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Signs of the Times Update: June 27, 2022

June 27, 2022

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (Romans 5:1-5

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

Friday morning, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case that overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade and the 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey decisions that decriminalized abortion in all 50 states, and resulted in the deaths of over 63 million children in the womb. The vote was 6-3 in favor of overturning Roe v. Wade. “For the first time in nearly 50 years, Roe is no longer the law of the land. “The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the majority.”

  • A great injustice has been corrected, and that gives us new hope for our nation and a reason to rejoice,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Half the states will now become abortion free and millions of innocent lives will be spared from the barbaric practice of abortion.” Thirteen states have “trigger bans” in place to criminalize abortion now that Roe v. Wade has been overturned. Several other states are likely to enact similar laws.
  • Alveda King, a niece of Martin Luther King Jr., has been a prominent leader in the pro-life movement for decades, maintains that the new civil rights movement is for the right to life of the unborn. King thanked God for the court’s decision Friday in Dobbs v. Mississippi as an affirmation of a 50-year struggle to persuade the nation that life in the womb is sacred.

The Supreme Court ruled last Wednesday that Maine cannot prohibit parents from using a state tuition program to send their children to religious private schools. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion, finding that “a State violates the Free Exercise Clause when it excludes religious observers from otherwise available public benefits.” First Liberty, the largest legal organization in the US dedicated exclusively to defending religious liberty, brought the case with the Institute for Justice. In response to the ruling, First Liberty President, CEO, and Chief Counsel Kelly Shackelford wrote, “We are thrilled that the Court affirmed once again that religious discrimination will not be tolerated in this country. Parents in Maine, and all over the country, can now choose the best education for their kids without fearing retribution from the government. This is a great day for religious liberty in America.”

A high-school football coach fired by his district for his brief, solitary prayers following his team’s football games has won his free speech fight at the U.S. Supreme Court. Coach Joe Kennedy’s case to the high court charged that Bremerton was “hostile” to his faith and prayers, which happened after the field had cleared after the end of games. Kennedy had asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the school’s punishment and decisions by lower courts. The 6-3 ruling saw the six conservative Justices voting for the coach while the three liberal Justices voted against him. The court’s majority held, “The Free Exercise and Free Speech Clauses of the First Amendment protect an individual engaging in a personal religious observance from government reprisal: The Constitution neither mandates nor permits the government to suppress such religious expression.”

  • “The Supreme Court has become the most pro-religion it’s been since at least the 1950s, and it appears to include the six most pro-religion justices since at least World War II,” notes the New York Times. “Since John Roberts became chief justice in 2005, the court has ruled in favor of religious organizations in orally argued cases 83 percent of the time. That is far more than any court in the past seven decades — all of which were led by chief justices who, like Roberts, were appointed by Republican presidents.”

New York Judge Ralph Porzio ruled on Monday that New York City’s extension of voting rights to non-U.S. citizens violated the New York Constitution, the state’s election law, and the Municipal Home Rule Law. As the order from Judge Porzio explains, the “New York State Constitution expressly establishes voting qualifications for local elections” and is “defined as a right of ‘citizens.'” A bill creating the new class of non-citizen voters — potentially numbering as many as 900,000 new voters in New York City municipal elections — was passed by the New York City Council in December 2021, but not vetoed or signed by former Mayor Bill de Blasio. After 30 days without action from de Blasio, the bill was considered adopted under the council’s rules.

Hollywood was stunned when the can’t-miss blockbuster “Lightyear” sputtered in its opening weekend at the box office, but not conservatives, who blamed the animated film’s failure to launch on Disney’s ongoing lurch to the left. The Disney-Pixar feature failed to dislodge Universal’s “Jurassic World: Dominion” from the No. 1 box office slot after grossing $51 million in its domestic debut, well below projections for the spinoff of the hugely popular “Toy Story” franchise. Entertainment analysts attributed the lackluster showing to factors such as the movie’s “confusing premise” (Variety) and competition from the Disney+ streaming service (Deadline), while those on the right described the film as the latest casualty of corporate wokeness.

Five British men held by the Taliban have been released, the United Kingdom’s Foreign Office said in a statement Monday. The men were arrested nearly six months ago on charges of “violating Afghan law and the Afghan people’s traditions,” Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, tweeted. Mujahid did not provide any further details on the charges against the men or their time in detention. Arrests of foreigners by the Taliban began late last year and continued for months as its leadership cracked down on activists and journalists accused of working in the country without proper documentation. “An understanding was reached following a series of meetings between the British government and Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan,” Mujahid said.

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

Abortion “trigger” bans on the books in at least 13 states all across the country — from Alabama to Wisconsin — have automatically gone into effect with the U.S. Supreme Court’s Dobbs v. Jackson decision. In Alabama, the state’s three abortion centers ceased performing abortions, even as women sat in their waiting rooms—some of whom had traveled from as far away as Texas for the procedure. Planned Parenthood Great Plains—which services Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, and Arkansas—also announced it was shutting down access to abortion services. In Texas, Attorney General Ken Paxton announced an end to the procedure. West Virginia’s only abortion center began placing calls to scheduled patients letting them know their appointments were canceled.

  • According to Operation Rescue, 40 abortion facilities have halted abortions or are no longer scheduling appointments at all since Friday. And more are scheduled to follow suit by July 24, when statutory 30-day enactment delays of abortion restrictions or bans have been fulfilled. In some states where laws are unclear, such as Arizona and Wisconsin, abortion providers have ceased offering procedures as a precaution to avoid criminal liability.

The Department of Homeland Security issued a grave warning to pro-life Catholic churches and pregnancy centers, instructing them to prepare for a “Night of Rage” by pro-abortion activists who have been pledging “extreme violence” on the evening of the long-awaited Dobbs decision. “This is the most coordinated & aggressive domestic terrorism in our nation today. All because extremists are angry that they may not get to kill children in the womb, on demand, without limit,” tweeted pro-life organization Live Action’s founder Lila Rose. She called out President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, as well as mainstream media groups, for the Democratic leadership’s “virtual silence” on the matter.

Nearly twice as many evangelical Protestants (63%) oppose legal abortion compared to mainline Protestants (33%), according to the most recent survey of abortion views by faith performed by Pew Research Center. Three-quarter of Jehovah’s Witnesses and nearly as many Mormons (70%) say abortion should be illegal. In contrast, 83% of American Jews and 55% of American Muslims say abortion should be legal. American Catholics are largely split, with 56% supportive of legal abortion and 42% opposed, a 2019 Pew Research Center survey found. Overall, about 49% of Americans said abortion should be “legal and accessible,” according to a USA TODAY/Ipsos poll published in April.

Abortion Protests

Vandals targeted a pro-life center in Lynchburg, Virginia, with threatening graffiti and broken windows. “If abortion ain’t safe, you ain’t safe,” red graffiti states on an entrance area of the Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center, photos posted by local police show. Authorities are investigating a fire that was set at a pregnancy center in Longmont, Colorado, early Saturday morning as arson, police said. The building sustained “fire and heavy smoke damage.” Officials also said the front of the building was vandalized with black spray paint. “If abortions aren’t safe, neither are you,” a spray-painted message near the front entrance reads “If abortion isn’t safe, you aren’t safe.”

The head of a Portland family and pregnancy support center said Monday that the nonprofit was mistakenly targeted and damaged by protesters angry over the Supreme Court decision to reverse Roe v. Wade. Mother and Child Education Center executive director Maura White said that the organization is not “anti-abortion,” as protesters believed. “The violence was horrible,” said White. White said despite having insurance, the organization is likely going to be left to pay for the damages, which totaled more than $10,000.

Law enforcement officers in Phoenix, Arizona used tear gas to break up a sizable group of protesters outside the state’s Senate building following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the landmark abortion ruling Roe v. Wade. The situation escalated into a “hostage” situation as lawmakers were instructed not to exit the building. The Republican Caucus of the State Senate later called the protest an attempted “insurrection.” Law enforcement officers then deployed tear gas to disperse the crowds and regain control of the building.

The Vermont Statehouse is another one of several buildings hit with vandalism and pro-abortion threatening messaging across the country following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. The Montpelier Police Department released a photo Saturday showing graffiti at the front entrance of the Vermont State House reading: “If abortions aren’t safe, you aren’t either” – the calling card of the pro-abortion militant group known as Jane’s Revenge.

An historic Catholic Church in West Virginia burned to the ground this weekend, and police are now investigating the incident as arson. St. Colman Catholic Church was already a smoldering ruin when firefighters from the Beaver Volunteer Fire Department arrived at the scene Sunday morning. The church was built in 1878 and was declared an official historical site in 1984. The alleged attack comes as Catholic Churches across the U.S. and in Canada have faced a spate of vandalism and arson attacks in recent years. Some say the arsonists are motivated by the Catholic positions on abortion, marriage and contraception.

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

The 27-nation European Union mustered a unanimous vote Thursday granting Ukraine candidate status in its bid to join the bloc. Ukraine had applied for membership a few days after Russia invaded its borders, and the EU fast-tracked its candidacy. Joining the bloc, though, is a process that can take years to complete. EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Ukraine was now on the path to membership: She said its electoral system is fair, its schools are well developed, and its economy was strong before the war. The EU also gave Moldova, a small country on Ukraine’s border, candidate status Thursday.

When talking to reporters Thursday, President Biden said his administration needs more funding for not just COVID-19 vaccines, but to plan for another pandemic. “We do need more money,” Biden told reporters on Tuesday afternoon. “We don’t just need more money for vaccines for children eventually. We need more money to plan for the second pandemic. There’s gonna be another pandemic.” He did not elaborate.

  • Do the globalist elites already have another pandemic (pestilence) lined up to further clobber the world into submission?

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

According to Pew Research, only 2% of Americans trust the federal government to do what is right “just about always.” Another 19% trust the government “most of the time.” That’s a total of just 21% who trust the government to some degree. In 1958, by contrast, about three-quarters (75%) of Americans trusted the federal government to do the right thing almost always or most of the time.

Churches are closing at a record pace in the U.S. as less than 50% of Americans are saying they are members of a church. Many churches have closed in recent years due to fewer and fewer Americans opting for membership. Small-town churches have been particularly hard hit by the trend, having previously served as the cultural center of small communities that have since declined or been consolidated into larger metropolitan areas in recent years. “You can’t have a church with eight people,” said a pastor who recently closed his church.

  • Yes, eight people can have a church – a home-based church which doesn’t have to pay high real-estate costs for a separate building. The home church movement will grow over the next few years as government becomes more intrusive into what the 501c3 tax-exempt churches can or cannot preach.

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

President Biden does not favor expanding the Supreme Court and hasn’t changed his stance on eliminating the filibuster, the White House said Saturday, throwing cold water on steps some liberal Democrats have called for in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling stripping the nationwide right to abortion. However, President Biden “is going to continue to find solutions” to ensure abortion rights, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters Saturday, though she declined to offer details on potential executive actions the administration is weighing to do so.

A political shift is taking hold across the U.S. as tens of thousands of suburban swing voters who helped fuel the Democratic Party’s gains in recent years are becoming Republicans. More than 1 million voters across 43 states have switched to the Republican Party over the last year, according to voter registration data analyzed by The Associated Press. This phenomenon is playing out in virtually every region of the country — Democratic and Republican states along with cities and small towns — in the period since President Joe Biden replaced former President Donald Trump.

Surveillance State: So they watched Him, and sent spies who pretended to be righteous, that they might seize on His words, in order to deliver Him to the power and the authority of the governor. (Luke 20:20)

EU states may only gather the airline passenger data strictly necessary to combat serious crime and terrorism, Europe’s top court said on Tuesday, and banned the use of machine learning to harvest the data. The Passenger Name Record Directive (PNR), adopted in 2016, allows police and justice officials to access passenger data on flights to and from the EU to combat serious crimes and maintain security in the 27-country bloc. Rights groups however said data retention even by law enforcement and other authorities is an invasive and unjustified encroachment on fundamental rights to privacy and data protection. In 2017, Belgium’s Human Rights League (LDH) and other rights groups challenged the PNR at a Belgian court, saying it allows the collection of too much data and could lead to mass surveillance, discrimination and profiling.

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

Islamist militants raided a Christian village in Memba, Nampula province, northern Mozambique on June 17, beheading one resident. The raid by terrorists linked to Islamic State (IS – also known as ISIS, ISIL, Daesh) is the first in recent years in Nampula province. IS has also claimed responsibility for the “beheading of several Christians” in raids across Nangade, Cabo Delgado province, to the north of Nampula.

Gunmen attacked two churches in the Kajuru community of northern Kaduna state on Sunday, killing three and kidnapping thirty-six. They are demanding more than $242,000 in ransom. The armed men targeted worshippers at a Catholic and a Baptist church. A spokesperson for the community’s Southern Kaduna People’s Union said the region has paid kidnappers more than $9 million annually in ransom payments since 2020. The Kaduna attack came two days after Christians in southwest Ondo state buried some 22 people killed during worship at a Catholic church.

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

New cases of Covid-19 cases in the U.S. declined slightly over the past two weeks, from about 106,801/day to almost 102,8180/day, a decrease of 3.8%. However, hospitalizations were up 7% to 31,650 hospitalized as of 6/26, and deaths were up 5% to 348/day. Hospitalizations and deaths lag cases, so these numbers may reflect the earlier peak. In the Northeast and Midwest, known cases have been declining for weeks. In the South and West, however, cases are increasing. Cases in Mississippi have more than doubled since the start of the month.

World Health Organization (WHO) Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus reportedly admitted to a senior European politician that the virus that causes COVID-19 most likely came out of a Wuhan lab. The Daily Mail reports that Tedros made the admission citing a catastrophic lab accident. The disclosure comes on the heels of a WHO investigative report that was published earlier this month, concluding that the pandemic may have started at a Wuhan lab and that Chinese authorities have been blocking access to crucial data. At the same time, Jeffrey Sachs, leader of the Lancet Commission on COVID-19, now says that he is convinced that the pandemic started in a lab and that SARS-CoV-2 was created with the aid of U.S. biotechnology.

Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 appear to escape antibody responses among both people who had previous Covid-19 infection and those who have been fully vaccinated and boosted, according to new data from researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, of Harvard Medical School. The levels of neutralizing antibodies that a previous infection or vaccinations elicit are several times lower against the BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants compared with the original coronavirus, according to the new research published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday. “We observed 3-fold reductions of neutralizing antibody titers induced by vaccination and infection against BA4 and BA5 compared with BA1 and BA2, which are already substantially lower than the original COVID-19 variants,” said Dr. Dan Barouch, an author of the report.

Cases of monkeypox are increasing across the U.S., and as health officials maintain the threat to the general population is low, efforts to vaccinate those at risk have begun. In the U.S., there have been more than 200 cases of monkeypox reported in 25 states as of Friday, 6/24, the CDC says. Since May 2022, there have been more than 4,100 confirmed cases of monkeypox reported – and one death – in 47 countries across Europe and South America. Earlier this week, the Biden administration began shipping monkeypox tests to commercial laboratories including Aegis Science, Labcorp, and Quest Diagnostics to expand testing capabilities. The disease, which is rare, typically starts with flu-like symptoms including fever before muscle aches, chills and fatigue. It can progress to include a rash, often on the face and genitals.

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

Having two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine has been linked with negative protection against symptomatic infection with the disease, scientists say, while a previous infection without vaccination offers around 50 percent immunity, according to a study analyzing the Omicron wave in Qatar. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine on June 15, examined the Omicron wave in Qatar that occurred from around December 2021 to February 2022, comparing vaccination rates and immunity among more than 100,000 Omicron infected and non-infected individuals. The study found that individuals who received two doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine but had no previous infection exhibited ‘negative immunity’ against both BA.1 and BA.2 Omicron subvariants, indicating a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 than the average person.

Pfizer announced Saturday that tweaking its COVID-19 vaccine to better target the omicron variant is safe and works — just days before regulators debate whether to offer Americans updated booster shots this fall. The first vaccines targeted the original coronavirus strain and their effectiveness against infection dropped markedly when the super-contagious omicron mutant emerged. Now with omicron’s even more transmissible relatives spreading widely, the Food and Drug Administration is considering ordering a recipe change for the vaccines made by both Pfizer and rival Moderna in hopes that modified boosters could better protect against another COVID-19 surge expected this fall and winter.

  • It seems unlikely that vaccines can keep up with the rapidly mutating variants, which appear to be less virulent, relegating the risk of infection probably no greater than the flu. And the flu shots often missed the mark in what flu variant they target, sometimes rendering the shots less than 50% effective.

Roughly 60,000 Army Reserve and Army National Guard soldiers remained unvaccinated a week before the deadline to bring soldiers into compliance with the military-wide vaccine mandate. Those soldiers have until Thursday to receive the vaccine, seek an exemption or face discipline that could include removal from the service. The Army has struggled more than other branch to get reserve members vaccinated, despite having a deadline seven months later than any other division of the military.

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

A gunman opened fire in Oslo’s night-life district early Saturday, killing two people and leaving more than 20 wounded in what Norwegian security service called an “Islamist terror act” during the capital’s annual Pride festival. Investigators said the suspect, identified as a 42-year-old Norwegian citizen originally from Iran, was arrested after opening fire at three locations in downtown Oslo.

Gunmen killed two Jesuit priests inside a church in Cerocahui, Chihuahua, on Monday. The Society of Jesus in a statement said Revs. Javier Campos, 79, and Joaquin Mora, 80, were trying to protect a man who sought refuge in the church from a local crime boss. Both priests were known for their social work and advocating for social services in the indigenous Raramuri communities where they served for decades. The Catholic religious order called for justice and asked the attacker to return the priests’ bodies.

Gun Control: When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are safe; but when one stronger than he attacks him and overcomes him, he takes away his armor in which he trusted and divides his spoil. (Luke 11:21-22,ESV)

The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a New York law that requires state residents to have “proper cause” to carry a concealed handgun, a decision that could make it easier for millions of Americans to arm themselves in public as the nation is reeling from a string of mass shootings. Associate Justice Clarence Thomas wrote the opinion for a 6-3 majority. The case was among the most closely watched this term on a docket full of culture war issues such as abortion, religious freedom and climate change. The decision had the potential to shift the landscape on Second Amendment rights at a time when Americans remain divided over access to guns.

  • President Biden called on Americans “to make their voices heard on gun safety” following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling. Biden said he is “deeply disappointed” by the ruling which is viewed as a major victory for gun rights advocates.

The Senate on Thursday easily approved a bipartisan gun violence bill that seemed unthinkable just a month ago, clearing the way for final congressional approval of what will be lawmakers’ most far-reaching response in decades to the nation’s run of brutal mass shootings. The AP reports the $13 billion measure would toughen background checks for the youngest gun buyers, keep firearms from more domestic violence offenders, and help states put in place red flag laws that make it easier for authorities to take weapons from people judged dangerous. On Friday, the House passed the bill and sent it on to President Biden who signed it into law Saturday.

A New York Times guest essay argued that American gun culture has been made all the more fanatical because of its ties to Christianity. It also claimed that Christianity makes mass shootings more possible. Author Peter Manseau, a religious author, wrote in his Thursday piece, “But many of our fellow citizens don’t just own guns, they believe in them. They believe the stories told about guns’ power, their necessity, their righteousness.” Manseau theorized that this is what has happened at the intersection of American Christianity and the Second Amendment. The author attempted to poke a hole in the narrative offered by many religious, Second Amendment supporters, that the problem with mass shootings in America “is not guns, it’s hearts without God.” 

  • Christianity will become more and more reviled and ridiculed as society becomes more and more ‘progressive’ and the end-times get closer and closer to Jesus’ return.

A Florida woman shot and killed a man after he broke into her bedroom while she was asleep and attacked her Tuesday morning, authorities said. The woman called 911 around 8:45 a.m. from inside her Clearwater home in the 1600 block of Flagler Drive as she struggled against the intruder, Clearwater Police Chief Dan Slaughter told reporters. Slaughter said the dispatcher heard the scuffle before the woman was able to grab her lawfully purchased gun and fire at least one shot, FOX13 Tampa reported.

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

Hundreds of prosecutors in New York City are quitting the district attorneys’ offices amid left-wing criminal justice reforms. Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg’s office this year has hemorrhaged 65 assistant district attorneys, which is about 12% of the staff. Bragg released a memo on his third day in office, ordering prosecutors not to seek prison sentences for a number of crimes and to downgrade charges – including for robberies and commercial burglaries. Manhattan’s situation mirrors that of Brooklyn, where 67 prosecutors — approximately 13% — have resigned from DA Eric Gonzalez’s office as of June 17, with three more leaving last Thursday alone, according to the New York Post. In 2020, 84 resigned, and 94 left office in 2021. Fifty-nine prosecutors have quit in the Bronx beginning this year through May.

