have been controlled by pro-Russian separatists since 2014, following the so-called “Maidan” revolution, which was publicly supported by the U.S. State Department, that toppled the Kyiv government.

Multiple missiles hit Lviv in western Ukraine near the Polish border Saturday. The powerful explosions rocked Lviv, creating plumes of thick black smoke and causing at least five injuries, according to Ukrainian officials. The air attack on the city came as President Joe Biden was on a state visit to neighboring Poland.

The U.S. has concluded that the Russian military has committed war crimes in Ukraine, the State Department said last Wednesday. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the new assessment is based in part on U.S. intelligence. He referred to the suffering of civilians in the city of Mariupol, where he said more than 2,400 noncombatants had been killed, and pointed to Russian strikes that have hit hospitals, schools, residential buildings and ambulances across the country.

China has fully militarized at least three of the islands that the regime built in the disputed South China Sea, Adm. John Aquilino, commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, said last week. “I think over the past 20 years, we’ve witnessed the largest military buildup since World War II by the PRC [People’s Republic of China],” Aquilino told The Associated Press. “They have advanced all their capabilities and that buildup of weaponization is destabilizing to the region.” China has equipped Mischief Reef, Subi Reef, and Fiery Cross Reef with anti-ship and anti-aircraft missile systems, laser and jamming equipment, and aircraft hangers, Aquilino said.

North Korea fired a suspected long-range ballistic missile, the Japanese Defense Ministry reported, with the potential of reaching the U.S. mainland. North Korea launched the long-range ballistic missile last Thursday, Pyongyang’s most powerful weapons test since 2017. The test of a suspected ICBM that could potentially deliver a nuclear warhead to the United States is a highly provocative action.

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

Residents around the Taal Volcano in the Philippines were put on alert after an eruption there Saturday sent a white plume of steam and ash a mile into the sky over the region, located about 40 miles south of Manila. Communities around the Taal Lake shores are advised to remain vigilant, take precautionary measures against possible airborne ash and vog and calmly prepare for possible evacuation should unrest intensify,” the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said in an advisory Saturday. More than 1,200 residents had already fled their homes

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

An ice shelf in Antarctica nearly the size of Los Angeles disintegrated in mid-March within days of extraordinary warmth on the continent, scientists say. The Conger Ice Shelf, spanning approximately 460 square miles, collapsed around March 15. It was around the time temperatures soared to minus-12 degrees Celsius (10 degrees Fahrenheit), more than 40 degrees warmer than normal. Coral at Stanley Reef, “I don’t think there has been a shelf collapse like this in East Antarctica since we’ve been able to receive satellite data,” Rob Larter, a marine geophysicist at the British Antarctic Survey,

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is suffering its sixth mass bleaching due to heat stress, the reef’s managers confirmed Friday. The update comes mid-way through a 10-day monitoring mission by UNESCO scientists as they consider whether to add one of the world’s seven natural wonders to their “in danger” list. “More than half of the living coral cover that we can see from the air is severely bleached completely white and can have signs of fluorescence in the colors of pink, yellow and blue,” said AIMS coral biologist Neal Cantin. “The corals are producing these fluorescent pigments in an attempt to protect their tissue from heat and from the intense sun during these marine heatwaves.”

An increase in heat waves is causing hundreds more heart disease deaths in the United States each year, with men and Black people at particular risk, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania say. Each year, the United States now has about three times as many heat waves as in the 1960s. Heat can put increased strain on the heart and trigger heart attacks and other cardiac problems. For this study, the team analyzed temperature trends and heart-related deaths in all 3,108 U.S. counties in the 48 contiguous states.

At least five people are dead, more than 1,300 homes damaged or destroyed, and neighborhoods left in ruins after an outbreak of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms across the South this week. As of Thursday the National Weather Service had confirmed at least 45 tornadoes on Monday and Tuesday combined in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and southern Oklahoma. The storms continued into Wednesday night, this time hitting northern South Carolina. Emergency management officials in Pickens County, about 30 miles west of Spartanburg, said about a dozen homes were damaged there. Two mobile homes were turned over.

Signs of the Times Update: March 21, 2022

March 21, 2022

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. He gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might He increases power. (Isaiah 40:28-29)

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

Sr. Deirdre Byrne, a surgeon and family doctor, was granted a religious accommodation Friday morning for her moral opposition to COVID jabs by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Thomas More Society attorneys filed a suit on March 9, 2022 against the District of Columbia (D.C.), its mayor, Muriel Bowser, and the director of its Department of Health, LaQuandra Nesbitt, on behalf of Byrne for their joint refusal to grant her a religious exemption from mandatory “vaccination” for D.C. health workers. Byrne’s rejection of the COVID shots is based on their connection to aborted babies via testing on fetal cell lines. The only stated basis for the denial of Byrne’s religious exemption was that it would pose an “undue hardship” to D.C. Health.

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

The Russian invasion of Ukraine is furthering the goals of the ‘Great Reset’ (the name of the 50th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, held in June 2020). The war is causing unprecedented disruptions to global supply chains, exacerbating fuel shortages and inducing chronic levels of inflation. Another recession will compound global resource demand, narrow the scope for self-sufficiency and significantly increase dependence on government subsidies. The war’s economic fallout will lead to a dramatic downsizing of the global workforce, as a prelude to the introduction of a Universal Basic Income, a top socialist goal.

As gasoline prices rise to record levels, the International Energy Agency is calling for energy lockdowns, such as banning the use of private cars in cities on Sundays. Other measures proposed in the agency’s “A 10-Point Plan to Cut Oil Use” include reducing speed limits, working from home, cutting business air travel and imposing an SUV “tax,” reports Climate Depot. “Governments have all the necessary tools at their disposal to put oil demand into decline in the coming years, which would support efforts to both strengthen energy security and achieve vital climate goals,” the report states.

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)

Last week, President Joe Biden named Brown University School of Public Health dean and ardent vaccine passport advocate Dr. Ashish Jha as the new White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator. A review of Jha’s past public statements on COVID suggests that he will be every bit as radical (or more) as previous top Biden advisers on the pandemic. The National Pulse has identified numerous such statements, starting with an April 2021 op-ed in which he argued for making restoration of “everyone’s full participation in society” contingent on “vaccine certificates,” dismissing concerns about the implications for personal freedom as “nonsense.”

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)

While Americans struggle with soaring inflation and record-setting gas prices, Congress’ $1.5 trillion omnibus spending bill includes scores of earmarks that dole out millions upon millions of taxpayer dollars to lawmakers’ pet projects. From $584,000 for “a self-reliant urban solar village” in Pennsylvania to a $300,000 Hawaiian tree census, many states got in on the ‘pork’ spending. Also in the package are: $2.2 million to build a Bahamian Arts, History and Cultural Center in Coconut Grove, a part of Miami that Bahamians have lived in since the 1800s and $700,000 for park improvements at the Simonhoff Floral Parks in Miami that includes building “a memorial to the Miami-Dade County residents who have lost their lives to COVID-19; several hundreds of thousands of dollars to scare off their seal predators in Washington State; $1.35 million to improve traffic flow for a three-point roadway intersection in Texas.

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)

Yasir Hadh, a prominent American Imam and college professor was described in a 2011 New York Times Magazine essay as “one of the most influential conservative clerics in American Islam.” Recently, he just went on television to warn Christians and Jews of what will happen to them if they do not convert. Hadhi publicly said that Christians and Jews are the “filthy,” impure,” and basically no different than “feces” and “urine.” He claimed that “if [Christians and Jews] don’t [convert to Islam,] their life and property are halal [free for the taking] for the Muslims.”

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 33% over the past two weeks, with hospitalizations down 57% and deaths down 27%. New York, however, is up 17% and Puerto Rico up 9%.

The new BA.2 coronavirus subvariant, first detected two months ago in the UK and Europe, is now making its way across the U.S. and spreading more quickly in the Northeast and West, new data released this week shows. The BA.2 variant appears to be on its way to becoming the dominant coronavirus strain, having roughly doubled each week for the past month, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. BA.2 is considered by the World Health Organization as a “sublineage” of the highly transmissible omicron variant. It’s a different version of omicron than BA.1, which was responsible for the surge that hit the Northeast late last year. Around the world, infections are largely from the BA.2 version of omicron.

  • In the U.S., BA.2 accounted for about a quarter (23.1%) of the cases for the week ending March 12, the CDC says. That’s up from 14.2% the week ending March 5. BA.2 made up 39% of cases in New Jersey and New York, the week ending March 12, up from 25.4% the previous week, the CDC says. In the Northeast (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont), BA.2 accounted for 38.6% of cases, up from 24% the previous week. In the West, which includes Arizona, California and Nevada, BA.2 accounts for 27.7% of cases, up from 17.1% the previous week. In the upper West, including Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, BA.2 made up 26.2% of cases, up from 16%.
  • Studies have shown that BA.2 is “inherently more transmissible” than omicron BA.1, according to the World Health Organization. What’s not yet known is if BA.2 causes as much severe illness as did omicron BA.1 did.                BA.1 prompted a rapid surge in cases, hospitalizations and deaths for a month before plummeting just as quickly.

Covid-19 cases have been rising in the UK and Europe. The UK attributes the rise to the BA.2 variant, which is more transmissible than the original Omicron, the opening of society, with people mingling more indoors without masks, and waning immunity from vaccination or prior infection.

Nearly three dozen companies worldwide will soon start making generic versions of Pfizer’s coronavirus pill, the U.N.-backed Medicines Patent Pool said Thursday. Agreements signed with 35 companies should help make Pfizer’s antiviral nirmatrelvir, or Paxlovoid, available to more than half of the world’s population. Generic drugmakers across a dozen countries in Asia, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Eastern Europe will begin producing either the raw ingredients for the Pfizer drug or the pill itself. Among the companies offered a license was one in Ukraine, which has not yet been able to confirm it can participate.

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

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

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has removed tens of thousands of deaths linked to COVID-19, including nearly a quarter of deaths it had listed in those under 18 years old. The health agency quietly made the change on its data tracker website on March 15. “Data on deaths were adjusted after resolving a coding logic error. This resulted in decreased death counts across all demographic categories,” the CDC says on the site. The CDC relies on states and other jurisdictions to report COVID-19 deaths and acknowledges on its website that the data is not complete. But the statistics are often cited by doctors and others when pushing for COVID-19 vaccination.

Pfizer and its collaborator BioNTech requested federal permission Tuesday to provide an additional booster dose of their COVID-19 vaccine Comirnaty to people 65 and older. The request is based on data from Israel during a recent omicron outbreak there. One study of more than 1 million Israelis over 60 showed that those who got a fourth dose were half as likely to become infected and four-times less likely to fall severely ill than those who had only three shots. In a second study of 700 Israeli health care workers, those who received a fourth dose, saw a 10-fold jump in protective antibodies two weeks after the shot. The fourth dose was delivered three months after the third in both studies and neither raised new safety concerns, Pfizer says.

  • On Thursday, Moderna also requested federal permission for its fourth booster shot.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a vaccine is “a product that stimulates a person’s immune system to produce immunity to a specific disease, protecting the person from that disease.” Immunity, in turn, is defined as “Protection from an infectious disease,” meaning that “If you are immune to a disease, you can be exposed to it without becoming infected.” Neither Moderna nor Pfizer claim this to be the case for their COVID-19 “vaccines.” In fact, in their clinical trials, they specify that they will not even test for immunity.

  •  Unlike real vaccines, which use an antigen of the disease you’re trying to prevent, the COVID-19 injections contain synthetic RNA fragments encapsulated in a nanolipid carrier compound, the sole purpose of which is to lessen clinical symptoms associated with the S-1 spike protein, not the actual virus. They do not actually impart immunity or inhibit transmissibility of the disease. In other words, they are not designed to keep you from getting sick with SARS-CoV-2; they only are supposed to lessen your infection symptoms if or when you do get infected. As such, these products do not meet the legal or medical definition of a vaccine.

From Liberty Counsel: “Katrina’s story [not her real name] is one of many we now receive every day. She has devoted 18 years of her life faithfully protecting our waterways and shores via the United States Coast Guard. She did not want to take the COVID shots, but the military was not approving exemptions, and with just two years until retirement, Katrina was compelled to take the jab or forfeit the career and retirement that she had worked so hard to achieve. Katrina took the jab. Shortly after taking the shot, Katrina suffered from severe vertigo. She experienced acute reproductive system hemorrhage and had to undergo a total hysterectomy. The bleeding has stopped, thank God, but the severe vertigo remains. Katrina is now being separated from the Coast Guard—not because she refused the shot, but because of the severe injuries the shot caused.”

