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Signs of the Times Update: July 25, 2022

July 25, 2022

Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from Him. Truly He is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress; I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; He is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge. (Psalm 62:5-8)

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)

Crisis pregnancy centers saved 800,000 unborn lives during a five-year span from 2016-2020 and provided hundreds of millions of dollars in free services to pregnant women, according to a new study that is being widely cited by pro-lifers in light of attacks on the centers by U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Hannah, a believer in Jesus in Northeast Nigeria, couldn’t believe the “unexpected grace…” Her parents had been murdered at the hands of Boko Haram militants, who’d nearly burned their village to the ground. As Hannah felt the devastation of her grief, she knew she needed to find a way for her and her siblings to survive. That’s why she was overcome by the kindness of a Muslim Cleric who offered to care for them. But the “unexpected grace” was merely a smokescreen to lure Hannah in. The food he offered, financial help, it was all a cover up. The Cleric was more of a monster than a man, and eventually demanded that Hannah denounce her faith in Jesus, convert to Islam, and become his wife. Hannah was just 18 years old. When Hannah refused, e then cast Hannah before the Sharia Court — demanding her execution with accusations of cheating him and apostasy.

  • When Hannah was locked up, Alliance Defending Freedom International stepped up. And when Hannah’s accuser got word that she had a legal team representing her case, he quickly disappeared. Failing to show up for hearings, the Sharia Court finally dropped Hannah’s case and cleared her of any wrongdoing. Today, Hannah is free.

Advisers to the U.S. Homeland Security Department said there was no need for the Disinformation Governance Board created by President Joe Biden’s administration earlier this year. Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., a member of the Senate Judiciary and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committees, called the board “unconstitutional.” “DHS decides today there was no need for its unconstitutional Disinformation Board after all,” Hawley tweeted.

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Biden administration cannot reinstate a policy of limiting immigration arrests and deportations. The Court will hear merits of the case in December. Republican states had challenged the policy, and a federal judge in Texas said the Homeland Security secretary’s guidance to Immigration and Customs Enforcement personnel violated federal law.

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)

On the front of one of the oldest and most beautiful churches in the country, the Church of the Covenant in Boston, hangs a large banner on which is written: “And God said…”Protect Abortion Access 4 All. Ensure Black Lives Matter. Honor Bodily Autonomy. Defend LGBTQ+ Rights. End Voter Suppression.  Turn Guns into Plows. Abandon Fossil Fuels. Provide Sanctuary. Abolish Prisons. Disarm Hate. Speak Truth. Breathe. In other words … Love”

Pope Francis, in Canada on Monday, July 25, apologized for the “evil committed by so many Christians” in residential schools for Indigenous children. Francis on Monday asked for forgiveness for the role of church members in Canada’s “catastrophic” system, in which Indigenous children were forcibly removed from their families and communities to be educated at boarding schools where they were forbidden from speaking their native languages or practicing traditional customs. The apology, in which he lamented the actions of individuals, not the church itself, echoed a statement he delivered at the Vatican in April — remarks that some school survivors then said didn’t go far enough.

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 2030 Agenda is a plan of action devised by the United Nations (U.N.) to achieve 17 sustainable development goals (SDG). The goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development were adopted by all UN member states in 2015. Then-Secretary General of the U.N. Ban Ki-moon called the 2030 Agenda “the global declaration of interdependence. The 2030 Agenda “covers every element of human life, every element of the economy,” including global wealth redistribution not only within the nations but also among the nations, Newman commented. The Agenda “specifically says that we need to change the way that we consume and produce goods.”

Goal number two on the 2030 Agenda deals specifically with food. In September 2021, the U.N. held the Food Systems Summit, which emphasized the need “to leverage the power of food systems” for the purpose of achieving all 17 sustainable development goals by 2030, according to a U.N. statement. Everyone, everywhere, must take action and work together to transform the way the world produces, consumes, and thinks about food,” the statement said. Newman thinks that a war is taking place against farmers and ranchers, especially those who are independent or those who are not part of the system. “They want to remove small farmers, even medium farmers, from their land, and they want to bring it all under the control of these… fascistic public-private partnerships.”

  • This explains why China and Bill Gates are buying up large swaths of farmland in the U.S. and why farmers in Europe are protesting against climate measures that are driving them out of business.

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)

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, appointed by Barack Obama, has claimed at a conference that the court must follow “public sentiment” in its decisions or it risks losing its legitimacy. And she was immediately schooled on the fact that “public sentiment” should have nothing to do with the court’s decisions, as they are supposed to be based on the Constitution. Many pointed out, to Kagan, “That’s not how it works.”

  • Secular humanistic globalists will do and say anything to enact their own agenda, calling anyone else’s agenda partisan and misguided.

One of President Biden’s latest judicial nominees serves on the board of a group that backed calls to defund the police and has called to abolish prisons. Biden nominated Roopali Desai, a litigation partner at the law firm Coppersmith Brockelman, to the 9th Circuit Appeals Court bench last month. Desai serves on the board of Just Communities Arizona (JCA), a self-described “abolitionist organization” that envisions “a world in which prisons and jails are unnecessary.”

  • Such an ideal world where prisons and jails are unnecessary isn’t possible until Jesus returns for His thousand-year reign on the New Earth in the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21)

A new California bill that allows the state to take custody of out-of-state children whose parents oppose transgender treatments could have a major impact on parental rights across the nation, opponents are warning. The bill, S.B. 107, would make California a so-called “refuge” for minors whose states restrict transgender treatments or whose parents oppose such treatments. The bill also gives courts custody – at least temporarily – of minors who make the trip without their parents. Opponents of the bill say minors are not mature enough to make such decisions.

  • Socialistic secular humanism wants to take ownership of children away from parents, contrary to God’s laws establishing family as the foundation of society.

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

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Respect for Marriage Act, Tuesday, a measure that would codify same-sex marriage into law. Forty-seven Republicans joined all Democrats in support of the legislation that also would protect interracial marriage and repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between one man and one woman. It now goes to the Senate.

House Democrats on Friday rejected a resolution condemning recent attacks on churches, anti-abortion centers and groups. The resolution noted that “since the May 2, 2022 leak of the Supreme Court’s draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, individuals professing anti-life views have targeted, destroyed, or vandalized numerous pro-life facilities, groups, and even churches to further their radical cause.” According to the Catholic News Agency, 77 incidents of vandalism have been recorded.

The White House announced Thursday morning that President Biden had tested positive for COVID-19, despite the fact he is vaccinated and has had two booster shots. The White House’s statement says Biden is experiencing “mild symptoms” and is now taking Paxlovid. They assured Biden will work remotely to “carry out all of his duties.” As of Monday, 7/25, his condition has “improved.”

President Biden is infamous for his verbal gaffes and blunders. But now he’s unleashed something that probably should be explained: That he has “cancer.” Biden says that his mother using windshield wipers to “get literally the oil slick off the window” is “why I and so damn many other people have cancer.” He was in Massachusetts to announce that he plans to tackle climate change through executive orders since Congress has failed to act.

Surveillance World: 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)

Since at least 2017, federal officials have investigated Chinese land purchases near critical infrastructure, shut down a high-profile regional consulate believed by the U.S. government to be a hotbed of Chinese spies and stonewalled what they saw as clear efforts to plant listening devices near sensitive military and government facilities. Among the most alarming things the FBI uncovered pertains to Chinese-made Huawei equipment atop cell towers near U.S. military bases in the rural Midwest. According to multiple sources familiar with the matter, the FBI determined the equipment was capable of capturing and disrupting highly restricted Defense Department communications, including those used by US Strategic Command, which oversees the country’s nuclear weapons.

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

Media Matters, a left-wing activist organization, is urging Twitter to censor the word “groomer,” which it characterizes as anti-LGBT. The term “groomer,” which describes an adult who befriends a child without proper boundaries in order to prime them for sexual abuse, has been used by conservatives to criticize child drag events and lessons on sexuality and gender identity targeting young children. Media Matters argued that the word is being used to smear LGBT people as sexual predators and urged Twitter to crack down on the term.

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

A fight has erupted in the United Kingdom over the speech rights of individuals after a candidate for mayor was fired from her post with a housing organization for expressing biblical views on marriage. The case involving Maureen Martin, 56, from Lewisham, London, is being handled by the Christian Legal Center. Her lawyers explained she was fired from her post with a housing association, L&Q, for “gross misconduct.” The case apparently is the first of kind to see a political candidate fired from her employer over her Christian faith.

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

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation on Thursday enshrining into federal law the right to contraception, including medications used to induce abortion, with the support of eight Republicans. In a 228-195 vote, lawmakers passed the Right to Contraception Act after limited debate and no amendments. The legislation is unlikely to pass the 50-50 Senate.

With Roe v. Wade overturned, many of the most intense battles over abortion access will involve the mailing of pills into Republican-run states, notes the New York Times. Some pregnant women in these states will travel to states where abortion remains legal. But travel can be expensive and time-consuming, making it especially difficult for lower-income workers. That’s why both sides of the abortion issue are now gearing up for an extended fight over what’s known as medication abortion — and specifically over whether women who live in red states will be able to order abortion pills through the mail, even if it’s illegal. Abortion rights advocates are hoping to protect mail services from legal challenges and trying to spread the word that medication abortion is both safe and effective. Abortion opponents are thinking about how to prevent the mail from becoming a loophole that undermines their newly created bans.

At least five states – California, Kansas, Kentucky, Montana and Vermont – will include ballot proposals about changing the state’s constitution over abortion rights in the November elections. And several other states are gearing up to include an abortion initiative in 2023 or beyond. In California and Vermont, voters will decide to enshrine access to abortion, while in Kentucky and Kansas, voters will decide against protecting access to abortion in the states’ charters. In Arizona, a ballot measure to protect abortion access failed to meet the requirements for the November election. But activists in Michigan and Colorado are attempting to get an initiative included in the November election. 

The Mississippi abortion clinic that was at the center of the US Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe v. Wade ended a lawsuit Tuesday in which it had sought to block the state from enforcing a law that bans most abortions. Jackson Women’s Health Organization dropped its litigation a day after clinic owner Diane Derzis told the Associated Press that she sold the facility and had no intention to reopen it, even if a state court allowed her to do so.

A judge in the state of West Virginia on Monday blocked the enforcement of the state’s 19th-century ban on abortion. Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge Tera Salango has granted a preliminary injunction in the case of the Women’s Health Center of West Virginia, which is currently the only abortion provider that exists in the state. Salango went on to say that the injunction was granted in order to help patients “impregnated as a result of a rape or incest” who she said were “suffering irreparable harm.”

Pharmacy customers are using the hashtag #BoycottWalgreens on social media platforms like TikTok and Twitter to highlight being denied birth control or condoms because of the cashier’s moral or religious beliefs. Walgreens says it “allows pharmacists to step away from filling a prescription for which they have a moral objection. In responding to customer inquiries on Twitter, the company added, “At the same time, they are also required to refer the prescription to another pharmacist or manager on duty to meet the patient’s needs in a timely manner.”

Sweden has unveiled its latest plan to target Africans for the proliferation of abortion. Africa is the region of the world with the most number of countries,” said Rebecca Oas, director of research for C-FAM, explaining the significance of the initiative in an exclusive interview with LifeSiteNews. “Also, we know that Africa is the region of the world that still has above-replacement fertility — it has the highest fertility in the world. So obviously for those who are concerned about population growth, it has long been a target.” Sweden’s push for abortion on the continent is not new. The country fancies itself a global leader in advancing “sexual and reproductive health and rights.”

  • Now they finally say it out loud. Abortion is a population control measure. The globalist elites want to rid the world of all the poor folks who make the world ‘unsustainable’ and claim it all for themselves.

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 U.S. COVID-19 cases per day continue to rise slowly, increasing by 19% over the past two weeks, while hospitalizations are up 15% and deaths up 38%. The death rate can no longer be accurately calculated because so many cases now go unreported because of home testing. The number of those who home-test positive but don’t require hospitalization is completely unknown, but anecdotal evidence suggest that these numbers are now quite high across the U.S.

  • The impacts of this slower surge are being felt differently across the country. In California, known cases are higher than they have been in almost six months. In New York, more people with Covid are hospitalized today than at the height of last year’s Delta wave. Reported cases in Colorado are up 68% while in Nevada they are down 15%.

Patients hospitalized with COVID-19 who have higher blood viscosity are at greater risk of dying from COVID-related complications, the researchers found. COVID-19 increases the risk of blood clots, particularly among people with thicker blood.

A new study reveals that as COVID-19 variants mutate and evolve, so do the common symptoms. A recently updated Zoe Health Study conducted in the U.K. found that symptoms of the current omicron variant are predominantly a sore throat and hoarse voice. This was true in both vaccinated and unvaccinated patients. And these people were less likely to be hospitalized compared to those who became infected with the earlier delta variant. Symptoms also lasted for shorter periods — an average of 6.87 days, compared to 8.89 days.

Monkeypox

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared monkeypox a global emergency Friday as infections soar. The. move is expected to marshal funding and make governments act. WHO labeled the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, the highest level of alert the global health agency can issue. More than 16,500 cases of monkeypox have been reported globally. wo children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with monkeypox, health officials announced last week. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 1,814 confirmed cases across the country as of 7/22.

The first major peer-reviewed study of monkeypox infections has found that the virus is primarily being transmitted through the sexual activity of gay and bisexual men in the United States and around the world. The Journal of New England Medicine on Thursday published a study that 95% of the cases studied were suspected to have been transmitted through sexual activity among gay and bisexual men, and 4% of them also had HIV.

  • “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.” (Galatians 6:7-8)

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)

Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator at the time the vaccines were developed and rolled out, said in an interview Friday she wasn’t surprised that people who were quadruple vaccinated, including Biden and Dr. Anthony Fauci, contracted the disease. “I knew these vaccines were not going to protect against infection and I think we overplayed the vaccines,” Birx said. She said that during the current wave, the Pfizer drug Paxlovid is what “is going to save you now. But once we get through this wave, during the lull, you should get vaccinated, because we do believe it will protect you [from severe illness], particularly if you are over 70,”

Second coronavirus booster shots for people younger than 50 are on hold as the Biden administration tries to accelerate the campaign to make omicron-specific boosters available. Officials hope the newly formulated vaccines, which target the now-dominant omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5, can be offered by early to mid-September ahead of a possible spike in cases in the fall. If the omicron-specific boosters are ready that soon, officials probably will not authorize a second booster of the original vaccine formulation.