LGBTQ people are three times likelier to be incarcerated than the general population and more than twice as likely to be arrested compared to straight people. Rates are even higher among LGBTQ people of color and those with disabilities, according to the findings of a comprehensive national report released Friday. The report, commissioned by the MacArthur Foundation, cites a number of reasons for the disparities, including family rejection of LGBTQ youth, general bias and discrimination and the economic difficulties propagated as a result.

  • It might also be due to the instability of leading a lifestyle out of sync with God’s laws. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. (Galatians 6:8)

Texas Public Safety chief Col. Steve McCraw testified Tuesday that there were enough officers on the scene of the shooting at the elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24 to storm the school three minutes after the shooter entered. McCraw outlined a lack of communication, poor preparation, and bad decision-making. “The only thing stopping a hallway of dedicated officers from entering Room 111 and 112 was the on-scene commander who decided to place the lives of officers before the lives of children,” McCraw said. But just hours later, Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin slammed the DPS’s lack of transparency and accused its director, Col. Steven McCraw, of intentionally minimizing his agency’s mistakes.

  • NBC News reported that Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin told the city council Tuesday that the Robb Elementary School will be demolished. “You can never ask a child to go back or a teacher to go back in that school ever,” Mr. McLaughlin said at the meeting.

Cyber Security: He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. (Psalm 40:2)

The Department of Homeland Security recently warned that the threat from foreign terrorist organizations and cyberthreat from adversaries like Russia, including election interference, will likely increase in 2022 according to an intelligence analysis obtained by ABC News.

A hacker or hackers stole approximately $100 million worth of cryptocurrency from Horizon, a block-chain bridge, in the latest heist. The developers of Horizon, Harmony, tweeted Wednesday night that the theft occurred in the morning and they are working with “national authorities and forensic specialists to identify the culprit and retrieve the stolen funds.”

Racism/Discrimination: There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28)

A new survey from the Anti-Defamation League says people are still reporting alarmingly high rates of hate and violence on the world’s most popular online hangouts. Nearly two-thirds of women, people of color, Jews and others from marginalized communities report experiencing harassment on social media because of their identity, according to the survey, LGBTQ+ respondents were more likely than any other group surveyed to experience harassment: 66% versus an average of 38%. Asian Americans reported a dramatic increase in harassment, from 21% in 2021 to 39% in 2022, mirroring the rise in anti-Asian hate incidents offline. Jewish respondents were more likely – 37% compared to 14% – to attribute harassment to their religious identity. Women were more than twice as likely to report ever experiencing sexual harassment online as men.

A GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) study found that 70% of LGBTQ Americans surveyed said discrimination toward the community has increased within the last two years — in the workplace, on social media, in public accommodations and even within the family. That marks an 11% increase from last year and a 24% jump from 2020.

  • Jesus says that unconditional agapao love is required of Christians, for God first and then for all other human beings whether we approve of them or not. He even says we have to love our enemies. (Matthew 5:44) It is a sin to discriminate or attack any other person.
  • If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? (1John 4:20)
  • My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality. (James 2:1)

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

About 28% of Americans say insomnia is taking a toll on their daily lives, and about 64% say they take sleep aids to help them fall asleep or stay asleep. Of the nearly two in three taking sleep aids, 23% use prescription medications, 27% use melatonin and 20% use marijuana or CBD (cannabidiol). About 37% said their use of sleep aids had increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Chronic insomnia is a dangerous public health problem,” said Jennifer Martin, a licensed clinical psychologist and president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. When left untreated, chronic insomnia can lead to a range of long-term health issues, including depression, Alzheimer’s disease, type 2 diabetes and more, and can impact nearly every aspect of your life,” Martin said.

Balancing on one foot for ten seconds is a good indicator of life expectancy. You’re twice as likely to die in the next ten years if you’re not able to balance on one foot for 10 seconds, says a peer-reviewed study by Brazilian researchers published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. If you are younger than 70 years, you are expected (as the majority of those at that age) to successfully complete the 10 seconds, says the report. “For those older than 70 years of age, if you complete it, you are in better static balance status than your age-peers.”

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

The FDA ordered Juul e-cigarettes off the market in the most dramatic effort yet to crack down on youth vaping. The Food and Drug Administration denied Juul’s applications to continue selling e-cigarette devices and pre-filled cartridges in menthol and tobacco flavors. Use of the products by youths had sparked concerns among regulators and activists. In 2020, the FDA prohibited sales of sweet and fruity e-cigarette pods, which Juul had already stopped selling. A federal court in D.C. granted the e-cigarette company’s request to temporarily pause the Food and Drug Administration’s ban on Juul products issued Thursday, which Juul characterized as “extraordinary and unlawful” in its lawsuit. 

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

The Arizona Legislature just passed the largest school voucher program in the nation, a move that opens the door for all Arizona students to use public funding to finance private school. An expansion of Empowerment Scholarship Account vouchers means that all students who reside in the state and could enroll in a public school are eligible to get public funding to pay for private school tuition, online curriculums or tutors. Fewer than 12,000 students currently receive vouchers. The voucher expansion comes after a legislative agreement that promised $1 billion in new money for K-12 education in next year’s budget.

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

An Alabama church’s Scripture-inspired sign about the sin of pride sparked a backlash among some who thought it had targeted LGBT Pride Month. The church marquee sign in front of Wares Ferry Road Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala., read “God detests pride,” an apparent reference to multiple verses in the Bible on the subject. Proverbs 8:13, for example, reads, “To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance.” Similarly, Proverbs 16:18 says, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” The sign, though, led to a brief demonstration by a lesbian couple and a news story by the local CBS affiliate. The pause gives the court until at least July 12 to assess the FDA’s claim that the company didn’t include enough information about its health risks in its application. 

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

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

The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) children’s hospital is offering puberty blockers and sex hormones to patients as young as age 3, making the claim that all treatments are “fully reversible.” UCSF’s Child and Adolescent Gender Center “offers comprehensive medical and psychological care, as well as advocacy and legal support, to transgender, nonbinary and gender-expansive kids,” according to its website. “We bring together experts from within as well as outside UCSF to promote gender health and support positive outcomes for children and adolescents exploring gender identity and expression.”

  • Despite the center claiming treatments are fully reversible, UCSF’s Transgender Care page admits that care for children categorized as “transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) youth” lacks solid evidence in some facets and even “lends itself to controversy among professionals.”

Transgender and non-binary footballers (soccer players in the U.S.) can now decide themselves whether to play for a men’s or women’s team instead of being bound by personal identification data, the German Football Association said on Thursday. At its core this ruling says that players with a personal (gender) status that is ‘diverse’ or ‘no reference’ and players who change their gender can take their own decision whether they will be issued an eligibility to play for a men’s or women’s team.

  • This will decimate women’s football (soccer) if more transgender men declare for the women’s teams.

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

The latest Biden administration data show that in May, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released 95,318 migrants who had been encountered at the U.S.-Mexico border. That brought the total of southern border migrant releases under the Biden administration to 1,049,532, the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) said. Add to that total the number of “got-aways” — migrants who eluded capture or did not turn themselves in to Border Patrol — and unaccompanied minors, and that total comes to 1,946,252 migrants that crossed over the southern border and into the U.S. under Biden “None of them had visas or other permission to do so — they just came right in, often with DHS or ORR [Office of Refugee Resettlement] metaphorically holding the door,” CIS resident fellow in law and policy Andrew Arthur wrote.

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

President Biden on Wednesday proposed a three-month suspension of the 18.4-cent-per-gallon federal tax on gasoline and the 24-cent-per-gallon tax on diesel. He will also urge states to pause their gas taxes, many of which are higher than the federal rate. However, Democrats on Capitol Hill are revolting over the proposal which requires Congressional approval to temporarily suspend the federal tax that drivers pay at the gasoline pump. The opposition from many within the president’s own party, including congressional leaders, offered a reality check to the White House that there are no easy solutions to lowering fuel costs and shielding themselves from criticism ahead of the midterm elections. Peter DeFazio, chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said it was a “well-intentioned but ill-conceived policy.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, has previously characterized the idea as a public relations stunt.

Gov. Andy Beshear took action Thursday to combat any signs of price gouging at the pump, touting it as a consumer protection measure amid sky-high gas prices straining Kentuckians’ budgets. The Democrat governor signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency in response to gas prices hovering close to $5 per gallon. His action activated Kentucky’s price gouging laws. Kentucky consumers can now report suspected price gouging at the pump to state Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s office.

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

After the Supreme Court ruled on Friday to overturn Roe v. Wade, corporate giants from a range of industries pledged to provide support and financial assistance for employees — and, in some cases, their dependents — seeking abortions. People seeking abortions could soon be forced to travel across state lines to access the procedure, adding to the cost of an already often expensive healthcare service. Companies such as Citigroup (C), Salesforce (CRM) and Match Group (MTCH) first promised financial support to employees seeking abortions in affected states. Many more followed suit on Friday, including Microsoft, Apple, Yelp, Meta (Facebook, Instagram), Disney, Netflix, Levi Straus, Warner Bros., Comcast-NBC, JPMorgan Chase, Nike, Starbucks, Kroger, Goldman Sachs and Alaska Airlines.

The richest person in Illinois announced Thursday he’s moving his hedge fund firm’s headquarters from Chicago to Miami, Florida, because crime in the Windy City is far too high. Griffin has provided more than $600 million in gifts to educational, cultural, medical, and civic organizations in Chicago over the years, his spokesman, Zia Ahmed, told the Wall Street Journal.

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

Federal Reserve officials predicted last week that unemployment would begin creeping up by the end of the year, but that inflation would remain elevated at 5.2 percent. The Fed is trying to bring inflation back under control by raising interest rates, which sets off an economy-cooling chain reaction. Higher interest rates increase the cost of business borrowing, which slows growth and translates into less hiring. As the job market weakens, paycheck growth slows, which further tamps down buying. The challenge for many working families is that their wages might slow down before price increases do. That means that consumer buying power is likely to erode, after several months in which wage growth has already failed to keep up with rising prices.

  • At the same time, rising rates have unsettled markets and prompted stock prices to plummet, chipping away at many household nest eggs. Higher mortgage costs are slowing the housing market and could lower home values, further cutting into wealth, because for many families real estate makes up a big chunk of net worth.
  • When investors get their quarterly 401(k) statements in the next few weeks they’ll be hit with some bad news. The S&P 500, the broadest measure of U.S. stocks, is down 21%, the Nasdaq nearly 30% and the Dow 16% so far this year, and Americans are seeing the value of their retirement accounts decline. Retirement plans have collectively lost upwards of $3 trillion since the beginning of January.

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 5.81% in the week ending June 23, edging up from 5.78% the week before, according to Freddie Mac. This time last year, rates averaged 3.02%, and the last time rates were this high was in the winter of 2008.

U.S. consumer confidence tanked in early June, reaching the lowest level ever recorded as soaring inflation batters Americans’ budgets and fuels concerns for the economy at large. The University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment index released Friday shows the index plunged to 50 this month, a 14.4% drop from May and the lowest reading since the survey began in the late 1970s.

Pending home sales unexpectedly broke a six-month streak of declines in May, climbing 0.7%. However, Contract signings fell 13.6% compared to May 2021. Economists surveyed by Refinitiv were expecting a monthly decline of 3.7%. On a regional basis, contract signings jumped 15.4% month over month in the Northeast, increased 0.2% month over month in the South, fell 1.7% month over month in the Midwest and contracted 5% in the Midwest.

When consumers receive their homeowner and auto insurance renewal contracts this year, they’re likely to find their rates have risen significantly.  Analysts estimate the average increase will range between high single-digit to low double-digit percentages. A couple of things are combining to push homeowners’ insurance rates higher, including the rise in extreme climate events over the past five years and inflation, which has soared to a 40-year high, substantially raising the cost of home building and remodeling. Auto insurance rates are also rising due to more road trips instead of flying and the higher costs of repair labor and parts.

Many people who eat out, particularly in cities with high tourist volume, are leaving smaller tips, servers and bartenders told USA TODAY. Diners say that’s because the price of a meal has gone up so much that they can’t afford the usual tip. And that’s making it even more difficult for restaurant workers to cope with inflation. 

California Gov. Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers late Sunday announced a budget deal that will provide “inflation relief” payments of $200 to $350 per person for most state residents. Persons earning less than $75,000 per year would receive $350 as part of tax refunds in the $17 billion agreement while couples making less than $150,000 who file jointly are eligible for $700. Families in those categories with a dependent can qualify for another $350, meaning some families could see up to $1,050. Millions of California tax filers are expected to see payments through direct deposit or debit cards by October.

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

The U.S. Senate on Thursday morning voted not to advance the Biden administration’s nominee to serve as the U.S. ambassador to Brazil to a full vote, less than a day after the Washington Free Beacon reported on the candidate’s past antisemitic remarks. Elizabeth Frawley Bagley, a longtime diplomat and Democratic Party insider, was shot down by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee by a party-line vote of 11-11.

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

Russia has defaulted on its foreign debt for the first time since the Bolshevik revolution more than a century ago, CNN reported Monday, 6/27. Moscow failed to pay about $100 million in interest on two bonds during a 30-day grace period that expired Sunday, the White House said the default showed the power of Western sanctions imposed on Russia since it invaded Ukraine. Russia denied it was in default, saying the payments had been made, in dollars and euros, on May 27 and the money was stuck with Euroclear, a settlement house based in Belgium.

Russia launched 60 missiles into Ukraine over the weekend in a barrage that killed many civilians and destroyed and damaged apartment buildings. Russian missiles struck a residential building and the compound of a kindergarten in central Kyiv on Sunday, killing one person and wounding five more, officials said, as Moscow stepped up its air strikes on Ukraine for a second day. Russia’s defense ministry said it had used high-precision weapons to strike Ukrainian army training centers in the regions of Chernihiv, Zhytomyr, and Lviv. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called on Group of Seven countries holding a three-day summit in Germany to impose further sanctions on Moscow and to provide more powerful weapons.

  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Monday that Russian airstrikes have hit a crowded mall where there were more than a thousand civilians, leaving a number of victims “impossible to imagine.”

Ukrainian forces will have to be withdrawn from Severodonetsk, which had been the largest city in the Luhansk region still under partial Ukrainian control, according to regional governor Serhiy Haidai. The outcome is a symbolic and territorial victory for Moscow. The Kremlin has long signaled that it would try to capture the entire Donbas region, which includes Luhansk and neighboring Donetsk.

Ukrainian forces claimed late Tuesday they launched airstrike attacks on Snake Island in the Black Sea that resulted in “significant losses” to Russian forces. The New York Times reported the military said it destroyed a Russian air defense system as well as vehicles on the island. Meanwhile, the Russian defense ministry said on its Telegram channel that Ukraine made “another crazy attempt” to reclaim the island and that Russia had undermined the attack and “destroyed all enemy weapons” aimed at the island.

  • It’s hard to tell exactly what’s going on in the war, but one thing is abundantly clear. Even if Russia eventually is able to claim the Donbas region, it is a massive failure for its vaunted military that it couldn’t get the job done in a few weeks, not the four months and counting that have already transpired.

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said his country is ready for some form of retaliation by Russia after it banned the transit of certain goods subject to European Union sanctions across its territory and into the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad. He said he does not believe Russia will challenge Lithuania militarily because his country is a NATO member. Nauseda defended the decision to block the passage of some goods, saying they’re implementing what was decided on a European Union level.

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

At least 200 people died in a weekend attack in Ehtiopia’s Oromia region. The attack targeted mostly members of the Amhara ethnic group as ethnic tensions continue to flare in the country. The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission linked the violence to fighting between government forces and the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) rebel group. OLA has denied the allegations. Ethiopia’s ethnic tensions are rooted in historical grievances and political unrest. The country is facing a humanitarian crisis triggered by the war between the federal government and Tigrayan rebels.

Two people died and 21 were wounded early on Saturday in what police called an “act of Islamist terrorism”. The shootings were in and near the London Pub, a popular LGBTQ+ venue, the Herr Nilsen jazz club and another pub. Norway’s prime minister told the BBC the suspect was questioned in May, but was not deemed a threat at the time. Eyewitnesses said the suspect took out a gun from his bag and started firing, forcing terrified people to either throw themselves to the ground or flee. The attacker was arrested by police officers – who were helped by bystanders – minutes later. Two weapons were retrieved at the crime scene by police, one of them a fully automatic gun. The authorities later said the suspect was a Norwegian national. Oslo’s annual gay Pride parade was due to be held on Saturday, and was formally cancelled on police advice.

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

Russia has repeatedly targeted key bridges for grain and sunflower exports and bombarded Ukrainian ports. About 20 tons of grain are sitting in Ukraine without a safe means of export. Farmers are concerned they will not have enough storage space to keep harvesting. Russian missiles hit the Canadian agribusiness Viterra and U.S. grain trader Bunge Ltd. in Ukraine on Wednesday morning.

Droughts in the Great Plains and heavy rain in Minnesota and the Dakotas have slowed the production of wheat this year. Fertilizer costs have spiked as a result of the war. And the farming calendar presents another problem: Seventy percent of wheat in the U.S comes from a winter harvest – planted in the fall but not harvested until the spring, putting it off track with the immediate crisis in Ukraine.

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

A powerful earthquake struck a rural, mountainous region of eastern Afghanistan early Wednesday, killing more than 1,000 people and injuring 1,500 more, according to a state-run news agency. Officials warned that the already grim toll would likely rise. Information remained scarce on the magnitude 6.1 temblor near the Pakistani border, but quakes of that strength can cause severe damage in an area where homes and other buildings are poorly constructed and landslides are common. Rescuers rushed to the area by helicopter, but the response is likely to be complicated since many international aid agencies left Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover of the country last year and the chaotic withdrawal of the US military from the longest war in its history.

  • A second quake shortly afterward further shook the area and probably will cause deaths and injuries to increase.

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

Rain and humidity in the southwest have enabled firefighters to gain control over the large fires that had been burning primarily in Arizona and New Mexico.

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

Houston is asking its more than 2 million residents to conserve water amidst moderate to severe drought conditions. The Texas city activated a plan on Tuesday calling for “Stage One” conservation measures following the drop in rainfall and higher-than-normal temperatures. “During the past month, the City of Houston has had record-setting high temperatures above 90 degrees and a significant decrease in rainfall,” Houston Public Works said.

Intense droughts and poor planning have reverted one of Mexico’s most prosperous cities into a water-scarce area. Monterrey began restricting water access back in March as the three reservoirs supplying the city started to dry up, and the city stopped water services Tuesday. The shutdown could last weeks. According to the North American Drought Monitor, almost 60 percent of all of Mexico is also suffering from some level of drought.

The first storm of the 2022 hurricane season caused dozens of collapses in Havana, Cuba, and damaged homes that were already in poor condition, highlighting one of Cuba’s main social problems: a shortage of quality housing.

Temps in Japan usually hover below 85 degrees Fahrenheit in the month of June, but a heat wave that’s descended upon Tokyo and surrounding areas has led the government to plead with 37 million residents to switch off their lights to avoid power outages. The BBC reports that the “lights out” initiative is happening from 3pm to 6pm local time on Monday, when people are expected to turn off any lights they don’t need, though they’re advised to keep the AC running if they have to so that they don’t get overheated.

Signs of the Times Update: June 20, 2022

June 20, 2022

Lift up your eyes on high, and behold, who has created these, who brings out their host by number? He calls them all by names by the greatness of His might, for He is strong in power; not one is lacking…Have you not known? Have you not heard, that the everlasting God, Jehovah, the Creator of the ends of the earth, does not grow weak nor weary? There is no searching of His understanding. He gives power to the weary; and to him with no vigor; He increases strength. (Isaiah 40:26,28-29)

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

A group of ex-LGBT Christians rallied in the nation’s capital recently to share their testimonies of how they’ve found healing and freedom in Jesus Christ. Members of the Freedom March group have been touring the country for years, sharing the Good News with others, and offering hope to anyone else who might be seeking salvation from LGBT lifestyles. The Freedom March was started in 2018 by Jeffrey McCall, a former transgender. “Jesus died for them and loves them and wants to give them a new life,” McCall told CBN News

Eleven nations are banning Disney’s new movie Lightyear from being shown in their country’s theatres over LGBTQ+ grooming scenes. Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates are among the countries that will ban the movie. Additionally, Malaysia, Indonesia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Jordan and Lebanon denied release certificates for the movie, which is a spinoff of the popular Toy Story franchise.

The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday cleared the way for lawmakers to severely limit or even ban abortion in the state, reversing a decision by the court just four years ago that guaranteed the right to abortion under the Iowa Constitution. The court, now composed almost entirely of Republican appointees, concluded that a less conservative court wrongly decided that abortion is among the fundamental privacy rights guaranteed by the Iowa Constitution and federal law.

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt issued subpoenas last week to seven school districts that allegedly employ student surveys—created by education companies Panorama and Project Wayfinder—that gather data about parents’ political beliefs and income levels, as well as racial identity, sexual behaviors, and mental health. “The contracts with these companies are public record, so they’re supposed to be approved during school board meetings, but the surveys are happening without parental consent and parental notification.”