International:

The government of Thailand has paid more than $45 million as compensation to people who developed illnesses and injuries after receiving COVID=19 vaccine shots. So far, 12,714 people have received the compensation, the Phenom Penh Post reported.

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 eight people were killed and more than 50 others hurt in at least eight mass shootings over the weekend, as the United States continues to grapple with a rise in gun violence and crime. At least 107 mass shootings have unfolded so far this year in the U.S. More than two-thirds of the country’s most populous cities recorded more homicides in 2021 than the previous year, with at least 10 setting all-time homicide records — with the majority committed with a firearm.

One person was in custody and a manhunt was underway for more shooters Sunday after a rampage that erupted at a southeast Arkansas car show left at least one person dead and 28 wounded. Some of the wounded were taken to hospitals and medical helicopters responded at the scene. Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said more arrests were possible after “gunfire that swept across a crowd” in Dumas, a town of less than 5,000 people about 90 miles south of Little Rock.

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

A 13-year-old child was behind the wheel of a pickup truck involved in a head-on collision in Texas Tuesday evening that killed nine people, including six University of the Southwest golfers and their coach, the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday.

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)

On Monday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed a bill that allows people to carry a concealed pistol without a permit, becoming the 23rd state to pass such legislation. The recently passed Senate Bill 215 enables anybody aged 21 or older to carry a concealed gun without the requirement for a permit. The law is set to become effective on June 12.

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)

Federal officials confirmed Wednesday that the US Department of Justice has reached a multimillion-dollar settlement with the families of most of those killed or wounded in a 2018 Florida high school massacre over the FBI’s failure to stop the gunman even though it had received information he intended to attack. The government’s announcement Wednesday said the settlement resolves 40 cases connected to the shooting for $127.5 million.

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

More than 100 people including several Disney employees and a former judge were arrested in connection with a Florida human trafficking operation on Wednesday, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office identified the workers at a news conference Wednesday following the conclusion of Operation March Sadness 2, a six-day sting that led to the arrests of 108 people

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)

“Nearly $100 billion at minimum has been stolen from COVID-19 relief programs set up to help businesses and people who lost their jobs due to the pandemic,” says a report from the U.S. Secret Service, which narrowed the losses to the programs to help businesses and people to lost their jobs due to the problems from the coronavirus. According to the Independent Sentinel, that’s what has been reported stolen after the federal government’s massive trillion-dollar COVID-19 pandemic relief funds have gone out the door. The report said that most of the losses came in the form of unemployment fraud, with the Labor Department estimating some $87 billion was paid out in benefits that probably should not have been paid.

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)

Across the country, schools are struggling to spend their $190 billion COVID-19 relief money as quickly as planned. Their efforts are running up against a national labor shortage and supply chain issues, which are making it difficult to do things like hire tutors or renovate dilapidated buildings. To some Republican lawmakers, the slower spending is a sign that schools received too much federal relief.

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 Wednesday March 16, We the People threw D.C. city administrators another curve ball. At least one group of People’s Convoy supporters splintered from the main group and headed into the Capitol. They’re calling for an end to the Emergency Act and for their representatives to understand “they work for us.”

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.

Rachel Levine, the former health secretary for Pennsylvania and now an administrator for the Joe Biden administration, has been named one of the “Women of the Year” by USA Today. However, ‘she’ is a transgender. Levine first made headlines as the first openly transgender four-star officer in the U.S. military.

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)

For the second time in eight days, U.S. District Judge Carl J. Nichols has dismissed a felony obstruction charge alleging a Jan. 6 defendant tried to prevent the certification of Electoral College votes in the 2020 presidential race. Nichols ruled in the case of USA v. Joseph W. Fischer that the statute used by prosecutors—18 U.S.C. § 1512(c)(2)—does not apply to the allegations against the defendant. he 1512 subsection of the U.S. Code is meant to prevent tampering or destruction of documents and records, not alleged attempts to derail certification of the presidential election results, Nichols said. Nichols threw out the same charge on March 7 in the case of Garret A. Miller, 35, of Richardson, Texas. Miller faces 11 other Jan. 6-related charges.

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

Over 3 million refugees have fled Ukraine since Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion, out of a total population of 44 million. While most refugees, especially those from the Kyiv area, have flowed to Poland, an estimated 350,000 have entered Moldova, one of Europe’s smallest and poorest countries with a population of only 2.6 million. Most of the evacuees are women and children, as most men of fighting age have been ordered to stay behind to defend their country. Now, government workers and aid groups trying to help are conducting a hurried symphony across multiple languages, from Russian and Romanian, which is spoken in Moldova, to French and English. They’re fingerprinting and photographing refugees, double-checking documents, and providing emergency cash to the most needy.

The Biden administration announced Wednesday new immigration protections for individuals from Afghanistan, including the 76,000 Afghan refugees who have come to the United States since last summer’s chaotic military withdrawal from Afghanistan. The Department of Homeland Security will grant temporary protected status to certain Afghans for 18 months. To qualify, individuals must have lived in the United States since March 15.

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)

Workers at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport have been overwhelmed for months with illegal aliens bused in from the southern border. A spokeswoman for the airport indicated that as many as 300 to 400 illegal immigrants are arriving every day. The spokeswoman said that some of the migrants are arriving “unprepared for travel.” Accordingly, airport staff are compelled to assist the large groups of travelers with purchasing plane tickets or even arranging for them to seek services from open-borders group International Rescue Committee. Many of them don’t have the money necessary to purchase basic necessities such as food or diapers.

  • The illegal immigrants are being transported from the border by Regional Center for Border Health, another open-borders organization. The organization picks up the migrants directly from federal immigration detention centers.

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

President Muhammadu Buhari apologized “to all sections of the society” in a statement Wednesday for Nigeria’s increasingly critical shortages of gasoline and other petroleum fuel products, as well as a rotting electric grid that collapsed twice this week, leaving the entire country in the dark. Nigerians have been experiencing extreme gasoline shortages since at least early February, leaving many citizens unable to drive to work and thus devastating manufacturing and other key sectors of the economy. The little gasoline available has doubled in price between January and March, becoming financially unattainable for many in the country. Commercial airliners warned this week that they were days away from running out of fuel, potentially grounding all civilian planes in the country.

  • The fuel shortages are especially frustrating to Nigerians as the country is Africa’s largest oil producer and an OPEC member nation. While rich in crude oil, Nigeria has very few facilities for refining the oil into serviceable fuel products, meaning it also imports almost all of its gasoline and jet fuel. The few refining facilities it does have face regular attacks from armed gangs that often leave them inoperable for days.

Infrastructure: But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand:and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall. (Matthew 7:26-7)

Ukraine’s nuclear regulatory agency said Monday that the radiation monitors around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant have stopped working. In a statement Monday, the agency also said there are no longer firefighters available in the region to protect forests tainted by decades of radioactivity as the weather warms. The plant was seized by Russia’s military on Feb. 24. The combination of risks could mean a “significant deterioration” of the ability to control the spread of radiation not just in Ukraine but beyond the country’s borders in weeks and months to come.

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

The Federal Reserve, in the first of what is expected to be a series of hikes, raised its key short-term interest rate by a quarter-point from near zero. The central bank, which is fighting to tame the worst inflation in 40 years, signaled Wednesday that there could be up to seven rate hikes this year. It’s the first interest rate hike since 2018.

Home prices rose to a median price of $357,300 in February, up 15% from last year, as inventory stubbornly stayed near record lows, according to a report from the National Association of Realtors. But even as home prices continued to climb, sales slowed. Sales of existing homes — which include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops — were down 7.2% from January and 2.4% from a year ago, NAR reported.

Gasoline prices could spiral even higher after a fierce barrage of attacks by Yemen’s Houthi rebels affected production in Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter. Gas prices in the U.S. dropped last week to $4.25, according to auto club AAA, just below the historic record of $4.33 reached earlier this month. The international oil benchmark Brent crude hovered over $112 a barrel in trading Monday, up more than 4% for the preceding session. The price remained below a peak of nearly $140 hit earlier this month, but still some $15 a barrel more than before the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The United States dollar’s position as the chief currency of trade for the global oil industry has been a foundation of the American economy for decades, keeping inflation at bay amid the Fed’s unprecedented printing of money. But now Saudi Arabia and China are in talks to price some of the monarchy’s oil sales in the Chinese yuan, rather than dollars, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. The Journal pointed out that a Saudi pivot to Beijing could prompt other oil suppliers to China – Russia, Angola and Iraq – to do the same, which could erode the dollar’s value.

Russia is spiraling closer to a historic debt default that could ripple throughout the global economy after the U.S. and its European allies hit the Kremlin with a slew of crippling financial sanctions which have prompted credit rating agencies to downgrade their long-term debt rating for the Russian government to “junk” status. The Kremlin is now due to pay $117 million in interest on two dollar-denominated bonds on Wednesday; if it fails to make those payments, it will be Russia’s first default on foreign debt since the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, according to JPMorgan Chase. 

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

The $1.5 trillion omnibus spending bill that passed both houses of Congress last week was lauded by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Defense Minister Benny Gantz for including $1 billion to resupply the Iron Dome system that protects Israelis from Hamas and Hezbollah rocket attacks. However, it also contains official support for the Israel Relations Normalization Act of 2021 (IRNA) that was passed as a separate piece of legislation last year. The main purpose of the Act was to encourage other Arab countries to join the Abraham Accords and open diplomatic ties with the Jewish state. But the Act also states that the United States should “continue to support a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict resulting in two states—a democratic Jewish state of Israel and a viable democratic Palestinian state—living side by side in peace, security, and mutual recognition.”

  • Both Bennett and Gantz have openly stated that they oppose the establishment of a Palestinian state and were “surprised” by the language supporting the two-state solution.
  • In a Tuesday webinar with left-wing Americans for Peace Now, U.S. Ambassador to Israel Tom Nides firmly espoused the “two-state solution” and said he is working to change Jerusalem’s policies that stand in its way. Nides said he’s been spending quite a bit of time on trying to stop “stupid” activity by Israel. For example, settlement growth “infuriates” him because he feels it is a huge obstacle to his vision

Most reports on refugees arriving in Israel in past weeks focus on the absorption of those fleeing Ukraine since the Russian invasion. However, Israel is also receiving Russians “I have a hard time with the Russian president and his administration. Everything that is happening now started already in 2014 (with the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula),” Grantowski, 28, says in Russia authorities “can put me in jail for many years just because I want to say my opinion on the administration. Some people are approached by the police only because they wrote on Facebook that they are not happy with the situation.”

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

Iran’s fleet of UAVs was largely destroyed during an alleged Israeli airstrike on a military base near Kermanshah in western Iran in February 2022, and the incident was reportedly one of the triggers for Iran to fire at least 12 ballistic missiles at the U.S. Consulate in Erbil, Iraq last week. Hundreds of drones were either completely destroyed or severely damaged, though the Iranian government at the time blamed the loss of the UAVs on a fire at the base. Although Israel regularly bombs Iranian assets in Syria, an attack on an Iranian base inside of Iran would be an extremely rare, even unprecedented, move.

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

Heavy bombardment of Mariupol continued Mondayas Ukraine rejected an offer to surrender the strategic port city to Russia in exchange for a safe passage out. Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy condemned the bombing of an art school in Mariupol where 400 civilians were taking shelter. “They are under the rubble, and we don’t know how many of them have survived,” he said.

Russian forces have resorted to scorched earth tactics, targeting population centers and leaving civilians unable to escape or go outside to find food or water. “Bombs are falling every 10 minutes; Russian navy warships are shelling, reports the National Guard Azov Regiment in Mariupol.

The war has exacted an enormous toll on civilians: Roughly one-quarter of Ukraine’s pre-war population has been forced from their homes – fleeing to other parts of the country or across its borders.

Russian forces might be facing air defense systems the old Soviet Union produced and was clandestinely acquired by the United States, The Wall Street Journal exclusively reported Monday. The U.S. is reportedly sending Soviet-made air defense systems to Ukraine in its efforts to support Ukraine with lethal aid, while stopping short of delivering MiG jet fighters or declaring a NATO no-fly zone over the country.