A federal judge tossed a lawsuit challenging a policy that requires unvaccinated employees at the FBI, CIA and other national security and defense agencies to take weekly coronavirus tests. The judge said that the employees should have pursued administrative grievances instead of a lawsuit, and noted that the weekly tests were an effort to keep the agencies’ workforces safe.   

The antibodies triggered by COVID-19 vaccines are interfering with people’s immune systems as newer virus variants emerge, said Dr. Harvey Risch, an epidemiology professor at the Yale School of Public Health. The two most widely used vaccines in the United States, produced by Pfizer and Moderna, both work by sending messenger RNA into muscle cells, where they produce a piece of the spike protein from the virus that causes COVID-19. The spike protein triggers the production of antibodies, which are believed to help prevent infection by SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, and fight illness if one still gets infected. “The vaccines only make a very narrow range of antibodies to the spike protein,” compared to the broader exposure experienced when one gets infected,” Risch said.

In the first five months of the year, England’s “fully vaccinated” population accounted for more than 90 percent of the deaths attributed to COVID-19, according to official government data. The U.K.’s Office for National Statistics, or ONS, recently published its data for the period of Jan. 1 through May 31, which show that deaths rose among the vaccinated month by month while falling among the unvaccinated.

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)

Police bodycam video of an officer shooting a 13-year-old Black boy appears to show the boy raising his hands in the air a moment before shots were fired, according to an attorney for the boy’s family. The May 18 shooting on Chicago’s West Side left the boy paralyzed. The video is from the body camera of an officer running after the 13-year-old believed to have been a passenger in a stolen car. The footage is from another officer involved in the chase. “Let’s be clear,” said Andrew Stroth, an attorney for the boy’s family. “What the video shows is an unarmed Black boy, running away from the police, puts his hands up, obeying what he heard from the officers, and without cause or provocations is shot.”

A man drove his vehicle into a family as they walked near Glacier National Park then got out and began shooting at them with a shotgun, killing one man and mortally wounding a toddler before one of the victims managed to kill the assailant after he ran out of ammunition, authorities said Tuesday. The assailant had been in a prior relationship with the woman who killed him and had mental health issues, according to the Glacier County Sheriff’s Office. After running out of ammunition, Madden used a knife to attack and critically wound Christina Siau, 30. But she fought back and fatally wounded Madden, who died at the scene.

Authorities searched for clues Sunday into a shooting of a couple and their young daughter at an Iowa campground that left their 9-year-old son as the sole survivor — an attack one family member called “completely random.” A suspect, Anthony Sherwin, 23, was found dead Friday in a wooded area of the park with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, officials said.

A man brandishing a sharp object attacked U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin as the Republican candidate for New York governor delivered a speech in western New York. The attacker, David G. Jakubonis, was subdued and has been charged with attempted assault. Although dragged to the ground, Rep. Zeldin was not injured. Lee Zeldin says black belt training helped him fend off attacker who tried to stab him. Jakubonis was released from police custody within hours of his arrest under New York’s crime laws.

  • Released? How can any justice system believe that allowing a demonstrably violent man back into society makes any sense whatsoever? These are evil, deluded end-times we live in. Fortunately, the Feds stepped in and arrested Jakubonis since it’s a federal crime to attack an elected official.

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)

California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday signed a gun control bill into law that will allow private citizens to sue anyone who manufactures, sells, transports or distributes illegal “assault weapons and ghost guns.” The measure was modeled after the Texas abortion ban that prohibits the procedure once a heartbeat was detected and allows private citizens to sue physicians, drivers or anyone else who aids a woman in receiving an abortion for $10,000. The California gun law would grant $10,000 in damages per weapon to private citizens who sue. Citizens could also be awarded the same amount if they file a lawsuit against someone who illegally sells firearms to people under 21 years of age.

A fleet of 52 yellow school buses in a mobile procession protesting gun violence visited the residence of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. The mile-long convoy to Cruz’s office was led by gun control advocacy organization Change the Ref, stopping first at Cruz’s Houston home in the protest dubbed, “The NRA Children’s Museum.” According to a press release from Change the Ref, the buses contained 4,368 empty seats, a reference to the number of children who were killed by gun violence in 2020. The release states that supporters of Change the Ref said they want Cruz to implement universal background check legislation for those who want to buy a gun.

  • They targeted Cruz because he recently gave a speech at the National Rifle Association’s convention.

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)

About 2 in 3 Americans say they favor term limits or a mandatory retirement age for Supreme Court justices, according to a new poll that finds a sharp increase in the percentage of Americans saying they have “hardly any” confidence in the Court. The poll from the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds 67% of Americans support a proposal to set a specific number of years that justices serve instead of life terms, including 82% of Democrats and 57% of Republicans. Views are similar about a requirement that justices retire by a specific age. In the prior poll, conducted in April before a draft of the court’s Roe v. Wade decision was leaked, 27% said they had hardly any confidence in the Court. Now, 43% say they have hardly any confidence.

Military: Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle; he is my steadfast love and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield and he in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me. (Psalm 144:1-2)

Facing what a top general called “unprecedented challenges” in recruiting, the U.S. Army expects to have 28,000 fewer soldiers over the next two years than previously projected. Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Joseph Martin, the Army’s No. 2 officer, told a House Armed Services Committee panel Tuesday the military branch likely be understrength by at least 7,000 soldiers on Sept. 30, the end of the current fiscal year, the Military Times reported. By the end of fiscal 2023, he anticipated the Army will be 28,000 soldiers short of the 473,000 that originally was projected. The paper said the Army is running out of short-term ideas to fix the problem.

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

A federal agent has testified that Georgia labor officials were bribed by an alleged criminal organization accused of subjecting farmworkers to forced labor and degrading living conditions, including housing dozens in a single-room trailer without safe drinking or cooking water. In sworn testimony, the Homeland Security Investigations special agent said the bribery was related to farmworker housing inspections. Passing the inspections can be a key requirement of federal approval to bring seasonal farmworkers to the U.S. on temporary visas.

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)

Apple is reportedly planning to slow hiring and spending for some of its teams as tech companies brace for a potential economic recession rise, according to Bloomberg. Meanwhile, Facebook parent company Meta and Amazon have pulled back on office expansions in New York. Several other tech companies have already taken steps bracing for a possible recession prior to Apple’s reported moves, including Netflix, Microsoft, Paypal and Coinbase.

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)

Swastika flags and antisemitic signs sound like a scene from Germany in 1939. Except this isn’t Germany pre-Holocaust. It’s Tampa, Florida, in 2022. White supremacists waved swastika flags and spewed Jewish hate on the streets of Florida, on July 24th, in a state that is home to many Jews as well as Holocaust survivors.

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

Border Patrol agents seized 250 pounds of fentanyl, enough to potentially kill everyone living on the west coast of the country, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Using the DEA’s metric that one kilogram of fentanyl has the potential to kill 500,000 people, the seizure contained over 56 million doses. The seizure has an estimated street value of $3,679,000 announced Monday. The border agents confiscated the drugs after pulling over a U.S. citizen driver of a 2015 Black GMC truck near Campo, California, where a drug sniffing dog found multiple packages of fentanyl hidden in the car’s spare tire and its gas tank.

Car crashes and deaths are on the rise in U.S. states that have legalized recreational marijuana, a new study finds. After marijuana legalization, the rate of car crashes with injuries increased by nearly 6%, while fatal crashes rose by 4%. No increase in crashes was seen in states that hadn’t legalized marijuana. “Marijuana, like alcohol and just about every other drug, changes how you feel and how you behave. That’s the purpose of a drug. And that changes how you drive. We all need to realize that driving after using marijuana is a bad idea,” said lead researcher Charles Farmer, vice president for research and statistical services at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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)

New York City charter school enrollment is booming while public school attendance is tanking. According to the NYC Independent Budget Office, public school enrollment dropped more than 8% from 2020-2022 while the charter school population grew by nearly 7% in the same period. In 2019, there were 81,000 applications for charter school seats, but only 33,000 available spots.

America’s public schools are struggling with a wave of departures by COVID-fatigued teachers just weeks before the first day of class. In Maryland, Montgomery County Public Schools has 400 teaching vacancies. According to the school system, 1,070 teachers resigned or retired between Sept. 1 and July 7, a 38% increase from 775 during the same period in 2020-21. In Georgia, Republican Gov. Brian Kemp has called on school systems to recruit more teachers from the military and from historically Black colleges. The Memphis-Shelby County Schools on Friday held interviews for retired teachers looking to return to the classroom.

In 2004, more respondents to a Gallup poll were satisfied with K-12 education in the U.S. than dissatisfied. Now, just 28% say they are satisfied with the public-school system. “Trust has fallen sharply since the all-time high of 62% in 1975, though it briefly rebounded to 41% in 2020. In 2021, the rate of trust fell nearly 10 percentage points to 32%, and dropped again to 28% in 2022,” Gallup reported.

A poll from Hart Research Associates has found that by a more than 2-1 margin, respondents indicated that they were “dissatisfied” with “the way students are taught about racial issues and the role of race in America” (60%) than “satisfied” (27%). Similarly, 58% of participants told pollsters they were “dissatisfied” with “the way students are taught about issues related to sexual preference and gender identity” compared to just 23% who were “satisfied.”

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)

At least 17 radical pro-abortion members of Congress, including U.S. Reps. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar, were arrested Tuesday during a pro-abortion protest in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. that involved planned “civil disobedience.” The arrests have been widely panned on social media as a publicity stunt, with many conservative commentators pointing out that the House members appeared to pretend to have been handcuffed when they were actually only escorted away by police.

South American countries are bracing for an autumn of discontent, as spiking global fuel prices threaten to provoke more protests in the upcoming months. Rising fuel prices have already brought about protests in Argentina, Ecuador and Panama. Their neighbors could be particularly susceptible to rising prices at the pump, because the region lacks alternative means of transportation, such as railways and waterways that are more common in Europe and North America.

Marriage:  “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” (Matthew 19:4-6)

New research finds that the lowest divorce rates are among religious adults who married in their 20s and did not cohabitate. The research by W. Bradford Wilcox and Lyman Stone for the Institute for Family Studies found that religious men and women who married in their twenties without cohabiting first … have the lowest odds of divorce in America today,” Separate research by the Institute for Family Studies found that couples who cohabited were 15 percent “more likely to get divorced than those who did not

Last Monday, Democrats in both chambers of Congress introduced a bill to redefine marriage in national law, which they have dubbed the Respect for Marriage Act. The bill would prevent any state from exclusively protecting the natural family in law, in the (unlikely) event the Supreme Court overturns Obergefell v. Hodges, the 2015 opinion which created the constitutional “right” to same-sex marriage. Voting will take place this week.

Family:  Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you. (Exodus 20:12) But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. (1Timothy 5:8)

In 2016, psychologist Dr. Peter Langman compiled biographical data on 56 American school shooters. He found that 82% had grown up in dysfunctional family situations, usually without two biological parents at home. The trend has sadly continued. The shooter in Uvalde, Texas, hadn’t lived with his father in years. The Sandy Hook shooter hadn’t seen his father in the two years leading up to that massacre. Last month, new research from the Institute for Family Studies demonstrated, once again, how important fathers are, especially for boys. For example, boys growing up without their dads are only half as likely to graduate from college as their peers who live with dad at home. Strikingly, those numbers remain steady even after controlling for other factors such as race, income, and general IQ. Boys without a dad at home are also almost twice as likely to be “idle” in their late twenties, defined as neither working nor in school, and are significantly more likely to have been arrested or incarcerated by the time they turn 35.

  • “These are only a few of the data points which demonstrate that fatherlessness is one of the most pressing crises our culture is facing. Why doesn’t our culture talk more about this?” asks Breakpoint.org

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 message was posted online by a Twitter account calling itself “Gays Against Groomers.” The post said, “This is the heartbreaking reality of what the woke activists have done to our community with their push to sexualize & indoctrinate children. So many of us feel this way. Had we known this is what our fight for equality would have led to, we wouldn’t have fought for it at all.” A woman, known online only as Carol, said in a video, “If I would have understood when I was younger that fighting for my rights as a lesbian would mean allowing children to drag shows, attaching child molesters to our community, and allowing children to change their sex before they even know what their favorite color is, I would have never done it.”

The University of Pennsylvania has nominated transgender swimmer Lia Thomas for the NCAA’s Woman of the Year award. Prior to this season, Thomas had competed against men with a ranking of #462. Competing against women, Thomas achieved a #1 ranking in the U.S. Sixteen UPenn teammates wrote a letter noting that Thomas “holds an unfair advantage over competition in the women’s category.” If guidelines now in place had been enacted at the start of the season, Thomas would not have been permitted to compete.

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)

A sailboat carrying150 migrants was intercepted off of Boca Chita, Florida Thursday morning by U.S. Coast Guard officials and local law enforcement. The Coast Guard reported all individuals on the boat were safe. No details regarding where the migrants are from have yet been released. 

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

American and United airlines both reported their first operating profit since the start of the pandemic, as strong demand for air travel and high fares allowed the carriers to overcome rising fuel prices. The amount passengers paid to fly each mile on the airlines in the quarter was up just over 20% compared to 2019, by far the highest per-mile fares paid since the start of the pandemic.

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 Nord Stream 1 pipeline restarted Thursday after a 10-day maintenance pause despite fears it would not come back online amid tensions with Russia. The pipeline, linking Russian energy suppliers directly to German and Western European customers, is delivering gas at only 40% of its capacity. A second completed-but-inactive Nord Stream 2 pipeline also linking Russia and Germany appears to be sidelined indefinitely because of the Ukraine war.

  • On Monday, just days after reopening its Nord Stream 1 pipeline, Russia says it will reduce gas to Germany, keeping Europe in state of uncertainty. Russia’s Gazprom said it would only supply gas at 20 percent of capacity this week — half of where it had been.

The price of diesel fuel has skyrocketed in recent months — much more even than regular gasoline. Diesel fuel is averaging $5.50 a gallon nationally 0n 7/21 — up a scorching 68% from a year ago, when it was selling for just $3.27. By comparison, a gallon of regular gasoline is averaging $4.47, up 41% from a year ago. All the goods consumers buy — from cereal and orange juice to Amazon deliveries of diapers — are delivered by trucks, trains or ships that run on diesel. Those inflated prices are then passed on from company to company until they reach consumers in the form of costlier goods.