Intercessors For America has shipped 2 million meals to Ukraine. Each 500,000 meals packed in Florida fills 3 shipping containers. They then are shipped to Romania and to be distributed to Ukrainians from there.

Like many large employers are doing post-pandemic, Yale University gave its clerical, food service and maintenance workers a choice: Get a routine health check or pay a $25 weekly fee. Workers alleged in a federal lawsuit that the university’s participate-or-pay employee wellness program violated two federal laws. In a preliminary settlement approved Tuesday by U.S. District Court in Connecticut, the university agreed to pay nearly $1.3 million to workers and attorneys and won’t assess the $25 weekly fee for four years, or until federal law or regulations change to allow such a program.

Satanic Deception: He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. (John 8:44) The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone wherethe beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. (Revelation 20:10)

Mat Stave of Liberty Counsel reports, “Surrounded by witches and warlocks openly performing their dark craft, our team has been on Capitol Hill praying over the High Court as it prepares to deliver its much-anticipated ruling on abortion. Despite decades of pro-life work around the country and at the U.S. Supreme Court, we’ve never witnessed such hostile and demonically inspired evil directed at the Justices and the judicial system…The pro-abortion crowd began cursing the Justices, the people praying and, yes, vehemently cursing God Himself.”

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

Fewer Americans than ever believe in God, a new Gallup poll reported Friday morning. The new figure of 81% of Americans who say they believe in God is down 6 percentage points from 2017 and 11 points from a 2011 poll. But fewer than half of those who say they believe in God — 42% according to Gallup — say that God hears and responds to prayers. Some 28% of all Americans say God hears a person’s prayers but “cannot intervene,” and 11% say God neither hears nor answers prayer. The 2022 survey, conducted between May 2 and May 22, revealed that 17% of Americans said they don’t believe in God.

  • A 2021 Gallup survey showed a new love of just 47% of Americans are members of a church, the first time that number has fallen below 50%.

Data from the United States Census Bureau shows that nearly 18.5 million children grow up without their fathers, which has in return led to the United States owning the title of the world’s leader in fatherlessness. Approximately 80% of single-parent homes are led by single mothers; therefore, leading to nearly 25% of our youth growing up without a father in the home, said Rep. Burgess Owens, Rep. Byron Donalds and Jack Brewer on Fox News. This has not only destroyed God’s ordained family structure, but has devastated communities across the nation. For example, 85% of children and teens with behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes, and over 70% of all adolescent patients in drug and alcohol treatment centers originate from homes without fathers. 

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

In a stunning electoral upset further presaging a massive red (Republican) tsunami coming in November, a pro-life Mexican-born candidate won a special election in south Texas, the first time the area has chosen a Republican over a Democrat in more than 150 years. Republican Mayra Flores defeated Democrat Dan Sanchez on Tuesday in Texas’ 34th congressional district, which had voted for Joe Biden over Donald Trump by a margin of 13 points in 2020. The district’s population is 84% Hispanic.

A spate of resignations by high-profile aides to President Biden has left the remaining White House staff frustrated as they toil with a crumbling domestic agenda, sky-high inflation, the war in Ukraine and dimming prospects for Democrats in the November elections. The high turnover at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, critics say, is a sign that those surrounding Mr. Biden are increasingly worried about a Democratic bloodbath at the polls and the prospects of Republican majorities in the House and Senate.

A record 81 black candidates are running for Congress as Republicans this year, an increase of more than 50% over the 2020 election cycle, according to the National Republican Congressional Committee. Black convention speakers recounted Trump’s accomplishments for the black community, including the lowest unemployment rate ever, the prison and criminal sentence-reforming First Step Act, the “opportunity zones” that incentivize investment in poor areas, permanent funding for historically black colleges and universities, and promoting school choice.

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

According to a new report, Christians who find it difficult to freely express their beliefs in society due to secular intolerance are practicing “various forms of self-censorship.” The report, titled “Perceptions on Self-Censorship: Confirming and Understanding the ‘Chilling Effect,’” was put together by the Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination Against Christians in Europe, the Observatory of Religious Freedom in Latin America and the International Institute for Religious Freedom. The study features case studies from France, Germany, Colombia and Mexico. “Secular intolerance has a chilling effect on Christians, which directly affects their capacity to express their faith freely in society and is leading to various forms of self-censorship,” the study said. “Some people do indeed fear being subjected to legal proceedings or being criminally sanctioned on charges of discrimination, while others fear being subjected to disciplinary proceedings in their work or places.”

  • “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” (Romans 1:16)

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

The violent Jane’s Revenge pro-abortion group posted a second statement Tuesday trying to incite vandalism and destruction of pro-life centers. In its earlier statement, Jane’s Revenge gave a 30-day ultimatum that said pro-life centers had to close their doors or else face attacks. Now, they said the 30 days are up, and pro-lifers should expect violence. Jane’s Revenge has claimed responsibility for 16 acts of vandalism and violence so far, including throwing firebombs into an empty pregnancy center in Buffalo, N.Y., last week.

  • The FBI is investigating recent attacks on pregnancy centers ahead of a Supreme Court decision on Roe v. Wade as potential acts of domestic violent extremism, the bureau said Friday. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, said Thursday that U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland should resign over the Biden administration Justice Department’s inaction on more than 50 attacks on pro-life pregnancy centers and churches in recent weeks purportedly carried out by Jane’s Revenge.

Pro-abortion disruption is being unleashed in churches, malls, sports stadiums and public areas by the radical RiseUp4AbortionRights group, with the latest target a Church in Detroit, Michigan. Their activists disrupted the Ala Moana Shopping Center and Food Court in Honolulu, Hawaii on June 14, and conducted a “die in” at Bellevue Square Mall in Washington on June 10. They also unrolled a large banner at Progressive Field in Cleveland which read “Overturn Roe? Hell no!” during the Cleveland Guardians baseball game. Activists disrupted Sunday Mass at the St. Veronica Parish in Eastpointe on June 12, disrupted a WNBA game on June 8, aid unfurled a large banner during the LA Dodgers’ game on June 5, among other incidents.

After a 30-year decline, abortions in the United States rose by nearly 8% from 2017 to 2020, according to new data from abortion rights group Guttmacher Institute. In 2020, there were 930,160 abortions in the U.S., up from 862,320 abortions in 2017, according to the survey released Wednesday. Abortion rates had been falling steadily since a peak in 1981. Experts have said access to better birth control was one of the main reasons for the previous decline. The study also found that in 2020, 1 in 5 pregnancies ended in abortion, an increase in the abortion ratio – the number of abortions per 100 pregnancies – of 12% since 2017.

  • Meanwhile, in 2020, birth rates fell by 4%, the largest single-year decrease in nearly 50 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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

The number of new Covid-19 cases in the U.S. over the past two weeks has plateaued at about 100,000 new cases per day. However, hospitalizations are up 5% and deaths are up 18% because they lag new cases and still reflect the earlier omicron surge. Cases are declining in roughly half the states, particularly in the Northeast and Midwest. In the past two weeks, parts of New England have seen cases fall by 30% or more. In the South and West, however, cases and hospitalizations are increasing substantially. Daily new infections have nearly doubled this month in Arkansas and Kentucky, and in Wyoming, they are four times higher than they were two weeks ago.

  • Fatality data has been volatile in recent weeks because of delays in reporting after Memorial Day. Still, reports of new deaths remain low. Fewer than 350 deaths are being reported each day, down from more than 2,600 a day at the height of the Omicron surge.

The National Institutes of Health announced Wednesday that President Biden’s chief medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, tested positive for COVID-19. Fauci, who has directed the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984, took a rapid antigen test, the government agency said. “He is fully vaccinated and has been boosted twice. He is currently experiencing mild symptoms,” said the NIH statement, noting Fauci will “isolate and continue to work from his home.” The NIH added that Fauci has not recently been in close contact with President Biden or other senior government officials.

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

The Food and Drug Administration granted emergency use authorization to Moderna’s and Pfizer’s vaccines against COVID-19 for young children on Friday. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) followed up Saturday by recommending the shot, which could be shipped out in the United States by Monday or Tuesday. Pfizer’s shot is for children younger than 5 and uses three shots of one-tenth of the adult dose. Moderna’s is for children younger than 6 and uses two shots of a quarter of the adult dose. Both can be given to children as young as 6 months old. Moderna plans to study its shots for children as young as 3 months.

A White House official on Monday, June 20 made a false claim about COVID-19 vaccines while encouraging parents to get their young children vaccinated. Dr. Ashish Jha, the White House’s COVID-19 response coordinator, said that “there have not been any serious side effects of these vaccines,” which is not true.  Well-documented cases of severe allergic reactions, blood clotting, heart inflammation, and paralysis are among the serious side effects linked to the three COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States.

One day after the nation learned Dr. Fauci had tested positive for COVID-19, the government’s quadrupled-boosted pandemic adviser was confronted in a Senate hearing by his nemesis, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. Pressed on the safety and efficacy of COVID vaccines, Dr. Anthony Fauci admitted Thursday there were no studies to support the claim that booster shots would reduce the risk of hospitalization and death in children.

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

Five major U.S. cities are currently on pace to break their homicide totals from last year, continuing a violent trend that started in 2020. Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Milwaukee, and Atlanta have all seen homicide numbers outpace their mark from 2021 halfway through this year, with Milwaukee seeing the largest spike of the group. Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Milwaukee, and Atlanta have all seen homicide numbers outpace their mark from 2021 halfway through this year, with Milwaukee seeing the largest spike of the group. The numbers continue a trend that has plagued the country since 2020, when homicides in the U.S. increased nearly 30% compared to 2019.

Violent crimes have surged in Minneapolis and St. Paul, with a combined record 135 homicides last year. While violent crimes in the suburbs of the Twin Cities have not reached the same levels, data compiled by the Star Tribune examining 50 of the largest suburbs over the last five years finds that homicides have begun to increase in some suburbs, and residents are getting nervous. A combined 51 homicides were recorded in 2021 across suburban areas. Nearly all suburbs saw increases in property crimes, such as car and catalytic converter thefts.

  • The rising crime rates in Minnesota follow the ‘defund the police’ movement there after the killing of George Floyd and the subsequent violent protests.

A single gunman opened fire inside a suburban Alabama church Thursday evening, killing two people and wounding a third at a small group meeting before being taken into custody, authorities said. The attack occurred at Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church in the Birmingham suburb of Vestavia Hills. The 71-year-old gunman was an occasional attendee of the congregation who is believed to have acted alone. The two fatalities are 84-year-old man and a 75-year-old woman. An event attendee subdued the suspect until law enforcement arrived and arrested him.

A man with an “edged weapon” attacked passengers inside a San Francisco International Airport terminal Friday, leaving three with cuts and scrapes before he was arrested, authorities said. The man drove to the airport, went into the International Terminal, “walked around the departure terminal and pulled out an edged weapon” before attacking three men at about 6 p.m. The travelers were in the pre-security area when they were attacked.

An early Father’s Day barbecue in San Antonio, Texas, turned deadly Saturday night when a drive-by shooting took place as guests were gathered in the front yard of a home. Two men, ages 45 and 46, were killed; five others, ages 19 to 44, were injured.

Gun Control: When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are safe; but when one stronger than he attacks him and overcomes him, he takes away his armor in which he trusted and divides his spoil. (Luke 11:21-22,ESV)

Starting July 1, the sale of ammunition magazines with more than 10 rounds will be banned in Washington state. Importing, manufacturing and distributing them will be outlawed, too. The only magazines allowed for sale and importing will be those with a maximum capacity of 10 cartridges under a measure pushed through by Democrats and signed by Gov. Jay Inslee earlier this year. Washington residents can continue buying larger magazines until the law takes effect. Any owned as of July 1 are unaffected by the law.

After some optimistic signs for Democrats hoping to reach a bipartisan Senate agreement on a gun control package, progress in the negotiations stalled. Lawmakers failed to reach a final agreement on the legislative text on Thursday. On Thursday, when some lawmakers hoped they could reach a final text on the package, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) told reporters that negotiations had fallen through and would need more time.

  • The Epoch Times reports that 97.8% of mass shootings occur in “gun-free zones,” because the perpetrators know legally armed citizens won’t be there to stop them.

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

Simone Gold, M.D., J.D., founder of the advocacy group America’s Frontline Doctors (AFLD), was sentenced Thursday to 60 days in prison for being present during the January 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Gold, a former emergency room doctor, was charged with one misdemeanor count of “entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds.” Gold’s attorney, Kira Anne West, stated that her client pleaded guilty to standing “with a crowd outside the East Rotunda door, where she eventually entered shortly after about 2:27 p.m. along with her co-defendant John Strand. She remained inside the Capitol for a little over half an hour. Around 2:55 p.m., she gave a speech at Statuary Hall stating her opposition to COVID-19 vaccine mandates and government-imposed lockdowns,” MedPage reported.

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

Automakers reported nearly 400 crashes of vehicles with partially automated driver-assist systems, including 273 involving Teslas, according to statistics released by U.S. safety regulators on Wednesday. Tesla’s crashes happened while vehicles were using Autopilot, “Full Self-Driving,” Traffic Aware Cruise Control, or other driver-assist systems that have some control over speed and steering. The company has about 830,000 vehicles with the systems on the road. The next closest of a dozen automakers that reported crashes was Honda, with 90, but Honda says it has about 6 million vehicles on U.S. roads with such systems. Subaru was next with 10, and all other automakers reported five or fewer.

Critical Race Theory: There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28)

New documents exclusively obtained by Fox News Digital reveal that the U.S. Army is teaching West Point cadets critical race theory (CRT), including addressing “whiteness.” Fox News Digital exclusively obtained the documents from government watchdog group Judicial Watch, which had to sue the military twice under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to get the information. “Our military is under attack – from within,” Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said in the press release. “These documents show racist, anti-American CRT propaganda is being used to try to radicalize our rising generation of Army leadership at West Point.”

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

Private equity investors, with their focus on buying cheap and reaping quick returns, are moving voraciously into the U.S. health care system; investments increased twentyfold from 2000 to 2018, and have only accelerated since. Financially distressed rural hospitals are targets, putting vulnerable communities at the mercy of firms whose objective is profit, rather than patient health. A recent report found that 441, more than 20%, were at risk of closing or losing services.

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

In November 2020, 58% of Portland voters passed Measure 110, the Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery Act, which decriminalized possession of small amounts of hard drugs such as heroin, meth, cocaine and fentanyl. The new law made possession of those substances no more than a Class E violation, the equivalent of a traffic ticket punishable by a maximum $100 fine. But the fine is dismissed when someone who is fined calls a help hotline, Lines for Life, and completes a health assessment. Now, the streets of downtown Portland, Oregon, resemble an open-air drug market. Heroin, meth and fentanyl use is rampant and often visible on city streets. Portland police officers drive by homeless addicts buying and using hard drugs. 

  • Drug overdose deaths in Portland hit an all-time high in 2021 with 1069, a 41% increase from 2020. And very few people are getting into treatment, according to the Lund Report.
  • Synthetic opioids, primarily illicitly manufactured fentanyl, have become the primary cause of overdose deaths in the U.S., especially among teens, who increasingly are buying them through social media contacts. Deaths linked to fentanyl among adolescents between the ages of 14 and 18 have skyrocketed, representing 77% of all adolescent deaths among teens last year.

Nearly half a million counterfeit pills laced with fentanyl were seized after a two-year investigation by the DEA and other agencies. In addition, about 112 pounds of methamphetamine, 22 pounds of cocaine, 10 pounds of powder fentanyl, 9 pounds of heroin, and about $230,000 in assets. Twenty-six suspects, 17 of which have been arrested, are facing various charges, including international drug smuggling, drug trafficking, and conspiracy. 

Supermarkets in the Czech Republic got a little more than they bargained for in their banana shipments last week: $83 million worth of cocaine. Police were alerted after grocery workers started discovering blocks of pressed cocaine in with the fruit; ultimately, 1,851 pounds were found.

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

Former Vanderbilt University professor Dr. Carol Swain argued on Friday that wokeness in America’s universities is turning them classrooms into “indoctrination centers.” “That is chilling in the sense that the universities have been destroyed. The university is over. The university is not a marketplace for ideas. It is an indoctrination center,” Swain told “Fox & Friends.” “And the persons, the teachers who have come out of the university system. They have come out woke. And if they have a degree in teaching education, their mission is to indoctrinate your children.”

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

The “Queering the Bible” project, a ministry tied to the Presbyterian Church (USA), has launched a sixteen-part study which looks at the gospel of Mark as a way of “learning about how we experience God as queer folk, and how we experience Scripture as queer people. They are also producing new TV shows such as Queerly Beloved” and “Quirky, Queer and Wonderful.”

  • It is hard to understand how they ignore Scripture that states clearly God created us in his image as male and female (Genesis 1:27) and defines marriage as the covenant of one man and one woman (Genesis 2:21-24; Matthew 19:4-6).

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

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

Even as an increasing share of Americans report familiarity with and tolerance for transgender people, most oppose allowing transgender female athletes to compete against other women at the professional, college and high school level, according to a Washington Post-University of Maryland poll. The poll finds 55 percent of Americans opposed to allowing transgender women and girls to compete with other women and girls in high school sports and 58 percent opposed to it for college and professional sports. About 3 in 10 Americans said transgender women and girls should be allowed to compete at each of those levels.

FINA, swimming’s international governing body, faced backlash over the new “gender inclusion policy” that was approved Sunday setting the standard for transgender athletes’ participation in the sport. The “gender inclusion policy” will only permit swimmers who transitioned before the age of 12 to compete in women’s events. LGBTQ+ rights groups and other swimmers said the policy would hurt transgender athletes.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is facing criticism after she suggested there should be “a drag queen for every school.” Nessel is the first openly gay person voted into statewide office in Michigan. “Drag queens make everything better,” she tweeted. “Drag queens are fun. A drag queen for every school.”

Five members of the Proud Boys group are the subjects of a “hate crime” investigation in California for shutting down a drag-queen reading event for children at a local library. The sheriff’s office said in a statement that the men “began to shout homophobic and transphobic slurs at the event organizer. “The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office responded Saturday to a report of a disturbance at the San Lorenzo Library where a “Drag Queen Story Hour” was taking place in front of children, parents and other community members.

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

Nearly 37 million children were displaced in 2021, the highest number of kids from their homes since World War II, according to UNICEF. Some 22.8 million of those children were displaced within their countries due to conflict and violence, and 13.7 million of the children are refugees and seeking asylum, the statement reads. The figures don’t include children displaced by climate or environmental disasters, or kids displaced by the war in Ukraine, according to UNICEF. In March, UNICEF said that 4.3 million children were displaced due to the war – more than half of the country’s estimated 7.5 million child population.

The influx of Ukrainian refugees into the European Union could gradually ease labor shortages in the Eurozone as some of those fleeing the war are likely to settle permanently, the European Central Bank said on Monday. Around seven million people, mostly women and children, have fled Ukraine so far since Russia launched its invasion on Feb. 24, and more are leaving each day, with many hoping to find durable employment opportunities in the 27-nation EU.

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

In reverse migration, thousands of Californians are moving to Mexico to escape rising living costs amid rampant inflation. CNBC reported Saturday that Californians are adding Mexico to the list of destinations — including Texas, Washington and Arizona — where they can live more cheaply while maintaining high salaries by working remotely or commuting. More than 360,000 Californians left in 2021, the news outlet reported. As of 2020, 800,000 U.S. citizens are living in Mexico. Only one-quarter of California households could afford the median asking price for a home in the state — about $797,470 — during the fourth quarter of 2021.

The Biden administration is planning to bus migrants from overwhelmed border towns to other areas around the country, some only hours away from the border. An internal DHS document obtained by NBC News indicates plans to bus migrants to Los Angeles; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Houston; Dallas; and other cities. Busing migrants from border towns to other communities “will relieve some of the pressure off of the border communities, but then it’s going to create a problem in other communities,” said Robert Beau Nettleton, a county commissioner in Val Verde County, Texas.

Border Patrol agents nabbed 15 illegal immigrants in May whose names are flagged in Homeland Security’s terrorism screening database, according to data released by Homeland Security this week that showed the free-for-all at the southern border continues unabated. All told, 50 people on the terrorism watchlist have been apprehended by agents as they sneaked in through the southern border this fiscal year. Overall encounters with illegal immigrants in May set new records with 239,416 people nabbed — 222,646 of them caught by Border Patrol agents as they sneaked across, and the rest by officers at ports of entry.

  • CBP doesn’t report its estimate for how many migrants are evading capture, but agents say it’s more than 1,000 a day.

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

Travel issues piled up for fliers over the weekend as flight delays and cancellations topped 10,000 – and travel could still be snarled on Monday. On Sunday alone, more than 5,800 U.S. flights were delayed and 918 were canceled, according to FlightAware. It was a tumultuous weekend for holiday travel blamed on staffing shortages, packed planes and the ripple effects from previous bad weather. Experts say to expect travel woes to continue throughout the rest of the year.