Russian forces are continuing to bombard Ukrainian cities, killing civilians and wrecking infrastructure, but the invasion has “largely stalled on all fronts,” according to Britain’s defense ministry. An intelligence assessment released Thursday by the UK says Russians “have made minimal progress on land, sea, or air in recent days and they continue to suffer heavy losses,” the Guardian reports. Ukrainian resistance remains “staunch and well-coordinated,” and while Russia controls some areas, especially in the east and the south, the “vast majority of Ukrainian territory, including all major cities,” remains in Ukrainian hands, the report says.

  • American intelligence agencies have made similar findings. Russian soldiers do not seem “to be particularly motivated,” Gen. Frank McKenzie, the Commander of US Central Command, told reporters during a briefing at the Pentagon Friday. The Pentagon estimates that 7,000 Russian troops have been killed in the three weeks since the invasion, more than the US death toll in 20 years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the New York Times reported Thursday.

Russia fired six missiles at Lviv on Friday, Ukraine’s military said. The western city is near the Polish border and has been relatively untouched by Russian attacks. Russia said on Saturday that it used nuclear-capable hypersonic missiles to destroy Ukrainian military assets in what marks the first time Moscow has acknowledged using this type of weapon in combat.

As of Saturday, Russia said that their forces had destroyed 196 Ukrainian drones, 1,438 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 145 multiple launch rocket systems, 556 field artillery and mortars, and 1,237 special military vehicles. The Russian defense ministry said in a March 19 operational update that on Friday it destroyed a large underground storage facility for missiles and aviation ammunition in Ukraine’s Ivano-Frankovsk region, using missiles that can travel at over five times the speed of sound.

Russia on Friday warned countries arming Ukraine that they will be considered “legitimate targets” for retaliation. “We clearly said that any cargo moving into the Ukrainian territory which we would believe is carrying weapons would be fair game,” Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told RT television, a state-controlled network

President Biden announced Wednesday an additional $800 million in military aid including long-range drones for Ukraine that would bring the total U.S. support for Ukraine to more than $1 billion in just the last week. Funds for the new aid will come from the $13.6 billion that is allocated for Ukraine in the omnibus budget bill Mr. Biden signed Tuesday. Biden’s remarks came just hours after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy pleaded with Congress for more weapons, planes and a no-fly zone to defend his country against the Russian invasion. Biden stopped short of granting all of Mr. Zelensky’s requests, saying the U.S. will not impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine or provide fighter jets.

  • The U.S. and NATO are against enforcing a no-fly zone over Ukraine because that would bring them into direct conflict with Russia and could possibly start World War III.

Ukraine’s food supply chain is “falling apart” with trains and bridges destroyed and supermarket shelves empty amid a swelling refugee crisis, according to the UN. Food and water supplies are running out in encircled cities such as Mariupol. Ukraine’s collapsing supply chains are “triggering a wave of collateral hunger that is spreading across the globe,” according to a statement on the U.N. World Food Program website. 

  • Meanwhile, 3,270,662 refugees have fled Ukraine as of Friday, and nearly 10 million have been displaced from their homes, reports the Washington Post.

An American man killed in a Russian attack in northern Ukraine was trying to find food for his sick partner, his family members told media outlets as they mourned the loss of one of the first U.S. citizens to die in the invasion. A Fox News cameraman was killed in Ukraine last Monday, the second journalist to be killed there. Pierre Zakrzewski was working alongside Benjamin Hall, who was wounded in the attack in Horenka outside Kyiv.

The Biden administration on Tuesday announced sanctions against a list of foreign officials, including Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko and his wife. Lukashenko has been president of Belarus since 1994 and is accused of engaging in public corruption. Lukashenko had previously been sanctioned by the U.S. in 2006 and 2021.

As sanctions cripple Russia’s aviation industry, President Vladimir Putin signed a law on Monday allowing foreign-owned aircraft to be re-registered as Russian for domestic use, according to state-run news agency TASS. Russian airlines would have the ability to seize and operate aircraft leased by companies that are no longer operating in the country over sanctions imposed due to the Ukraine invasion, TASS reported. Russian airlines have almost 780 leased jets, with 515 leased from abroad.

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 Biden administration intends to declare that Myanmar’s years-long repression of the Rohingya Muslim population is a “genocide,” US officials said Sunday. Secretary of State Antony Blinken plans to make the long-anticipated designation on Monday at an event at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. The designation does not in and of itself portend drastic new measures against Myanmar’s military-led government, which has already been hit with multiple layers of US sanctions since the campaign against the Rohingya ethnic minority began in the country’s western Rakhine state in 2017. But it could lead to additional international pressure on the government, which is already facing accusations of genocide at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

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

The powerful 7.4 magnitude earthquake that struck off the coast of Fukushima in northern Japan Wednesday night killed four people and injured 97. A small tsunami reached shore, but the low-risk advisory was lifted by Thursday morning. The region is part of northern Japan that was devastated by a deadly 9.0 quake and tsunami 11 years ago that caused nuclear reactor meltdowns, spewing massive radiation that still makes some parts uninhabitable.

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)

Evacuation orders were in place across parts of several central Texas counties late Thursday as crews worked to contain the flames in dangerous fire weather — fueled by strong winds and dry conditions. The wildfires, which combined to form the Eastland Complex blaze, has charred more than 38,000 acres, according to a Thursday night update from Texas A&M Forest Service. The complex remained 0% contained, the forest service said Thursday night.

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

The mega-drought in western U.S. improved slightly over the past three months, with the percent of the area in severe to exceptional drought declining from 78% to 74%. Most states improved, but New Mexico increased from 19% to 38% while Colorado worsened from 17% to 20%.

Chain-reaction collisions involving dozens of vehicles on a foggy interstate in southeast Missouri last week caused at least six deaths and multiple injuries, and closed part of the highway. The collisions began about 8am on Interstate 57 as thick fog enveloped the Charleston area, about 150 miles south of St. Louis. About 50 vehicles were involved, including several semitrailer trucks. Some of the vehicles caught on fire.

Also last week, a dust storm from the Sahara Desert left the normally sparkling slopes of snow in the Pyrenees a muted brown color as snowboarders and skiers carved paths through the unusual landscape. The Pyrenees are located in the countries of France and Spain and create a natural border between the two. Elsewhere, a sandstorm engulfed the town of Diego de Almagro in Chile’s Atacama Desert.

Signs of the Times Update: March 14, 2022

March 15, 2022

I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.  And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:2-4)    

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)

According to Jewish folklore, the hardscrabble town of Chelm, Poland, 15 miles from the Ukraine border, was created after God entrusted an angel with a sack full of unwise souls. The angel tripped, and they all tumbled out in one place: Chelm.  True or not, the convoys of buses and trains that steadily arrive with refugees from war-torn Ukraine prove that Chelm is anything but a place full of fools. “It’s amazing, it’s just amazing,” beams Olea Khomenok, 37, from Lutsk, in Ukraine’s northwest, as she describes how her son was welcomed in a Chelm school on his eighth birthday with more toys, sweets and companionship than he knew what to do with.

  • At least 2.8 million Ukrainians have fled the country since Russia invaded on Feb. 24, according to the United Nations’ refugee agency. More than 1.7 million have crossed into Poland, streaming into border towns like Chelm to a generous welcome that includes everything from hot meals to warm beds.

The sunflower which represented the removal of nuclear weapons from Ukraine during the 1990s is again quickly becoming a worldwide symbol for peace as the Russia-Ukraine conflict persists into its second week. People around the world have been laying sunflowers outside of embassies, lining streets and attending prayers and protests as a show of solidarity for Ukrainians. The movement has even made it to the United States with the National Sunflower Association saying the interest in the flower has been higher than any time in recent memory.

Russian yacht owners are encountering rough seas around the world as nations sympathetic to Ukraine’s plight press sanctions that include impounding assets of Russia’s wealthy class. World leaders hope harsh economic sanctions that target Vladimir Putin’s inner circle of oligarchs could apply pressure on the Russian president to end his brutal military assault on Ukraine. Italy announced Saturday that it had seized a $580 million superyacht linked to Russian energy and fertilizer magnate Andrey Igorevich Melnichenko. A yacht belonging to metals tycoon Alexei Mordashov, believed to be Russia’s richest man, was impounded more than a week ago in the northern Italian port of Imperia.

The Texas Supreme Court unanimously ruled today that Texas can continue being the first state in America since 1973 to ban abortions. For nearly six months, the law has banned most abortions in the state, saving thousands of unborn babies’ lives. The law bans abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable, about six weeks of pregnancy, but, unlike most pro-life laws, it leaves the enforcement up to private citizens, rather than state officials. Typically, when pro-abortion groups challenge pro-life laws, judges block the state from enforcing them.

  • The Idaho legislature on Monday approved a bill banning abortions after six weeks, modeling its legislation on the restrictive Texas law. The Idaho state House sent the legislation to Gov. Brad Little (R), who last year signed a similar bill that was predicated on a favorable federal court ruling for enforcement, which hasn’t happened.

Last week, Senate Democrats lost their battle to try to force Americans to fund killing babies in abortions with their tax dollars. President Biden and Senate democrats put together a budget plan to eliminate the Hyde Amendment and force Americans to fund abortions for the first time since Hyde became official in the 1970s. “The Hyde Amendment has saved at least 2.5 million babies from abortion and it enjoys the support of a majority of Americans — including people who support abortion. But Democrats have desperately been trying to eliminate it and eliminate more unborn children,” reports LifeSiteNews.com. Thanks to pro-life Republicans — along with Senator Joe Manchin, the only pro-life Democrat — Senate Democrats had to withdraw their objections to Hyde in order to get the current spending bill moving forward to fund the federal government.

Seventy-eight unborn lives have been saved during the first week of 40 Days for Life, the bi-annual campaign that involves volunteers praying, fasting and holding peaceful vigils outside abortion clinics worldwide. The spring edition, which began March 2. Among the lives saved were two at an abortion clinic in Chicago when two separate mothers changed their minds. One of the moms came to the clinic with the baby’s father. “I don’t want to hurt my child,” the father told a volunteer, Anne Marie. Anne Marie responded, “God will make you what you need to be to care for this child.” The conversation outside the clinic led the mom and dad to decide not to abort the baby.

A group of individuals who have “detransitioned” took to social media over the weekend to share their harrowing stories, collectively communicating their experiences with the #DetransAwarenessDay hashtag. These formerly transgender people offered photos to accompany their stories of heart change. These before-and-after testimonies offer an important lens into a perspective not often seen in mainstream media. “When I was 15, lonely, and hated my body, I got sucked into gender ideology online. My school encouraged me and I was easily prescribed a high dose of testosterone at 18, and it was very damaging. This is not rare,” wrote one youth.

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)

If you got the Pfizer vaccine, you should plan on a fourth dose, says Pfizer’s CEO Albert Bourla. While the two-dose vaccine plus a booster shot still provides “quite good” protection against hospitalizations and deaths, omicron was the first variant “that was able to evade—in a skillful way—the immune protection that we’re giving.” That means even the three-dose regimen is “not that good” at fending off a COVID-19 infection from a variant like omicron. With more variants coming, he said, a fourth dose of the vaccine “is necessary.”

  • Pfizer has only recently been forced to disclose some of its test results which have revealed far more problems with the vaccine than they have admitted, even as they continue to promote additional vaccinations to keep the profits rolling in.

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)

Most of Russia’s oil goes to Europe and Asia. But the key here is to think about the oil supply globally, rather than the US specifically. The commodities world is a heavily interconnected one, and oil is priced through a global market. So what happens in one area of the world can affect another. The problem at hand is that Russia is one of the world’s biggest oil suppliers. Shutting that down has created global shortages of crude oil.

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

A survey has revealed that many Americans who think of themselves as Christian actually follow a worldview called Syncretism – “a blending of multiple worldviews in which no single life philosophy is dominant” – and only a sparse 2% of parents of pre-teens actually possess a biblical worldview. The results come from the American Worldview Inventory 2022 done by George Barna and the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University. More than nine out of 10 parents of children under age 13 “have a muddled worldview,” Barna said.

The Biden administration has hired the former director of a United Nations agency accused of promoting antisemitism and terrorism in Palestinian schools to help oversee refugee issues and U.N. reform at the State Department. Elizabeth Campbell was hired as deputy assistant secretary of state at the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration last month, according to reports. Campbell’s appointment puts her in the position of working for the same State Department bureau that provides funding and oversight for the U.N. agency she previously helped run.