The U.S. Postal Service is increasing the total number of electric vehicles in its next-generation delivery fleet. Under an adjusted environmental proposal, USPS plans to limit its order of next-generation delivery vehicles (NGDV) to 50,000 and raise the minimum percentage of NGDV battery electric vehicles (BEV) to at least 50%. USPS will also purchase 34,500 commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) vehicles over a two-year period. Of the total 84,500 NGDV and COTS vehicles, at least 40% will be battery electric vehicles. The new next-generation delivery vehicles are expected to start servicing postal routes in late 2023.

Work: Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. (Colossians 3:23-24)

Stress among global workers reached an all-time high in 2021, with 60% reporting they felt emotionally detached from their jobs, reports the Christian Post. The findings come as part of Gallup’s State of the Global Workplace: 2022 Report. The analytics firm also noted that many workers reported not feeling hopeful about the future. Some 44% of employees reported experiencing stress a lot the previous day. Just 21% of the world’s workers reported being engaged with their work, however, figures varied significantly by region. While 33% of employees reported that they are engaged with their work in the United States and Canada, just 14% of employees reported the same in Europe. Nearly two-thirds (63%) of those in Australia and New Zealand reported that they are thriving, despite just 17% reporting that they are engaged. Some 60% of U.S. and Canadian workers also reported that they were thriving.

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)

Home prices hit a new all-time high in June, even as home sales declined for the fifth straight month as a lack of affordability continues to push buyers out of the market. The median home price was $416,000 last month, up 13.4% from one year ago, according to a report from the National Association of Realtors. It marks more than a decade of year-over-year monthly price gains. Sales of existing homes – which include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops – were down 5.4% in June from May and 14.2% from a year ago. June saw the weakest sales figure since June 2020, which was artificially low due to the pandemic.

International buyers purchased $59 billion worth of U.S. residential properties from April 2021 to March 2022, an 8.5% increase from the previous year that broke a three-year streak of declines, a report by the National Association of Realtors found. 

U.S. homebuyers are backing out of purchases at the highest rate since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to real estate broker Redfin. Jessica Lautz, the National Association of Realtor’s vice president of demographics and behavioral insights, said the market is not balanced – yet – but some homebuyers now have a better chance of getting their preferred choice than a few months ago.

In June, the national median rent hit a new record high of $1,876 a month, up 14% from a year ago, according to Realtor.com’s rental report. While June marked the 16th consecutive month of record highs, it is the fifth straight month of moderating growth, retreating from a 17% year-over-year rent increase in January.

Buy now, pay later (BNPL) apps have quickly risen in popularity – accounting for $142 billion in e-commerce transactions last year, according to a report from WorldPay. But some customers have reported that it can be difficult to get a refund if something goes wrong with the purchase, according to Charla Rios, deputy director of research at the Center for Responsible Lending, a nonprofit organization that educates the public about financial products. In letters to the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, a watchdog agency that is looking into whether more regulation is needed in the BNPL industry, consumer advocates are urging more protection for buyers in the event of fraud or canceled purchases.

Many retailers are moving exclusively to digital coupons. According to Pew Research Center, 39% of people 65 and over do not own a smartphone, and 25% don’t use the internet. Additionally, 24% of adults with household incomes below $30,000 a year don’t own a smartphone, while 41% don’t have a computer. This means that millions of older and low-income shoppers — the people who often depend on coupons the most to stretch their dollars — are shut out of deals only available to digital shoppers.

Ford Motor Co. is getting ready to eliminate up to 8,000 jobs in the coming weeks to help fund its push into electric vehicles. Bloomberg, citing unnamed sources familiar with the plan, said Wednesday the cuts will come largely in the newly created Ford Blue unit that produces gasoline-powered vehicles, as well as “other salaried operations throughout the company.” 

The European Central Bank surprised markets Thursday by raising interest rates by half a percentage point to fight inflation. The ECB’s first rate increase in 11 years came after officials signaled for weeks that they intended to raise rates by one-quarter of a percentage point.

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

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid instructed the country’s Foreign Ministry on Saturday to prepare a series of political measures against Russia to be implemented in the event it liquidates the Russian branch of the Jewish Agency, a non-profit organization that promotes immigration to Israel. Although Moscow gave no reason for shuttering the agency’s offices, officials have said it is possibly due to Israel’s stance on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Lawmakers met on Saturday to discuss the matter, during which some even suggested that Jerusalem should change its policy on the war altogether. Nevertheless, others stressed the approach should not only be “sticks,” but also “carrots.” An Israeli delegation that was supposed to travel to Moscow on Saturday to try to intercede with Russian authorities did not depart as planned as Russia had not yet confirmed their visas

The IDF and other Israeli security forces conducted counterterrorism activities on Wednesday night in several locations in Judea and Samaria, during which they captured Abdel Halim Ezz El-Din, the commander of the Islamic Jihad in the Jenin area. The IDF stated that its forces conducted operations in multiple locations, including in the city of Jenin, and the villages of Hawara, Salem, Bir Zeit, El Yamun, and Enabus. They also arrested three wanted persons suspected of involvement in terrorist activities, including Adel Zakarna, whose brother Muhammad was killed in a clash with Israeli forces in April.

The Biden administration has decided to resume financial aid to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, even though the Palestinian school books continue to incite violence against Israel and even erase Israel’s existence from their maps. This means that U.S. taxpayer money is now once again going directly to an international agency that promotes messages of hate against Israel and denies its right to exist.

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 blamed Israel for missile strikes near Damascus on Thursday night. Syria’s state-controlled SANA news agency reported three soldiers were killed and another seven people were injured. It also claimed that the Syrian military shot down a number of the missiles. Opposition news sites reported that a warehouse belonging to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and a drone factory — both south of the capital — were among the sites targeted. Other unconfirmed reports said that Hezbollah operatives were among the injured. In a rare Israeli confirmation, Diaspora Affairs Minister Nachman Shai told Israel’s Kan Reshet Bet radio station on Friday morning, “The IDF operated in Syria last night. We continue to protect our security interests.” Israel has carried out hundreds of air strikes in Syria to prevent Iran and its proxies from entrenching themselves and transferring weapons.

Iran rolled out the red carpet Tuesday as Russian President Vladimir Putin stepped out of a plane and onto the tarmac in Tehran. The Iranian oil minister met him there, and then Putin went to a meeting with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Raisi and Putin talked about increasing their ties in energy, transportation, and trade, the IRNA news agency reported. The White House has alleged that Iran is supplying Russia with drones for its ongoing invasion of Ukraine, but Iran has not directly responded to the allegations. Iran and Turkey also signed preliminary agreements over investments and business.

  • Turkey is the only country in NATO that has not placed sanctions on Russia. Turkey has sent drones to Ukrainian forces, but it also is relying on Russian trade to uphold its currency amid inflation. President Erdoğan has also tried to broker talks to get grain out of the Ukraine. 

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 missiles hit Ukraine’s Black Sea port of Odesa hours after Moscow and Kyiv signed deals to allow grain exports to resume from there. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry denounced Saturday’s strike as a “spit in the face” to Turkey and the United Nations, which brokered the agreements. U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget A. Brink called the attack “outrageous” and condemned Russia for continuing to “weaponize food.” The port’s infrastructure was hit by two Russian Kalibr cruise missiles and Ukrainian air defenses brought down two others. The report didn’t specify the damage or say whether the strike caused casualties.

  • Russian officials Sunday insisted the country’s missile airstrike on the Ukrainian port of Odesa this weekend hit only military targets.

Russia is no longer interested in occupying only Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with Russian state media published Wednesday. After the U.S. said it would give Ukraine more long-range weapons, Lavrov said that would force the Russian objectives to change. “Now the geography is different. It’s not just Donetsk and Luhansk, it’s Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, and a number of other territories. And this is an ongoing process, consistent and insistent.” He said Russia would need to push further into Ukraine, specifically to the country’s south, in order to create a buffer between it and the new weapons.

Cluster bombs struck a medical facility, bus stop, and residential buildings among other things on Thursday in Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, the National Police in Kharkiv said. The city’s mayor said the bombs struck one of the most crowded areas of the city leaving burned-out cars and buses pierced with shrapnel. Russia also shelled nearby wheat fields which caught fire, the region’s governor said.

  • Russia’s use of cluster bombs, if the report is accurate, violates international law. The Convention on Cluster Munitions is an international treaty that prohibits all use, transfer, production, and stockpiling of cluster bombs, a type of explosive weapon which scatters submunitions (“bomblets”) over an area.

The Biden administration is planning to bolster U.S. arms production to sustain the war in Ukraine and to support Taiwan in preparing to fend off a future Russian-style invasion from China, White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said Friday. Mr. Sullivan also said the administration is urging Taiwan’s political and military leaders to purchase arms better suited to fighting the Chinese military if it were to launch an invasion of the democratically ruled island. Due to the need to produce more weapons faster, the Pentagon is working on ways to increase the capacity of the American defense industrial base, as well as allied defense industries.

  • Taiwan held widespread air raid drills on Monday as China doubled down on warnings to the U.S. against allowing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to visit the island. Pelosi defended her planned trip to the island, a region that China has long claimed as its sovereign territory. The Chinese foreign ministry warned that the trip could have “serious consequences” for the U.S.

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)

A U.S. airstrike killed two members of an al-Qaeda-affiliated group in Somalia in the first major action by American forces in the East African nation since President Joe Biden sent Special Operations troops back there in May. U.S. Africa Command said it conducted the strike in coordination with the government of Somalia on Sunday after the al-Shabaab terrorist organization “attacked partner forces in a remote location near Libikus, Somalia,” according to a statement. “Violent extremist organizations like al-Shabaab present long-term threats to Somali, regional and US interests.”

In South Sudan, 209 people were killed and 33 were wounded over the month of June, according to CEPO, a civic group based in the country’s capital. The wave of violence could threaten the country’s upcoming elections, which are scheduled for 2023. A fragile peace pact was assembled in 2018 between President Salva Kiir and Vice President Riek Machar, but the vice president has said that the country cannot hold elections amid such violence. A United Nations panel in May said that the 2018 agreement was faltering. Soldiers are sometimes outnumbered by civilian attackers in a country flush with small weapons. On June 25, gunmen killed 30 soldiers in Tonj North, a county in the president’s home state of Warrap.

Hundreds of people have been killed in Afghanistan since the Taliban overran the country nearly a year ago, even though security on the whole has improved since then, the United Nations said in a report Wednesday. The report also highlighted the poor situation of women and girls since the Taliban takeover and how they have been stripped of many of their human rights under Afghanistan’s current rulers.

Al-Qaeda-linked militants attacked four towns near the border between Somalia and Ethiopia, the first major assault by the Islamist group since Somalia appointed a new president in May. Towns including Aato and Yeed were targeted in the raids by the al-Shabaab group. Dozens of members of an Ethiopian paramilitary police unit, known as the Liyu, were killed in the raids. The office of Somali Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre met with senior members of an African Union-led armed force fighting al-Shabaab in Somalia and said he would help launch a new offensive against the militants in order to reach those in need of humanitarian assistance.

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

The U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres announced Friday a deal to end the Russian blockade of Ukrainian grain, amid global shortages and soaring prices. Guterres said the accord, brokered by the U.N. and Turkey, will open the way for significant volumes of food exports from three Ukrainian ports in the Black Sea. The deal comes amid growing fears that tens of millions of people are facing acute hunger because of the war in Ukraine.

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

President Biden on Wednesday stated he will use his executive power to take government action against the “emergency” of climate change. “Climate change is an emergency,” Biden said during a speech at Brayton Point Power Station in Somerset, Massachusetts. My message today is loud and clear: Since Congress is not acting on the climate emergency, I will. And in the coming weeks my Administration will begin to announce executive actions to combat this emergency.

Migrating monarch butterflies have fluttered closer to extinction in the past decade – prompting scientists to officially designate them as “endangered,” the International Union for the Conservation of Nature announced on Thursday.

A landslide in Peru engulfed 150 homes, covered a town in dust and displaced many households. Government officials are working to provide aid and rehome those who were affected.

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)

Japan’s Sakurajima volcano, located on the island of Kyushu, erupted on Sunday, prompting evacuations in the region. The Japan Meteorological Agency announced a Level 5 alert – the highest level – calling for people to evacuate. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. Japan’s nuclear regulators said that no irregularities had been detected at the nearby Sendai nuclear power plant. Sakurajima is one of Japan’s most active volcanoes, having erupted on several occasions in recent decades.

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)

Multiple wildfires raged in the U.S. over the weekend, causing deaths, evacuations and damage to structures. One of California’s biggest wildfires this year exploded to over 21 square miles Sunday, forcing thousands to flee remote mountain communities as the blaze near Yosemite National Park burned out of control amid sweltering temperatures and low humidity. The fire, which remained 0% contained Sunday morning, began Friday in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The fire has destroyed at least 10 structures and damaged another five.

Authorities announced that two pilots in a firefighting helicopter had died after the aircraft crashed amid a blaze in Idaho. The two pilots who died in the crash were contracted to help fight the Moose Fire as it burned about 21 miles north of Salmon, Idaho.

The Texas A&M Forest Service blames 110-degree heat, 10-20 mph winds, and drought conditions in 99% of Texas for the outbreak of a record 24 new wildfires. Two fires, the Chalk Mountain and Possum Kingdom Lake fires, have by themselves burned at least 21 homes. The wildfires have scorched more than 7,000 acres in central and eastern Texas.

The London Fire Brigade had its busiest day since World War II on Tuesday, battling several fires that started in grassy areas and then engulfed neighborhoods in and around the city. More than 40 homes and businesses were destroyed. The fires came as the normally cool, damp U.K. saw its hottest day ever on the heels of weeks of drier-than-usual conditions.

The heat wave has also fueled several wildfires across Europe that have forced tens of thousands of people from their homes. Fires were still burning in other parts of Europe Wednesday. France, Spain and Portugal have been hit particularly hard by wildfires in recent days, but all reported improved conditions as the heat subsided.

Greece is struggling to contain four major wildfires within its borders as firefighters are stretched thin and homes are evacuated. The newest fire began Saturday morning on the island of Lesbos, forcing local authorities to evacuate hundreds from homes and an exclusive resort. Authorities relocated 450 people for that fire alone, while three others continue to burn on the Grecian mainland. The remaining fires are in Western Macedonia, the Southern Peloponnese region, and in the northeast Dadia national forest near the Greece-Turkey border. The latter is the largest blaze, requiring a herculean effort to contain. While another fire had threatened the ancient city of Athens earlier this month, authorities announce the blaze was under control last week.