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

Russian hostilities in Ukraine are preventing grain from leaving the “breadbasket of the world” and making food more expensive across the globe, threatening to worsen shortages, hunger and political instability in developing countries. Together, Russia and Ukraine export nearly a third of the world’s wheat and barley and more than 70% of its sunflower oil and are big suppliers of corn. Russia is the top global fertilizer producer. Weeks of negotiations on safe corridors to get grain out of Ukraine’s Black Sea ports have made little progress, with urgency rising as the summer harvest season arrives.

  • UN World Food Programme director David Beasley described “frightening” food shortages worldwide due to Russia’s war in Ukraine while speaking in Ethiopia’s capital Thursday.

Many Americans seeking to buy a newly constructed home are now playing the waiting game as supply chain slowdowns and a lack of labor are adding more months before buyers can move in. It now takes about eight months or longer to build a new home, compared to about four to six months before the COVID-19 pandemic, said Robert Dietz, chief economist for the National Association of Home Builders. “There’s a lack of lumber, appliances, cabinetry, electrical transformer equipment, land to build on, and workers,” Dietz said.

After severe storms barreled through the Midwest this week, Abbott Nutrition halted production of EleCare infant formula at its plant in Sturgis, Michigan due to flooding, the company announced on Wednesday. Production and distribution of new product would likely be delayed for several weeks – but there is currently enough supply to meet demand until production begins again, Abbott said.

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

Are electric vehicles (EVs) the answer to ending air pollution and climate change? Engineer and energy expert Ronald Stein points out that a typical EV battery weighs 1,000 pounds, contains 25 pounds of lithium, 60 pounds of nickel, 44 pounds of manganese, 30 pounds of cobalt, 200 pounds of copper and 400 pounds of aluminum, steel and plastic. Inside are over 6,000 individual lithium-ion cells. “It should concern you that all those toxic components come from mining,” he writes. “For instance, to manufacture each EV auto battery, you must process 25,000 pounds of brine for the lithium, 30,000 pounds of ore for the cobalt, 5,000 pounds of ore for the nickel, and 25,000 pounds of ore for copper. All told, you dig up 500,000 pounds of the earth’s crust for just one battery.”

President Joe Biden told oil producers by letter on Wednesday to immediately cut costs for Americans as gas prices exceeded $5 a gallon in some parts of the country. The letter to the heads of top oil and gas companies said Russia’s war against Ukraine is only partly responsible for the “sharp rise in gasoline prices” and asked them to work with his administration to increase the supply of gasoline to Americans. “I understand that many factors contributed to the business decisions to reduce refinery capacity, which occurred before I took office,” Biden wrote. “But at a time of war, refinery profit margins well above normal being passed directly onto American families are not acceptable.” Biden also threatened to employ emergency powers to enforce cooperation.

  • Biden now urging more oil refining contradicts his longstanding goal of reducing the usage of fossil fuels.
  • Exxon Mobil responded to President Joe Biden’s letter saying, “the federal government “can promote investment through clear and consistent policy that supports U.S. resource development, such as regular and predictable lease sales, as well as streamlined regulatory approval and support for infrastructure such as pipelines.” The Biden administration has canceled potential lease sales and pipeline development.

Poverty: Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed. (Proverbs 19:17) Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. (Hebrews 13:16) Jesus said, “The poor you will always have with you.” (Matthew 26:11)

Millions of people struggled to pay their rent during the pandemic. But that hardship fell disproportionately on renters of color, those living with children and people renting in the South, according to an exclusive new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. The number of renters that fell behind on rent peaked at 15 million in January 2021, the report showed. Since then, federal aid programs – including billions of dollars in rent relief and an eviction moratorium – plus a recovering economy, have reduced that number. But there remained 10.4 million renters who said they are not caught up on rent as of March. At the January 2021 peak, 33% of Black renters were behind on rent, compared with 25% of Latino renters and 12% of White renters. By March 2022, the overall share of renters in trouble had dropped, but it still remained higher for Black and Latino renters than White renters.

  • A national eviction moratorium was put in place from September 2020 to August 2021, which helped prevent 1.55 million eviction filings, according to estimates from the Eviction Lab. Also, $46.55 billion of rental assistance was made available to struggling renters and their landlords. But that money is expected to be exhausted by the end of this year.

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

Revlon, the 90-year-old cosmetics giant, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection because of its crippling debt and mounting celebrity competition. Revlon in recent years lost shelf space and sales to startups backed by celebrities, such as Kylie Jenner’s Kylie Cosmetics and Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty. It has also been hit by supply issues, made worse by the Covid-19 pandemic. Resulting product shortages were another major factor in tipping Revlon into bankruptcy, and analysts have said they were unlikely to be resolved in the near-term.

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

The Federal Reserve raised interest rates by three-quarters of a percentage point on Wednesday in an aggressive move to tackle red-hot inflation that is plaguing the economy. It’s the largest rate hike since 1994, and will affect millions of American businesses and households, pushing up the cost of borrowing for homes, cars and other loans in order to force a slowdown in the economy. The Fed’s actions will increase the rate that banks charge each other for overnight borrowing to 1.5%-1.75%, the highest since before the pandemic hit the United States.

Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said last Thursday that the average rate on the 30-year loan rose to 5.78% from 5.23%, the latest in a series of rapid increases and the biggest one-week jump since 1987. The rate is well above the 2.93% recorded just one year ago and marks the steepest level since November 2008. 

With demand for homes outstripping supply, the inventory of homes for sale had been consistently declining year-over-year during the pandemic housing boom. But in May the inventory started moving in a different direction, according to Realtor.com’s data, and the most recent week saw active listings up 13% from last year.

American workers have seen their wages climb faster than at any time since the mid-1980s. But inflation has risen so fast that workers have actually been handed a pay cut instead. Wages are up 5% on average, while the latest report for May showed an inflation rate of 8.6%, so net worker income is effectively down 3.6%.

The monthly report on retail sales showed a 0.3% drop in May compared with April, the first decline in spending since December. With higher prices, it was expected that spending would have come in higher, not lower, indicated an even sharper downturn in number of purchases. Consumer spending is responsible for about 70% of the nation’s economic activity, and the retail industry overall has more jobs than any other business sector.

Anticipating home sales cooling nationwide and more increases in interest rates, two major real estate firms laid off hundreds of workers Tuesday. Property technology companies Redfin and Compass announced the layoffs that total more than 900 staffers in separate announcements. “mortgage rates increased faster than at any point in history. We could be facing years, not months, of fewer home sale,” said Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman.

  • Another indication the hot housing market is cooling off? New residential construction and the number of permits issued for building homes both fell in May. The number of housing starts fell for the second month in a row in May, dropping 14.4% from April.

On Thursday, President Biden claimed, in an interview with the Associated Press, that the inflation rate “in every other major industrial country in the world that inflation is higher” that in the U.S. However, the latest figures on inflation show Germany at 7.9%, France at 5.2%, Japan at 2.5%, India at 7.04%, Canada and Italy at 6.8%, and Saudi Arabia at 2.2%. Meanwhile, data released last week showed that U.S. inflation rose in May to a four-decade high of 8.6%.

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

Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett – along with his key coalition ally Foreign Minister Yair Lapid – has agreed to submit a bill to dissolve parliament. This would trigger a general election later in the year. A short statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said the move came “after attempts to stabilize the coalition had been exhausted.” A bill would be submitted to parliament at some point next week, the statement added. If it is passed, Lapid will be set to take over from Bennett as Prime Minister, in line with the original coalition agreement struck last year. Among other things, that would mean Lapid would be Israel’s leader for the planned visit of U.S. President Biden next month.

A group of Israeli tourists were whisked to safety in Istanbul, Turkey, by Israeli security, narrowly avoiding the clutches of an Iranian hit or kidnap squad, Channel 13 reported on Monday. According to the report, the tourists received a telephone warning from an Israeli security official telling them to stay at the market they were in and not to return to their hotel, where an Iranian cell was waiting for their return. The report said a bullet-proof vehicle took the tourists to the airport, directly onto a flight back to Israel, with their luggage remaining behind in the hotel due to the urgency of the situation.

A cyber-attack that targeted civilian companies which provide public announcement services to the cities of Jerusalem and Eilat set off alarms in areas in the two cities, falsely alerting the residents of a pending rocket attack. Sirens went off in several neighborhoods in Jerusalem and Eilat on Sunday evening, sending residents to seek shelter ahead of incoming rockets. In the video, Shakir alleges, “If you look at the recent escalation that took place in May of 2021, it started over discriminatory efforts to force Palestinians out of their homes in occupied East Jerusalem as part of this larger policy.” In April 2019, an Israeli court upheld a deportation order against Shakir, giving him two weeks to leave the country. Israel’s interior minister ordered Shakir’s deportation in May 2018, calling him a “boycott activist.”

Ben & Jerry’s is requiring all new employees to watch four videos about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, all of which appear to be biased against the Jewish state, the Jewish Insider reported. Featured in one of the videos is anti-Israel activist Omar Shakir, Human Rights Watch’s Israel and Palestine director. Shakir advocates for a one-state solution to the conflict – meaning an end to the Jewish state.

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

Ahead of a planned visit from U.S. President Joe Biden in July, the White House is reportedly pressuring Israel to make a series of concessions to the Palestinians. The concessions reportedly pertain to construction plans for the Jewish town of Ma’ale Adumim, a thriving community a few miles east of Jerusalem. The U.S., represented by Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Barbara Leaf, wants Israel to cancel a hearing four days after Biden’s trip on construction of over 3,400 new homes for Israelis in Ma’ale Adumim. Israeli officials reportedly rejected the demand to cancel the hearing, noting that the new homes are desperately needed due to a housing crunch in the Jewish state.

The Israeli ambassador to Russia was summoned by Foreign Ministry officials in Moscow for a dressing down over an airstrike last week that caused major damage to Syria’s main international airport. Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov had a stern conversation with Israeli Ambassador Alexander Ben Zvi, in which he said that Russia was not pleased with the strike on Damascus International Airport. The airstrike is believed to have been triggered by Iran using the airport in order to smuggle weapons to its proxies in the region, including Lebanon-based terror group Hezbollah.

  • Russia and Iran (Persia) are allies in the end-time war against Israel (Ezekiel 38-39)

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

Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared the end of “the era of the unipolar world” in a combative speech that lambasted Western countries at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on Friday. “When they won the Cold War, the US declared themselves God’s own representatives on earth, people who have no responsibilities – only interests. They have declared those interests sacred. Now it’s one-way traffic, which makes the world unstable,” Putin told the audience. “They live in the past on their own under their own delusions … They think that … they have won and then everything else is a colony, a back yard. And the people living there are second-class citizens,” he said.

  • The much-hyped speech was delayed by more than 90 minutes because of a “massive” cyberattack. It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack. Ukrainian IT Army, a hacker collective, named the St. Petersburg Forum as a target earlier this week on its Telegram channel.

Cracks are widening across Europe over how to handle the Russia-Ukraine endgame, according to new data released Wednesday, as a growing number of Europeans are coming out against the continuation of a hard-line anti-Russia stance that’s defined Western policy since the start of the war nearly four months ago. Former NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said Europe has hit a “fork in the road” with respect to the war in Ukraine. He acknowledged that rifts have emerged as the fighting drags on, casualties mount, and food and fuel prices skyrocket around the world. Other former NATO officials warned some European leaders — presumably those in Italy and Hungary, the most vocal proponents of an immediate cease-fire — against pushing Ukraine “into a bad peace” and offering any concessions to the aggressor, Russian President Vladimir Putin.

More than 900 kids have been killed or injured since Russia began its war against Ukraine in March, Ukraine’s prosecutor general’s office said on Telegram Saturday. Some 323 children were killed and 583 injured, with most casualties occurring in the Donetsk and Kharkiv regions. The prosecutor general’s office cautioned that those numbers aren’t final and are likely lower than the actual figure, as death and injury counts where there is active fighting cannot be taken. 

Russia used long-range missiles to destroy a depot in the western city of Lviv that held ammunition for NATO-supplied weapons. Ukrainian and Western officials said the Donbas region will be a deciding factor in the war and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said they need more weapons to keep Russia from taking it. President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that the U.S. will send $1 billion in military aid to Ukraine in the single largest weapons package since the war began.

  • NATO members are meeting Wednesday and Thursday to discuss bids by Ukraine, Sweden, and Finland to join the group. 

The leaders of France, Germany, Italy, and Romania arrived in Kyiv last Thursday in a show of collective European support for the Ukrainian people, marking the highest profile visit to Ukraine’s capital since Russia invaded its neighbor. The French president’s office said that President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, and Italian Premier Mario Draghi, representing the three largest economies in Europe, traveled to Kyiv together on a special overnight train provided by the Ukrainian authorities

Bureaucratic red tape is significantly slowing the ability of the United States to get weapons to Ukraine, despite the urgent need. Politico reported Tuesday that defense industry executives, lobbyists, and technology experts at the Pentagon are frustrated that the system set up to acquire weapons, and ship them to the war-torn country, is taking too long, creating a “huge lag time” between the time the money is approved and when the gear arrives. “Industry can move very quickly when given a clear signal,” Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Eric Fanning, a former secretary of the Army, told Politico. “It’s usually the government that’s the slow side of the partnership.”

Two U.S. military veteran are missing in Ukraine and feared captured by Russians, their families say. Alexander J. Drueke and Andy Tai Huynh, both of Alabama, went missing near Kharkiv, according to loved ones. Neither has been heard from since June 8.

Taiwan has spent more than seven decades under the threat of an invasion: China sees the island as a breakaway part of its territory. In the months since Russia invaded Ukraine, Taiwanese citizens have come to view a Chinese incursion as a more serious possibility than ever.

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

Older Black adults are three times more likely to die of air pollution than older white adults, according to a new study. The findings are part of a data analysis released this month by Industrial Economics, a consulting group commissioned by the Environmental Defense Fund. Researchers analyzed Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. census data, health and mortality statistics of Medicare recipients, as well as findings from peer-reviewed studies on older adults’ exposure to air pollutants, to determine who is most at risk and by how much. They found rates among people of color disproportionate to their share of the U.S. elder population, 65 and older because they tend to live nearer to industrial pollution.

A private company that uses satellites to spot sources of methane emissions around the globe said Wednesday that it detected one of the largest artificial releases of the potent greenhouse gas ever seen, coming from a coal mine in Russia earlier this year.

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

Firefighters are working to contain and extinguish a large wildfire that has burned thousands of acres of a state forest in New Jersey. The Mullica River Fire broke out Sunday afternoon in Wharton State Forest in Washington Township. The fire exploded in size in one day, according to officials. As of Sunday night the fire had consumed 2,100 acres, but by Monday afternoon that grew to 7,200 acres and is only 45% contained. Several roads have been closed while firefighting efforts continue.

As of 6/17, 30,449 wildfires have burned 2,990,255 acres in the U.S. This is significantly higher than the average over the last ten years at this same time of 23,535 fires and 1,168,762 acres. Six wildland fires remain burning in Arizona, having already consumed 65,777 acres while four wildfires in New México have charred 672,417 acres. The two largest fires in New Mexico history were both accidently started by the Forest Service.

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

In the middle of a prolonged, water shortage-inducing megadrought in the U.S. West, one area, Yellowstone, was overwhelmed by drenching rainfall and rapid snowmelt that – instead of replenishing the ground over a matter of weeks or months – created a torrent of flash flooding that ripped out roads and bridges and caused severe damage to one of the country’s most cherished national parks. In the meantime, drought conditions persisted in the Southwest, where water is desperately needed to replenish the country’s largest reservoirs, and provide relief to regions tormented by record-setting wildfires.

A sprawling heat dome has wandered around the West this summer sending temperatures skyrocketing. A heat dome occurs when the atmosphere traps hot air like a lid or cap. This heat dome is the result of a strong change in ocean temperatures from west to east in the tropical Pacific Ocean during the preceding winter, according to the National Ocean Service. The warm air coming from the west part of the Pacific Ocean gets trapped in the jet stream as it approaches land. When that hot air arrives over land, the atmosphere traps it. Winds can move the heat dome around, so it is also referred to as a heat wave.

  • The heat dome has slowly moved eastward. More than 25 million people in over a dozen states are under heat alerts Saturday. From the northern Plains to the Southeast, temperatures will be in the upper 90s, with heat index levels well into the triple digits. The heat wave comes on the heels of another record-breaking heat wave over the last week, which impacted many of the same regions about to be affected by the second wave. From Lincoln, Nebraska, to Fargo, North Dakota, temperatures reached triple digits over the weekend. The Northern Plains were 20 to 25 degrees above normal. The “heat dome is expected to push eastward Monday. Temperatures will be in the 90s from the Great Lakes south to the Gulf Coast early in the week
  • More than 320,000 customers were without power in at least a dozen states from Wisconsin through Georgia early Saturday. Temperatures near or above 100 degrees across much of Kansas, particularly in the western part of the state, resulted in extreme stress levels for livestock, and thousands of cattle died.

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

At least 18 are dead in northeastern India and Bangladesh after the monsoon brought heavy rain and flooding to the region earlier this week. Nine people were killed due to flooding and another nine from lightning strikes. Millions of homes are underwater. Some parts of the region saw rainfall totals in excess of 2 feet last week. “The volume of rainfall has been unprecedented,” Sanjay O’Neil, an official at the meteorological station in Gauhati, the capital of India’s Assam state.

A sprawling 3,400-year-old city emerged in Iraq after a reservoir’s water level swiftly dropped due to extreme drought. The archaeological site, Kemune, is believed to be the Bronze Age city Zakhiku, a major hub of the Mittani Empire that reigned from 1550 to 1350 BC.

Signs of the Times Update: June 13, 2022

June 13, 2022

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)

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

A legal opinion given by a justice of the Delhi High Court that conversion from one religion to another is perfectly lawful comes as a welcome development, reports Barnabas Aid. Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva gave his opinion during a hearing on June 3 that “conversion is not prohibited in law.” “Every person has a right to choose and profess any religion of his/her choice,” he continued. “It is a constitutional right. If someone is forced to convert, then it’s different issue but to convert is a person’s prerogative.” The court was hearing a petition to outlaw in the National Capital Territory religious conversions obtained through intimidation, threats or deceit. A further hearing is scheduled for July 25.

Franklin Graham, the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse, is defending five members of the Tampa Bay Rays who refused to wear gay pride logos on their uniforms. In a Facebook post on Monday, Graham commended the players for being bold for their beliefs while still following the second most important commandment in all of Scripture; love thy neighbor. “Followers of Jesus Christ must love everyone, but also stand with the truth of God’s Word and share that truth with a lost and dying world.”

A federal judge tossed out Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’ policy limiting ICE’s targets for enforcement actions, ruling Friday that the government has a general duty to try to detain and deport illegal immigrants who have significant criminal records or who have been ordered removed by an immigration judge. Judge Drew B. Tipton said evidence produced in the case showed that under Mr. Mayorkas’ policy, migrants whom the law demanded be detained were in fact being released, including many with serious drug offenses, assault with a firearm, or sexual battery.

A judge has dismissed the complaint of a former employee who claimed that The Home Depot violated workers’ rights by refusing to let them wear “Black Lives Matter” on their uniform aprons. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) complaint, filed last year, argued that Black Lives Matter should be exempted from the home improvement retailer’s uniform policy, which bans political or religious messages “unrelated to workplace matters” from workers’ aprons and clothing. Administrative law Judge Paul Bogas ruled Friday that NLRB lawyers failed to show that the BLM slogan was relevant to improving employees’ working conditions.

A unanimous panel from the District of Columbia Court of Appeals has dismissed a school’s attack on the speech rights of a pro-life sidewalk counselor, Larry Cirignano. The organization sued Cirignano “after he peacefully stood on a sidewalk one time near a Planned Parenthood abortion facility situated in between an elementary and middle school in the District of Columbia,” Liberty Counsel explained. “Today, the court ruled in favor of Cirignano and dismissed the case brought against him. Liberty Counsel will now return to court to assess attorney’s fees and costs against Two Rivers Public Charter School for its unlawful lawsuit intended solely to thwart the First Amendment right to free speech,” the organization reported.

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

Last fall more than 130 nations signed on to an agreement to eliminate the world’s tax havens and enact a global minimum tax. The agreement was designed to increase taxes substantially on many large corporations and to end an international fight over how technology companies are taxed. But legislators in both the U.S. and Europe are now struggling to pass the laws. In the U.S., the central problem is that Senate Democrats cannot agree on the spending proposals — on energy, drug prices and other issues — that would accompany the tax changes. Republicans are not opposed to all of the tax provisions, but they show little sign of voting for any bill.

President Biden and the World Health Organization (WHO) wasted no time their Pandemic Treaty suffered a setback last month. At their annual meeting. Now they’re back—this time with a new Pandemic Treaty that will be even worse than Biden’s proposed amendments to the International Health Regulations (IHR) that members voted down. WHO is still pushing for global Vaccine Passports. “Allowing WHO any more power through a Pandemic Treaty or future amendments to the IHR will crush freedom and the independence of the medical profession. WHO will dictate what doctors can prescribe and which medications you can receive. Worse, WHO will dictate what substance must be injected into your body,” notes Liberty Counsel.