In a video clip posted on Twitter that went viral Wednesday, the husband of Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, Chasten Buttigieg leads a group of children in a modified pledge of allegiance to the gay pride flag. Chasten began a pledge of allegiance to this pride flag, and the children repeated after each line. I pledge my heart to the rainbow of the Not So Typical Gay Camp, one camp, full of pride, indivisible, with affirmation and equal rights for all.”

  • Progressives are undermining the foundations of America – faith and family.

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

The 2020 U.S. census seriously undercounted the number of Hispanic, Black and Native American residents even though its overall population count was largely accurate, the Census Bureau said last Thursday. At the same time, the census overcounted white and Asian American residents, the bureau said. Some minority advocacy groups threatened to challenge the results in court, but remedying the undercounts would be difficult if not impossible, experts said. The census has historically undercounted populations that are harder to reach through surveys, phone calls and door-to-door canvassing, including Native Americans on reservations, poor urban communities and undocumented immigrants.

The Senate last Tuesday approved a $107 billion financial overhaul of the long-beleaguered U.S. Postal Service, providing monetary relief for the agency that leaders say will allow it to modernize and invest in efficient service. President Biden has signaled his intent to sign the legislation, which has already cleared the House. It also increases service transparency requirements and preserves the agency’s ability to reach nearly every American household six days a week. The Postal Service has endured years of losses triggered by slumping mail volumes and a 2006 bill that required it to annually pre-fund retirees’ health-care costs. Declines in mail revenue have forced the agency to default on those health-care payments since 2011.

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)

An elementary school in Washington state has punished a second-grade Christian student for witnessing to other students on the playground. An elementary school in Washington state has reportedly punished a second-grade Christian student for witnessing to other students on the playground. The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), a conservative, Christian social activist organization, is representing the student and her family in their demand for retribution from North Hill Elementary. According to Christina Compagnone, an associate counsel with the ACLJ, the little girl was sent to the principal’s office “no less than 10 times” since January 1 for sharing her faith with classmates on the playground. “Not only were they scolding her for talking about Jesus to her classmates outside of instruction time, but they were stopping her at the entrance to the school every morning to inspect her backpack and remove any Christian tracts!” Compagnone said.

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) released its 2021 “hate map” with an updated list of 733 organizations it brands “hate groups” on Wednesday. The list still includes many prominent conservative advocacy groups and a Christian ministry that has sued the SPLC for defamation in a Supreme Court appeal. The 733 number represents a decline from the 838 “hate groups” the SPLC reported last year. The SPLC defines a “hate group” as “an organization or collection of individuals that – based on its official statements or principles, the statements of its leaders, or its activities – has beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics. An organization does not need to have engaged in criminal conduct or have followed their speech with actual unlawful action to be labeled a hate group.”

  • The SPLC brands mainstream conservative and Christian organizations “hate groups,” placing them on a list and a map with truly hateful organizations like the Ku Klux Klan. The 2021 “hate group” list includes many conservative nonprofit organizations, branding them “anti-LGBT hate groups,” “anti-Muslim hate groups” and “anti-immigrant hate groups.” The list includes Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the Family Research Council (FRC), ACT for America, the Center for Security Policy (CSP), the American Freedom Law Center (AFLC) and D. James Kennedy Ministries (DJKM).

International Persecution:

I am tired of running.” These were the words of Barka Amos, a Nigerian Christian from Kautikari village, Chibok Local Government Area (LGA), Borno State, after yet another Islamist attack. The armed assault by the Islamic State West Africa Province led to the deaths of three Christians. Two had already fled violence elsewhere in the region. Kautikari, along with another village in Chibok LGA, was attacked just a few weeks ago by Boko Haram. On that occasion four men were killed.

In Myanmar, Christians are among those driven from their homes and left to take shelter in camps for internally displaced persons or simply in the jungle. Often the Tatmadaw (Myanmar military) attacks these displaced people, forcing them again to flee for their lives. Many believers in Afghanistan have had to abandon their homes, and must remain continually on the move to avoid detection by the Taliban.

Muslims who grew furious at the preaching of a speaker at an open-air evangelistic event last week in eastern Uganda beat him to death and burned his body. John Michael Okero was quoting verses from the Koran about Christ on Feb. 28 in Kadungulu village, Serere District when a Muslim identified only as Shakuuru grabbed the microphone from him. He and other Muslims started beating Okero as they accused him of blaspheming Allah.

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

President Biden says he opposes the Florida bill that would prohibit late-term abortions after 15 weeks and ban a procedure pro-lifers call “barbaric.” The bill, HB 5, is modeled after a similar law in Mississippi and bans abortions “if the physician determines the gestational age of the fetus is more than 15 weeks.” It passed the Florida House and Senate and is headed to Gov. Ron DeSantis, who says he will sign it. The U.S. Supreme Court is considering a challenge to Mississippi’s law. A decision in that case is expected by July.

  • “The Republican-controlled Florida legislature passed a dangerous bill that will severely restrict women’s access to reproductive health care,” Biden said in a tweet. “My Administration will not stand for the continued erosion of women’s constitutional rights.”

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

Covid-19 cases are down 48% over the past two weeks in the U.S. while hospitalizations are down 41% and deaths down 31%. Cases are down in every state, but American Samoa is up 871% and the U.S. Virgin Islands are up 39%.

Just as the U.S. has finally turned the corner on a wave of COVID-19 cases caused by the omicron variant, multiple countries in Europe are showing an increase in infections – fueling concerns about the possibility of another global surge. The United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Italy were among those that saw an upswing in cases this past week, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. England, Spain and France are among European countries that recently announced a shift in pandemic strategy: treating the virus as a part of daily life without full shutdowns.

  • China on Friday ordered a lockdown of the 9 million residents of the northeastern city of Changchun amid a new spike in COVID-19 cases. Residents are required to remain home, with one family member permitted to venture out to buy food and other necessities every two days.

Competing studies about overcounting and undercounting Covid deaths create even more confusion:

  • Covid deaths have been vastly overcounted, reports Dr. John Campbell in Epoch News after reviewing recent data released by the U.K. government in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. For the 21 months covering January 2020 through September 2021, the total COVID-19 death toll in England and Wales was 17,371 — a far cry from what’s been reported. As of the end of September 2021, the U.K. government reported there were 137,133 deaths within 28 days of a positive test, and these deaths were therefore all counted as “COVID deaths.”
  • A team of researchers at the University of Washington’s Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation published the first peer-reviewed study looking at excess death estimates on a global scale. The results are alarming, health experts say. Excess deaths are the difference between the number of recorded deaths from all causes and the number of expected deaths based on past trends. The researchers found an estimated 18.2 million people may have died by the end of 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, undercounting by more than three times the official toll of 5.9 million, according to the study published Thursday in The Lancet.

COVID-19 can cause the brain to shrink, reduce grey matter in the regions that control emotion and memory, and damage areas that control the sense of smell, an Oxford University study has found. The scientists said that the effects were even seen in people who had not been hospitalized with COVID. Whether the impact could be partially reversed or if the effects would persist in the long term needs further investigation. Even in mild cases, participants in the research showed “a worsening of executive function” responsible for focus and organizing, and on an average brain sizes shrank between 0.2% and 2%.

The mask mandate on airline flights and public transportation was extended by the Biden administration until April 18. The federal mask mandate for transportation, which was put into place by the Biden administration in early 2021, has been extended multiple times and was set to expire March 18. The decision comes amid a broader rollback in restrictions elsewhere in the country as coronavirus cases have fallen.

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

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

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 65.2% of U.S. adults are fully vaccinated and 44.3% of the fully vaccinated have received a booster shot.

Eventually, a vaccine passport digitally implanted could become the Mark of the Beast if it prevents us from buying and selling. Currently over half the states and the District of Columbia have some form of a “Vaccine Passport.” Several U.S. cities are already enforcing their Vaccine Passports that limit dining, gyms and public gatherings to the “vaccinated.” Forbes magazine claims, “Having digital access to personal health records empowers the individual.” But the truth is the exact opposite. “This puts technology in place so that with the flip of a switch, government can control and limit anyone who doesn’t bow to their latest demands! Those pushing this agenda are hoping you won’t notice,” notes Liberty Counsel.

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 New York City resident who served more than 50 years in prison for two killings has been charged with murder again at the age of 83. Harvey Marcelin—who was listed as a man in court documents from other cases but now identifies as a woman—was indicted on a murder charge Thursday in a case Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez describes as gruesome and horrific.

Both Washington, D.C., and New York City police seek a suspect after five homeless people are shot, two fatally. The assailant shot three apparently homeless people in Washington and two in New York City, authorities said. Two of the victims, one in each city, have died, police in both cities said Sunday night. Police in both cities said they are investigating the attacks jointly.

A woman stabbed her date whom she had met online in retaliation for the 2020 death of an Iranian military leader killed in an American drone strike, police said. Nika Nikoubin, 21, has been charged with attempted murder, battery with a deadly weapon and burglary. She said she had listened to a song called “Grave Digger,” which “gave her the motivation… to carry out her revenge.”

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

A Washington Post investigation found more than 7,600 officers in 25 of the nation’s largest police and sheriff’s departments whose alleged misconduct has more than once led to payouts to resolve lawsuits and claims of wrongdoing. The repetition is the hidden cost of alleged misconduct: Officers whose police work resulted in multiple settlements accounted for more than $1.5 billion, or nearly half of the money spent by the departments to resolve allegations within the past decade.

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.

An alarming increase in burglaries in Los Angeles County has put authorities on high alert — and positioned Hollywood’s rich and famous at risk of falling victim to the city’s emboldened criminals. Over the last six months, reality stars Dorit Kemsley and Christine Quinn were among a number of celebrities whose homes have been ransacked by intruders, most of them armed. The uptick in violent street robberies and home invasions prompted the Robbery-Homicide Division of the Los Angeles Police Department to issue a community-wide alert in November, which included recommendations to residents on how to react should they find themselves and their belongings a target.

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

This season’s flu shot offered virtually no protection against infection, a new government report shows. While this latest vaccine only cut the risk of getting a mild case of flu by 16%, the agency has noted that flu vaccines typically reduce the risk of illness by 40% to 60%. The findings mean the flu vaccine was “essentially ineffective,” says Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious diseases expert at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

In 2016, more than a third of Americans ate fast food once a day. But that’s gone up. In the first quarter of 2021, there was a 33% increase in visits to fast-food restaurants nationwide. That’s unfortunate, because the nutrient-poor offerings common on their menus can damage your immune system’s ability to protect you from bacterial and viral infections, reports Newsmax.

Marriage/Family: Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. (Genesis 2:24) Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)

Even before the pandemic disrupted timelines and wedding plans, marriage rates were down on a national scale, a result of economic challenges as well as a cultural shift in how we view marriage, explains Brad Wilcox, sociologist and director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia. In 2020, the marriage rate in the United States stood at 5.1 per 1,000 people of the population. This is a decrease from 1990 levels, when the marriage rate was 9.8 marriages per 1,000 people, down 48%.

  • From the 1960s to about 2009, there’s also been an increase in nonmarital childbearing, Wilcox said, with a leveling off since 2009 at around 40% of children born to unmarried parents. This includes unplanned or unexpected pregnancies as well.

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 Texas judge issued an order Friday blocking gender-affirming medical care from being treated as “child abuse,” finding that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott violated the rights of transgender adolescents and their parents. State District Judge Amy Clark Meachum said Abbott exceeded his authority when he issued a Feb. 22 directive requiring the state child-welfare agency to investigate such medical treatment as abuse. Meachum issued a temporary injunction that blocked Abbott’s directive statewide.

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

Two major Polish cities, including the country’s capital of Warsaw and Krakow, its second-largest city, are running out of space for Ukrainian refugees escaping Russian attacks. Nearly 2.9 million Ukrainians have fled the country amid Russia’s invasion as of Saturday — the majority of which (1.6 million) sought refuge in Poland, according to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. Hungary and Slovakia have also taken in hundreds of thousands of refugees. Other European countries have taken in more than 300,000, the UNHCR reports.

  • As millions of women and children flee across Ukraine’s borders in the face of Russian aggression, concerns are growing over how to protect the most vulnerable refugees from being targeted by human traffickers or becoming victims of other forms of exploitation.