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 U.S. West continues to slowly improve, but with two states getting worse. Overall, the percent of the West in severe to exceptional drought dropped from 81% three months ago to 63% on July 21. However, California worsened from 95% to 97% while Arizona increased from 60% to 68%. Utah and Nevada remained the same at just under 100%. New Mexico improved from 93% to 85%. In the Northwest, Washington improved from 27% to 0% while Oregon decreased from 72% to 53% and Idaho dropped from 67% to 17% with Montana declining from 83% to 15%.

Boston broke a daily record high temperature Sunday and New York City and Philadelphia may follow suit as an “extremely oppressive” heat wave intensified in the Northeast, leading to at least two heat-related deaths over the weekend. More than 85 million Americans faced excessive heat warnings and advisories Sunday from the Southern Plains to the Northeast. A cold front approaching the Northeast on Monday and Tuesday should bring some less oppressive temperatures, but there is also the possibility of severe weather in the form of thunderstorms and high winds.

Britain’s heat wave is now in the record books. The temperature reached 102.4 degrees last Tuesday, surpassing the all-time high set in 2019, reports the AP. After 363 years of recording temperature data, this is the highest ever recorded. Then on Wednesday, temps set another record at 104 degrees.

Scotland has seen a new provisional record temperature, after 34.8 degrees Celsius (94.6 degrees Fahrenheit) was recorded in Charterhall in the Scottish Borders on Tuesday. The previous record of 32.9 degrees Celsius (91.2 degrees Fahrenheit) was recorded in Greycrook, in the Scottish Borders, on August 9, 2003.

One of the United Kingdom’s largest airports suspended flights on Monday after high temperatures damaged a runway. An “essential runway repair” was required “after high surface temperatures caused a small section to lift,” the airport said on Twitter. Full operations resumed just after 6 p.m. in London.

Hurricane Darby, which weakened into a tropical storm as it passed under the islands, brought “historic” swells to south-facing Hawaiian shores which were rocked this past weekend by the “highest south shore surf in more than 25 years.” Waves at Honolulu’s Diamond Head reached heights of 25 feet on Sunday. The high surf caused coastal flooding in Lahaina on Maui, road closures on Kauai, with waves crashing into and over condos in Kailua-Kona.

Several days of unusually warm weather in northern Greenland have triggered rapid melting, made visible by the rivers of meltwater rushing into the ocean. Temperatures have been running around 60 degrees Fahrenheit – 10 degrees warmer than normal for this time of year. The amount of ice that melted in Greenland between July 15 and 17 alone – 6 billion tons of water per day – would be enough to fill 7.2 million Olympic-sized swimming pools – enough to cover the entire state of West Virginia with a foot of water.

In Europe, the costs of a winter and spring with little rain and an intensely hot summer are mounting. Water levels along Germany’s Rhine river, which is crucial for transporting chemicals, coal and grain, are so low that shipping has been disrupted, threatening to further scramble supply chains. Water flows at the Kaub gauge, located to the west of Frankfurt, are at 45% of average levels for this time of year.

Signs of the Times Update: July 18, 2022

July 18, 2022

I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth—Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord. (Psalm 40:1-3)

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 federal judge has blocked a Title IX directive from President Joe Biden’s administration that allowed transgender workers and students to use school restrooms matching their gender identities. It also allowed transgender athletes to join sports teams corresponding with their chosen genders. The directive was blocked by Judge Charles Atchley Jr. of the Eastern District of Tennessee, a Trump appointee, after a coalition of 20 Republican attorneys general sued last year, Reuters reported. The plaintiffs argued the federal directive clashed with state laws and prevented states from enforcing their own laws that banned transgender school bathroom use.

A federal district court in Ohio has temporarily blocked the Biden administration from enforcing the COVID-19 vaccine mandate on thousands of U.S. Air Force service members who remain unvaccinated after having opposed the shot on religious grounds but have had their religious exemption applications denied. U.S. District Court Judge Matthew McFarland, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump in late 2019, issued a temporary restraining order filed on Thursday preventing the Biden administration from taking any action for at least 14 days against any Air Force member who opted not to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • The judge’s ruling also grants the case “class status,” which means the temporary restraining order will grant relief to all 12,000 members of the Air Force who submitted a religious accommodation request from the COVID-19 vaccine mandate but had their requests denied or not yet acted upon. 

A New York Supreme Court judge this month ruled that regulations mandating that people infected with or exposed to highly contagious communicable diseases be quarantined are a violation of state law, declaring them null and void. The Isolation and Quarantine procedures, known as Rule 2.13, were enacted in February

The margins of support for Florida’s new legal provisions protecting children from being sexualized in school at a very young age are quite large, reports the Republican Daily on 7/16. Poll results show respondents favoring the new law by a margin of 27 points, saying that schools should be banned from teaching sexual orientation and gender identity to kids in kindergarten through third grade. By 28 points, they said transgender athletes should be banned from competing in girls’ sports.

A Virginia school district accused of covering up “transgender” student rape failed this week to convince a judge to impose an injunction against the state’s Republican Attorney General Jason Miyares investigating the matter. The school board members are accused of covering up the rape of a female student by a “transgender” student in the girls’ bathroom. That situation, along with another student sexual assault claim, intensified protests against the district’s leadership, including a student walkout and contributing to Democrats losing the Virginia governorship and House of Delegates. The 15-year-old perpetrator of the first rape was sentenced to probation at a residential treatment facility and placed on the sex offender registry, but serious questions remain as to LCPS’s handling of the case, prompting Miyares to launch an investigation..

A federal jury in Texas has awarded a former Southwest flight attendant more than $5 million after the airline fired her over her stance on abortion in a lawsuit dating back to 2017. The reward in combined compensatory and punitive damages comes after the Transportation Workers Union of America (TWU) Local 556 union and Southwest fired Charlene Carter for her religious stance on abortion, which she publicized on social media. “Today is a victory for freedom of speech and religious beliefs. Flight attendants should have a voice, and nobody should be able to retaliate against a flight attendant for engaging in protected speech.”

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 where[a] the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. (Revelation 20:10)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is directing teens to an online chat platform run in part by Planned Parenthood that discusses sex-change operations, polyamorous relationships, the occult and other topics. Significantly, the site – called Q Chat Space – is designed so that users can quickly hide it from parents, reports Breitbart News. Among the topics are “Drag Culture 101,” “Sex and Relationships,” “Having Multiple Genders” and “Gender Affirmation Surgeries.” And there are chats on “self-discovery in astrology” and “Queering Tarot,” which is about the tarot cards used in occult practices.

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)

A new poll done by Rasmussen Reports in conjunction with the Heartland Institute reveals that Democrats not only want to expand the Supreme Court so that President Biden can appoint more liberal members (53%), but 39% of Democrats said they would also like to give the United Nations veto power over Supreme Court decisions. Fifty-six percent of Democrats say the Supreme Court now “is a fundamentally racist institution.” And 67% of Democrats say the court “is a fundamentally sexist institution that favors men over women.” There are currently 3 women and 4 men serving on the Court, with one Black and one Hispanic, much more diverse than it used to be.

The World Economic Forum (WEF) on Monday released a position paper that said lowering fossil fuel use with higher prices is necessary to reduce carbon emissions was necessary as the world faces two global crises — “climate change and the decline of democracy.” The WEF’s paper said democracy can be saved as long as consumers stop burning coal, oil, and gas in exchange for green renewables. “For the past 15 years, democracy has been in decline worldwide. To protect and promote freedom, leading democracies must strengthen their economies and safeguard liberty.

  • This is a specious argument. Globalists run the WEF and what they call ‘democracy’ has nothing to do with freedom or individual rights or the will of the people. To them, a democracy is when all the masses are cajoled or coerced to line up with their agenda for climate change, sustainability, LGBYQ+, abortion, etc.

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)

 Oberlin College, a liberal bastion in higher education, is racking up $4,300 a day in debt for a libel judgment delivered by a jury, approved by a district court judge, and endorsed by an appeals court. The school has accumulated more than $4 million in interest charges for delaying payment of the judgment awarded to the owners of Gibson’s Baker, which the school falsely accused of being racist. It’s because the school wants the Ohio Supreme Court to cancel the debt, a move being opposed by the lawyers for the bakery. No date has been announced for the court to hear the case.

  • What business is it for a university to be labeling a bakery anything? Stick to education instead of political engagement. But most colleges and universities have become higher-level indoctrination centers for the religion of secular humanism, continuing the training process begun in our public-school system.

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)

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-WV, on Thursday dealt a devastating blow to Democrats’ hopes for sweeping legislative action this year, telling Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and his staff “unequivocally” that he won’t support the climate or tax provisions of a Democratic economic package, two sources familiar with the talks tell CNN. The two had been negotiating for months, and Schumer, a New York Democrat, had made a number of concessions to pare back the climate provisions to appease Manchin, whose support is critical in an evenly decided Senate.

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)

Amazon has provided Ring doorbell footage to law enforcement 11 times this year without the user’s permission, a revelation that’s bound to raise more privacy and civil liberty concerns about its video-sharing agreements with police departments across the country. The disclosure came in a letter from the company that was made public Wednesday by US Sen. Edward Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat. Ring has said before it will not share customer information with police without consent, a warrant, or due to “an exigent or emergency” circumstance. The 11 videos shared this year fell under the emergency provision, Amazon’s letter said, the first time the company publicly shared such information.

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

A report from Lifeway Research shows that more than half of all Americans say religious tolerance for Christians is on the decline, yet more than a third also believe Christians complain too much about how they are treated in society. The survey of a thousand Americans showed that nearly 60% agreed that “Christians increasingly are confronted by intolerance in America today.” Those who attend a worship service at least four times per month are more likely (64%) to believe religious liberty is on the decline in the U.S. than those who attend less than once per month (53%). The religiously unaffiliated, or “nones,” were the least likely (40%) to agree religious liberty is on the decline.

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

Twitter suspended the group responsible for publishing the home addresses of several conservative Supreme Court justices on Thursday. The group, Ruth Sent Us, published the addresses of the six conservative Supreme Court justices in May following leaks indicating the court would soon overturn Roe v. Wade.

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)

Another Christian in Pakistan has been handed a death sentence for alleged “blasphemy” against Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, reports Barnabas Aid. This latest case is particularly troubling, as Ashfaq Masih made no reference to Muhammad or to the Islamic religion. Ashfaq’s alleged crime was to say that he believes Jesus Christ to be the only true prophet. Last month two brothers, both Christians, Qasir and Amoon Ayub, saw their death sentence for “blasphemy” upheld by an appeal court in Rawalpindi. In January this year Zafar Bhatti, a Christian appealing against a sentence of life imprisonment for “blasphemy”, received a death sentence. In each of these cases, Christians have been the victims of spurious accusations from Muslim neighbors.

Troops affiliated with Myanmar’s military junta have burned down at least 132 religious buildings since the military coup began in February last year, according to residents and rights groups. The list includes 28 Buddhist monasteries targeted in Sagaing state, while troops destroyed at least 66 churches in Chin state alone. At least 20 churches and one mosque were destroyed in Kayah state. Religious leaders have said the attacks are deliberate. Aung Myo Min, minister for human rights for the shadow National Unity Government, called on residents to document the destruction for future prosecution.

Outraged over the newly received formal legal recognition of a church in Egypt, Muslims in large crowds attacked and damaged the homes, shops and vehicles of many area Coptic Christians, according to a persecution watchdog, the U.S.-based International Christian Concern. The local Christians had been waiting for years for the legal approval of the church, which was originally built in 2003. Throughout the process, Muslims in the area have rejected the legitimacy of the new church, asserting that the construction or restoration of a church contradicts Islamic law. The Conditions of Omar, thought to have been written by Caliph Omar I, is one Islamic text that they refer to, which dictates that no churches should ever be built or repaired, and that Christians must make do with pre-existing churches only, ICC said.

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

A new Fox News survey of registered voters about the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade was released Sunday, and found that 61% oppose the demise of Roe. That includes majorities of Democrats (83%) and independents (67%). However, just 36% of Republicans oppose overturning the case. Overall, only 35% of voters support the reversal of Roe.

  • The Rasmussen Reports survey found that 64% of likely U.S. voters want abortion providers to be required to notify parents before performing abortions on girls under age 18. About 25% opposed parental notification and 11% were unsure.

Three words in the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision that overturned Roe v. Wade redefined the battle over abortion. “Unborn human being” is the term Associate Justice Samuel Alito used, supplanting the phrase ‘potential life’ in the Roe ruling. Legal experts are declaring that a ‘game-changer.’ Critics claim that this “erases whole groups of people who have different religious beliefs.”

The U.S. House on Friday passed two bills pushing abortion access to women in conservative states and protecting out-of-state abortion providers. These new bills (HR 8296 and HR 8297) are now headed to the Senate where it seems unlikely they will be able to bypass the 60-vote filibuster rule. Earlier this year, Democrat Senators Joe Manchin (WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (AZ) said they oppose abolishing the filibuster rule. So did Republican Senators Susan Collins (ME) and Lisa Murkowski (AK). But all four have said they want to codify Roe v. Wade as federal law, so pray hard against these two bills and the upcoming votes.

In a June 7 letter to President Joe Biden, before Roe was overturned, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and 24 other Democratic senators suggested placing abortion services on federal lands. Warren also suggested to the Washington Post that the Biden administration could establish Planned Parenthood stations on the outskirts of national parks. Federal lands, or federal enclaves, refer to buildings or land within a state that are under the federal government’s control. In many cases, federal enclaves are subject to federal jurisdiction exclusively, meaning that state governments can’t prosecute crimes on that land. In theory, clinics within federal enclaves could provide a loophole for abortion access in states with restrictive abortion laws in place. But in practice, legal experts say placing and operating abortion services on federal lands is complicated.

A southern California school board will consider an agreement Monday for Planned Parenthood Los Angeles to open a clinic at a local high school. The seven-member school board of the Norwalk-LaMirada Unified School District will vote during a meeting Monday evening on allowing Planned Parenthood to open and operate a clinic for reproductive health care at John Glenn High School in Norwalk. Abortions and gender-affirming hormone therapy are not listed as services that will be provided at the on-campus site, but clinic staff will be permitted to make referrals to other Planned Parenthood centers “for services not offered” at the school, according to the proposal.