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

On March 9th, President Biden signed an executive order to promote digital money which sounds the death knell for cash. Biden and the New World Order globalists want total control over our money which they can do when it’s all digitized. That executive order piggybacks off of Senator Sherrod Brown’s [D-OH] pro-digital dollar draft. Senate Bill 3571 – Banking for All Act. Forbes, a global media company, focusing on business and investing, wrote, “Digital Money to be Ultimate Financial Censorship Tool.” And as NBC reported, “If the cash is electronic, the government can just erase two percent of your money every year,” quoting David Yermack, professor and chair of the finance department at New York University.

The Department of Homeland Security issued a new terror alert Tuesday warning that anger over the chaotic U.S.-Mexico border or a looming Supreme Court decision on abortion rights could lead to more mass violence. The department pointed to recent mass shootings and said the threat environment is “dynamic,” with a number of future events that could serve as focal points for those intent on carrying out attacks.

  • While there is some risk that a mentally disturbed person might be triggered to commit violence over these issues, there is also a larger risk that politicians will use this as an excuse to harass citizens who are merely expressing their heartfelt opinions.

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

President Joe Biden’s Summit of the Americas will get off to a rocky start this week after Mexico’s president announced he would not attend the gathering, a major snub for a high-profile event that seeks to convene leaders from North, Central and South America. The summit, which kicked off last Wednesday in Los Angeles, was touted as a chance to address “core challenges.” But Mexican President Andrés Manuel LópezObrador’s boycott of the summit – and threats from another leader to do the same – overshadowed the agenda. The boycott came after the White House decided to exclude Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua from the event because of their autocratic governments.

San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin ran on a platform in 2019 to end cash bail, reduce mass incarceration and crack down on police misconduct. The former public defender was part of a wave of progressive prosecutors who embraced left-leaning activists and their demands to reimagine public safety. But those criminal justice reform efforts weren’t enough to overcome a severe backlash against Boudin, who was removed from office on Tuesday by voters in arguably the country’s most progressive city.

  • On the same night, voters in the overwhelmingly progressive city of Los Angeles signaled their unease with Democrats’ handling of crime and homelessness by elevating billionaire shopping mall magnate Rick Caruso into a runoff race to replace term-limited Mayor Eric Garcetti. Six-term US Rep. Karen Bass was once viewed as the frontrunner in the mayor’s race, but Caruso mounted an unexpectedly strong challenge against her, spending $40 million to push the argument that city leaders have failed to keep people safe and have proven inept in finding solutions to house some 41,000 people living on the streets.

Surveillance State: So they watched Him, and sent spies who pretended to be righteous, that they might seize on His words, in order to deliver Him to the power and the authority of the governor. (Luke 20:20)

Plans by the city of Houston to require businesses to install surveillance cameras – and then give police access without a warrant– has drawn a warning letter from a second civil-rights organization. The Rutherford Institute, a civil and religious rights organization, said the city’s “Exterior Security Cameras Ordinance” is nothing more than a “thinly veiled attempt to evade oversight and accountability for Fourth Amendment violations.”

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

The Supreme Court Monday again prolonged the wait for its opinion which is expected to overturn the federal right to an abortion. The ruling is likely to occur on one of the next two Mondays or Wednesdays before the current court recesses at the end of June.

In an effort to slow the catastrophic plunge he’s seen in his approval rating from American voters – now under 40% — President Biden took to the television stage on comedian Jimmy Kimmel’s show this week. And he threatened to use “executive orders” to reverse a Supreme Court opinion that could overturn Roe v. Wade.

A man has been arrested outside Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s home. He had a gun and told police he was there to kill Kavanaugh. those familiar with the investigation are saying the would-be assassin specifically cited the leaked draft overturning Roe v. Wade as his motivation. The man had a weapon but also burglary tools, which suggests this wasn’t just some crazy person walking around running his mouth. Apparently, he had a plan to enter Kavanaugh’s home to kill him, and law enforcement intervened before the plot was carried out.

  • Before his arrest, he had called 911 after arriving near Kavanaugh’s house. In addition to threatening the justice, he said he was having suicidal thoughts, prosecutors said.

Attorney General Merrick Garland is facing growing political pressure to enforce a federal law that prohibits picketing outside of Supreme Court justices’ homes for the purpose of influencing a decision. Federal U.S. code 1507, states that any individual who “pickets or parades” with the “intent of interfering with, obstructing, or impeding the administration of justice, or with the intent of influencing any judge, juror, witness, or court officer” near a U.S. court or “near a building or residence occupied or used by such judge, juror, witness, or court officer” will be fined, or “imprisoned not more than one year, or both.”

The underground pro-abortion group Jane’s Revenge appeared to claim responsibility for vandalizing CompassCare, a pro-life Christian pregnancy center in Amherst, N.Y., and throwing firebombs into the building Tuesday. The CompassCare CEO said the fire was reported around 3 a.m. and had left the building temporarily unusable. Graffiti spray-painted on the building read “Jane was here.” Pregnancy center services will resume Wednesday at an undisclosed location.

A WNBA game between the New York Liberty and Minnesota Lynx on Tuesday night was briefly interrupted by pro-choice activists. Some women were topless when they ran onto the court while others held up a banner that read, “Overturn Roe? Hell no!” Another banner read, “Abortion on demand & without apology.” Earlier, women attending a service Sunday at Pastor Joel Osteen’s church stripped down to their underwear, held us sings, and also chanted, “Overturn Roe? Hell no!”

A survey from Gallup has revealed that 52% of American respondents believe abortion is “morally acceptable,” with a record low share (38%) characterizing abortion as “morally wrong.” This is the first time a poll conducted by Gallup has found that more Americans view abortion as “morally acceptable” than “morally wrong.” In an interview with The Christian Post, Michael New, a pro-life scholar at the Charlotte Lozier Institute and a professor at the Catholic University of America, attributed the finding to an increase in “moral acceptability of a range of issues that pertain to sexuality” and “sexual conduct.” He pointed to the acceptance of premarital sex and same-sex marriage as examples of this phenomenon.

Little Rock Family Planning, an abortion business in the capital city of Arkansas, that performs abortions up to 21 weeks gestation, continues its pattern of calling on medical professionals to pick up the pieces of failed abortions – delivering injured women by ambulance to a nearby emergency room. On Tuesday, May 10, 2022, 911 was called and an ambulance was dispatched at 12:51 p.m. to transport a patient to UAMS Medical Center. This was the 69th documented medical emergency that required an ambulance since 1999, reports Operation Rescue.

  • For the third time in less than four months, Trust Women Wichita, located in Wichita, Kansas, has called an ambulance for a woman seriously injured during an abortion. This comes as Kansans prepare to vote on a state constitutional amendment that would affirm there is no right to an abortion in the Kansas Constitution.

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

The number of new Covid-19 cases is down 6% over the past two weeks to an average of 103,193 per day. Hospitalizations, though, are up 10% to 29,672/day while deaths are down 11% to 331/day. As conditions improve in the Northeast and Midwest, the South and West have begun to emerge as new hotspots. Cases have more than doubled over the past two weeks in Wyoming and Oklahoma. Officials believe cases numbers are undercounted because of widespread home testing.

With the rise of new coronavirus variants, the symptoms of COVID-19 have also evolved. At the onset of the pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed the most common symptoms including fever, chills, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, and new loss of taste and smell. Then, with omicron, the symptom guidelines changed to include cough, congestion and runny noses. Now, according to Medical Daily, there have been reports of some strange side effects, including skin lesions, Covid nails, hair loss and hearing loss. Experts believe these unusual symptoms may be the result of inflammation, our body’s natural defense system against invading pathogens.

Covid’s racial gaps have narrowed and, more recently, even flipped. Over the past year, the Covid death rate for white Americans has been 14 percent higher than the rate for Black Americans and 72 percent higher than the Latino rate, according to the latest C.D.C. data. During Covid’s early months in the U.S., the per capita death rate for Black Americans was almost twice as high as the white rate and more than twice as high as the Asian rate. The Latino death rate was in between, substantially lower than the Black rate but still above average. The vaccination rate for both groups is slightly higher now than it is for white Americans, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation’s surveys. Earlier in the pandemic, Black and Latino rates were substantially lower.

Diabetes increases the odds that a COVID-19 infection will be severe, and may be up to four times more likely to cause long-lasting symptoms, new research suggests. Though more data is needed, some early studies suggest that diabetes may be a risk factor for long COVID.

International travelers flying to the United States will no longer need to show proof of a negative coronavirus test before boarding their flights, the Biden administration said Friday, ending one of the last pandemic-related travel requirements. The requirement will end at 12:01 a.m. Sunday

Respiratory viruses such as those that cause the flu and the common cold have been acting strangely during the pandemic. Pathogens that typically surge during fall and winter have been unexpectedly sending children to the hospital in the spring and summer instead. Scientists are investigating what is causing a shift in the seasonal patterns of common viruses – and they’re looking at the coronavirus’s possible role as well as changes in behavior such as mask-wearing and social distancing.

In Australia, where nearly everyone is vaccinated, the government reported deaths this year were 10% above normal, excluding COVID-19. That alarming statistic in the government’s May 25 report is consistent with figures in the United States spotlighted by insurance industry executives as well as analysts who point to the correlation with the COVID-19 vaccination campaigns. Former Wall Street executive Edward Dowd and an insurance-industry analyst with whom he has teamed have compiled CDC data indicating the Millennial generation suffered a “Vietnam War event,” with more than 61,000 excess deaths from March 2021 to February 2022.

  • The biggest rises in deaths in Australia were from diabetes and dementia, both almost 30% above normal. In the United States, the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System, or VAERS, run by the CDC and the FDA, have cases of severe diabetic dysregulation following the mRNA shots.

Monkeypox:

Known U.S. cases of monkeypox have more than doubled in the past week, reaching 45 in more than a dozen states, though federal scientists do not believe the virus is spreading easily through the air. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky said the nation is ramping up testing so it can diagnose people who show up at the doctor’s office with rashes or blisters. So far, there have been no deaths from the infections, which are spread across 15 states and D.C.

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky says that the virus that causes Monkeypox is not airborne. Walensky says the disease is spread mainly through face-to-face or skin-to-skin contact with bodily fluids or sores of an infected person.

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

Unlike many less developed countries, the U.S. has enough doses to vaccinate everyone as well as the necessary infrastructure to support the rollout. However, not everyone wants the shot. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 48.7% of people over the age of 12 have been fully vaccinated and received at least one booster dose in the U.S. That is a lower rate than in other countries with similar access to vaccines. For example, 69.6% of people over the age of 12 have been boosted in the United Kingdom and 55.5% in Canada. Across the 27 European Union countries, 62.6% of adults have been boosted.

  • Many U.S. citizens are aware of several studies that say the vaccines have an intolerable level of complications that can cause severe problems, even death, feeling that the risks of the shot outweigh the limited protection of the vaccines.

The FDA on Sunday posted its analysis of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children under age 5, announcing that the kid-sized doses do appear to be safe and effective. The agency posted a similar analysis of Moderna’s vaccine for the youngest age group last week. The FDA will vote on whether to approve the vaccines for the young children at its meeting on Wednesday.

  • With the death rate for youngsters almost miniscule, and with growing reports of severe reactions to vaccination, there’s no need to do this – but the New World Order folks want to get the mRNA in everyone.

The latest drop of pages from the secret Pfizer documents reveals that the pharmaceutical giant was fully aware that its Covid-19 vaccine would cause 90% of pregnant women to lose their babies. This is a shocking figure that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) apparently did not think care about when granting Emergency Use Authorization to the vaccine. “Pfizer states in the document that by 28th February 2021 there were 270 known cases of exposure to the mRNA injection during pregnancy,” reports Exposé News. “Forty-six-percent of the mothers (124) exposed to the Pfizer Covid-19 injection suffered an adverse reaction. “Pfizer states in the document that by 28th February 2021 there were 270 known cases of exposure to the mRNA injection during pregnancy,” reports Exposé News. “Forty-six-percent of the mothers (124) exposed to the Pfizer Covid-19 injection suffered an adverse reaction.””

A report that healthy young people are dying suddenly and unexpectedly from a mysterious syndrome has caught the eye of epidemiologists and analysts who have documented an alarming rise in excess deaths they believe is connected to the COVID-19 vaccines. DailyMail.com reported Wednesday that in Australia, where some 95% of the population has been vaccinated for COVID-19, people under the age of 40 are being urged get their hearts checked because they may be at risk of what is being called Sudden Adult Death Syndrome, or SADS.

Advisers to the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday backed a more traditional type of vaccine. Next, the FDA must decide whether to authorize the protein vaccine made by latecomer Novavax as the nation’s fourth coronavirus shot for adults. It’s made with more conventional technology than today’s dominant Pfizer and Moderna shots and the lesser-used Johnson & Johnson option. Novavax shots are already available in Australia, Canada, parts of Europe and multiple other countries, either for initial vaccinations or as mix-and-match boosters. But U.S. clearance is a key hurdle for the Maryland-based company.

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

A 10-year-old girl was arrested Tuesday after authorities say she fatally shot a woman who was arguing with her mother, according to the Orlando Police Department. The child was placed in the custody of the Florida Department of Children and Families, according to police. In a statement following the shooting, State Attorney for Orange and Osceola Counties Monique H. Worrell said her office has begun reviewing the case and will “consider all of the facts, including the age of the child, and all of the surrounding circumstances, when making a charging decision.”

Investigators were working Friday to figure out why a gunman opened fire at a manufacturing facility in Northern Maryland, killing three people and injuring two others. The gunman, a worker at the factory who was also injured, was in custody. A Maryland State Police trooper was also injured after exchanging shots with the suspect. The shooting happened Thursday afternoon at Columbia Machine, a factory in Smithsburg, about 75 miles northwest of Baltimore near the Pennsylvania border. Joe Louis Esquivel, 23, of West Virginia, has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder, three counts of second-degree murder and 19 other counts in connection to the shooting at Columbia, Machine, Inc. The investigation so far has revealed the suspect reported to work Thursday for his normal shift and worked through the day. At some point before 2:30 p.m., he “exited the building, retrieved a weapon from his vehicle, and reentered the business. The suspect proceeded to the area of the break room and begin to fire upon employees.

A teacher died and more than dozen people were injured when a man drove a car into a group that was on a school trip Wednesday, according to authorities. The teenage secondary school students were visiting Berlin from the state of Hesse in central Germany. Six of the injured were in life-threatening condition, and three were seriously hurt, according to a fire department spokesperson. Police said that the driver was a 29-year-old German Armenian man who lived in the city. Authorities believe the incident was an “amok act by a really seriously psychologically impaired person.”

Gun Control: When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are safe; but when one stronger than he attacks him and overcomes him, he takes away his armor in which he trusted and divides his spoil. (Luke 11:21-22,ESV)

The House voted Wednesday 223-204 to pass a wide-ranging package of gun control legislation called the “Protecting Our Kids Act,” after lawmakers faced intense pressure to act in the wake of recent mass shootings. Five Republicans voted for the bill: Reps. Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio, Fred Upton of Michigan, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and Chris Jacobs of New York. Two Democrats — Reps. Jared Golden of Maine and Kurt Schrader of Oregon — voted against it. The measure is not expected to pass the Senate, however, amid widespread GOP opposition to stricter gun control. A bipartisan group of senators is engaging in talks in an attempt to find common ground on gun policy, but it is still unclear what, if anything, will come of the effort.

U.S. Senators agreed to a bipartisan gun deal, heralding a potential breakthrough, but falling short of the tougher measures sought by President Biden. Under the tentative deal, a federal grant program would encourage states to establish “red flag” laws, while federal criminal background checks for gun buyers under 21 would include a mandatory search of juvenile justice records for the first time. If enacted, the gun provisions set out in the framework could represent the most significant new federal firearms restrictions enacted since the mid-1990s, though they do not include some tougher measures President Biden sought.

  • Notably, the agreement doesn’t include a provision that would expand background checks for all firearm sales or transfers in the country. Currently, background checks are not required for gun sales and transfers by unlicensed and private sellers. Also left out is a federal ban on military-style assault weapons, another measure Democrats have been pushing in recent years. Additionally, the agreement doesn’t include a change to the age at which a person needs to be to purchase an assault-style weapon. Democrats, including West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, the chamber’s most conservative Democrat, have said the age to purchase assault weapons must be raised from 18 to 21.

Thousands of gun control advocates rallied across the country Saturday in nationwide March for Our Lives protests to demand action on gun laws after a spate of deadly mass shootings. Up to 50,000 protesters were expected in Washington, D.C., for a march against gun violence, according to a permit from the National Park Service. Several hundred marches were planned across the country, including in New York City, Las Vegas and Chicago. It marks the latest widespread move by March for Our Lives, which was founded by teens after 17 people were killed in a shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, in 2018. That year, the group rallied more than 1 million people in the nation’s capital and hosted sister rallies around the country and world, ramping up public pressure to change gun laws that – four years later – have largely still not been addressed.

The U.S.’s rate of firearms homicides is 4.14 per 100,000 people, the highest among wealthy nations with a population of 10 million or more, according to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, a health research organization based at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Firearms homicide rates in the U.S. are 22 times greater than in the 27 countries combined that comprise the European Union. Chile is the next highest at 1.82, Canada is third at 0.5, with Germany at 0.08 and the UK at 0.04.

International:

Just weeks after a lone gunman in 1996 killed 35 people at a cafe in the tourist town of Port Arthur, Tasmania, Australian authorities – despite fierce opposition from the gun lobby – passed strict gun control legislation, including a ban on semi-automatic rifles and semi-automatic and pump-action shotguns. As part of the reforms, thousands of unlicensed firearms were surrendered. All licensed gun owners were required to take a safety course. Some 650,000 firearms were confiscated and destroyed. There were 13 mass shootings in Australia in the 18 years before the legislation was adopted, resulting in more than 100 deaths. There were no mass shootings for 14 years after the laws were passed.

One of Britain’s deadliest mass shootings took place on March 13, 1996, when 16 children aged five and six were targeted, along with their teacher, by a former Scout leader in the Scottish town of Dunblane. In direct response to the incident, British lawmakers effectively banned private ownership of all handguns in mainland Britain, giving the country some of the strictest anti-gun legislation in the world. Authorities also introduced a firearm amnesty, resulting in the surrender of thousands of guns. Members of the public are allowed to own rifles for sports and shotguns, provided they are licensed to do so. There have been no reported shootings in schools since.

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

A GOP Michigan gubernatorial candidate, Ryan Kelley, was arrested Thursday on misdemeanor charges related to his involvement in the Capitol breach on January 6, 2021, according to the Justice Department. The Detroit FBI field office confirmed Kelley’s arrest and said his home was searched on Thursday morning. Kelley’s arrest adds another twist to an already chaotic Republican primary fight.

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

The ongoing surge in gas prices could now even put communities in danger. New reports have revealed Isabella County Police Department in Michigan has advised officers to handle all non-urgent calls by telephone due to the fact of the rising gas prices. According to County Administrator Nicole Frost, the Isabella County Police Department has already used 96% of the Sheriff’s Office’s fuel budget. “We have exhausted what funds were budgeted for fuel with several months to go before the budget reset,” the sheriff said Tuesday as the state-wide average rose above $5.20 a gallon.

A program in Denver sending in healthcare clinicians instead of the police for certain 911 calls led to a 34% reduction in low-level crimes, a study Wednesday found amid a growing wave of cities changing their responses to mental health crises. The Support Team Assistance Response, or STAR, pilot program, prevented nearly 1,400 crimes during its six-month pilot launched in June 2020, the results showed. Advocates urge removing police from 911 calls related to mental health crises, substance use disorders, homelessness and other social welfare issues. More than 1 in 5 people fatally shot by police since 2015 had a mental illness, according to a Washington Post database of fatal shootings by on-duty officers.

Lawmakers and school leaders across the country are talking about having more armed guards, also known as school resource officers, stationed on campus. However, a 2021 JAMA Network study examined the presence of armed officers on the scene and the occurrence and severity of mass school shootings from 1980 to 2019. The data suggested “no association between having an armed officer and deterrence of violence in these cases” and no significant reduction in rates of injury. Another 2021 study by RAND Corporation, a nonprofit think tank, and University at Albany used national school-level data from 2014 to 2018 to evaluate the impact of school resource officers. It found officers reduce “some forms of violence in schools,” such as physical attacks and fights, but “do not prevent school shootings or gun-related incidents.”

  • The RAND study also said school resource officers intensify the use of suspensions, expulsions, police referrals, and arrests of students. And Black students, male students, and students with disabilities disproportionately bear the brunt of punishments.
  • A man described by police as “suspicious” has been shot and killed by a school resource officer after attempting to enter an Alabama elementary school Thursday morning, reports say.