Treasure: “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)

The Biden administration is tackling cryptocurrency and blockchain with a new executive order meant to promote future innovation in the industry while minimizing the financial risks to Americans and the global financial system. The order, which President Joe Biden is expected to sign Wednesday, will hasten the research and possible creation of the Federal Reserve’s own digital currency, pushes for greater support for innovation in blockchain technology and works to ensure the new systems won’t increase inequality or financial swings. Agencies like the Commerce, State and Treasury departments, as well as the Federal Reserve, have been working with or researching cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies for years. The latest executive order, developed in conversations with major industry players, is bringing in the entire administration to the effort.

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)

Just two days before the federal government would have shut down, the United States House of Representatives voted on Wednesday evening to pass its $1.5 trillion spending bill. The bill includes a massive aid package for Ukraine as well as money to keep the government running through September, though Democrats removed $15.6 billion in COVID-19 funding after bipartisan pushback. Biden administration officials, who requested $22.5 billion for pandemic efforts, initially suggested that they needed $30 billion, the publication reported. That amount was even further decreased during negotiations with Republicans, but then dropped entirely in order to keep the government running.

The consumer price index jumped 7.9% annually, the fastest pace since January 1982, the Labor Department said Thursday. That’s up from 7.5% in January, which was also a nearly four-decade high. Excluding volatile food and energy items, so-called core prices rose 6.4% in February, also a new four-decade high. Gasoline prices leaped 6.6% and made up nearly a third of February’s rise. Pump prices were up 38% from a year earlier. Inflation now has hit fresh 40-year highs for four straight months.

The average homeowner gained about $57,000 in home equity between the third quarter of 2020 and the third quarter of 2021, according to CoreLogic. Annual owner improvement and repair spending rose 9.4% in 2021 compared with the previous year. Growth in spending on home improvements and repairs is expected to peak in 2022 with expenditures reaching $427 billion in the third quarter, up 20% year-over-year. Before the pandemic, the historical long-term average growth in spending, going back to the mid-90s, was about 5%.

The rising gasoline prices are severely hurting the ‘gig’ industry. C Drivers for ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft who drive their own vehicles and have to pay for their own gas are debating whether their gigs are still worth it. The same goes for food deliverers. The trucking industry is also in trouble, especially since many drivers are owner-operators who must buy their own fuel. Employees with long commutes, as well as fishing boat operators, blacksmiths, mobile pet groomers, limousine operators, real estate brokers, hospitality workers and gardeners are also feeling the economic impact which will only get worse.

  • Uber customers can expect to pay a surcharge on their rides and delivery orders in the coming weeks to help ease the pain at the pump for their drivers. The surcharge costs are based on the average trip distance and increase in gas price in each state.
  • Brent crude oil, the world benchmark, dropped more than 7% to $104.35 a barrel in recent trading. That marks a sharp pullback from the recent peak of nearly $140 a barrel. If sustained, it could lead to a pause in gas price increases.

The Biden administration has considerably slowed its approval of new oil and natural gas drilling leases on public lands, despite facing pressure to more aggressively urge fossil fuel companies to increase their production in the face of high domestic energy prices. The number of approvals in recent months has been less than half what they were at their peak around the time President Biden took office, going from as many as 643 in April 2021 to as few as 95 in January of this year, according to Bureau of Land Management permit statistics reviewed by E&E News. 

Seventy-two percent of U.S. workers who changed jobs during the “Great Resignation” regret quitting. “They’ll join a new company thinking it’s their dream job and then there’s a reality check,” The Muse CEO Kathryn  Minshew told FOX Business. Minshew explained that, in some cases, job seekers don’t ask the right questions during an interview process. Other times, it’s because a recruiter misrepresented the role or was overly optimistic about the company in an effort to get them to join, she explained. 

International:

“We’re banning all imports of Russian oil and gas and energy,” President Biden said Tuesday at the White House. “Russian oil will no longer be acceptable at U.S. ports, and the American people will deal another powerful blow to Putin’s war machine,” he said. This will lead to even higher oil and gasoline prices.

  • The Kremlin threatened retaliation for the “economic war” it accused the U.S. of waging.

As the ruble’s value plunges, Russia’s central bank on Wednesday instituted a six-month ban prohibiting citizens from buying dollars or any other hard currencies. In addition, anyone who wants to withdraw from hard-currency accounts at Russian banks can only take $10,000 in US dollars and must take any remaining balance in rubles/ The bank is trying to prevent a run on dollars as Western sanctions have limited the bank’s access to its hard-currency reserves, but one expert says it could backfire, economists say. “If there was no bank run until now, it’s going to happen,” says Sergey Aleksashenko, a former top official at Russia’s finance ministry and central bank who now lives in the U.S.

  • McDonald’s, Starbucks, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and General Electric—ubiquitous global brands and symbols of US corporate might—all announced Tuesday they were temporarily suspending their business in Russia in response to the country’s invasion.

The Venezuelan government of Nicolás Maduro freed at least two of the U.S. citizens who had been detained in the country for years. Their release Tuesday came days after Biden administration officials visited Caracas to discuss resuming oil exports from the socialist state. Among those released was Gustavo Cárdenas, one +of six executives of Citgo Petroleum Corp. arrested during a business trip to Caracas in November 2017.

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

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards claimed responsibility for a dozen ballistic missiles that struck Iraq’s northern Kurdish regional capital of Erbil in the early hours of Sunday. Iran’s state media said that the attack was against Israeli “strategic centers” in Erbil. The missiles, which targeted the U.S. consulate’s new building, caused only material damage and one civilian was injured, the Kurdish interior ministry said. An Iraqi security official told Reuters that the missiles were manufactured in Iran.

According to data from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), a United Nations agency, Iran has enough highly enriched uranium to build two nuclear bombs in just four weeks. The Iranian nuclear program is much more advanced than has been previously reported. It also casts doubt on U.S. insistence that the a nuclear agreement would leave Iran months, rather than weeks, away from nuclear weapons. Conventional wisdom had posited that Iran would need six months until it had enough fissile uranium for just one nuclear weapon.

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

Almost all of Russia’s assaults on Ukrainian cities remain stalled, and there have been little or no advances made over the weekend, a senior U.S. Defense Department source said Monday. Ukrainian resistance to the Russian invasion remains strong, particularly around the cities of Kyiv and Cherniv. The U.S. official acknowledged that some cities have been surrounded and face increasing bombardment from Russian long-range artillery and missile attacks. Russia has fired more than 900 missiles at Ukrainian targets since the invasion began, and the attacks have become increasingly indiscriminate, the official said. Ukrainian forces have “effectively struck Russian logistics and sustainment capabilities.”

  • Meanwhile, a fourth round of talks between Russian and Ukrainian negotiators are on “pause” until Tuesday, according to Ukraine’s negotiator who noted that “negotiations continue.”

A Russian air strike on a large Ukrainian military facility near the border with NATO member Poland on Sunday killed 35 people and wounded 134, a local Ukrainian official said, as other officials reported intense Russian attacks around the country. Britain said the incident, just 15 miles from the Polish border, marked a “significant escalation” of the conflict. U.S. President Joe Biden has said NATO would defend every inch of its territory if Russia’s invasion of Ukraine spills over into member states of the Western defense alliance.

In the besieged city of Mariupol, more than 2,500 civilians have died, Ukrainian officials estimate, and those who remain are without electricity, water and heat. An adviser to the mayor’s office said that civilians are at last able to get out of the city through an evacuation corridor — and head towards the city of Zaporizhzhia, which is under Ukrainian control.

Russia has now launched more than 900 missiles against Ukraine since the beginning of the invasion. Meanwhile, a fourth round of talks between Russian and Ukrainian negotiators are on “pause” until Tuesday, according to Ukraine’s negotiator who noted that “negotiations continue.”

In the besieged city of Mariupol, more than 2,500 civilians have died, Ukrainian officials estimate, and those who remain are without electricity, water and heat.. An adviser to the mayor’s office said that civilians are at last able to get out of the city through an evacuation corridor — and head towards the city of Zaporizhzhia, which is under Ukrainian control.

  • Closer to the capital, award-winning American journalist Brent Renaud was shot and killed

President Biden announced Friday that, along with the European Union and the Group of Seven countries, the U.S. will move to revoke “most favored nation” trade status for Russia. Combined, the economic sanctions against Russia — by Britain, the U.S., the E.U. and others — have been more aggressive than many analysts expected. “We’re in totally new territory,” Nicholas Mulder, a historian of sanctions, told The Atlantic. “The speed, the sweep and the size of the sanctions, or the size of the targets of the sanctions — those three factors make them extraordinary.”

  • Sanctions are unlikely to alter Putin’s military strategy, at least in the short term: Russia seems committed to taking over Ukraine, almost regardless of the human cost. The Russian military has stepped up aerial bombardments across Ukraine and has continued to attack civilians in order to demoralize the population. But because Ukraine’s allies seem unwilling to send troops, sanctions seem the best hope for confronting Putin., reports the New York Times,
  • India may take up a Russian offer to buy crude oil and other commodities at a discount, two Indian officials said, in a sign that Delhi wants to keep its key trading partner on board despite Western attempts to isolate Moscow through sanctions.

President Biden authorized $200 million in new security assistance to Ukraine, bringing total defense aid for Ukraine to $1.2 billion in the last year. Biden’s authorization comes after a public disagreement with Poland on sending fighter jets to Ukraine. The U.S. has been flowing weapons into Ukraine but balked at transferring MiGs, saying Russia would see such a move as escalatory, and possibly lead to World War III. Nonetheless, Moscow warned Saturday that it views any weapons deliveries into Ukraine as “legitimate targets.”

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced during a press conference Saturday that his forces have lost around 1,300 troops over the past 17 days. Russia last week claimed that it had killed at least 2,870 Ukrainian troops and wounded 3,500 more.

Russian forces bombed a maternity and children’s hospital last Wednesday in the key Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, where more than 400,000 people are stranded after an evacuation attempt was thwarted. “People, children are under the wreckage. Atrocity!” President Zelenskyy tweeted. “How much longer will the world be an accomplice ignoring terror? Close the sky right now! Stop the killings! You have power but you seem to be losing humanity.”

The International Atomic Energy Agency has been keeping tabs on nuclear sites in Ukraine as the war there waged by Russia continues. IAEA says the Russians have been disconnected the Chernobyl plant from the grid and they have lost contact with the systems keeping tabs on nuclear material at the plant, located in northern Ukraine over near the border with Belarus.T he Moscow Times says that about 200 staffers at the plant, including guards and technical workers, have been held hostage for nearly two weeks, although thousands are still working in shifts. An escaped scientist says staffers aren’t being allowed to leave and and get needed rest and are being kept in substandard conditions, putting the entire plant in jeopardy.

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 Islamic State group confirmed for the first time on Thursday that its leader was killed in a U.S. strike in northwestern Syria last month and named his successor. It was the first official comment from the militant group about its leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi since U.S. officials said he blew himself up along with members of his family as American forces raided his hideout in the northwestern Syrian town of Atmeh, near the border with Turkey, on Feb. 3.

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)

Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes are set to be released in California and Florida in an effort to reduce the number of real, disease-carrying invasive mosquitoes. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday approved use of the genetically engineered insects in pilot projects in specific districts across both states. The mosquitoes were made by UK-based biotechnology firm Oxitec, which is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, in an effort to combat insect-borne diseases such as dengue fever, yellow fever, and the Zika virus. According to Oxitec, its “sustainable and targeted biological pest control technology does not harm beneficial insects like bees and butterflies and is proven to control the disease-transmitting Aedes aegypti mosquito, which has invaded communities in Florida, California, and other U.S. states.”

  • If Bill Gates is involved, what could go wrong? Plenty.

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)

Severe storms moved through Florida on Saturday morning, causing damage to areas across the state. Meanwhile, widespread record-cold temperatures were reported across the South

People are dying from more intense heat waves, hurricanes and flooding, concluded the authors of the newest report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Forests are disappearing because of worsening wildfires, droughts and pest invasions. Rising sea levels are imperiling coastal communities and ecosystems. After three years of studying the latest science, the extensive footprints of the world’s warming climate in North America are more obvious than ever,

Signs of the Times Update: March 7, 2022

March 7, 2022

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.  (2Corinthians 1:3-5)

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

Senate Republicans, with the help of Democrat Senator Joe Manchin, voted on Monday, 2/28, to defeat a Democrat bill that would have overturned every pro-life law in America and legalize abortions up to birth. Lawmakers voted 48-46 against cloture — against ending debate and allowing a vote on the misnamed Women’s Health Protection Act. As a result, the bill was defeated, because 60 votes were necessary to shut down the filibuster and move ahead to a vote on the bill.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis told a news conference Friday that he will sign a bill to ban abortions after 15 weeks, which is estimated to save as many as 5,000 babies from abortions. The Florida Senate passed a historic pro-life bill Thursday night to protect unborn babies by banning abortions after 15 weeks. The state Senate voted 23-15 along party lines to give final approval of the Reducing Fetal and Infant Mortality Act.