  • Parents are protesting loudly. “Families and taxpayers should be horrified that the Norwalk-La Mirada USD is considering a partnership with Planned Parenthood,” Nicole Neily, the president and founder of Parents Defending Education said.

Dozens of pro-life centers have been targeted across the country since a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion signaled Roe V. Wade would be overturned in May, followed by the nation’s highest court ultimately ruling as such in June. For one pro-life organization in Ohio, it has been targeted twice since last month. A pro-life women’s medical clinic in California has spent $150,000 to boost its security in the face of overwhelming violence. Threatened by violence, the clinic has been forced to hire 24-hour on-site security.

It is not only domestic terrorist groups like Jane’s Revenge which are declaring war on pregnancy crisis centers. It is also senior elected officials who are trying to shut down these life-giving clinics. In the words of Senator Elizabeth Warren, “With Roe gone, it’s more important than ever to crack down on so-called ‘crisis pregnancy centers’ that mislead and deceive patients seeking abortion care.”

  • “Crack down” on these centers? “Stop” their “harmful practices”? Unlike killing unborn babies, pro-life pregnancy centers do nothing but affirm life. Warren is stirring up even more violence.

The same surgical procedure that is used to treat a miscarriage is also used for terminating pregnancies. New Texas anti-abortion laws have doctors nervous to perform procedures for miscarriages, forcing a woman to carry her dead fetus in her womb for two weeks. Law of ‘unintended consequences’ at work here.

The Department of Health and Human Services sent a guidance on Wednesday to 60,000 pharmacies nationwide, warning their employees of stiff, legal “corrective action” against anyone who refuses to comply, including filling orders for abortion drugs. The guidelines say, for instance, that if a pharmacist refuses to fill an order for mifepristone or misoprostol “because these medications can also be used to terminate a pregnancy – the pharmacy may be discriminating on the basis of sex.”

A man was charged with impregnating a 10-year-old Ohio girl whose travel to Indiana to seek an abortion led to international attention and became a flashpoint in the national furor over the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Nearly all abortions after the detection of fetal cardiac activity became illegal in Ohio last month after the high court’s ruling. The story of a young girl traveling across state lines to receive an abortion went viral. Gerson Fuentes, 27, an illegal immigrant whose last known address was an apartment in Columbus, was arrested Tuesday after police said he confessed to raping the child on at least two occasions. He’s charged with rape, a felony of the first degree in Ohio, and is being held in jail on a $2 million bond.

A federal judge in Phoenix on Monday blocked a 2021 state “personhood” law that gives all legal rights to unborn children and that abortion rights groups said put providers at risk of prosecution for a variety of crimes. U.S. District Judge Douglas Rayes said in his written ruling that the groups that sued to block the law are right – it is “anyone’s guess,” as the state acknowledged, what criminal laws abortion providers may be breaking if they perform otherwise-legal abortions. “And that is the problem,” Rayes wrote. “When the punitive and regulatory weight of the entire Arizona code is involved, Plaintiffs should not have to guess at whether their conduct is on the right or the wrong side of the law.”

  • It is unclear if abortions – that have been halted in Arizona since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month that women do not have a constitutional right to abortion – would restart.

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

New Covid-19 cases in the U.S. are up 15% over the past two weeks, with hospitalizations up 20% and deaths up 10%. Cases are rising in more than 40 states. With home-testing, this is definitely an undercount, but no one knows by how much. These increases come as the BA.5 variant, believed to be the most transmissible variant yet of the coronavirus, is emerging as the country’s dominant virus strain. Hospitalizations are rising at a rate similar to hospitalization surges seen earlier this summer in countries where BA.5 first began to circulate. The proportion of total hospital admissions into ICUs is lower than in previous surges.

  • The BA.5 variant is threatening a fresh wave of infections even among those who have recovered from the virus fairly recently.

Dr. Ashish Jha, President Biden’s COVID-19 coordinator, voiced support on Sunday for Los Angeles County preparing to bring back its mask mandate, as the area has seen a surge in coronavirus cases driven by the BA.5 variant of the omicron strain. Los Angeles is on pace to bring back its universal indoor mask mandate on July 29, unless the county drops below the CDC’s “high” transmission threshold by that point. The CDC has also recommended that people in states like Arizona, where cases are rising rapidly, should start wearing masks indoors once again.

  • Many studies have shown that most masks offer little to no protection. When will the CDC start following the science?

The culprit this time in another Covid surge is yet another Omicron offshoot, BA.5. It has three key mutations in its spike protein that make it both better at infecting our cells and more adept at slipping past our immune defenses. In just over two months, BA.5 outcompeted its predecessors to become the dominant cause of Covid-19 in the United States. Last week, this subvariant caused almost 2 out of every 3 new Covid-19 infections in this country. “We do not know about the clinical severity of BA.4 and BA.5 in comparison to our other Omicron subvariants,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said last Thursday.

Long-Covid is the new pandemic. Long-Covid has affected many millions of people regardless of whether they were asymptomatic, very ill, young or old, vaccinated or not. Victims usually have a large number of debilitating symptoms affecting their behavior, organs and cognitive capabilities. All the medical world is doing is sending victims to many specialists who only try to address their symptoms. But there are no cures. In many ways the new pandemic is worse than the original one because victims have little reason to be hopeful of regaining their normal lives. They may suffer for years.

Another super contagious omicron variant has been detected in the U.S. Dubbed “Centaurus,” the BA.2.75 variant was first detected in India in early May and is now spreading rapidly there. “It’s still really early on for us to draw too many conclusions” but “it does look like, especially in India, the rates of transmission are showing kind of that exponential increase,” Matthew Binnicker, the Mayo Clinic’s director of clinical virology says. In India, BA.2.75 is quickly overtaking BA.4 and BA.5, which are said to be as transmissible as measles and together make up more than 70% of COVID cases in the U.S.

Other Pestilence:

Dangerous superbug infections and deaths rose during the pandemic, according to a new report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number of antibiotic resistant infections rose by 15 percent in 2020 compared to 2019, undoing years of progress in combating one of the most worrisome public health challenges in modern medicine. Sicker patients and antibiotic overuse early in the pandemic, along with staffing and supply shortages, fueled the rise in superbug infections, the CDC said. 

Health care and LGBTQ leaders are warning monkeypox will continue to spread among gay men and other Americans if more isn’t done to address vaccine shortages and help health professionals combat the virus. They are demanding more testing kits, vaccines and additional health workers to limit the outbreak. Some LGBTQ critics have accused government officials of being slow to tackle the outbreak because it is primarily affecting LGBTQ men, a community that has long faced discrimination and limited care when it comes to health crises. They also worry non-LGBTQ people who might be vulnerable to monkeypox will not get adequate information about the virus if it is only seen as an LGBTQ illness.

International:

The Chinese territory city of Macau shut down all its casinos and other businesses on Monday for the first time in two years. Macau, also known as the world’s gambling hub, is battling COVID-19. The territory of 700,000 has recorded more than 1,500 infections in the latest outbreak. Residents are ordered to stay indoors unless they are buying essential items. Authorities marked more than 30 zones in the city as high risk and placed them under lockdown.

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)

White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci conceded that COVID-19 vaccines do not protect “overly well” against infection, he said Tuesday in an interview, but they do help prevent hospitalization and death. “One of the things that’s clear from the data [is] that even though vaccines – because of the high degree of transmissibility of this virus – don’t protect overly well, as it were, against infection, they protect quite well against severe disease leading to hospitalization and death. And I believe that’s the reason, Neil, why at my age, being vaccinated and boosted, even though it didn’t protect me against infection, I feel confident that it made a major role in protecting me from progressing to severe disease.”

Just when things were getting back to normal, for the most part, President Biden’s director of the Centers for Disease Control, Rochelle Walensky, has unleashed a new demand – for seniors to get their second booster shot against COVID-19 “right away.” “Many Americans are under vaccinated, meaning they are not up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines. Not all people over the age of 50 have received their first booster dose.” she said. Of those over 50 only 28% have gotten their second booster after lining up to take their first, she said. Those over 65 are even worse. “So my message right now is very simple: It is essential that these Americans … get their second booster shot right away.”

The effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccine booster doses dropped well under 50 percent after four months against subvariants of the virus that causes COVID-19, according to a new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The 2-dose Moderna and Pfizer vaccines provided just 51 percent protection against emergency department visits, urgent care encounters, and hospitalizations related to COVID-19 during the time BA.2 and BA.2.12.1, subvariants were predominant in the United States. After 150-plus days, the effectiveness dropped to just 12 percent. A first booster upped the protection to 56 percent, but the effectiveness went down to 26 percent after four months, according to the study.

The first hospital in America to mandate a COVID-19 vaccine for all employees is now facing a staffing shortage from infections. Houston’s Methodist Hospital has hundreds of employees out of work because they tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19. At the same hospital in 2021, 153 staff members who refused to get vaccinated quit or were fired. Now Methodist leadership is trying to avert a crisis.

The U.S. is getting another COVID-19 vaccine choice after the Food and Drug Administration cleared Novavax shots for adults. Novavax makes a more traditional type of shot than the three other COVID-19 vaccines available for use in the U.S. – and one that’s already available in Europe and multiple other countries. For now, the FDA authorized Novavax’s initial two-dose series for people 18 and older. The Maryland company hopes its shots can become a top booster choice in the U.S. and beyond. Tens of millions of Americans still need boosters that some experts call crucial for the best possible protection as the coronavirus continues to mutate.

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)

Violent crime in Portland, Oregon, has drastically risen over the last three years since 2020 and the George Floyd protests. “This report confirms the unfortunate reality of what we already knew – that gun violence is on the rise in Portland and that it is being driven by a very small percentage of our population,” Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said in a statement Saturday following the release of the crime data. Researchers for the California Partnership for Safe Communities compiled crime data from the city, specifically examining homicides and non-fatal shootings from 2019 to 2021. The data found that there was a 144% increase in homicides from January 2019 to June 2021 while non-fatal shootings increase by 241% from January 2019 to December 2021. 

Also in Portland, an 82-year-old Portland man died Thursday of injuries he suffered last month when he was brutally beaten during an unprovoked attack at a bus stop, authorities said. Pierce and a second elderly victim, described as an 88-year-old man, were at a bus stop in downtown Portland just before 8:30 p.m. on June 25 when a man attacked them without provocation. Officers spotted the assault in progress while on another call in the area. The suspect, identified as 29-year-old Keffer J. White, was immediately arrested at the scene.

New York City witnessed 11 separate shooting and stabbing incidents within a six-hour time frame after Democratic Mayor Eric Adams promised Sunday to “turn this crime thing around” in the Big Apple. In spates of violence stretching across all five boroughs, at least 12 people were shot, and two people were stabbed Sunday night. Two people died as a result of the violence.

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

A 5-year-old child in Jefferson County, Arkansas, accidentally shot and killed his 8-year-old brother with an unprotected firearm. The 8-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say they believe the shooting was an accident. “This is a tragic incident that could have been avoided.  I can’t emphasize strongly enough that guns need to be well secured and kept out of the hands and away from children at all times,” said Sheriff Lafayette Woods. 

A newborn baby boy died tragically on Friday, when a pack of monkeys stole him from his parents and threw him off a roof. Nirdesh Upadhyay of Bareilly, India, was standing on his third-floor roof terrace with his wife and the child when the animals landed and surrounded them. Nirdesh reportedly tried to run away from them with the 4-month-old, when the baby fell out of his hands to the ground and one of the monkeys grabbed him before he could pick him back up and threw him over the side. The child died immediately.

A second shark attack was reported off the coast of New York on Wednesday – the fifth such attack off of Long Island in two weeks. In a news conference, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone stressed the importance of swimming near lifeguards and called these attacks the new normal. While shark attacks are usually rare, more sharks are being spotted off Long Island. Scientists cite warming ocean temperatures and a resurgence of bunker fish for the shift in frequency of sightings and attacks.

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

A series of farmer-led demonstrations against a government climate rule in the Netherlands could be the beginning of a global movement. The Dutch government issued a plan in June laying out nitrogen emission reductions, largely targeting the nation’s agriculture industry which produces an outsized shared of such emissions. The government acknowledged that “there is not a future for all” farmers to continue their business under the proposal. Dairy farmer Martin Neppelenbroek says that the new environmental regulations will require him to slash his livestock numbers by 95 percent. He thinks he will have to sell his family farm. In response to the new regulations, farmers throughout the country have taken to the streets in recent weeks, blocking roads to airports and deliveries to food distribution depots.

  • Farmers in Italy, Spain and Poland have joined Dutch farmers in protest of ‘green’ government regulations that will decimate the industry by forcing them to reduce their use of nitrogen fertilizer compounds. “We are not slaves, we are farmers,” said Italian farmers, who drove tractors through the streets of Milan and blocked city traffic. In Spain, farmers in Badajoz, Granada and Albacete paraded their tractors down the street in solidarity with the foreign farmers. And in Poland, farmers came to Warsaw last weekend to protest against inflation and other government actions.

The president of Sri Lanka fled the country early Wednesday, days after protesters stormed his home and office and the official residence of his prime minister amid a three-month economic crisis that triggered severe shortages of food and fuel. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, his wife, and two bodyguards left aboard a Sri Lankan Air Force plane bound for the city of Male, the capital of the Maldives and then onward to Singapore. Rajapaksa tendered his resignation in a letter sent by email Thursday.

  • Sri Lanka, a country in Asia, an island off the southern tip of India that is technically known as the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, is now a case study in the failure of socialism and Big Government planning. Senator Rand Paul said: “It tells you that we should be very wary of central planning, of allowing any kind of central government to make the decisions for the entire economy.”

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)

Authorities are expressing their gratitude to an armed bystander after he shot and killed a gunman who opened fire in a shopping mall food court in Indiana. The mass shooting took place Sunday evening at Greenwood Park Mall in Greenwood, leaving three dead and two injured, including a 12-year-old girl who suffered a minor injury. Greenwood Mayor Mark Myers credited the man with saving several lives by killing the shooter, saying they were grateful for his “quick action and heroism.”

  • Critics, however, are lashing out, arguing the man should not be called a “Good Samaritan” as a justification for killing someone.