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

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

Police arrested 31people aligned with the Patriot Front group. They were charged with planning a riot near LGBTQ event in Idaho. Many of those arrested were wearing logos for the Patriot Front, a white-supremacist group whose founder was among those detained. Authorities had received a tip about a “little army” loading into a U-Haul truck and found an “operations plan” to riot near a Pride event in a Coeur d’Alene park. The men had what appeared to be a homemade riot shield and some protective equipment, KTVB reported. It was not immediately clear why the truck was stopped.

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

Kids born in the COVID era are lagging in certain skills and are more prone to challenging behaviors. Experts say their parents need more support. Emerging evidence reveals an uptick in developmental delays and challenging behaviors in children belonging to the so-called “COVID generation.” Born during or shortly before the pandemic, many of these children are talking, walking and interacting later and less frequently. They’re also more prone to certain behaviors, like outbursts, physical aggression and separation anxiety. 

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

According to the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency), the number of forensic drug reports testing positive for fentanyl has skyrocketed in recent years from under 20,000 in 2015 to 117,045 in 2020. A recent study from the National Institutes of Health found that the number of individual fentanyl pills seized by law enforcement increased nearly 50-fold from the first quarter of 2018 to the last quarter of 2021. Fentanyl overdoses are soaring across all ages and racial lines, with dramatic increases in black, Native American, Alaska Native and Hispanic communities across the nation. There were an estimated 105,752 overdoses in just the 12-month period ending October 2021.

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

The Biden Administration announced that any state or local agency that received funding from the Food and Nutrition Services of the Department of Agriculture must align with the Administration’s interpretation of Title IX  which now includes gender identity and sexual orientation. Title IX was originally created to give girls and women protection against discrimination in educational settings, including sports. Now, the Biden Administration is adding its own interpretation to include sexual orientation/gender identity (SOGI) language. This forces schools to adhere to SOGI ideology and policies on school systems across the nation in order to receive school lunch funding.

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

The FBI warned Friday that it will not “tolerate violence, destruction, interference with government functions, or trespassing on government property” after an armed man was arrested earlier this week near Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s home. In a joint statement issued by U.S. Attorney Matthew Graves and Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI Washington Field Office Steven D’Antuono, they said the agencies are “committed to protecting the First Amendment rights of all Americans to express their views peacefully during demonstrations that take place on a regular basis in the nation’s capital, including at the Supreme Court.”

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

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

Nearly half of the 1.6 million Americans who identify as transgender are teenagers or young adults, and some of the highest rates of youth transgenderism occur in blue (Democrat-led) states, according to a new study. The percent of youth who identify as transgender had doubled since its last estimate, while transgenderism in adults had remained stable. Nearly a fifth of the total transgender population is aged 13-17, according to the study. The study, conducted by the University of California Los Angeles Williams Institute, found that transgenderism rates varied between states, with New York seeing a 3% rate among youth compared to roughly 0.6% in Wyoming.

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

A former U.S. congressman has pleaded guilty to several election fraud charges, including bribery and falsification of voting records. Former Rep. Michael Myers (D-Pa.), 79, admitted to bribing an election judge in Philadelphia, Domenick Demuro, to illegally add votes for certain candidates, including candidates for federal and state officers. Myers and Demuro, both Democrats, supported fellow Democrat candidates. Myers would receive payments from the candidates, by cash or check, and send a portion of the funds to Demuro. The judge of elections for the 39th Ward, 36th Division in South Philadelphia would then add fraudulent votes for Myers’s clients.

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

President Joe Biden and other leaders announced a plan at the end of the Summit of the Americas on Friday to create more legal pathways for migrant workers and refugees to enter countries. The Los Angeles Declaration on Migration and Protection would also give aid to communities most affected by migration, promote humane border management, and coordinate emergency responses. Leaders hope to have the declaration signed by the United States, Canada, Spain, and most Latin American countries.

The United Kingdom’s controversial plan to send asylum-seekers to Rwanda as early as next week was green-lit on Friday, after the High Court in London denied an injunction to block the first flight. Britain’s government announced in April that it had agreed a deal to send asylum-seekers to the East African country, in a move that it insisted was aimed at disrupting people-smuggling networks and deterring migrants from making the dangerous Channel crossing to England from Europe.

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

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigated more infant deaths than initially reported among babies who consumed powdered formula from Abbott Nutrition’s Sturgis, Michigan, plant before it was forced to close down and precipitate the shortage in baby formula. According to a Freedom of Information Act request obtained by eFoodAlert, FDA received reports of nine infant deaths between December 1, 2021, and March 3, 2022. In addition to the deaths, there were 25 reported consumer complaints classified as a “Life Threatening Injury/Illness” and 80 identified as “Non-Life Threatening Injury/Illness.” The five illnesses reported on Feb.28 resulted in hospitalization, four from Cronobacter sakazakii and one from Salmonella Newport, with the former infection possibly having contributed to death in two patients.

  • The plant is now operational and presumably free of contamination, with supplies due to hit supermarket shelves in a couple of weeks.
  • Lower-income women rely on formula more than other mothers. Formula is often the only option for women, disproportionately Black and Brown, who are concentrated in lower-paying jobs that may not provide the space or flexibility to pump breast milk while at work.

The latest household supply shortage? Tampons. The sanitary protection product has been harder to find for months, especially popular brands. Like any other product, tampons are affected by consumer demand. Sanitary protection products are considered essential by the majority of the menstruating population. Manufacturers and retailers say there are no production and distribution glitches, so it must be due to increased demand resulting from rumors of shortages, like toilet paper.

Time to find an alternative hot sauce, Sriracha lovers. Huy Fong Inc., one of the world’s largest producers in the Asian hot sauce market, says it anticipates a major shortage of its beloved Sriracha. “Unfortunately, we can confirm that there is an unprecedented shortage of our products,” the company said in a statement. “We are still endeavoring to resolve this issue that has be caused by several spiraling events, including unexpected crop failure from the spring chili harvest.”

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

The Biden administration took another step in its campaign to transition more Americans to electric vehicles on Thursday when it released proposed standards for a network of charging stations across the country. President Biden has pledged to have 500,000 public charging stations for electric vehicles in place by 2030. The administration is providing more than $5 billion to states over the next five years to build a network of charging stations along the nation’s interstates. The proposed standards, which will be published next week in the Federal Register, dictate that a charging station be located every 50 miles along the interstate and no more than a mile off the highway. Stations would be required to maintain a minimum number and type of chargers capable of serving multiple customers.

Electric vehicles are supposed to be the next big thing. So, why did one Wall Street Journal reporter, after taking a road trip with one, say that the fumes of expensive gasoline “never smelled so sweet”? In a piece published by the Journal on Friday, Rachel Wolfe described charging a Kia EV6 for more time than she spent sleeping during a trek from New Orleans to Chicago. Wolfe’s opening statement, which should serve as a portent to anyone who thinks the charging infrastructure or the capabilities of electric vehicles are there yet: “I thought it would be fun.” Despite the fact that the EV6 is a hot new vehicle and the fact Wolfe had made several long trips in her antediluvian 2008 Volkswagen Jetta, the experience turned into a nightmare of public-charging infrastructure frustrations and waiting around.

  • Wolfe wrote that she “plotted a meticulous route” using an app that showed public chargers along the 2,000-mile round-trip route. Most of the chargers, however, were only Level 2, which means they would take eight hours for a full charge. Fast chargers can get the car to 80 percent of its full charge in roughly a half-hour.

One of the problems leading to higher gasoline prices is that there isn’t enough refineries, which break down crude oil into gas and other common products, to keep up with demand. When COVID-19 struck and world economies closed, demand plunged for oil and gas so many companies closed their plants. Others were hit by bad weather. Some companies stopped investing in refineries because of uncertainty over how the transition to green energy would affect their business. When Russia invaded Ukraine, more refineries in Russia were taken offline.  Existing refineries are operating at near-maximum capacity, but they haven’t been able to keep up with demand.

Over the last month, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil prices have surged nearly 20 percent to around $120 per barrel. Despite soaring energy prices, U.S. output is still below pre-pandemic levels. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), domestic production totaled 11.9 million barrels per day (bpd) in the week ending May 27. This is unchanged from the same time in the previous month, and it remains under the peak of 13.1 million bpd in February 2020. There has not been enough cash via private equity to begin drilling across the U.S., said Campbell Faulkner, the senior vice president and chief data analyst at OTC Global Holdings, the world’s largest independent institutional broker of commodities. “Inflation and labor shortages have also greatly crimped the ability for shale firms to even modestly expand their capital expenditures (CapEx) while experiencing robust cash flows.”

A key Texas petroleum refinery that produces 268,000 barrels of fuel per day is facing a premature shutdown that could increase pressure on domestic fuel supplies. The Houston, Texas, facility — which is operated by LyondellBasell Industries, spans 700 acres and was built in 1918 — is scheduled to permanently close by the end of 2023, but could shut down earlier if a “major equipment failure” spreads to major units.

Treasure: “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21) Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you. (Luke 6:38)One of

The net worth of households and nonprofit organizations dropped $0.5 trillion to $149.3 trillion in the first quarter, according to Federal Reserve Bank data released Thursday. That’s a notable turnaround from the robust gains in wealth that began in mid-2020, fueled by skyrocketing prices of homes and equities. The first-quarter decline reflects the swoon in the stock market earlier this year, which slashed $3 trillion from the value of directly and indirectly held corporate equities. The total value of these holdings was $46.3 trillion in the first quarter, making it one of households’ largest assets. The Dow and the S&P 500 each dropped nearly 5% in the first three months, while the Nasdaq plummeted nearly 9%. It was the worst quarterly performance for the markets since the first quarter of 2020 when the Covid-19 pandemic upended the US economy.

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

Smithfields Inc., the largest pork packer in the United States, is leaving California due to high operational costs and red tape. Instead, the company will serve California customers with its Farmer John brand and other brands and products from current facilities in the Midwest. “Smithfield is taking these steps due to the escalating cost of doing business in California,” the company explained. The company, owned by Hong Kong-listed WH Group Ltd., said that workers at the plant will be offered financial and transition assistance, including the option to relocate to other Smithfield facilities.

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

U.. S stocks plunged into bear market territory Monday morning as Wall Street investors grew increasingly nervous about the prospect of even more harsh medicine from the Federal Reserve to take the sting out of inflation. The S&P 500 is now down over 20% which triggers the ‘bear market’ moniker. The Dow was down 876 points Monday after being down over 800 last Friday.

Inflation hit a new 40-year high in May as gas, food and rent prices surged, underscoring that its anticipated decline could be painfully slow. The consumer price index increased 8.6% annually, the largest rise since December 1981, the Labor Department said Friday. On a monthly basis, consumer prices increased 1%, compared to a 0.3% rise the prior month. Gas prices increased 4.1% monthly and 48.7% annually while grocery prices rose 1.4% monthly and 11.9% over the past year. Russia’s war in Ukraine continued to curtail global supplies of oil, wheat, corn and other commodities and to extend supply chain troubles.

  • Last month, prices rose 3.1% for cakes, cupcakes and cookies and 2.2% for fish. Egg prices increased 5% following a 10.3% jump in April and chicken costs advanced 3% for the second straight month. Rent climbed 0.6% over April and 5.2% over the past year. Rents in Manhattan hit a record high in May for the fourth consecutive month. Median rent for an apartment climbed to $4,000 a month, surging 25% from a year ago — and that’s before the peak summer season for lease signings.

The average price for a gallon of regular gasoline in the U.S. reached $5 Thursday, according to fuel analyst GasBuddy. GasBuddy noted that it’s the “first time ever” that U.S.-wide gas prices hit $5 per gallon. “Gas prices have surged in recent weeks as U.S. gasoline inventories have fallen over 25 million barrels, or over one billion gallons, since the start of March amidst a global decline in refining capacity,” said the firm.

According to Moody’s Analytics senior economist Ryan Sweet, inflation is costing the average American family more than five thousand dollars a year, far more than any wage gains that have taken place over the course of the Biden regime.

Consumer sentiment slumped to a record low between May and June, according to preliminary survey data released by the University of Michigan on Friday. Record gas prices helped push down the consumer sentiment index from 58.4 in May to 50.2 in June — the lowest recorded level since the university started collecting consumer sentiment data in November 1952. The preliminary reading is comparable to the trough reached during the 1980 recession when the index reached its previous low of 51.7 in May, 1980.

The 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaged 5.23% in the week ending June 9, up from 5.09% the week before, according to Freddie Mac. The rate remains well above the 2.96% average from this time last year. “After little movement the last few weeks, mortgage rates rose again on the back of increased economic activity and incoming inflation data,” said Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist.

The housing market continues to sag under the weight of record-high home prices and higher mortgage rates. Mortgage applications have dropped, with weakness in both purchase and refinance applications pushing the market index down to its lowest level in 22 years. Buyers of median-priced homes are looking at a monthly mortgage payment that is 53% higher than it was a year ago, adding an extra $670 to their monthly expenses.

As households around the globe struggle with rising energy bills, some of the world’s leading oil giants reported record profits for the first three months of this year. Profits for Exxon Mobil, Shell and more also rose by billions despite significant costs of exiting operations and/or investments in Russia amid war in Ukraine. Home heating bills and electricity prices also inflated worldwide – as natural gas prices climbed from $3.50 per million British thermal units to about $5.60.

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

Two policemen and a civilian who made a wrong turn into the Arab neighborhood of Issawiya in eastern Jerusalem on Wednesday night were viciously assaulted by ab Arab mob which attempted to lynch them. One of the rioters managed to snatch the weapon of one of the officers who was in the vehicle. The other policemen, who felt their lives were in danger, fired in the air to drive away the attackers who fled the scene. Police forces were called to the scene and began searches and operational activities to locate the rioters and the stolen weapon. The weapon was subsequently “found” and returned to the police officer.

A new report from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) placed the blame for Palestinian terror on the actions of Israel, delving into a plethora of alleged Israeli human rights violations and war crimes. “The findings and recommendations relevant to the underlying root causes [of the Arab-Israeli conflict] were overwhelmingly directed towards Israel, which we have taken as an indicator of the asymmetrical nature of the conflict and the reality of one state occupying the other,” stated Navanethem Pillay, who is heading the UN’s Commission of Inquiry investigating Israel. Israel’s alleged preferential treatment towards Jews and its creation of a “repressive environment” for Palestinians “is feeding increased resentment among the Palestinian people” and “is fueling … an endless cycle of violence,” the report said. The U.S. and 21 other countries denounced the UN Human Rights Council’s bias against Israel.

  • This ruling flies in the face of numerous declarations by Hamas and other terrorist organizations that their intent is to wipe Israel off the face of the map.

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

Syria announced Friday that it has temporarily closed its international airport after alleged Israeli airstrikes in the pre-dawn hours, June 12, caused “sizeable” damage to its sole civilian runway. The government’s Transportation Ministry said that it was suspending all flights due to the fact that the runway had been damaged “in several locations” and “some technical equipment stopped functioning at the airport.” One civilian had been injured in the attack, it said. Satellite images published by Israeli company ImageSat International showed three craters on the northern civilian runway, and three on the southern military runway. The Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (SOHR), a British-based opposition group, says the latter had not been yet put back into service since alleged Israeli airstrikes hit it last year because the damage was so extensive. According to various Syrian sources, this was the third Israeli attack in the country within a week.

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) attacked targets near Damascus in Syria on Monday, June 6, the country’s state media reported, causing damage to the targets. SANA news reported that the Syrian army’s air defenses “confronted an Israeli missile aggression that targeted some sites [in the] Damascus southern countryside and downed most of the hostile missiles.” Only material damage was caused by the attack, the report claimed. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that the IAF targeted military sites in the al-Kiswah area, in which the Lebanese Hezbollah terror organization and the Syrian army are deployed. These targets have previously been bombed by Israeli forces.

The head of the United Nations atomic energy watchdog said Thursday that Iran is removing 27 cameras used by the agency to monitor the country’s nuclear sites, a move that he warned could deliver a “fatal blow” to the stalled international negotiations to restore a 2015 nuclear deal. The removal of the cameras followed the passage of a resolution Wednesday by the watchdog’s board censuring Iran for not cooperating with an investigation into uranium traces found at three undeclared nuclear sites. Only Russia and China voted against the resolution.

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

Russian forces are now in control of most of Severodonetsk, the epicenter of the bloody battle for Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region. Street fighting continued to rage on Saturday in the eastern city, where Russian soldiers and Ukrainian troops are still locked in battle. Severdonetsk lies in the heart of Donbas, a sprawling industrial region in eastern Ukraine that has seen intermittent fighting since 2014, when Russian-backed separatists seized control of two territories there — the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic.

Russia is massing more troops and could soon dispatch fresh battalions for its major ground offensive in Ukraine‘s eastern Donbas region, foreign intelligence officials said Sunday, while Russian rocket attacks on the opposite side of the country reportedly injured more than 20 Ukrainians. The attack on the western city of Chortkiv on Sunday offered a grim reminder that Russian forces still have the capability to strike virtually anywhere in Ukraine, despite focusing the bulk of their resources on the Donbas campaign.

The ripple effects of Russia’s audacious invasion of Ukraine will wipe out 15 years of their recent economic gains by the end of 2023, a global banking trade group reported Wednesday. The Institute of International Finance estimated the Russian economy will shrink by 15% this year and another 3% in 2023.

Mariupol is now under Russian control and the bombardment of civilian buildings has ended—but death is still a constant presence in the Ukrainian port city. Petro Andryushchenko, an aide to the city’s mayor, says many wrecked buildings in the city hold 50 to 100 bodies each and they are being taken in an “endless caravan of death” to landfills and other places.

Two Britons and a Moroccan were sentenced to death by firing squad Thursday by Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine for fighting on Ukraine’s side. The Supreme Court in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic found the  men guilty of working toward a violent overthrow of power, an offense punishable by death in the republic recognized only by Russia. The men were also convicted of mercenary activities and terrorism. The UK government is “deeply concerned” with the sentencing of British citizens by a pro-Russian court, the British prime minister’s deputy spokesperson said Thursday.

Russia’s Ministry of Defense claimed on Tuesday that it had opened a land corridor to Russian-occupied Crimea, allowing civilians and goods to pass through the eastern Ukrainian territory now under its control. defense minister, Sergei Shoigu, said in a conference call on Tuesday that the military, working with Russian Railways, had restored 1,200 kilometers (745 miles) of train tracks and opened roads to allow “full-fledged traffic” between Russia, eastern Ukraine’s Donbas region and Crimea, the peninsula annexed by Russian forces from Ukraine in 2014. The supply of water through the North Crimean Canal — a lifeline for Crimea — had also resumed, Shoigu said.

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

Malnutrition treatment centers in Somalia have recorded at least 448 deaths this year alone, according to a report by aid groups and local authorities this week. Aid groups are warning of the repercussions of one of the worst droughts in the Horn of Africa in at least four decades. Ethiopia and Kenya also report spikes in cases of severe malnutrition. The United Nations’ children’s agency on Tuesday warned “an explosion of child deaths” is imminent in the region if the world doesn’t broaden its concern beyond the Ukraine war.

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

A wildfire north of Flagstaff, Arizona burned about 4,000-5,000 acres on Sunday and triggered evacuations, The U.S. Forest Service is battling the fire in the area near Sunset Crater National Monument. The fire is in the area of Haywire Crater just east of Sunset Crater Road. After consultation with the U.S. Forest Service resources managing the fire, the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office ordered a “GO” evacuation of the area north and east of that area, commonly known as Alpine Ranchos. There are very strong winds forecasted for Monday, which will adversely affect the rate of spread for the Haywire Fire.

Mandatory evacuations are in place after a wildfire expanded steadily in Southern California’s Angeles National Forest on Sunday. The Sheep Fire grew from 35 acres Sunday morning to 775 acres by the afternoon, according to InciWeb. The fire is only 5% contained. “Law enforcement is going door-to-door with a mandatory evacuation for Desert Front Road and Wild Horse Canyon,” the latest fire update said. “Wrightwood is under an evacuation warning. There is a road closure from Hwy 138 to Lone Pine (Highway 2),” officials said.

Twenty-three wildland fires were burning in Alaska as of Saturday, 6/11. The fires have scorched 196,567 acres with all of them showing 0% containment. Only 17 structures have been damaged so far.

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

An historic heat wave in the West was forecast to roll eastward this week after Phoenix, Las Vegas and Denver joined a plethora of cities and towns posting record temperatures and more than 50 million Americans sweltered under heat advisories. Weekend temperatures in California’s Death Valley climbed above 120 degrees while in Phoenix, a man grilled burgers and baked a cake on his dashboard in the 114-degree heat. In the east, temperatures will range from 10 to 30 degrees above normal for this time of year come Wednesday.

Seven people were taken to hospitals after multiple calls for medical aid related to the heat during a University of California graduation ceremony. Officials at the University of California – Davis campus said they received 36 calls from people requesting help during the university’s outdoor graduation. Most were heat related. The ceremony was called off about halfway through.