Ash Wednesday marked the opening of 40 Days for Life’s largest spring campaign. Affiliated campaigns in 588 cities in 41 countries on all six populated continents is a historical high for the powerful pro-life action organization. As the U.S. Supreme Court considers arguments for the overturning of landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade, pro-life enthusiasm is at an all-time high, said Steven Karlan, the 40 Days for Life campaign director. “Even Christians outside the United States are excited because they know that just as the U.S. exported abortion around the world, we will export the end of abortion around the world,” he said. 

A pastor in Belarus reported that his fellow Ukrainian brothers and sisters in faith had felt the power of prayers amid the terrors of war. He shared that Ukrainian soldiers believed God was helping them because strange things were happening in their midst. “They’re saying, ‘we’re seeing things at night that we don’t normally see that save us’ and ‘It seems like sometimes bullets are just passing us by, instead of hitting us.’”

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)

The CDC “has published only a tiny fraction of the data it has collected,” according to the NY Times. A CDC spokesperson admitted to hiding data about COVID because “it’s not yet ready for prime time.” Kristen Nordlund said this secrecy was because data might be “misinterpreted” showing the vaccines being “ineffective.” In other words, “the data shows the shots are not effective in preventing COVID. The CDC withheld this information because it goes against the approved narrative. Despite the fact that the shots are not effective, the push for vaccine mandates and passports continues,” notes Liberty Counsel.

A Russian military commander and prisoner of war in Ukraine said he and his forces were led to believe they were invading the country because “nationalists, Nazis have seized power,” according to a video that surfaced Monday. Russian Lt. Col. Astakhov Dmitry Mikhailovich was flanked by two badly bruised men as he said they were told in Russia “that Ukraine’s territory is dominated by fascist’s regime. You are in a tense situation going against your own commander. But this is a genocide. The people are just killed.”

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)

Beijing remains “all in” for Vladimir Putin, warned a China expert who said the countries’ foreign policies have been “highly coordinated” throughout Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “Russia and China, they are bad actors,” Gordon Chang told Fox News. “They’re working together, their militaries drill together, their foreign policies are coordinated.” “This is a new axis,” he added.

Maria Baronova resigned as editor-in-chief of Russia Today, a state-run media operation also known as RT, last week after condemning Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. She’s well aware that anyone who speaks out against the Kremlin could be in danger – but personal safety is the least of Baronova’s concerns. “The problem is, I know these people very well. They never send threats, they just kill, so there is kind of [a] weird silence around me, but I really think we’re on the brink of a nuclear war right now. I’m not exaggerating,” Baronova told Fox News Digital from Moscow, via a WhatsApp call.

While the whole world’s attention is on the Russia-Ukraine conflict, the World Health Organization is making its own move as they announced a contract agreement with a subsidiary of a German Telecommunications company, Deutsche Telekom. The collaboration will see WHO and T-Systems work to enable WHO member states to introduce digital vaccination certificates and develop vaccination validation services. Aside from the experimental COVID-19 injections, the app will include other vaccinations the WHO deems necessary for the global population.

Quebec now requires big box stores like Walmart, Costco (stores of more than 1,500 sq. meters or 16,146 sq. ft.) to ban all unvaccinated people unless they are buying pharmaceuticals, reports Liberty Counsel. “The stores must have an employee accompany the unvaccinated to ensure the shopper does not purchase anything else! For now, groceries and gas are exempt. This has nothing to do with stopping the spread of COVID. This Vaccine Passport is done solely to pressure people to get the shots. The unvaccinated are unable to buy, and these stores are unable to sell to them. This is insane, and it sounds eerily similar to the book of Revelation. And it can quickly come to America if we don’t push back.”

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

The U.S. State Department is prohibiting Americans without the COVID shots from leaving Ukraine via Poland—even though Poland does not require these injections, reports Liberty Counsel. “Just recently, this department also told Americans to immediately leave Russia … after they inject the COVID shot.” The U.S. State Department website says, “U.S. citizens must present a valid U.S. passport and proof of COVID-19 vaccination.” So, unvaxxed Americans fleeing the war zone are stuck because of this ‘vaccine passport.’

Surveillance State: So they watched Him [Jesus], 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)

President Biden’s surgeon general on Thursday demanded that the major social media companies submit detailed information about the COVID-19 “misinformation” on their platforms. The surgeon general, Dr. Vivek Murthy, wants to know “exactly how many users saw or may have been exposed to instances of Covid-19 misinformation.” In his notice, he also asked for aggregate data on demographic groups that may have been disproportionately affected by the misinformation

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

Twitter last week suspended the personal account of a U.S. legislator after she made a comment about transgender athletes. The tweet from Rep. Vicky Hartzler, a Missouri Republican who is running for U.S. Senate, referenced Penn’s Lia Thomas, who swam on the men’s team for three years before swimming on the women’s team this season with great success. “Women’s sports are for women, not men pretending to be women,” Hartzler wrote in her tweet that linked to a political ad. Twitter suspended her account, saying she violated Twitter’s rules against hateful conduct.

An Edwardsville, Illinois, university violated a Christian student’s constitutional rights by ordering her not to have contact with three students who disagreed with her faith-centric viewpoint, according to a legal organization. Alliance Defending Freedom sent a letter late last month to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville after it ordered Maggie DeJong, a student in the master’s in art therapy counseling program, from having “any contact” or “indirect communication” with three students who complained to the university that her viewpoint would not be “welcome or appropriate.”

  • We will be seeing more and more suppression of Christian spoken and written words.

T-Mobile has joined other big tech companies by censoring what content they will allow to be included in texts. Links appear to be sent to a family member or friend but the recipient will not receive any texts containing censored links. T-Mobile was force to admit the censorship in response to the Missouri Attorney General. The T-Mobile network was found to be actively stripping out all Gateway Pundit news links from private text messages. In 2021, The Gateway Pundit was ranked among the top 250 websites in the country and had over 900 million page views. In various states throughout the country, T-Mobile smart devices are banning links to all of The Gateway Pundit’s articles.

Without explanation or notice, Spotify has removed the By Any Means Necessary podcast from their platform. “But we’re not going anywhere!” said the program’s Twitter account. “There’s a clear effort in motion to suppress anti-imperialist and anti-capitalist voices, join us in the fight by spreading the word!” These include Moment of Clarity with Lee Camp, The Politics of Survival with Tara Reade, and By Any Means Necessary on Radio Sputnik. “You can still find my podcast on other platforms even though Spotify inexplicably removed it,” tweeted Reade.

  • First Amendment free speech is being trampled by authoritarian leftist progressives.

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

A female pastor in China’s Hubei province has been sentenced to eight years in prison on charges of “fraud for preaching the Gospel” after her house church refused to join the state-run church, which monitors and regulates Protestant churches. Pastor Hao Zhiwei, 51, was charged for preaching the gospel and receiving donations from church members outside of the permission of the Three-Self Patriotic Movement of the Protestant Churches and the Christian Council. According to The Christian Post, Hao is the first pastor in the country to be implicated in a fraud case.

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

Under the Biden administration, American taxpayers once again are being forced to fund scientific experiments using aborted baby body parts. The National Catholic Register reports the Biden administration allocated $88 million for human fetal tissue research in 2022 through the National Institutes of Health. Biden also disbanded an ethical review board to review funding requests, so now there is little oversight to ensure Americans’ tax dollars are being used ethically.

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)

In a candid interview, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky made a number of significant admissions about her agency’s messaging and handling of data during the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. She admitted, among other things, in her remarks at the Washington University Medical School in St. Louis that: The CDC exercised “too little caution and too much optimism” about the effectiveness of the vaccines in preventing infection, transmission and deaths.; When she declared during the pandemic that the CDC would “lead with the science,” the public took that as a statement that science is “foolproof.” But science isn’t “black and white,” Walensky acknowledged Thursday. It’s “gray,” and “sometimes it takes months and years to actually find out the answer.”

The U.S. Senate on March 3 approved a measure that would end the national emergency over COVID-19. The resolution passed 48–47 on a party-line vote. All Republicans voted to end the national emergency declared by President Donald Trump on March 13, 2020. All Democrats voted against the declaration, which has been extended twice by President Joe Biden. Five senators missed the vote, including three Democrats. The measure now heads to the House of Representatives, which is controlled by Democrats, who have generally been more in favor of restrictions during the pandemic than the GOP. Even if the House were to approve the measure, the White House said on March 3 that Biden would veto it.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday said some 93% of the U.S. population live in locations where COVID-19 levels are low enough that people do not need to wear masks indoors. The CDC dramatically eased its COVID-19 guidelines for when Americans should wear masks indoors, saying they could drop them in counties experiencing what it described as low or medium COVID-19 levels. The latest figures are an increase from just a week ago, a further indication that COVID hospitalizations – a key benchmark for the new masking recommendations – continue to fall.

In his State of the Union address, the president said that a new “Test to Treat” initiative will allow Americans to get tested for coronavirus at a pharmacy and receive antiviral pills “on the spot at no cost” if they test positive. A White House official said the plan will roll out at hundreds of pharmacies nationwide, including CVS, Walgreens and Kroger locations. Biden will also make           more free rapid COVID-19 tests available to order at covidtests.gov – even for those who already ordered some from the federal or U.S. Postal Service websites – beginning next week.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is no longer recommending universal COVID-19 case investigation and contact tracing, instead saying health departments should focus those efforts on specific high-risk settings. According to CDC, a contact tracer was expected to quickly locate and speak with individuals who tested positive for the virus, find out who they have recently been in close contact with, and then notify those people about their exposure and encourage them to enter a 14-day quarantine to prevent further transmission. The CDC now advises that state and local health departments should concentrate on “high-risk congregate settings,” such as long-term care facilities, jails and prisons, and homeless shelters. The updated guidance also states that case investigations should focus on close contacts in the previous five days for those settings and groups at increased risk, such as those with underlying health conditions, pregnant women, and older adults.

International

New Zealand is being struck by a major outbreak of the Omicron variant, with the virus spreading at what may be the fastest rate in the world. On Thursday, the country reported 23,194 new cases, a once unthinkable number in a small island nation of about five million people where the record daily case count before the current wave was in the low hundreds. That has filled many New Zealanders with anxiety as they learn to live with the pandemic-related risk that the rest of the world has grappled with since early 2020. For the past two years, New Zealand had been largely unaffected by Covid-19 with the most restrictive protections, which only recently began to be loosened.

Morgues are nearly at capacity, hospitals overwhelmed and, as fears grow of a citywide lockdown, panicked shoppers have stripped supermarket shelves bare. Hong Kong — once lauded as a zero-Covid success story — is now battling a deadly outbreak reminiscent of the early days of the pandemic, despite having had more than two years to prepare. With locally transmitted cases surging past 312,000 in the city of 7.4 million in just the last two weeks, hospitals and embattled health workers have been stretched to breaking point. The numbers are likely to be far higher due to suspicions people are not reporting their positive test results for fear of being separated from families and put into government isolation facilities.

While Malaysia deals with its worst COVID outbreak and the economic devastation caused by multiple rounds of lockdowns, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and his cabinet have resigned. According to the palace’s statement, Yassin will be staying on as a “caretaker” in the prime minister position until a new leader can be found and appointed, as the king does not think that an election is “the best option” at the moment because of the pandemic.

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

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

The Supreme Court has turned down a bid by New York City school employees who sought to block a COVID-19 vaccine mandate before they’re fired. A majority of justices denied the request, which had been referred to the full court by Justice Neil Gorsuch, a Trump nominee. As is typical in such cases, the composition of the votes was not released. The city’s Department of Education in 2021 ordered all employees to get a COVID-19 vaccine, with limited exceptions on medical or religious grounds. Fifteen workers sued the department, alleging they were wrongfully suspended instead of being granted religious exemptions. The way the exemption applications were handled, the suit said, violated the U.S. Constitution.