A survey, conducted by the Trafalgar Group on behalf of Convention of States Action, asked likely voters across the country about their confidence in local law enforcement and government officials’ ability to prevent mass shootings, as well as what group they think would best protect them in the event of one. Respondents were asked, “What do you believe would best protect you and your family in the event of a mass shooting?” The results: 41.8% said armed citizens offered the best protection; 25.1% said local police; 10.3% said federal agents; 22.8% said none of the above.

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)

Muhammad Aziz spent 20 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of the 1965 assassination of Black civil rights leader Malcolm X. Now, Aziz is suing New York City and the officials involved in the investigation for $40 million. The suit comes just months after Aziz and the late Khalil Islam, another man who was also wrongfully branded as one of Malcolm X’s killers, were exonerated in November 2021 – more than half a century after their 1966 murder convictions. The now 84-year-old Aziz is suing for the violation of his constitutional rights, including the denial of his due process rights, malicious prosecution and law enforcement negligence.

A former CIA programmer was convicted Wednesday of federal charges in connection to the massive Vault 7 theft of secret information provided to WikiLeaks in what the Justice Department describes as “one of the most brazen and damaging acts of espionage in American history.” Joshua Adam Schulte was once a CIA programmer “with access to some of the country’s most valuable intelligence-gathering cyber tools. When Schulte “began to harbor resentment toward the CIA, he covertly collected those tools and provided them to WikiLeaks, making some of our most critical intelligence tools known to the public – and therefore, our adversaries.

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

Law enforcement experts who viewed a newly released video showing the delayed law enforcement response to the Uvalde school shooting called police action “disastrous” and “inexcusable.” The video shows in excruciating detail what police were doing as they waited to take action and stop the shooter: checking their cellphones, texting, looking at a building map, pacing, aiming their weapons and then putting them down, bringing ballistic shields. Former Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said the hallway video suggests that police were more concerned about themselves than the safety of children and teachers inside the classroom. “There are cops that had vests, had helmets on, and shields, and they waited for an hour and 17 minutes to assault those classrooms. That has to be the most incompetent response that I’ve ever seen. It’s not defensible,” Acevedo said.

Jayland Walker, who was killed by Akron police last month, had 46 gunshot wounds or graze injuries on his body, according to a “summary of findings” from the autopsy released by Summit County Medical Examiner Lisa Kohler on Friday. Twenty-six bullets were recovered from Walker’s body. Walker, a 25-year-old Black man, was fatally shot by police on June 27 as he ran away from a traffic stop. Walker’s funeral on Wednesday followed two weeks of protests and unrest in downtown Akron as demonstrators demand justice and accountability for the eight officers involved in his death.  

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

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

Starbucks is planning to close 16 locations across various cities, citing safety concerns. “After careful consideration, we are closing some stores in locations that have experienced a high volume of challenging incidents that make it unsafe to continue to operate,” a spokesperson told CNN Business in an email. The stores are in Seattle; Los Angeles; Philadelphia; Washington, DC, and Portland, Oregon. They will be closed by the end of July. Employees are “seeing firsthand the challenges facing our communities — personal safety, racism, lack of access to healthcare, a growing mental health crisis, rising drug use, and more,” Starbucks said.

  • These are all ultra-liberal cities who sought to defund the police, but they’ve wrought lawlessness instead.

Two people were killed during a string of armed robberies at southern California 7-Eleven stores on Monday, July 11, the day on which the convenience store chain gives out free Slurpees to mark the “7/11” date. The robberies took place in at least six locations in Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino counties in the early morning hours, and police are searching for the same suspect in three of those: Santa Ana, where a man was found fatally shot in the parking lot after a 3:23am robbery; Brea, where a store clerk was fatally shot during a robbery around 4:18am; and La Habra, where an employee and a customer were shot during a robbery around 4:55am.

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

Nancy Pelosi’s office responded to her husband’s controversial $1 million computer chip stock trades ahead of Congress’ coming vote on the semiconductor industry. “The Speaker does not own any stocks.  As you can see from the required disclosures, with which the Speaker fully cooperates, these transactions are marked ‘SP’ for Spouse. The Speaker has no prior knowledge or subsequent involvement in any transactions,” Nancy Pelosi’s spokesman, Drew Hammill, said in a statement.

  • And Nancy didn’t tell him about the upcoming vote? Not likely.

Federal officials sentenced the former mayor of a Georgia city to almost five years in prison Wednesday, on charges that he used pandemic relief funds to pay multiple personal expenses, including his lakefront home’s mortgage and an associate’s political advertising costs.

Science: The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. (Psalm 19:1) For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so they are without excuse. (Romans 1:20)

Amid low morale fostered by “bad science,” frustrated and alarmed experts with the NIH, CDC and FDA are quitting, creating serious staffing shortages, reports Johns Hopkins University professor Dr. Marty Makary. Leadership of the agencies is being questioned, with the authorization, for example, of COVID-19 vaccines for children 4 years old and younger. Pfizer’s trial data found no statistically significant evidence that the shots provide benefit for young children. Other decisions by the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Food and Drug Administration that have hurt morale among employees include support for masking in schools and the closing of schools during the pandemic. “It’s like a horror movie I’m being forced to watch, and I can’t close my eyes,” a senior FDA official told Common Sense. “People are getting bad advice and we can’t say anything.”

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

The most advanced category of mass-produced semiconductors — used in smartphones, military technology and much more — is known as 5 nm. A single company in Taiwan, known as TSMC, makes about 90 percent of them. U.S. factories make none. The situation has the potential to cause a national security crisis: If China were to invade Taiwan and cut off exports of semiconductors, the American military would be at risk of being overmatched by its main rival for global supremacy. For these reasons, a bipartisan group of senators and the Biden administration negotiated a bill last summer that included $52 billion to jump-start the domestic semiconductor industry, as well as other measures to help the U.S. compete economically with China.

A lawsuit filed Wednesday against Uber includes 550 women passengers alleging sexual assault, kidnapping and other attacks at the hands of drivers from the company’s ride-hailing service, a law firm announced. The civil action suit – filed in San Francisco County Superior Court – includes claims from women in multiple states. An additional 150 claims against the company are being actively investigated. Attorney Adam Slater alleges Uber’s business model prioritized company growth over customer safety.

A serious dilemma is coming for thousands of mechanics across the country whose livelihoods have been built around cars powered by gasoline and diesel fuel. Muffler repairs, spark plug replacements and oil changes were some of the jobs that kept almost 704,000 automotive service technicians and mechanics working in the United States in 2020, according to the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. But many of those staple tasks of grease-stained garages won’t be needed in an EV future where cars rely on electric motors rather than internal combustion engines. EVs don’t use pistons or many of the other parts seen in a gas-powered car, and they don’t have tailpipes.

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)

Police are looking for three Black suspects accused of beating a White woman on public transport in what is being described as a racially-motivated attack. New York City investigators say the three suspects, all women, got into an argument with a 57-year-old MTA bus passenger. The interaction escalated, and the three suspects allegedly began hitting the unnamed victim over the head with an unidentified object. The assailants reportedly made aggressive racial remarks to the victim, and said that they “hate white people” and “hate the way they talk.”

A Seattle man has been arrested after allegedly threatening to kill Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal. The 48-year-old, Brett Forsell, lives half a mile from the congresswoman, is in jail with a bail of $500,000 after being arrested for suspicion of a hate crime outside Jayapal’s residence with a revolver in his possession. A neighbor told police that Forsell yelled, “Go back to India, I’m going to kill you.” He had been driving past the house several times shouting obscenities.

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

A Tennessee parents group filed a lawsuit challenging curriculum it says teaches age inappropriate critical race theory to elementary students, a violation of state law. Tennessee in May banned K-12 public schools from teaching ideas linked to CRT, although the bill did not cite the theory by name. Material taught to students works to “promote a skewed and racist view of history,” said Patricia Lucente, one of the parents who started the group. “You’ve got our smallest littlest children seeing the most violent parts of what was slavery,” she said. “Obviously, that’s a part of our nation’s history, and they do learn that, and they will learn that at some point, maintaining that the material age-inappropriate.

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)

A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the COVID-19 pandemic may have reversed years of progress combatting antimicrobial resistant in the U.S. While deaths from antimicrobial resistance decreased nearly 27% from 2012 to 2017, they increased at least 15% in 2020, the report shows. One particular “superbug” – carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter – saw a 78% increase in infections. During the first year of the pandemic, more than 29,400 people died from antimicrobial-resistant infections commonly associated with health care. Nearly 40% of those patients became infected while in the hospital.

American roads are being plagued with a perplexing uptick in deaths, including increasing pedestrian fatalities. But new data shows those deaths are disproportionally affecting Black and Hispanic American pedestrians and bikers. Published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine on June 7, a recent study found that mile-for-mile, walking and biking are drastically more deadly activities for Black and Hispanic Americans compared to white Americans. Cycling is 4.5 times more deadly and walking is 2.2 times for Black people on American streets as compared to white people, the data says. The study did not probe the causes behind this disparity.

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

Researchers from the Coalition for Applied Modeling for Prevention (CAMP) used a combination of federal surveillance data and published research that calculated the rate of overdoses among people who injected drugs. The study estimated nearly 3.7 million people in the U.S. injected drugs at one point during 2018 – a fivefold increase from the most recent estimate in 2011.

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

A Democratic polling firm found that more voters trust Republicans than Democrats to handle the issue of education, a sea change in public opinion. In 2017, Democrats enjoyed a 19-point lead over the GOP on education. Hart Research Associates — which polled registered voters in seven swing states on behalf of the American Federation of Teachers — also found 60% of voters were dissatisfied with the way schools taught racial issues, and 58% opposed the schools’ focus on sexual orientation and transgender ideology. In all, 86% believe America’s educational system needs changes, with 39% calling for “major reforms” or “a complete overhaul.”

Family:  Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you. (Exodus 20:12) But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. (1Timothy 5:8)

About 18 percent of Americans live in multigenerational households, according to a study from Pew Research Center. Such arrangements have quadrupled in the United States since the 1970s.

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 transgender woman incarcerated at a women’s only prison in New Jersey has been moved to another facility after impregnating two female inmates earlier this year, according to a local report. Demi Minor, 27, was moved after the local paper reported in April that Sperrazza said it appeared two women at Edna Mahan became pregnant after “consensual sexual relationships with another incarcerated person.”

As abortions dwindle, Planned Parenthood is also working to give minors transgender hormone treatment, reports the Intercessors for America. Planned Parenthood is providing transgender hormone therapy across the country, with certain locations even serving minors who are attempting to change their sex.

The Church of England has now gone on record saying it has “no official definition” of a woman.

“Increasingly, detransitioners are coming forward to tell their stories and warn of the physical and psychological dangers of so-called gender transitioning,” said Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., president of the Ruth Institute. Chloe Cole, a California teen who formerly identified as “transgender,” recently testified at a Florida hearing on a rule that would allow the state to restrict Medicaid funding for drugs and procedures that interfere with the natural functioning of the body. Now 17, Cole, who decided she was “transgender” at 12 and underwent a double mastectomy at 15, told the hearing, “I was unknowingly physically cutting off my true self from my body, irreversibly and painfully.” “I don’t know if I’ll be able to fully carry a child, and I might be at increased risk for certain cancers, mainly cervical cancer,” Cole testified. “And because I do not have breasts… I’m not able to breastfeed whatever future children I have.”

  • Follow the science. Biology shows that there are vast differences between women and men – brain, musculature, bone structure, hormones, with and without a uterus, different genitalia, etc. Chopping off body parts and taking hormones does not change many of the other compositional differences. A trans can call themselves the opposite sex all they want, but science proves they are still the same sex they were born into.

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 U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Monthly Operational Report shows high levels of border crossings continued in June, including a record-setting number of terrorist sightings and an increased number of unaccompanied children and illegal drugs found at the U.S.-Mexico border. The CBP said there were more than 207,416 encounters at the U.S.-Mexico border for the month of June. While the overall number of border interactions is down from May’s all-time high of 239,000, it is the fourth month in a row of more than 200,000 encounters. Of those total encounters, 26% were seeking to enter the U.S. after having “at least one prior encounter in the previous 12 months,” the CBP said. Also, 68% were single adults, without children or accompanied family members.

  • Border Patrol agents arrested six terrorism suspects as well as multiple child sex offenders, gang members, and other criminal aliens after they illegally crossed from Mexico into the U.S. Rio Grande Valley Sector agents arrested five criminal aliens and four gang members over a five-day period ending on July 11, according to Border Patrol officials.

Population Growth: After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying… “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” (Genesis 15:1,5)

The United Nations Population Division forecasts that the global population will grow to 8.5 billion by 2030, 9.7 billion by 2050, and 10.4 billion in the 2080s. India is projected to overtake China as the world’s most populous country by next year. The report says most of that growth will be concentrated in India, Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Tanzania.

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

A staffing shortage that has caused a service meltdown at Heathrow in recent weeks has now been dubbed “airmageddon.” Airport authorities have responded to the canceled flights and massive lost baggage complaints by telling airlines they must cap the number of passengers at one of the world’s busiest airports to 100,000 a day.

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)

OPEC expects to increase oil output in 2023 by nearly 1 million barrels per day due to rising global demand. Year over year, world oil demand is anticipated to rise by 2.7 million barrels per day (bpd), and overall demand is projected to reach 103 million bpd, OPEC said in its report. Non-OPEC supply is expected to increase by 1.76 million bpd in 2023, with OPEC having to chip in an additional 940,000 barrels daily. In total, OPEC production is expected to be at 30.1 million barrels per day in 2023, up from 29.2 million barrels in 2022.

Oil prices extended gains on Monday, boosted by mounting concerns over gas supply from Russia and a lower dollar, offsetting demand fears brought on by a possible recession and China lockdowns. Brent crude futures for September settlement were up $4.37, or 4.3%, to $105.53 a barrel by 12:30 p.m. EDT Monday, having gained 2.1% last Friday.

Clean energy proponents have touted the use of solar and wind power in oil-rich Texas, but a summer heat wave is showing the limits of renewables in sustaining a major power grid. Temperatures have climbed into the 100’s this month and Texas energy companies are sending urgent messages to customers to warn of rolling blackouts. They also are asking customers to conserve by raising thermostats, cutting back on using dishwashers and washing machines and limiting electric vehicle charging. Despite producing more oil than almost anywhere else in the world, the Lone Star State falls far behind many parts of the country when it comes to the reliability of its energy grid. Critics blame a system rigged around the inconsistent performance of renewables — mainly wind — which have been increasingly woven into the Texas grid.