More than 4,500 warm temperature records were broken at weather stations across the country in May, according to records from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In Millinocket, Maine, a record high of 90 on May 13 was 14 degrees higher than the previous record. In Wallace, Kansas, an overnight low of 70 on May 12 was 15 degrees warmer than the 119-year-old previous record.

Seven people were taken to hospitals after multiple calls for medical aid related to the heat during a University of California graduation ceremony Friday as a dangerous and potentially deadly heat wave grips much of the Southwest and Southern Plains. Officials at UC-Davis campus said they received 36 calls from people requesting help during the university’s outdoor graduation. The ceremony was called off about halfway through.

  • Sacramento was one of several cities from California through southern Nevada and into Arizona where highs soared to triple digits Friday. Cooling centers were activated in several areas through the weekend, including Las Vegas, where it hit a record daily high of 109 degrees Friday, and Phoenix, where Saturday’s lowest temperature was expected to be 90 degrees.

The megadrought in the U.S. West eased a bit last week, but mostly in the Northwest. Overall, the proportion of the West in severe to exceptional drought dropped to 70% from 74% a week ago. Washington state dropped to 0% from 17% the prior week after strong precipitation. There were slight drops in Oregon and Idaho, but California remained at 97.5%, Nevada at 99.5%, Utah at 99.9%, New Mexico at 97.2%, Arizona at 77.9% and Colorado at 23.9%.

Signs of the Times Update: June 6, 2022

June 6, 2022

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” Colossians 3:12-14)

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)

At least 700 people surrendered their lives to Jesus Christ during evangelist Franklin Graham’s 4-city “God Loves You” tour in the United Kingdom that was attended by over 11,000 people. Graham traveled to Liverpool, Newport and Sheffield last month to preach the Gospel. Graham, the CEO and president of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), worked with Christians from over 2,000 churches to make the tour a reality in the U.K.

Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins is rallying her group to counter the promises of violence this summer from abortion extremists with acts of servitude following a leaked draft opinion from the Supreme Court that would overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court case that legalized abortion nationwide. During an interview with The Christian Post, Hawkins explained, “When I saw this ‘summer of rage declaration… Well, we can’t let them do this. Do something better. Resist the summer of rage and join the summer of service.”

A state court judge in Wisconsin has refused to dismiss a lawsuit brought by two sets of parents against a school district over its transgender procedures. The Kettle Moraine School District has a policy that students can change their names, their gender pronouns, and more at school without their parents consenting.The case was brought by the Alliance Defending Freedom and the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty. “Parents’ rights to direct the upbringing, education, and mental health treatment of their children is one of the most basic constitutional rights every parent holds dear, yet we are seeing more and more school districts across the country not only ignoring parents’ concerns but actively working against them,” said ADF lawyer Roger Brooks.

President Biden suffered a serious blow at the annual meeting of the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, last week. All 13 of his proposed amendments designed to cede sovereignty to WHO were rejected by objecting member nations. In 2005, former President George W. Bush signed America up to obey WHO’s International Health Regulations (IHR). These are a slate of international agreements that are enforceable on WHO member nations. Members that violate these international agreements can be brought before the World Court in The Hague, Netherlands.

  • Biden’s amendments sought to give the WHO Director-General sweeping power to declare a “public health emergency” over any issue he chooses, without consulting the member nations. If Biden’s amendments had been adopted, WHO’s Director-General could have forced lockdowns, mask mandates, vaccine passports and close or open the borders of member nations over whatever ‘emergency’ WHO declared.

From June 1-5, hundreds of intercessors from South Korea will be in 20 cities throughout America to pray for revival, and the leader of a national prayer movement is encouraging churches across the country to hold their own prayer meetings at the same time. “They’ll come to cities from coast to coast and border to border to pray morning noon and night,” said P. Douglas Small, President of Project Pray, which is hosting “America’s Prayer Meeting.” Small is encouraging churches across the country to open their doors for prayer during that time, which culminates on Pentecost Sunday, June 5. The 20 teams of intercessors are associated with the World School of Prayer in Seoul, South Korea.

  • The intercessors are visiting on the 49th anniversary of Billy Graham’s 1973 crusade in Seoul. The historic event ran from May 30-June 3 and drew more than 3 million people, with approximately 75,000 of them committing their lives to Christ.

A team of federal, local, and state law enforcement agencies have located and recovered 70 missing children as a part of a three-week operation in West Texas, the Department of Homeland Security announced last week. Operation Lost Souls” ran from the end of April through mid-May in El Paso, Midland, Ector and Tom Green counties. The children recovered included victims of sex trafficking, as well as physical and sexual abuse. Many of the children and teenagers were runaways and range in age from 10 to 17.

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

The liberal/progressive agenda has a new term for castigating both Christians and conservatives – white nationalism. A recent Associated Press article headlined, “Christian nationalism on the rise in some GOP campaigns,” warned of “a surge of Christian nationalism among Republican candidates” across the nation. Suddenly, in rapid succession the leftwing media is hysterically warning about Christian nationalism. “With the Buffalo massacre, white Christian nationalism strikes again,” blares a Washington Post headline, while “The View co-host blames ‘Christian nationalism’ for mass shootings.” “Christian Nationalism Is The ‘Single Biggest Threat’ to America’s Religious Freedom,” according to the Center for American Progress, while the Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin now refers to the Republican Party as “a movement dedicated to imposing White Christian nationalism” – which, of course, means terrorism.

The Times of Israel reports that anti-Semitic incidents in New York City, which is dominated by the left, are up 300% in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the first quarter of 2021.” The left has a constant drumbeat against the nation of Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East. Muslims, and far left activists have found common cause in hating Israel and wanting to see its demise. Scott Phillips, leader of Passages to Israel, notes that, ““Over the past few years, we’ve been seeing a rise in anti-Semitism….In essence, Jews in America are afraid to be outwardly Jewish.”

Pseudo Christianity: These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. (Matthew 15:8) They claim to know God, but they deny him by what they do. They are detestable, disobedient, and unfit to do anything good. (Titus 1:16)

The United Methodist Church North Georgia Conference announced Thursday that 70 congregations in Georgia have decided to leave the UMC due in part to the denomination’s ongoing debate over homosexuality. The disaffiliation, which will become effective June 30, represents nine percent of their churches and three percent of their members. The UMC Book of Discipline presently labels homosexuality “incompatible with Christian teaching” and prohibits the blessing of same-sex unions or the ordination of noncelibate homosexuals, but many in the UMC oppose the Book of Discipline stance and some prominent leaders have refused to enforce the rules.

Mennonite Church USA recently passed resolutions calling for the denomination to commit to making the nation’s largest Mennonite denomination inclusive to LGBTQ people. In late May, the governing body of the Mennonite Church USA passed three resolutions committing to LGBTQ inclusion, including repealing a previously placed rule banning pastors from officiating at same-sex weddings. The motion also calls for an LGBTQ constituency group to be formed, for denominational resources to be created for local congregations about repentance and reconciliation and for LGBTQ people to be celebrated in future theological statements.

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)

Intercessors for America reported on June 4: “The globalist elites – and the demonic forces that use them – are finishing their global tour. The World Economic Forum met in Davos. The World Health Organization met in Geneva. This week, the Bilderbergs in Washington, D.C. Their agenda? Misinformation. At each of these meetings the topic of “misinformation” was front and center. When you hear “misinformation” the spiritual sensitive, person of faith needs to hear a few different things: Globalists want to determine for you what the truth is; Globalists think they have the moral authority to label what is “misinformation”; Globalists want to control media and messaging so you hear exactly what they want you to hear; Globalists don’t want you to think for yourself… These global elites are a who’s who of progressive power and influence across the globe–each of these meetings focus on synchronizing policy, action, and messaging with one voice.”

North Korea, under U.N. sanctions for feverishly pursuing a ballistic nuclear weapons program, has taken over the rotating presidency of the U.N.’s Conference on Disarmament. Beyond hypocritical, this development reveals how the one-world government elites view the world, their allies being atheistic secularists versus their enemies – God-fearing Christians and Jews.

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)

Evangelist Franklin Graham says America’s abandonment of God and its embrace of violent entertainment is to blame for a series of mass shootings, including the shooting at a Uvalde, Texas, elementary school that left 19 children and two teachers dead. “President Biden and his administration want to ban certain caliber handguns,” Graham wrote. “That won’t help the problem. What would make a difference is a ban on all of the movies, television shows, and video games graphically depicting gun violence, bloody gore, and death. We are a nation addicted to violence – and they call it entertainment. Until we get a handle on this problem, we will see more and more of these kinds of tragic incidents across our nation…We have taken God out of schools and most homes are leaving God out of the rearing of their children,” Graham said. “He is the solution.

President Biden temporarily “paused” the Department of Homeland Security’s “Disinformation Governance Board” after it and the proposed head of the Board, Nina Jankowica, caused a huge backlash. “I knew he would not give up. After less than two weeks, the board is back with a vengeance. And the new head is far worse than Jankowicz,” reported Mat Stave, head of Liberty Counsel. “Midterm elections are coming. Democrats unable to pass election fraud- enabling bills are scared, so they are trying to silence you and me and ALL opposition to their dastardly agenda. This Disinformation Board was created to censor any narrative contrary to Biden’s destructive agenda—including elections, COVID, LGBTQ, border security and much more. Read on to learn how we can stop them,” Staver said.

Thanks to social media, Americans are getting a good look at the main obsession of the Biden administration, which devoted more than 30 posts to LGBT extremism from their official accounts for Pride Month— but couldn’t spare half that attention over the Memorial Day weekend to the men and women who gave all for their country. Family Research Council’s executive vice president, Lt. General (Ret.) Jerry Boykin could only shake his head at the administration’s tunnel vision. “It’s astounding that any government agency would refuse to acknowledge and honor the military men and women who died fighting for this country.”

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)

Jalina Porter, the State Department’s “number two” spokesperson, will be ‘transitioning out’ of the department under what political observers describe as a “cloud of controversy.” The State Dept. flack has made a number of divisive statements during her tenure, including labeling cops the “largest threat to U.S. national security.” It is unclear if Porter, who has a history of anti-cop rhetoric and reportedly clashed with career State Department officials, is shifting elsewhere in the Biden administration or fully exiting.

A Quinnipiac poll found 68% disapprove of Biden’s performance on inflation and also on gas prices. According to the poll, Americans regard inflation as the most urgent issue facing the country at a rate three times higher than abortion and four times higher than immigration. A Gallup poll found 85% of Americans rate the current economic conditions as only fair or poor, which is the worst evaluation since 2010. And 77% believe it will get worse.

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

The Supreme Court Monday did not issue a ruling in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, prolonging for at least one more week the wait for its opinion which is expected to overturn the right to an abortion. The justices released decisions in multiple cases Monday, but Dobbs was not among them. There’s now approximately a month left in the court’s current term. A ruling in Dobbs is expected to come by either late June or early July. 

Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses are scrambling to assure the public that the chemical abortion cocktail comprised of Mifepristone (formerly known as RU-486) and Misoprostol, is perfectly “safe,” even without the oversight of a licensed physician. However, Operation Rescue has obtained 128 “Report of RU-486 Event” forms submitted to the State Medical Board of Ohio by abortion facilities statewide that soundly refute the abortion promoters’ claims of safety. The documents detail complications from chemical abortions that were reported by all eight Ohio abortion facilities from January 2021 through April 2022.

Washington Metro Police Department officers responded Friday morning to reports of damaged property after vandals splattered red paint on the front door of the Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center and spray-painted “JANE SAYS” and “REVENGE” onto the building. The clinic is a Christian faith-based non-profit that offers pregnancy testing, counseling, parenting classes and supplies for new parents. Several other pro-life organizations throughout the country have been vandalized in recent weeks in the wake of the leak of a draft Supreme Court decision that would overturn the 1973 decision.

  • “Jane says revenge’ is the mantra of a radical pro-abortion group Jane’s Revenge which claimed responsibility for a similar attack in Wisconsin.

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. have declined by 7% over the past two weeks, while hospitalizations are up 16% and deaths down 14%. New cases are being undercounted because of home testing. Cases are increasing in more than half of all states, but there are signs of improvement in the Northeast and Midwest. Reports of new cases have fallen by more than 20 percent since mid-May in Michigan, New Jersey and New York. Cases are rising in most western states, with Arizona leading the pack with an 81% increase over the past two weeks.

As the Biden administration appeals a judge’s decision to strike down the mask mandate for federal transportation, the New York Times, in a surprising admission from a liberal news organization, noted that masking has not stopped the spread of COVID-19. The Times’ David Leonhardt reported that data shows “where mask use has been more common, Covid has spread at a similar rate as in mask-resistant cities. Mask mandates in schools also seem to have done little to reduce the spread,” he writes. “Hong Kong, despite almost universal mask-wearing, recently endured one of the world’s worst Covid outbreaks.”

In California’s Bay Area, Alameda County residents will be required to mask up in most public indoor settings again. Effective last Friday, officials cited rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, noting that daily reported cases have exceeded the peak of last summer’s delta wave and are “now approaching levels seen during the winter 2020-21 wave, at comparable lab-reported testing levels.” Reported cases are believed to be an underestimate of the total due to home testing.

Monkeypox:

Most cases of monkeypox have been in gay and bisexual men, the United Kingdom’s Health Security Agency announced Friday. The government released a report Thursday night stating, “Investigations to date have identified links to gay bars, saunas and the use of dating apps in the UK and abroad.” A total of 207 cases of monkeypox have been identified in the U.K., DailyMail.com reported. Worldwide, 617 cases have been confirmed.

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)

Despite strong vaccination levels, Covid killed those over 65 years-of-age at much higher rates during this winter’s Omicron surge than during the Delta surge last year. The New York Times reports that the 65+ death rate from Omicron was about 36 per 100,000 seniors while Delta killed about 27 per 100,000. The death rate of people 12-64 years-of-age was lower during Omicron (about 2 per 100,000) versus about 3 for Delta.

A UK study by University College London has confirmed “small but significant” cases of the serious Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS), a rare neurological disorder associated with the AstraZeneca vaccine for COVID-19.

Amid increasing concerns about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines coupled with their ineffectiveness, Spanish police have accused more than 2,200 people of purchasing fake coronavirus vaccine passports, including the president of a major Spain-based pharmaceutical company. El Mundo, citing police, said a criminal network operating last fall charged clients for changing their status in the Spanish National Vaccination Registry and issuing counterfeit documents.

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)

Texas officials once again changed their story about the Uvalde mass shooting timeline. Now they say that a teacher did prop a door open to unload a vehicle but then closed it before the shooting started. It has also come out that Pete Arredondo, chief of the Uvalde school district police department who oversaw the law enforcement response to a shooting that killed 19 students and two teachers, arrived at the scene without his radio and other equipment, two law enforcement sources told the Austin American-Statesman

There were at least 12 mass shootings from Friday to Sunday in the US according to the Gun Violence Archive, which defines mass shootings as four or more people injured or killed. At least a dozen people were killed and more than 60 injured. They were mostly at places that seemed safe – but few spaces in America are guaranteed safe anymore. Some were at graduation parties, a nightclub, a popular entertainment district or a strip mall.

  • Bloodshed rocked the U.S. over the Memorial Day weekend, leaving 38 dead and dozens wounded. In Chicago, there were 46 shootings over the holiday weekend compared to 33 last year. Chicago’s gun laws are among the most restrictive in the United States.

Gunfire erupted overnight amidst a crowd of revelers on a downtown Philadelphia street, killing three people, wounding 11 and igniting chaos as people fled the carnage. Officers patrolling the popular South Street entertainment district heard the shots and saw what appeared to be multiple gunmen. Two men and a woman were killed, all suffered multiple gunshot wounds. No arrests were made. Two handguns were recovered at the scene, including one with a high-capacity magazine. There were hundreds of individuals just enjoying South Street, as they do every single weekend, when this shooting broke out. Police on Monday were still searching for multiple gunmen.

At least one person died and seven others were wounded following a drive-by shooting at a high school graduation party in Summerton, South Carolina, according to the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office. “There were at least 60-70 rounds fired at this incident,” Sheriff Tim Baxley said in a news release. “This appears to be a gang related incident stemming from previous drive-by shootings in other parts of the county.”

Three brothers, their cousin and their grandfather were murdered by a prison escapee in Texas. Waylon Collins, 18; Karson Collins, 16; Hudson Collins, 11; and their cousin Bryson Collins, also 11, on Thursday arrived with their grandfather at the family ranch northwest of Houston for what the Guardian terms “a southern boy’s dream: shooting guns, taking boats on big ponds and fishing.” Within hours, the boys and grandfather Mark Collins were dead at the hands of Gonzalo Lopez, who had escaped from a prison bus three weeks prior.

Officials identified the alleged suspect who killed a Wisconsin judge last week and said the killer had apparently had Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer next on his hit list. Douglas K. Uhde was identified by the Wisconsin Department of Justice as the alleged assassin. He’s hospitalized in critical condition, according to Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul in a statement released on Saturday. The suspect is accused of entering the home of 68-year-old retired Judge John Roemer at around 6:30 a.m. Friday and killed him, officials said. Uhde was sentenced by Roemer in 2005 to six years in prison on a burglary charge. Uhde has an extensive criminal and prison record dating back at least two decades. He was released from his last prison stint in April 2020.

A gunman carrying a rifle and handgun opened fire Wednesday inside a medical building on the Saint Francis Hospital campus in Tulsa, Okla. Police confirmed that four people were killed, multiple victims were injured, and the shooter died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Responding officers found the shooter and the victims on the second floor of the Natalie Building, which houses an outpatient surgery center, a breast health center, and an orthopedic clinic. Police say the gunman killed his doctor, blaming him for his pain, and three others in the way with an AR-15 type weapon he purchased the day before the shooting.

A convicted murderer on the run since escaping a prison bus after stabbing its driver on May 12 was shot dead late Thursday after he killed a family of five and stole their truck from a rural weekend cabin, a Texas prison system spokesman said.

A man is in custody after LAPD said he stabbed three medical workers inside an Encino hospital.

A 911 dispatcher who mishandled a call from a Buffalo supermarket manager during the fatal May shooting was fired on Thursday, the Erie County Department of Personnel confirmed. “’Why are you whispering? You don’t have to whisper, they can’t hear you,” the dispatcher said and then handled the call dismissively. “We teach our 911 call takers that if someone is whispering, it probably means they are in trouble,” said County Executive Mark Poloncarz.

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)

Conservatives and gun rights supporters were alarmed with President Joe Biden’s Thursday evening address encouraging a new “assault weapons” ban in America. Despite the president’s claim he would never take “away anyone’s guns,” conservatives pointed out his proposals would do just that. “We need to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. And if we can’t ban assault weapons, then we should raise the age to purchase them from 18 to 21,” he declared. Biden added that the country also needs to “strengthen background checks; enact safe storage and red flag laws; repeal the immunity, that protect gun manufacturers from liability; address the mental health crisis, deepening the trauma of gun violence.”

  • Though Biden insisted, “I want to be very clear – this is not about taking away anyone’s guns. It is not about vilifying gun owners.” Elsewhere in the speech, the commander-in-chief voiced his opinion again that the Second Amendment is “not absolute.”

Nevada plans to ditch its investments in companies that manufacture or sell assault weapons, Democrat Treasurer Zach Conine announced on Thursday after  the latest string of mass shootings in the U.S.

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)

Los Angeles Sheriff Alex Villanueva is calling out District Attorney George Gascon over a claim that the sheriff’s office “agreed” to the controversial charges and lenient sentencing of a wrong-way driving teen who mowed down a mom and her infant while high on drugs in a stolen car. The teen received a sentence of five to seven months in a juvenile probation camp, which prosecutors have described as “less than a military school and a little bit tougher than a summer camp.”

  • Recall organizers in Los Angeles County said Wednesday they were heading down the home stretch of a months-long campaign to force the exit of District Attorney George Gascon amid a crime surge.

Longtime Proud Boys leader Henry ‘Enrique’ Tarrio and four top lieutenantswere  charged with seditious conspiracy in the widening Jan. 6 Capitol takeover case. An indictment handed up by a federal grand jury in D.C. makes the Proud Boys the second far-right group whose members face the rare charge in the January 2021 Capitol attack, following the Oath Keepers and its founder Stewart Rhodes. The charges suggest investigators are stitching together a wider picture of organization within extremist groups that shared common if not overlapping goals in opposing the election process by force.

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

Seattle’s new mayor was elected on a pledge to reject calls to defund police, but the city’s sexual assault and child abuse unit staff has been so depleted that it has stopped assigning new cases with adult victims. The Seattle Times noted that enforcement agencies nationwide have suffered labor shortages since the 2020 protests of the death of George Floyd in police custody.