A new study published by JAMA Pediatrics found adolescents were seven times more likely to be hospitalized for myocarditis after receiving a second dose of the Pfizer vaccine. JAMA Pediatrics is a monthly peer-reviewed medical journal published by the American Medical Association. The cohort study found 43 adolescents in Hong Kong had been hospitalized for myocarditis after receiving the Pfizer vaccine. Significantly, 84% of the hospitalizations – 36 of the 43 – occurred after the second dose. In weighing the risk of myocarditis against the benefit of preventing severe COVID-19, Norway, the UK, and Taiwan have suspended the second dose of mRNA vaccine for adolescents. Similarly, adolescents (aged 12-17 years) in Hong Kong have been recommended to receive 1 dose of [the Pfizer vaccine] instead of 2 doses 21 days apart.

The messenger RNA (mRNA) from Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is able to enter human liver cells and is converted into DNA, according to Swedish researchers at Lund University. The whole process occurred rapidly within six hours. The vaccine’s mRNA converting into DNA and being found inside the cell’s nucleus is something that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said would not happen. “The genetic material delivered by mRNA vaccines never enters the nucleus of your cells,” the CDC said on its web page titled “Myths and Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines.”

The fully vaccinated account for 9 of every 10 deaths from COVID-19 in England and 4 of 5 deaths among the triple-vaccinated, according to the latest data published by the U.K. Health Security Agency. The independent British news site, The Exposé, reported that a table on page 41 of the government report, published Feb. 22, confirms that the vast majority of deaths were among the vaccinated.

As demand for COVID-19 vaccines collapses in many areas of the U.S., states are scrambling to use stockpiles of doses before they expire and have to be added to the millions that have already gone to waste. From some of the least vaccinated states, like Indiana and North Dakota, to some of the most vaccinated states, like New Jersey and Vermont, public health departments are shuffling doses around in the hopes of finding providers that can use them.

International:

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern – who has become known worldwide for her strict “zero-COVID” policies was given until Friday, 3/4, by her nation’s High Court to end her government’s requirement that federal law-enforcement officers be vaccinated against COVID-19. The ruling came in response to a lawsuit brought by more than 200 Police and Defense Force personnel who faced termination because they chose not to be vaccinated,

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

A man shot and killed his three daughters, their chaperone, and himself during a supervised visit with the girls Monday at a church in Sacramento, California. An employee of the church in Sacramento heard the gunshots and called 911 Deputies responding to reports of gunfire around 5pm found five people dead, including the shooter. The victims included three girls ages 9, 10, and 13. The shooter was estranged from his daughters’ mother, who had a restraining order against him. Just days prior to the shooting, David Mora, also identified as David Fidel Mora-Rojas, was pulled over for driving drunk Feb. 23 and he ended up assaulting a California Highway Patrol officer, injuring him, but he posted a low bail and was released. The gunman also was in the United States illegally, immigration officials said Friday. David Mora, 39, overstayed his visa after entering California from his native Mexico on Dec. 17, 2018 and was living at the church after he was released from an involuntary mental health hold in April 2021 after threatening to harm himself and his estranged girlfriend.

  • Too many violent criminals are being released by prosecutors and judges issuing low or no bail.

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

The former police officer who fired his gun in the fatal no-knock warrant raid on Breonna Taylor’s apartment was found not guilty of endangering three neighbors. Brett Hankison, who was terminated in 2020, was accused of wanton endangerment for shots that entered an adjacent apartment.

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.

It’s known as the “queen city of the Northwest” and the “emerald city,” but Seattle’s decline into lawlessness and squalor amid a homelessness crisis and the more recent efforts to defund police and soften the punishment for crime is evident even to visitors in the city’s downtown shopping district, reports WND.com. On 3rd Avenue, only three blocks from the Seattle’s iconic Pike Place Market, videos from KOMO News reporter Jonathan Choe reveal the squalid conditions, with homeless people openly using drugs and trash covering the street, Townhall reported, in front of storefronts still covered by plywood some 18 months after the 2020 riots and the takeover of a city neighborhood.

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 Justice Department has accused telecommunications giant Ericsson of violating a billion-dollar legal settlement by failing to fully disclose evidence of alleged corruption and possible payments to terrorists in Iraq, the company said Wednesday. The revelation raises substantial legal risks for the Swedish company, including the possibility of steep fines or a new criminal investigation three years after Ericsson paid more than $1 billion to avoid prosecution in other cases. The disclosure came three days after The Washington Post and other news organizations published details of an internal Ericsson probe that had uncovered evidence of extensive fraud by company officials, decisions to send workers into territory controlled by terrorists and the use of contractors who may have paid off Islamic State militants.

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)

New York City police are investigating a string of seven unprovoked hate crime attacks against Asian American women over the course of roughly two hours. Investigators with the New York Police Department’s Hate Crimes Task Force are on the hunt for the man accused of attacking the seven Asian American victims in Manhattan on Sunday night – without saying a word and without having any prior interactions with them.

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 their way to Washington, D.C., several trucker convoys totaling thousands of vehicles converged in Monrovia, Indiana, and held a rally late last Wednesday before continuing their trip toward to protest against COVID-19 restrictions and mandates. The People’s Convoy set off from California on Feb. 23. It passed through multiple states including Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, and Missouri, before arriving in Indiana. The convoy made two more stops on the way—Ohio and Maryland—before arriving in Washington on March 6.

  • Traffic on the Beltway encircling the nation’s capital was much busier than usual Sunday, as The People’s Convoy of truckers showed up in force to champion freedom and protest COVID-related mandates. After commencing last week from California, the truckers staged at the Hagerstown Speedway in Hagerstown, Maryland, on Saturday before making at least two loops around the D.C. Beltway on Sunday afternoon. The movement amassed so many cars that the convoy had to split up and stay in neighboring cities as far as 30 miles away from Hagerstown.

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)

Special Counsel Michael Gableman says in a 136-page interim report that he has uncovered numerous instances of alleged lawbreaking in Wisconsin in the 2020 election. The former justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court was hired last summer by the Republican Speaker of the State Assembly, Robin Vos, to investigate suspected election fraud during the 2020 presidential election. In the report released March 1, Gableman wrote that his investigation uncovered instances of numerous mentally incompetent nursing home residents, non-citizens, and ineligible felons casting votes. He cited the use by municipal and county clerks of unstaffed absentee ballot drop-boxes, in violation of state law. Laws were also allegedly violated when the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) allegedly exceeded its authority by ordering local election officials to disregard state statutes that regulate absentee voting.

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)

Smugglers sawed through the steel bollards of the U.S.-Mexico border wall more than 3,000 times in the past three years. The government has spent $2.6 million to repair the breaches during the 2019 to 2021 fiscal years, according to unpublished U.S. Customs and Border Protection maintenance records obtained by The Washington Post under the Freedom of Information Act.

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)

As if having a newborn during a pandemic isn’t hard enough, recent baby formula shortages in certain parts of the country have thrust new parents into a state of panic. Chains like Walmart and CVS blame supply issues, while manufacturers like Gerber, Enfamil and Similac say retailers aren’t getting their products into stores once it is delivered. You can order infant formula directly from the manufacturer who seem to have full stock and can even offer discounts on subscription orders to ensure you never run out.

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 conflict in Ukraine is already having a knock-on effect on food supply around the world, especially in the poorer regions that have long suffered from food insecurity and famine. Russia exports more wheat than any other country in the world, while Ukraine is also one of the world’s largest exporters. The two countries are also leading exporters of other grains, seeds and vegetable oils, as well as much-needed fertilizers. The economic shocks caused by sanctions and global uncertainty will also contribute to rising food prices, even in those countries not directly reliant on imports from Russia and Ukraine. The effects of the conflict are already being felt across North Africa and the Middle East, the global region most reliant on Russian and Ukrainian food imports.

  • Prices are rising in Egypt, which imports 70% of its wheat from Russia and Ukraine, and the government is scrambling to find alternative suppliers. Syria, already burdened with drought and U.S.-imposed sanctions, was last week forced to announce wheat rationing as an emergency measure. Anti-government protests in Morocco over rising food prices put some observers in mind of the “Arab Spring” of a decade ago. Countries in Asia – Indonesia, Bangladesh and Pakistan are all among the top importers of wheat from Russia and Ukraine – and sub-Saharan Africa are also likely to suffer.
  • In late 2021 it was estimated that a billion people worldwide are facing malnutrition as the global food crisis worsens, with 45 million already on the brink of famine.

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

House Republicans introduced the “American Independence from Russian Energy Act” on Feb. 28, a measure meant to authorize the Keystone XL pipeline, boost domestic oil and gas production, and prevent President Joe Biden’s executive branch agencies from halting energy leasing on federal land and water, among other provisions. Yet on March 1, the legislation was shot down in a 221–202 vote, almost entirely along partisan lines. However, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she supports banning all Russian oil to the United States because our oil purchases are funding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

  • U.S. crude oil imports from Russia more than doubled in 2021, rising to an average of 209,000 barrels per day from a daily average of roughly 76,000 per day barrels in 2020, according to data from the Energy Information Administration.

Biogas is increasingly being added to natural gas supplies across the nation to fuel heavy-duty vehicles and heat homes. Most comes from landfills, but a hefty portion comes from the rear end of livestock. Flick on the lights in Beaverton, North Carolina, and part of the power comes from hog manure, according to the EPA. For some farmers, manure makes almost as much money as milk. Perdue Farms and other producers plan to process 200,000 metric tons of chicken heads, guts and feathers a year in a huge central digester to turn it into natural gas, if the project fends off environmental challenges. Critics say the projects reward politically powerful polluters, including large farms and fossil fuel producers. But proponents say as long as Americans consume milk and meat, biogas offers an endless supply of renewable energy.

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)

Employers added 678,000 jobs in February — the most since last July — as COVID-19’s omicron variant faded, spurring idled employees to return to work and reviving dining, travel and other activities. The unemployment rate fell from 4% to 3.8%, the Labor Department said Friday. So far, the nation has recovered 19.9 million, or 90%, of the 22 million jobs lost early in the pandemic, leaving it 2.1 million jobs shy of its pre-crisis level. The drop in unemployment came even as the number of people looking for jobs grew by 304,000.

  • The unemployment rate for those without a high school diploma tumbled from 6.3% in January to 4.3%, lowest on record dating to 1992 and just a modestly above the nation’s overall 3.8% jobless rate.

The national average price for gas has topped $4 a gallon for the first time in over a decade as gas costs continue to soar in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.  That’s up 8 cents from Saturday and up 40 cents from last week. Gas prices hit about $4.11 per gallon in July 2008, according to both AAA and GasBuddy, when during the Great Recession economic growth outpaced oil production. That record will be passed in a couple of days.

  • The average price for a gallon of regular in San Francisco hit the $5 mark last Thursday. That’s the first time a U.S. city has hit an average that high. The entire state of California will likely hit the $5 per gallon average for regular gas in the next week or two. Other major cities will likely follow suit, said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at fuel-savings app GasBuddy.

The U.S. and its allies have agreed to a release of 60 million barrels from their reserves, the White House and International Energy Agency announced Tuesday, as leaders seek to dampen the effect of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on gas prices at home. With oil prices are soaring to seven-year highs, U.S. oil producers will not be able to ramp up production since they too are struggling with a shortage of workers. They’re also having trouble sourcing some of the equipment they would need to ramp up production, including pipes and specialized sand used in fracking to extract shale oil..

Despite Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and a sliding stock market, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell told Congress Wednesday the central bank plans to raise its key interest rate from near zero this month to fight a historic surge in inflation. Powell said he’ll propose a quarter point, rather a half point, hike, suggesting that’s likely what the Fed’s policymaking committee will approve.

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 Defense Forces shot down an armed aircraft en route from Iran to Israel. This was the first time, not only in Israel but also in the world, that F35 planes shot down two enemy aircraft in an air-to-air missile, an IDF spokesman said Sunday. The IDF activity was carried out far from the border and did not threaten civilians or facilities, the spokesman said. Israel has begun establishing a regional air defense program in cooperation with a number of countries in the Middle East and the Persian Gulf to detect and intercept unmanned aerial vehicles and cruise missiles, with one country able to assist the defense of another.

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

Russian and Ukrainian delegations assembled for a third round of talks in Belarus on Monday, both sides said. Two previous rounds yielded little beyond pledges to open routes for humanitarian access that have yet to be successfully implemented, with Russian forces continue to fire shells into the escape corridors.