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)

Shelters across the U.S. are reporting a surge in people looking for help, with wait lists doubling or tripling in recent months. The number of homeless people outside of shelters is also probably rising, experts say. Some of them live in encampments, which have popped up in parks and other public spaces in major cities from Washington, D.C., to Seattle since the pandemic began. Inflation is compounding the problem: Rent has increased at its fastest rate since 1986, putting houses and apartments out of reach for more Americans.

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

Google plans to slow its pace of hiring for the remainder of the year in the latest sign of tech companies rethinking staffing amid a market downturn that has hit Silicon Valley particularly hard. Spiking inflation levels, rising interest rates and fears of a looming recession have led a slew of tech companies to recently announce that they are slowing hiring or cutting staff.

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 U.S. annual inflation rate climbed to 9.1% in June, topping May’s year-over-year rate of 8.6%. This is the highest level since November 1981. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the consumer price index (CPI) rose 1.3% month-over-month. The core inflation rate, which removes the volatile food and energy sectors, eased to an annual rate of 5.9%. On a monthly basis, the core inflation rose at a higher-than-expected pace of 0.7%. Food prices rose 10.4%, while the energy index soared 41.6% Gasoline surged 59.9%.

Inflation at the wholesale level climbed 11.3% in June compared with a year earlier. Wholesale prices precede consumer prices, as they are generally passed on to consumers a month or so later.. Last month’s jump in wholesale inflation was led by energy prices, which soared 54% from a year earlier. But even excluding food and energy prices, which can swing wildly from month to month, producer prices in June jumped 8.2% from June 2021.

The average new vehicle price hit a record $48,043 in June, Kelley Blue Book reported, up 12.7% from the same month a year ago. Monthly car payments exceeded $1,000 for 12.7% of consumers who financed a new vehicle bought in June, Edmunds.com said. It was the highest level ever recorded, having risen from 7.3% in the same month last year. For some, car payments are now exceeding their mortgage.

U.S. employers say they expect the average raise to be 4.1% in 2023, which would be the largest hike in 15 years, according to a survey of more than 1,400 organizations from advisory firm Willis Towers Watson. But that extra money won’t go far. In fact, it won’t even keep up. That 4.1% is less than half the rate of inflation.

Mortgage rates are on the rise again after a dramatic drop last week. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 5.51% in the week ending July 14, up from 5.3% the week before, according to Freddie Mac. That is significantly higher than this time last year when it was 2.88%. Rates rose sharply at the start of the year, hitting a high of 5.81% in mid-June. Mortgage rates continue to be volatile as the U.S. economy slows and the Federal Reserve raises interest rates in order to cool inflation, said Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist.

Confidence among builders in the U.S. housing market plunged more than expected in July to the lowest level since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic as scorching inflation and rising borrowing costs forced buyers to pull back. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index, which measures the pulse of the single-family housing market, fell for the seventh consecutive month to 55, the lowest level since May 2020. It is the second-biggest, one-month decline in the survey’s 37-year history. 

U.S. gasoline prices have dropped for over 33 consecutive days as of Monday, 7/18, helping out drivers at the pump after prices reached averages of more than $5 per gallon last month. The average cost of a gallon of regular gasoline in the U.S. hit $4.52 on Monday, according to AAA. Although current gas prices have dropped from last month, they are still up from the national average a year ago – $3.15.

The median monthly rent paid by a tenant for a condo or coop in Manhattan climbed to $4,050 in June, up nearly 25% from a year ago and setting a new record high for the fifth month in a row. The overall average monthly rent for all domiciles was even higher at $5,058 in June.

While the private sector has quickly rebounded in attracting workers and recouping losses linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, the public sector is still struggling at the local level. Hundreds of thousands of state and municipal government workers who were furloughed early in the pandemic didn’t come back because they retired early or found better private-sector jobs. Since then, others have left due to COVID concerns, burnout and other factors.

The 100 largest public pension funds in the United States had been funded at just 78.6% of their total obligations at the close of the second quarter, down from 85.5% at the end of 2021 according to analysis by Milliman, an actuarial and consulting firm. The funds lost a whopping $220 billion between March and April alone as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine roiled markets.

The U.S. dollar is worth the same as the euro for the first time in two decades. The dollar has strengthened markedly this year as the Federal Reserve has launched an aggressive campaign to raise interest rates. The shift, which is good for U.S. importers but bad for exporters, could have major ripple effects around the globe. The euro is the common currency in 19 European Union member countries.

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

A Presbyterian Church (USA) committee passed resolutions this week calling Israel an “apartheid” state and designating May 15 as “Palestinian Nakba Remembrance Day” – a day on which Presbyterians can state their “solidarity” with Palestinians “suffering under occupation.” The apartheid resolution passed the PCUSA’s Committee on International Engagement in a 28-3 vote and says Israel’s laws and practices “regarding the Palestinian people fulfill the international legal definition of apartheid… Apartheid is legally defined as inhuman acts committed for the purpose of establishing and maintaining domination by one racial group of persons over any other racial group of persons and systematically oppressing them,” the resolution says.

The Israeli defense establishment and Finance Ministry are operating a secret, extra-budgetary fund, through which money is transferred to the Palestinian Authority. The fund’s existence was revealed in the state’s response to a petition filed with the High Court of Justice by the Kohelet Policy Forum. An extra-budgetary fund is not a common tool used by the government and that creating and managing one requires special approval from the Finance Ministry’s Accountant General. Although aid agreements between Israel and the PA are supposedly strictly economic in nature, the state insists on not revealing them to the public.

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)

Just hours after President Biden concluded his three-day visit to the region, the Israeli military carried out airstrikes on what it said was a Hamas-run Palestine enclave, made in response to a pair of rocket attacks. The Israel Defense Forces said on Twitter it targeted a Hamas underground facility used for the production of rocket materials after two rockets were launched at the Israeli city of Ashkelon around 1:00 a.m.

President Biden sought to use his first Middle East tour in office to reassert Washington’s influence but emerged without a single diplomatic breakthrough. On issues ranging from energy prices to human rights and Israel’s role in the region, Biden could point only to small — if any — gains after four whirlwind days of meetings and speeches. The Saudis would not commit to an increase in oil production to help alleviate gas prices.

President Biden’s meetings with Israeli leaders on Thursday delved into divisions over how to keep Iran from becoming a nuclear power. The president acknowledged that he and Lapid discussed his administration’s desire to revive a nuclear deal with Iran, brokered by the U.S. and other world powers in 2015. “There will be no nuclear Iran. This is not only a threat to Israel, but to the world,” Biden said. But at a news conference later, Lapid lectured Biden on the issue. Lapid said no amount of words or diplomacy would stop Iran from further developing its nuclear program. “The only way to stop them is to put a credible military threat on the table,” Lapid told Biden.

President Biden on Friday restated his continued support for “two states for two peoples” but acknowledged that the “ground is not ripe” for reviving stalled talks aimed at achieving an elusive peace between Israelis and Palestinians. His comments came during a joint appearance in Bethlehem with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, where he announced $201 million for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees. However, Palestinian Authority officials were furious at Biden’s remark that negotiations for a Palestinian state will not happen any time soon, calling it a “self-defeating” approach.

President Biden left Saudi Arabia without a deal to increase oil supply, despite a hard push to get the oil-rich country to pump more crude amid record high gas prices. The only progress was Saudi Arabia’s offer to open their airspace to Israeli flights which Biden labeled a “big deal.” However, Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister denied that the decision was a step towards normalization with the Jewish state. “No, this has nothing to do with diplomatic ties with Israel,” said Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan at a press conference on Saturday. “The issue of overflights is a decision we took… in the interest [of] providing connectivity between countries in the world, and we hope that it will make some travelers’ lives easier.

Biden said he raised the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the beginning of his meeting with Crown Prince Mohammad, who U.S. intelligence officials say orchestrated his death. The president also said that the crown prince denied any personal responsibility for the death of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who was an outspoken critic of the Saudi government. Crown Prince Mohammad said he took action against those responsible for Khashoggi’s death. The Saudi foreign minister said he did not hear Biden raise the issue at all. Biden says he’s a liar. Biden has been caught lying so many times in the past, hard to believe him now.

Nine European Union countries said they would continue funding six Palestinian organizations that Israel designated as terror groups last year, saying Tuesday that there was a lack of evidence to back up the claim. The six groups – Addameer, al-Haq, Defense for Children Palestine, the Union of Agricultural Work Committees, Bisan Center for Research and Development, and the Union of Palestinian Women Committee – funneled donation monies to terrorists and were bent on the “liberation of ‘Palestine’ and the destruction of Israel,” Defense Minister Benny Gantz said last October. After Gantz’s announcement, watchdog group NGO Monitor said that the six groups were “deeply involved in political warfare against Israel.” The statement sparked a backlash from the U.S., UN and several rights groups, as well as from the Palestinian Authority, which said it constituted an “unprecedented assault” on Palestinian society.

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)

Ukraine’s spirited defense, aided by NATO weaponry, has set back Russian plans for swift victory. About 50,000 Russian soldiers that have either died or been injured in this conflict, Britain’s top military official said Sunday. Still, Putin’s regime is viewed as stable and the Russian president continues to easily quash opposition, said Admiral Sir Tony Radakin.

Russia is preparing for the next stage of its offensive in Ukraine, a Ukrainian military official said, after Moscow said its forces would step up military operations in “all operational areas.” As Western deliveries of long-range arms begin to help Ukraine on the battlefield, Russian rockets and missiles have pounded cities in strikes that Kyiv says have killed dozens in recent days. The Ukrainian military said Russia appeared to be regrouping units for an offensive toward Sloviansk, a symbolically important city held by Ukraine in the eastern region of Donetsk.

Russian missiles struck civilian structures in the Ukrainian city of Vinnytsia far behind the frontlines last week in an attack which Ukrainian officials called a war crime and said had killed at least 23 people, including three children. The strike, which Ukraine said had been carried out with Kalibr cruise missiles launched from a Russian submarine in the Black Sea. The Russian defense ministry denies deliberately targeting civilians.

As Russian troops pressed their offensive in Ukraine’s east, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky fired his state security chief and prosecutor general on Sunday, citing more than 651 criminal proceedings into treason and collaboration by people within their departments and other law enforcement agencies. “In particular, more than 60 employees of the prosecutor’s office and the SBU (state security service) have remained in the occupied territory and work against our state,” Zelensky said.

The U.S. provided another $1.7 billion to ensure the Ukrainian government can continue to provide essential services such as health care. The U.S. contribution was made possible by “generous bipartisan support” from Congress, the U.S. Agency for International Development said. To date, USAID has provided $4 billion in direct budgetary support to the Ukraine government for core functions such as keeping electricity on for hospitals, schools and other critical infrastructure, as well as paying for humanitarian supplies and the salaries of health care workers, civil servants and teachers.

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

The U.S. and Iraq agreed on Saturday to increase security ties in order to eliminate a potential ISIS comeback. The agreement was announced in a joint statement issued after talks between US President Joe Biden and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al Kadhimi in Jeddah, where Saudi Arabia is hosting a summit that brings together leaders of the U.S., GCC states, Iraq, Egypt and Jordan.

Iran is technically capable of manufacturing a nuclear bomb, a senior adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei told the Qatar-based Al Jazeera network on Sunday, adding that Tehran is undecided about whether to follow through. “Iran has the technical means to produce a nuclear bomb but there has been no decision by Iran to build it,” Kamal Kharrazi said, according to a translation of his remarks by the Reuters news agency. “In a few days we were able to enrich uranium up to 60% and we can easily produce 90% enriched uranium,” Kharrazi, who is the head of Iran’s Strategic Council on Foreign Relations.

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)

A growing malnutrition crisis in northwestern Nigeria is still receiving insufficient attention from humanitarian workers and local authorities, Doctors Without Borders said last week. The aid group said it has treated more than 50,000 children with acute malnutrition, including 7,000 who were hospitalized across the region’s five states since January. Militias and bandits have intensified killings and kidnappings in recent years, leaving many in the region unable to farm.

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)

Four people were killed after a sheriff’s helicopter crashed in New Mexico on Saturday night, authorities said. The helicopter was being used to help fire officials with the East Mesa Fire by providing bucket drops and other air logistics needs to fire crews on the ground.

Wildfires are scorching parts of France and Portugal and temperatures in the U.K. could top 102 degrees for the first time on record as extreme heat takes over much of Europe. Two wildfires in the Bordeaux region of Southwest France had chewed through more than 27 square miles and forced the evacuation of more than 10,000 people as of Friday afternoon. Some 1,000 firefighters battled the flames. Fires are also burning in Portugal where 160 people have been hurt by the wildfires and hundreds have been forced to evacuate. Spain is also battling several wildfires, including two that have burned about 18,200 acres and caused around 3,000 people to be evacuated..

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)

Nine weather disasters with at least $1 billion in damage have hit the U.S. so far this year, from drought to derecho to hail to tornadoes. The past two years saw record numbers of billion-dollar disasters, thanks largely to drought plus devastating wildfires and hurricanes in the second half of the year.

Globally, 188 all-time heat records have been broken so far in 2022 (with more than 50 of those occurring in the past week), compared with just 18 cold records, according to data from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

A “flash drought” has occurred in parts of the South and Northeast, according to the US Drought Monitor, in states including Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Massachusetts. Flash drought is defined by the rapid onset or intensification brought on by abnormally high temperatures, sunny conditions and wind, which together can dramatically alter the local climate in a matter of days. Flash droughts can quickly cause extensive damage to agriculture, economies and ecosystems, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Residents from the mid-Atlantic to the Northeast will likely be cleaning up for days after severe storms knocked over trees, damaged homes and left thousands without power last Tuesday. A cold front moving through the region helped trigger the storms which caused wind gusts greater than 80 mph. The winds were responsible for damage from West Virginia to Maine, with areas around the nation’s capital appearing to be the hardest hit.

Devastating flooding in Virginia’s Buchanan County destroyed or damaged over 100 homes. Heavy rainfall started last Tuesday, causing flash floods, landslides, power outages, and other issues that lasted into early Wednesday in the far western part of the state. Significant damage was estimated in about 10 miles worth of the county, leaving roads, bridges, and infrastructure damaged or destroyed. There were currently no confirmed deaths.

Six people have died after a dust storm fueled by wind gusts topping 60 miles per hour caused a 21-car pileup Friday evening on Interstate 90 in Montana.