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

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

A trio of robbers at a Sephora store in Los Angeles were caught on video piling beauty products into black trash bags in front of other shoppers before fleeing the scene. Shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday, TikTok user Jessica Ortiz said she was shopping at the beauty retail store when she heard a loud sound and witnessed the robbery unfolding. She reacted quickly enough to pull out her phone and record the incident. The video shows three individuals all wearing hoodie sweatshirts to block their identities, emptying the shelves of their supplies. The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed they received multiple calls for robberies at the Los Cerritos Center Saturday evening. Robberies first took place in a Forever 21 store before the assailants made their way to the Sephora, police said.

Police say 21-year-old Brian Hernandez used a metal chair to break into the museum around 9:45pm and started smashing things when he got inside. Hernandez allegedly destroyed three ancient Greek artifacts—including a 6th century BC amphora—and a Native American ceramic piece before security apprehended him. Hernandez also allegedly wrecked museum property including display cases and at least one computer. The guard who apprehended Hernandez told police the suspect said “he got mad at his girl so he broke in and started destroying property.”

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)

Google search engines’ results are boosting China’s preferred narratives about COVID-19’s origins and human rights abuses, according to a new study from the Brookings Institution and the Alliance for Securing Democracy. The study found Google News and YouTube were far more likely to spread Chinese state-run media than Google’s main search engine in response to queries about COVID-19 and Xinjiang, a northwestern province in China and the location of alleged human rights abuses against Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities.

A divided Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked Texas from enforcing a law banning social media giants like Facebook and Twitter from moderating content – an outcome critics said would have forced “extremist” material onto the platforms.The Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision blocks enforcement of the law temporarily while the underlying case continues in lower federal courts. In an unusual alignment,  Justice Elena Kagan, a member of the court’s liberal wing, joined the three conservatives in saying she would have allowed the law to be enforced but didn’t explain her reasoning.

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)

On Wednesday, a California task force released a 500-page report, two years in the making, on the state’s historic role in harming Black Americans, from the days of slavery until now—and called for reparations to be made. California is now the first state to have moved forward with such a plan, though cities including Evanston, Illinois, have made reparations available to Black residents or are implementing plans to do so.

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)

Consumer groups and employers are pushing back against a Medicare proposal to limit public reports of medical complications such as bedsores and falls that occur during hospital stays. The proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, now open for public comment through June 17, would suppress reporting next year for 10 types of medical harm at hospitals that are often preventable. The agency also would halt a program to dock the pay of the worst performers on a list of safety measures, pausing a years-long effort that links hospitals’ skill in preventing such  complications to reimbursement. 

  • Watchdog groups have criticized the proposal, saying public reporting of medical harm is important to both inform consumers and shine a light on hospitals with a poor track record of preventing potentially deadly complications.

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)

Researchers are drawing attention to a rise in poisonings in children involving the sleep aid melatonin – including a big jump during the pandemic. Last year, U.S. poison control centers received more than 52,000 calls about children consuming worrisome amounts of the dietary supplement – a six-fold increase from about a decade earlier. Most such calls are about young children who accidentally got into bottles of melatonin, some of which come in the form of gummies for kids. Parents may think of melatonin as the equivalent of a vitamin and leave it on a nightstand, said Dr. Karima Lelak, an emergency physician at Children’s Hospital of Michigan and the lead author of the study published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “But really it’s a medication that has the potential to cause harm, and should be put away in the medicine cabinet,” Lelak said.

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

When Oregon voters approved a ballot measure in 2020 to decriminalize hard drugs, they were promised the lives of everyone would be improved and funds would be diverted to addiction recovery centers for which $300 million was allotted.But after more than one year, the rate of overdoses has spiked, and few offenders have used the treatment centers, DailyMail.com reported. The state law, which went into effect in February 2021, was the first of its kind in the nation. It made possession of Class E controlled substances – such as heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine – a “violation” rather than a felony or misdemeanor, carrying a maximum fine of $100.

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

A high school in a Chicago is implementing a race-based grading system “to adjust classroom grading scales to account for skin color or ethnicity of its students.” The move is necessary, advocates say, because “traditional grading practices perpetuate inequities,” Students, depending on their race, will not be held accountable for missing class, misbehaving in school, or for failing to turn in assignments.

President Biden is inching closer to “forgiving” student loans—a move that critics say is not only illegal but profoundly unfair to hardworking taxpayers, most of whom never went to college. Others who did go made sacrifices to pay off their loans and are now deeply resentful that a swath of borrowers may have their debts cleared. Now President Biden is entertaining the idea to cancel up to $10,000 of debt per borrower.

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 February Gallup poll found that 7.1% of Americans now identify as LGBTQ – a 26% increase over2021 and a 100% increase over 2012. This jump among all Americans is being driven by a sharp increase among younger people. For example, last year George Barna’s Cultural Research Center found that among those ages 18-24, an astounding 39% self-identified as LGBTQ. Tom Wildman, CEO of the American Family Association notes that, “Rather than claiming to be “born that way,’ many of these young people – for a variety of reasons – are choosing to identify as LGBTQ. In other words, identifying as LGBTQ is seen as a popular choice as much as piercings and skinny jeans.”

A growing number of “family friendly” drag queen story hours and dance performances open to children are becoming a mainstay of June pride month celebrations. The social media account Libs of TikTok has posted dozens of viral tweets over the past weeks showing public schools, libraries, parks, gay nightclubs and even a Florida church including young children in pride events featuring professional drag queens. Conservative activists and groups are criticizing such events. Meg Kilgannon, senior fellow for education studies at the Family Research Council, said, “Sexualized dance performance featuring adult males dressed as women is not appropriate entertainment for children.”

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

A highly anticipated report issued Friday by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) is providing official documentation of the major security flaws posed by Dominion Voting Systems Machines. It comes nearly two years after the 2020 presidential election, which the agency had called the “most secure election in history.” While the CISA report states that it has “no evidence that these vulnerabilities have been exploited in any elections,” it nonetheless highlights at least nine concrete, alarming security vulnerabilities. CISA is a United States federal agency, an operational component under Department of Homeland Security oversight.

The election integrity group True the Vote presented Arizona lawmakers with cell phone tracking data showing alleged ballot traffickers visited drop boxes in two of the state’s largest counties no less than 5,700 times during the 2020 election. “When we started the project, we didn’t know [what we would find],” said Catherine Engelbrecht, the Texas group’s founder and president. “We began to think through what is a realistic expectation or threshold for when going to a dropbox is too many times. We wanted to focus on a clear, narrow data set [to demonstrate] “extreme outlier behavior.” The group’s investigators settled on 10 visits as an actual number—but “here, in Arizona, they went an average of 21 times,” Engelbrecht told the panel of state legislators on May 31. The legislators—all Republican—vowed to move forward with HB-2289 to make ballot drop boxes illegal in Arizona.

An Arizona woman has pleaded guilty to using her position in the Democratic Party to illegally harvest ballots in a ballot abuse scheme. Guillermina Fuentes, the 66-year-old former mayor of San Luis, Arizona, pleaded guilty on June 2 to one count of ballot abuse for her role in a “sophisticated” August 2020 primary election ballot harvesting scheme, according to the Arizona Attorney General’s office. Fuentes’s plea came as a result of an ongoing election fraud investigation conducted by the Arizona Attorney General office’s Election Integrity Unit. She was indicted in December 2020.

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)

Haitian migrants taking part in what could be the largest ever migrant caravan through Mexico to the U.S. are demanding that President Biden keep his promise to allow them to stay once they reach the border. “He promised the Haitian community he will help them,” the migrants said. The caravan that could become the largest ever to reach the U.S. southern border, with the number expected to swell to 15,000 before it reaches the border.

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

The baby formula crisis soared to 70 percent out of stock nationwide at the end of May — almost twice what it was in April, Fox reported. Last week, the Biden administration touted its plan titled “Operation Fly Formula” to fly in 78,000 pounds of baby formula from Europe. However, the medical-grade formula that so many other parents need for their at-risk children was not part of the shipment.

The baby formula plant at the heart of the shortage restarted production June 4, the company informed the media. But new psroduct will still take weeks to hit supermarket shelves. The Abbott Nutrition plant’s closure in February over food safety concerns severely curtailed supplies of baby formula across the United States, leaving some parents scrambling to find sustenance for their children.

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

It might seem like every other June 1, but inside corporate board rooms, this Pride Month feels different. Companies aren’t coasting into this rainbow bonanza like past years – empowered and carefree. They’re looking in the rearview mirror at a 2022 that’s been anything but kind to their CEOs’ woke causes. Christian conservative backlash has caused not only consternation, but also loss of value in stocks for companies like Disney.

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 government presently has a debt load of about $100 trilliont including long term unfunded obligations. Near term debt is at $30.5 Trillion.  The feds have been running huge deficits annually, especially durng the pandemic. To keep up, the federal government simply prints money. It’s called fiat currency because there is nothing backing it up. The more we raise the debt ceiling (an annual ritual) the more we run up debt and the more we face eventual catastrophe. The solution to the problem is not complicated: balance the federal budget. The federal government must cut spending, radically. But they won’t, so an economic default and collapse is inevitable.

U.S. employers added a robust 390,000 jobs in May as the labor market continued to defy high inflation, persistent worker shortages and rising interest rates. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.6%, just above a 50-year low, the Labor Department said Friday. The nation has recovered 21.2 million, or 96.2%, of the 22 million jobs lost early in the health crisis, leaving it 822,000 jobs short of its pre-pandemic level. Employers added at least 400,000 jobs a month for 10 months, the longest such streak on record.

  • In May, leisure and hospitality, which includes restaurants and bars, the sector hit hardest by the pandemic, led the job gains with 84,000; professional and business services added 75,000;  transportation and warehousing, 47,000; construction; 36,000; health care, 28,000; and manufacturing, 18,000.

Another 4.4 million people quit their jobs in April, taking advantage of the strong jobs market. Job openings remained at record highs in April with employers reporting 11.4 million jobs. There are now nearly two jobs advertised for every job seeker.

With inflation near a 40-year high, the Federal Reserve “wants to see things slow down” as it aggressively raises interest rates to restrain wage and price increases. Higher rates discourage borrowing, which dampens economic activity and job growth.

Consumer borrowing is surging as inflation hovers near 40-year highs and Americans resume pre-pandemic activities like traveling and dining out, posing risks for lower-income borrowers. A growing share of those cash-strapped households are behind on payments for car loans, credit cards and personal loans. Total household debt is still historically low, but debt payments have edged up recently to 9.3% of personal disposable income in the fourth quarter, according to the Federal Reserve.

  • In April, bank credit-card balances rose 14.2% from a year earlier, auto loans increased 7.5% and other consumer loans climbed 19%.

According to new Redfin data, more than 20% of home sellers dropped their price in seven of the 10 most popular migration destinations last month: Cape Coral, Florida; Sacramento, California; North Port, Florida; Tampa, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; San Antonio, Texas, and Phoenix, Arizona. Rising mortgage rates are pricing some buyers out of the market.

Crude oil prices jumped to a more-than two-month high after the European Union approved a plan to ban most Russian oil imports for its invasion of Ukraine. The latest round of sanctions will immediately affect 75% of Russian oil imports, and by year end, 90% of the Russian oil imported to Europe will be banned, Charles Michel, president of the European Council, tweeted on Monday. Because oil makes up more than half the price of gasoline, consumers are likely to see gas prices set record highs in the coming weeks.

  • Natasha Kaneva, JPMorgan head of global commodities strategy, predicts the U.S. average for regular unleaded gasoline will climb to $6.20 per gallon by Labor Day.
  • The average U.S. price of gasoline has doubled since President Biden’s term began, from $2.40 1/20/21 to $4.84 on Sunday, 6/5/22.

International

Lebanon, where bread is a staple food, used to rely heavily on Ukraine for imported wheat, as well as vegetable oil and canned meat. Since the onset of the Ukrainian war in February, these items have become even scarcer and costlier than before. The Consumer Price Index for food in Lebanon has risen by over 3,000 percentage points since 2020. Meanwhile, the Lebanese government has been steadily cutting the subsidies it used to provide for fuel and medicine. Numerous reports to Barnabas Aid indicate many families are suffering greatly from lack of food and basic survival necessities.

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

A European Union official said that Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians was to blame for terror and their “hatred” of the Jewish State last Tuesday. “We need to bring to the fore and to worldwide attention the plight the people of Palestine have been under for the past 74 years,” European Union Representative to the Palestinian Authority Sven Kuhn von Burgsdorff said. That number indicates the time since the founding of the State of Israel, but von Burgsdorff did not acknowledge a long history of Palestinian antisemitism, which predates the establishment of the State of Israel.

The United Nations atomic agency said Monday that Iran hasn’t offered credible answers to its probe into nuclear material found in the country and reported that Iran’s stockpile of highly enriched uranium has grown to roughly enough material for a nuclear bomb. The two reports, circulated to agency member states and seen by The Wall Street Journal, will sharpen concerns about Iran’s nuclear work at the same time negotiations on reviving the 2015 nuclear deal have stalled. That agreement placed tight but temporary restrictions on Iran’s nuclear work in exchange for lifting most international sanctions.

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

Russia/Ukraine

One-fifth (20%) of Ukrainian territory is under Russia’s control, with Donbas “almost entirely destroyed,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said while addressing Luxembourg’s lawmakers on Thursday. Zelensky claimed that more than 30,000 Russian soldiers have been killed since the war began over three months ago.

The European Union on Friday formally approved an embargo on Russian oil and other sanctions targeting major banks and broadcasters over Moscow’s war on Ukraine. EU headquarters says Russian crude oil will be phased out over six months, and other refined petroleum products over eight months. It says that “a temporary exception is foreseen” for landlocked countries—like Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia—that “suffer from a specific dependence on Russian supplies and have no viable alternative options.” Bulgaria and Croatia will also get “temporary derogations” for certain kinds of oil.

  • However, India’s appetite for cheap Russian oil is soaring. Russian crude sales to India are expected to reach 3.36 million metric tons in May, according to estimates from financial market data provider Refinitiv. This is nearly nine times higher than the 2021 monthly average of 382,500 metric tons.

Russia’s economy is falling apart and “time is working against Russia” and its president, Vladimir Putin, a top German official said Thursday. German Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck made the remarks the same day Russian officials revealed that five more generals had been fired.

Since invading Ukraine more than three months ago, Russia has secured modest gains in its battle for control of the eastern Donbas region. Income from energy sales to Europe has played a major role in funding Russia’s war, and Habeck acknowledged that Russia has been aided by historically high energy prices and Europe’s inability to completely halt purchases.

Russian missiles struck Kyiv on Sunday, shattering the city’s relative calm with a strike Russia said targeted a facility housing foreign-supplied tanks. The five missiles were the first Russia fired into Kyiv in more than a month. The Russian Defense Ministry released a statement Sunday morning claiming the strike had hit a former car-repair facility being used to house T-72 tanks and other armored vehicles supplied by Ukrainian allies.

President Biden’s decision to provide Ukraine with medium-range precision rockets unleashed angst in Moscow and applause in Kyiv. But it’s not clear yet how much of a difference the advanced weapons will make in what has become a stalemated, grinding conflict with no clear end game. It also remains to be seen how Russia will respond to the U.S. move, which will once again shift the playing field in the three-month old war. Saturday, Russian President Putin said on state-owned television that if Ukraine gets advanced rocket systems from Western countries, Moscow will hit targets “we have not yet struck,” possibly threatening non-Ukrainian targets.

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)

As attackers opened fire on worshippers inside a Catholic Church in southwestern Nigeria, other gunmen waited outside to kill those who tried to flee, church officials and witnesses said Monday. Worshippers were attending Pentecost Sunday Mass when gunfire erupted at the St. Francis Catholic Church in Ondo state. At least 50 people including children were killed in the attack. No one has claimed responsibility for the massacre, and local authorities said the gunmen had evaded capture. While northern Nigeria has battled an Islamic insurgency for more than 13 years, Ondo state has long been considered one of the most peaceful states in the country.

Over 500 civilians died in attacks carried out by armed forces and Islamist groups in Mali from January to March this year, the United Nations said in a report on Monday that detailed a rapid unravelling of an already desperate security situation. The killings represented a 324% rise over the previous quarter and highlighted the failure of Mali’s military junta to limit human rights abuses or stop groups linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State from carrying out campaigns of violence. They come just as Mali cuts ties with former colonial power France and as Wagner Group, a Russian private military contractor, steps in to help defeat militants who have carried out attacks in the centre and north for nearly a decade.

Houthi militants who have been fighting government-aligned forces in Yemen for eight years agreed on Thursday to pause the conflict for an additional two months. The United Nations–brokered truce, originally put in place in early April, is meant to bring relief to civilians in a conflict that has resulted in a devastating humanitarian crisis. Since the country’s civil war broke out in 2014, 233,00 people have died, and 5 million are at risk of famine. The truce allows vital fuel ships to dock at a rebel-held port and allows some commercial flights out of the capital, Sanaa. However, the Houthis would not open up main roads in the key city of Taiz that have been blockaded since 2015 and prompted local protests.

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

The amount of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere is now more than 50% higher than pre-industrial times – and is at levels not seen since millions of years ago when Earth was a hothouse ocean-inundated planet, federal government scientists announced Friday. The burning of fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas releases “greenhouse” gases such as carbon dioxide and methane into Earth’s atmosphere and oceans. The emissions have caused the planet’s temperatures to rise to levels that cannot be explained by natural factors, scientists say.

So far, 77 cities and towns and Washington state have banned or discouraged new natural gas hookups. Los Angeles became the latest to join the list when its City Council voted last week to rewrite building codes requiring new homes and buildings achieve zero-carbon emissions – effectively eliminating future natural gas lines. 

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

A magnitude 4.1 earthquake rattled the San Francisco Bay Area awake early Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The USGS said the quake hit at 5:07 a.m. and was centered several miles northwest of Bay Point, California, about 21 miles northeast of Berkeley and  30 miles northeast of downtown San Francisco. It struck at a depth of about 12 miles. According to the USGS shake map, tremors were felt throughout the Bay Area and the Sacramento metro area, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Two earthquakes hit within minutes of each other in China’s Sichuan Province, with state media reporting several deaths and significant damage. A 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck southwestern China last Wednesday. At least 4 have died and there are dozen of injuries. Emergency workers are searching for other victims.

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

The Hunga Tonga eruption was the most powerful volcanic explosion to have shaken Earth since that of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines in 1991. The blast could be heard at a distance of over 6,000 miles (10,000 km), and the pressure wave it generated circled the planet four times. The eruption also sent atmospheric shock wave and sonic booms across the globe, but a new study published in Geophysical Research Letters on Tuesday showed the effects also reached into space. Using data from NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer and satellites from the European Space Agency, researchers found in the hours after the eruption, it generated hurricane-like winds and “unusual electric currents” in the ionosphere, Earth’s upper atmospheric layer over 60 miles in the air at the edge of space.

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

The megadrought in the western U.S. eased slightly over the past week with the percentage of area in severe to exceptional drought declining to 74.4% from 76.5%. However, that’s still up from 71.8% three months ago. The northwest got some precipitation but the southwest remained dry. California remained at 97.6% while Idaho declined to 37.% from 40,8% in severe to exceptional drought last week. Utah still had the worst condition at 99.8% with Nevada at 99.5% and New Mexico at 97.2%.

Gov. Gavin Newsom has pleaded with urban residents and businesses to reduce their water consumption by 15%, but water usage in March was up by 19% in cities compared to March 2020, the year the current drought began. With the state running out of water, unprecedented water cuts went into effect this week for city dwellers – in parts of southern California, residents have been asked to cut consumption by 35% to avoid a full ban on watering later in the summer.

  • As cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco struggle to cut their water use – water that overwhelmingly comes from the state’s reservoirs – rural Californians that rely on groundwater are already tapped out. They live with the daily worry that they won’t have enough water to bathe with or drink.

A Category 2 hurricane made landfall in Mexico on Monday afternoon, making it the strongest ever May hurricane during the Pacific season. Winds hit 105 miles per hour as Agatha pummeled Oaxaca state and killed eleven people with more than twenty missing as of 6/1. At least five people were swept away by swollen rivers.

Cars were stranded on flooded Miami streets and first responders used high water rescue vehicles to ferry people to safety as tropical disturbance Alex dumped heavy rainfall on South Florida Friday night and Saturday. Some cars were nearly submerged with others sitting in water that reached the vehicle doors or higher. Some parts of South Florida received at least 11 inches of rain. A cruise ship crew pulled 16 people from a small boat off Cuba Friday in rough waters churned up by storm system Alex moving across the Gulf of Mexico.

  • After unleashing flooding rainfall across Cuba, South Florida and the Bahamas over the weekend, Alex is poised to brush past Bermuda on Monday – but not before stirring up rough seas along the eastern U.S.

Over the past three months, a heat wave has devastated North India and neighboring Pakistan. Temperatures surpassed 110 degrees Fahrenheit in springtime. It is so hot that overheated birds fell out of the sky in Gurgaon, India, and a historic bridge in northern Pakistan collapsed after melting snow and ice at a glacial lake released a torrent of water.