A total of 364 civilians have been killed and 759 injured since fighting began on Feb. 24, according to the United Nations’ human rights office Sunday. “We’ve seen very credible reports of deliberate attacks on civilians, which would constitute a war crime,” U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said. He also said there have been credible reports of Russia using banned weapons, which would also be a war crime.

The number of Ukrainian refugees hit 1.7 million on 3/7, according to the U.N. refugee agency. It is the largest movement across Europe since World War II. The majority of Ukraine’s refugees have gone to Poland.

Poland, a NATO member, has been given the “green light” from the United States to send fighter jets as part of military aid to support Ukraine in its defense against the Russian invasion, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Sunday. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has previously said he needs “ammunition, not a ride,” after the United States offered him asylum after Russian troops invaded the country.

  • However, on Monday Poland’s deputy foreign minister said Poland’s military has not and will not send its fighter jets to Ukraine to support the country’s military against Russia. Another government spokesman, Piotr Mueller, said that the move to provide planes was still being discussed within NATO, but added that “at this stage it doesn’t look like such a decision will be made.” Poland fears it is next on Putin’s agenda. Another blooper by the Biden administration.

The second round of talks between Ukrainian and Russian delegations last Thursday ended without a ceasefire agreement, but the two sides agreed to set up humanitarian and evacuation corridors. Ukraine’s presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said the two sides will together provide humanitarian corridors to evacuate civilians, deliver food, and deliver medicine to areas with heavy fighting across the country. There will be ceasefire but only in those areas.

  • Unfortunately, Ukrainian officials say civilian evacuations in an area of the country subject to a temporary ceasefire have stopped, after they say Russians have continued attacks despite the agreement. Officials said the evacuation stopped after Russians continued to open fire on the city of Mariupol, which is a port city in the southeast of the besieged country. The humanitarian corridor out of Mariupol failed again Sunday, with both sides blaming the other for its collapse

A team of elite Chechen commandos sent into Ukraine to hunt down and assassinate President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was “eliminated” by security forces, a top Kyiv defense official told national media. Ukrainian forces got intelligence about a planned attack on Zelenskyy and destroyed the elite Chechen unit.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Foreign Affairs Minister Dmytro Kuleba reported Sunday that Russian forces attacked a civilian airport with eight cruise missiles. “Against our city, against our peaceful Vinnytsia which never posed a threat to Russia in any way,” Zelenskyy said in a video posted on Twitter. “A brutal, cynical missile strike has completely destroyed the airport.” The Russian Embassy in Israel pushed back on the reports by writing that the airport is “dual-purpose” and serves as a base of operations for the aviation brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. 

NATO allies rejected Ukraine’s demand for no-fly zones Friday, saying that stepping in directly would lead to a broader, even more brutal European war than what is now limited to Russia’s assault on its neighbor. Ukraine, a former Soviet republic, wants to join the European Union and Western military alliance NATO, but is not yet a member. “We are not part of this conflict, and we have a responsibility to ensure it does not escalate and spread beyond Ukraine,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at a news conference Friday.

Russia’s attack and fire on Europe’s largest nuclear power plant sparked fears across the continent. Experts still harbor concerns even after the fire and attack has subsided. Russian forces launched shells that fell directly on the Zaporizhzhia power plant facility and set fire to one of its six reactors. After pleas from the U.S. and Europe, Ukrainian firefighters were allowed onto the site and the fire was extinguished. The plant’s reactor remained in the hands of Ukrainian staff, but Ukrainian officials said Russian troops took control of the overall site. No radiation leaked, they say. The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe, and could have devastated Ukraine and neighboring areas.

  • Russian troops that took control of Europe’s largest nuclear power plant are laying down explosives to “blackmail” the entire continent, plant workers warned in a message they sneaked out from within.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has made veiled threats to use his nuclear arsenal if the West comes to Ukraine’s aid. U.S. officials have expressed concern that the doctrine opens a pathway for using “low-yield” nuclear strikes in conflicts when a nation’s conventional forces are stymied, as appears to be taking place for Russia just over one week into its military operation in Ukraine.

The Biden administration is requesting at least $10 billion in new money to provide aid to Ukraine amid Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war against the nation, according to the Office of Management and Budget. The United States has provided over $1.4 billion in assistance to Ukraine since 2021. As war loomed, the U.S. armed Ukraine with weaponry to hit Russian aircraft, tanks and prepare for urban combat, a declassified shipment list shows. The list, reviewed The Washington Post on Friday, suggests the Biden administration anticipated that Ukraine would need to arm itself for a multipronged invasion. It indicates that as early as December, the Pentagon was equipping Ukrainian fighters with arms and equipment useful for fighting in urban areas, including shotguns and specialized suits to safeguard soldiers handling unexploded ordnance.

  • On Friday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken tweeted that he “authorized the [Department of Defense] to provide an additional $350 million in immediate military assistance to Ukraine to help defend itself from Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified war.” And according to the Army Times, the direct delivery of Stinger missiles is part of a military aid package that was approved last week. The missiles operate as a shoulder-fired weapon that homes in on its target via infrared, which could aid the Ukrainians against Russian helicopter gunships.

Breaking with decades of tradition, Sweden has stepped into the Ukrainian war, announcing that it would break its doctrine of not sending arms to countries in active conflict. Sweden said that it will be sending military equipment, including anti-tank launchers, to Ukraine in the midst of Russia’s invasion of the country.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry on Monday issued an apparent warning to European Union countries providing weapons to Ukrainian defense forces after Russia’s invasion week. Russia’s Foreign Ministry warned that “EU citizens and entities involved in the delivery of lethal weapons, fuel, and lubricants to Ukraine will bear responsibility for any consequences of such actions to manifest themselves during the ongoing special military operation.” EU policymakers had earlier agreed to send about $560 million worth of weapons, ammunition, and aid to Ukraine’s military as it battles a Russian invasion.

Ukraine’s membership is not on The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)’s agenda, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Friday. “I also made it clear in Moscow and in my visit that this option is not on the table and will not take place,” he said. Ukraine’s pursuit of NATO membership appears to be one of the core disputes that caused the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war. Russia didn’t like NATO being a next door neighbor.

YouTube joined Facebook and TikTok in banning Russian state media in Europe, impeding Russia’s ability to influence public on Ukraine. The announcement by these major social media companies comes after mounting pressure from the European Commission, the Ukrainian government, some U.S. politicians and the companies’ employees.

The International Criminal Court has started investigating Russia over potential war crimes the country may have committed during its invasion of Ukraine, after a Ukrainian official claimed that Russia used an illegal weapon during the war – a vacuum bomb, in violation of international law. A vacuum bomb is a thermobaric weapon that is typically more devastating than traditional bombs as it absorbs the oxygen in a given space to cause a significant blast capable of vaporizing humans.

Russians lined up at ATMs last Monday, preparing themselves for higher prices and more economic turmoil after the U.S. and Europe imposed more economic sanctions on their country over the weekend. Russia’s central bank sharply raised its key interest rate to 20% from 9.5% in a desperate attempt to shore up the ruble and prevent a run on banks. It also said the Moscow stock exchange would remain closed. The sanctions are affecting about 70% of Russian banks, including the top two: Sberbank and VTB. The ruble plunged about 30% against the dollar.

Nearly 7,000 people have been detained in Russia since last Thursday for participating in anti-war demonstrations, as of 3/2.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine is also threatening the food supply and livelihoods of people in Europe, Africa and Asia who rely on the vast, fertile farmlands of the Black Sea region — known as the “breadbasket of the world.”

China on Wednesday said it would not consider sanctioning Russia for its illegal invasion of Ukraine and said it will continue with “normal trade cooperation.” And China abstained during a United Nations General Assembly vote Wednesday on a nonbinding resolution calling on Russia to halt its war on Ukraine and withdraw its military forces. Just five nations opposed the resolution – Russia, Belarus, Eritrea, North Korea and Syria – which passed with 141 aye votes.

French President Emmanuel Macron said he’s convinced the “worst is yet to come” from Russian President Vladimir Putin after a tense 90-minute call between the two leaders Thursday about the war in Ukraine.

U.S. Implications

Cyberwar has been declared on the United States, with Russia using preliminary but increasing steps in a campaign to cripple the nation’s banking systems and potentially other industries, according to a new report. The United States’ major banks, JP Morgan, Bank of America, Citigroup, and Goldman Sachs, are under constant cyberattacks from criminals, usually located in Russia, Iran, or China, but those attacks are intensifying after sanctions were announced over the invasion of Ukraine, business reporter Charles Gasparino reported in the New York Post Tuesday. The bank executives would not comment on the record out of fear that comments would embolden both cybercriminals and Russian government proxies

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)

On Friday, a deadly mosque attack in Pakistan was claimed by an Islamic State affiliate. The assault killed 63 people and wounded nearly 200. IS said in a statement the lone suicide bomber was from neighboring Afghanistan. The IS affiliate, known as IS in Khorasan Province, is headquartered in eastern Afghanistan. The Taliban rulers in Afghanistan, who have been fighting IS, condemned the attack. IS has proven to be the Taliban’s greatest security threat since sweeping into power last August.

  • What a world. One terrorist group condemning another.

U.N. Security Council voted Monday to impose an expanded arms embargo on Yemen’s Houthi rebels, saying they have threatened the peace, security and stability of the war-torn country. Council members said the rebels are responsible for attacking civilians, commercial shipping in the Red Sea, and Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The Security Council had already imposed an asset freeze, travel ban and arms embargo against Houthi leaders and top officials, but this resolution dramatically expands the arms embargo to include all Houthis.

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

A new study in the journal Nature Climate Change suggests that 75 percent of the Amazon has lost resilience in recent decades, a worrying sign that the world’s largest rainforest is close to a “tipping point.” If humanity does not address deforestation and climate change, scientists say, huge swaths of the forest could be replaced by savanna — a shift that would imperil species, disrupt weather systems and release billions of tons of carbon into the atmosphere.

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

An earthquake struck southeast Mexico on Thursday, sending people fleeing into the streets. The U.S. Geological Survey gave a preliminary magnitude of 5.7 and said the epicenter was about 7 miles west-northwest of the town of Nopalapan in Veracruz, at a depth of 69 miles. The quake triggered seismic alarms 235 miles away in Mexico City, but it was not felt in the capital. There were no immediate reports of damage. Located atop three of the largest tectonic plates, Mexico is one of the world’s most seismically active regions.

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)

Crews in the Florida panhandle were battling two large wildfires Sunday, including one that destroyed at least two homes and prompted evacuation orders for several neighborhoods. The Adkins Avenue Fire, which scorched two homes and damaged a dozen others Friday near Panama City in Bay County, had burned about 2 square miles and was 30% contained Sunday morning, according to the Associated Press. The 12-square-mile Bertha Swamp Fire, which started Friday in neighboring Gulf County and spread to Bay and Calhoun, forced more evacuations Saturday. It was 10% contained as of Sunday morning.

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)

At least seven people are dead and several others injured after multiple tornadoes tore through parts of central and southern Iowa Saturday afternoon into Saturday night and caused widespread damage. At least 25 to 30 homes were severely damaged. “This is the worst that anyone has seen in quite a long time,” Madison County Emergency Management Director Diogenes Ayala said in a press conference.

The Colorado River and its Lake Powell reservoir have experienced the Southwest’s driest multidecade “megadrought” in at least 1,200 years, according to a study led by UCLA researchers. The river and its reservoir have experienced the Southwest’s driest multidecade “megadrought” in at least 1,200 years, according to a study led by UCLA researchers. Two decades of aridification and spiraling water demands already had exposed more than 120 feet of Glen Canyon Dam concrete before 2021 sapped another 45 feet. From the hydropower plant at the dam to threatened fish species downstream in Grand Canyon to farms and other water users in seven states and Mexico, Lake Powell’s decline now complicates life in the West.

Tens of thousands of people were ordered to evacuate their homes by Tuesday, 3/1, and hundreds of thousands more were told to prepare to flee as parts of Australia’s southeast coast were inundated by the worst flooding in more than a decade. At least 10 people have died. New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet said there had been 1,000 rescues in the state by Tuesday and more than 6,000 calls for authorities to help. Scores of residents, some with pets, spent hours trapped on their roofs by a fast-rising river in the town of Lismore in the state’s north. Dozens of cars were trapped on a bridge in the nearby town of Woodburn with both the bridge’s approaches submerged.