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

Temperatures in the UK are expected to soar to all-time highs early this week, prompting the British government to issue a “red” heat warning for the first time and note the dangerous health impacts the weather could have. The warnings, in place for Monday and Tuesday, cover much of southern England, where temperatures could reach 40 degrees Celsius – or about 104 degrees. “Nobody alive has seen a temperature of 40 degrees Celsius in the U.K.” weather.com senior meteorologist Jonathan Erdman pointed out. The current record high temperature for the U.K. is 38.7 degrees Celsius – about 102 degrees Fahrenheit – set on July 25, 2019. Similar highs are expected across parts of France. In Spain, 237 deaths have occurred due to high temperatures this month.

  • Ireland on Monday recorded 33 degrees Celsius (91.4 degrees Fahrenheit) at Phoenix Park in Dublin, the country’s highest-ever recorded temperature in over a century and a new record for the month of July, the Irish Meteorological Service said. Air conditioning, while more common in hotter parts of the world, is exceedingly rare in UK homes since temperatures there are typically cool in the summer.

Signs of the Times Update: July 11, 2022

July 11, 2022

For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty. (1Corinthians 1:26-27)

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

The co-founder of a satanic movement in South Africa is telling his personal story about choosing to leave the cult after his heart was overwhelmed with the love of Jesus. Riaan Swiegelaar, a former reverend at the South African Satanic Church, stepped down from his position in May. He took to Facebook on July 4 to share his testimony. I’ve never known unconditional love in my whole life and up to today, there’s only four Christians in my whole life that have shown me what unconditional love is. I want to thank those four people. Words cannot express what you have done for me. To show someone love is everything. It is not a simple thing. You have showed me everything. You have showed me the love of Christ. I have seen it in you.”

President Biden’s administration cannot ignore federal law that says authorities must arrest, detain, and remove illegal aliens convicted of certain crimes and/or aliens who are ordered deported, an appeals court has ruled. Federal law says the attorney general “shall take into custody,” “shall detain,” and “shall remove” illegal aliens convicted of certain crimes and aliens who are ordered deported. But the Biden administration has attempted to prevent the holding and removal of some illegal immigrants convicted of those crimes. That has led to a sharp drop in criminal aliens detained by the Department of Homeland Security, illegally said a panel of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. DHS is trying “to claim it acts within the bounds of federal law while practically disregarding that law,” the Court said.

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge, Mitchell Beckloff, has ruled in favor of the father of a 12-year-old student who challenged the Los Angeles Unified School District’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, finding it clashes with state law and also clashes with the state health and safety code by not allowing exemptions for personal beliefs. The father argued that the vaccine could irreparably harm his son, who had already contracted and recovered from the coronavirus and may have strong natural immunity. The father feared that the vaccination could overexcite his immune system and antibodies. According to the Los Angeles Times: “The ruling, however, has no immediate effect within the LA Unified School District, because the district in May postponed its mandate until at least July 2023.

A coalition of organizations, including the Alliance Defending Freedom, Family Policy Alliance, Colson Center, and the Heritage Foundation, teamed up to issue a Promise to America’s Parents. As the website states, “Local, state, and federal government policies are imposing ideologies that divide children by race and promote the falsehood that a boy can become a girl or vice-versa. Some schools are treating children as if they are the opposite sex without the permission of parents. Medical professionals are performing harmful experiments on children who are emotionally distressed about their bodies. To protect children, parents need laws that protect their rights.” No government entity should usurp the place of parents. In too many classrooms, progressive ideas are forced on children, targeting their hearts, minds, and identities.

  • The promise states, “Children belong first and foremost to their families. In the words of the U.S. Supreme Court, they are not “mere creatures of the state.” The unique and intimate relationship between a parent and a child creates a duty and a corresponding natural right. Parental rights are fundamental rights protected by the U.S. Constitution. However, courts have not consistently protected parental rights against government interference and invasion as they should.”

Primary and secondary schools run by American dioceses of the Roman Catholic Church have seen a dramatic upswing in enrollment in the past year after decades of decline. The schools’ 2021-2022 roster of 1.69 million students showed a 3.8% increase over the previous year. Part of the growth is due to Catholic schools being open for in-person learning before their public-school counterparts, analysts and those inside the parochial system found. Also important is the focus on educational basics and moral teachings, instead of so-called woke lessons many parents have opposed in public schools.

Snowflakes embryo adoption program, a division of Nightlight Christian Adoptions, says there are more than 1 million frozen embryos in storage throughout the United States. The program works with fertility clinics throughout the U.S. to help people place remaining embryos with families looking to adopt. Almost 2,000 people have donated their embryos through Snowflakes, and over 950 babies have been born to adoptive parents, according to the program’s website. Snowflakes’ Kimberly Tyson explained to The Christian Post, “We’re managing both sides of the equation. We are attracting people who want to donate their embryos to an adoptive family, and we’re attracting adoptive families who would like to give birth to those embryos.”

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)

Fewer Americans than ever before believe that the Bible is God’s inerrant word. According to a new Gallup poll released Wednesday, only 20% of American adults believe that the Bible is the inspired, word of God. In 2017 when this poll was last released, 24% of Americans held to the Bible’s inerrancy. In 1980 and 1984, 40% of Americans believed that the Bible was the actual word of God. According research released by George Barna last year, only 6% of Americans have a biblical worldview. Instead, many have traded out the previously predominant Judeo-Christian worldview for “Syncretism” — a worldview phenomenon that Barna describes as “an inconsistent conglomeration of convenient and comfortable views, rather than a coherently organized religious system.”

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)

Dave Kubal, CEO/ President of Intercessors for America, posted, “Hell’s strategic planning team has come up with a genius plot to destroy America by placing a growing army of radical prosecutors in key locations around this nation… They are using their power to replace God’s design for government with an advocacy of chaos. Hidden in plain sight, at last count 75 radically “progressive” prosecutors, with campaigns funded by the Hungarian national George Soros, serve in key cities and communities. The results after just a few years are clear and measurable: increased crime and murder. Scripture clearly describes the role of government to protect the innocent (Romans 13). Yet the “soft on crime” policies of these hand-picked radical prosecutors primarily protect the guilty. Not only are they soft on crime, they are also creating a climate of lawlessness.

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)

Around the world, our government is funding (with taxpayer dollars) projects that export “American values.”  However, the values they claim to be American include LGBTQ and Trans ideology, abortion, and anti-Christian messaging. Now there is a new project underwritten by the State Department that is giving half a million dollars to promote atheism and humanism abroad under the banner of religious freedom. “It grieves our hearts to know that these evil messages are being spread around the world under the banner of American ideals,” notes Intercessors for America.

  • The globalist New World Order elitists want to establish secular humanism as the worlds unifying religion, with President Biden following their orders in lockstep obedience.

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

A new Gallup poll found that confidence in 15 of 16 major American institutions has dropped since this time last year. The yearly poll asks respondents to share how much confidence – ranging from “a great deal, quite a lot, some or very little” – they have in a list of American institutions. On two institutions scored over 50% confidence: 68% said they have confidence in small businesses, while 64% said they have confidence in the military, although this is a two percent and five percent drop in confidence in these groups, respectively. The Supreme Court dropped eleven points from 36 percent to 25 percent, and the presidency lost fifteen points from 38 percent to 23 percent. Gallup conducted the poll before the recent Supreme Court decisions on abortion, gun rights and environmental protection, so those don’t factor in as yet.

  • One uniting factor in the poll is Americans’ near-complete distrust of Congress. Only 7% of Americans have confidence in Congress, a drop of five points since last year. This put Congress at the bottom of the list, with television news, big business and the criminal justice system just slightly higher.
  • The “church or organized religion” also saw a steady drop in confidence this past year. In 2021, 37% of Americans had confidence in the church, but the number dropped to 3% this year. Confidence in the church among Republicans dropped from 52% to 46% and among Democrats from 27% to 26%., and confidence in the church dropped ten points among Independents, from 35% to 25%.

The so-called “Equality Act” is back, but this version is even worse, reports Mat Staver, head of Liberty Counsel. Introduced last week in the U.S. House, the “Transgender Bill of Rights” already has 86 co-sponsors. Res. 1209 would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and also include abortion. “This will not just infringe on religious freedom—it will completely obliterate it. This goes far beyond destroying religious freedom. It will harm parents and children, employers, landlords and every person in America by forcing them to celebrate and even prefer LGBTQ and abortion… Your speech, social media, websites, church, schools, day care, work, insurance plans, medical care and more will be affected,” unless this bill is defeated.

More than $77 billion of the unemployment insurance program’s total of $413 billion in payments in 2021 were made improperly, according to a report from the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General. That’s 18.7% of the total amount given out. Additionally, DOL published an unknown payment rate of 0.21%, which resulted in estimated unknown payments of $865 million. The improper payment rate for the previous year was 9.17%, equal to about $37.8 billion. The rate at the end of the first year of Trump’s tenure was 12.1%. The rate increased to 12.63% the following year, but then plunged to 10.21% in 2019.

A new report from two officers of the Federal Reserve has concluded that the vast majority of the billions of dollars spent for the Paycheck Protection Program went ‘astray.’ The program, involving hundreds of billions of dollars, “was poorly targeted, as almost three-quarters of its benefits went to unintended recipients, including business owners, creditors and suppliers, rather than to workers,” they wrote.

  • Our bloated government is not the answer to the nation’s ills. It is the problem. U.S. government is so broken only God can fix it, but this is the time when God is removing His hand of restraint as we plunge ahead into the end-times, so Daniel’s prophecy of having its wings snipped off is coming true before our eyes.

The San Francisco Unified School District used over half a million dollars in funds meant for facility improvements to fight lawsuits over its decision to cover a mural of George Washington. “I want them to put the money back,” Citizens Bond Oversight Committee Chairman Rex Ridgeway said of how the school district spend the money, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “They’ve been using this as a slush fund as far as I’m concerned.” At issue is the district spending $525,000 in a battle to cover up a mural at Washington High School of the nation’s first president, which the school board claimed is “offensive and demeaning to Native Americans and African Americans.”

  • The cancel culture is a costly exercise in absurdity.

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)

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in February 2020, the economies of states that lean Republican have outperformed Democratic states by many measures, according to the Wall Street Journal. The pandemic changed the dynamic of migration from job-based moves to “a flight to lifestyle,” the paper said, with individuals who can work from home “choosing where to live.” A steady stream of workers and employers moved from the coasts to the middle of the country and Florida. An analysis of Labor Department data by the Brookings Institution found that over that time, red states have added 341,000 jobs while blue states were still short 1.3 million jobs as of May.

The White House managed to lose more than 80 staffers in just the first year of the Biden administration, which is well above the number that left during the same amount of time former President Donald Trump was in office. According to Newsmax, “A report released by the White House this month shows that as of July 1, 474 people are currently employed by the Executive Office of the President, including 16 who do not receive a salary. The equivalent report from 2021 showed 560 employees, with 41 unpaid.”

California Gov. Gavin Newsom appeared caught off guard by a backlash against his vacation this week in Montana, one of 22 states subject to California’s ban on official travel based on those states’ “discriminatory laws” against the LGBTQ community. Newsom’s communications team quickly revved into gear after reports that the governor was spending his downtime in the Big Sky State, telling a number of reporters that the California prohibition only applies to state-paid travel, and this was a private family affair not subject to the ban. Many others called it blatant ‘hypocrisy.’

Democratic governors are fueling fears of a red-state crusade targeting women for criminal prosecution who travel out of state to terminate their pregnancies, but legal experts say such draconian scenarios are highly implausible, even “silly.” “A state could not constitutionally prosecute a woman for leaving a state for an abortion. Such an action, even if attempted, would fail in a rapid and spectacular fashion in federal court,” said Jonathan Turley, a professor at George Washington University Law School.

Scandal-ridden Boris Johnson announced Thursday he is quitting as British prime minister after he dramatically lost the support of his ministers and most Conservative lawmakers, but said he would stay on until his successor was chosen. Bowing to the inevitable as more than 50 ministers quit and lawmakers said he must go, an isolated and powerless Johnson said it was clear his party wanted someone else in charge, but that his forced departure was “eccentric.” “Today I have appointed a cabinet to serve, as I will, until a new leader is in place,” Johnson said, making no apology for the events that forced his announcement.

  • Johnson’s hold on power has been weakening for months amid a cost-of-living crisis exacerbated by Britain’s departure from the European Union, known as “Brexit,” which Johnson championed. His resignation also comes after days of turmoil triggered by his evolving explanations of what he knew about a sexual misconduct scandal involving one of his allies and parties during the pandemic that violated government-imposed mandates. Two of Johnson’s top Cabinet ministers quit earlier this week, followed by more than 30 others who said they could no longer serve under his leadership and who urged him to step down.

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

A progressive, pro-abortion group has put a bounty on the six conservative Supreme Court justices. “DC Service Industry Workers … If you see Kavanaugh, Alito, Thomas, Gorsuch, Coney Barrett or Roberts DM us with the details!” ShutDownDC tweeted Friday morning, “We’ll venmo you $50 for a confirmed sighting and $200 if they’re still there 30 mins after your message.” The group’s post was attached to a retweet of news that Justice Kavanaugh had been forced to leave a Washington, D.C., restaurant by a back door after pro-abortion protesters showed up while he was eating Wednesday.

Across today’s increasingly violent world, Christians who are persecuted for their faith can be numbered in the hundreds of millions, reports The Washington Stand. Most of them live in poverty and constant uncertainty, yet they continue to pray, praise, and openly worship. There are vicious abuses of converts to Christianity in Iran, ongoing massacres in Nigeria, and violent assaults on Afghan Christian believers. In fact, on July 5, International Christian Concern (ICC) announced their 2022 “Persecutor of the Year” awards. And the three worst persecutors they have “awarded” are, in fact, Iran, Nigeria, and Afghanistan. But those are hardly the only ones. Open Doors annually publishes a World Watch List, focusing on the world’s 50 worst persecuting countries, identifying them in the order of their brutality. At the time of the WWL’s 2022 release, over 360 million global Christians were experiencing high levels of persecution and discrimination.

Two church ministers are reported to have been killed in Nigeria in separate attacks only 24 hours apart. Vitus Borogo, 50, was killed as he worked on his farm in Kujama, Kaduna State on June 25, and Christopher Odia, 41, died after being kidnapped in Edo State on June 26. Concerns over rising insecurity in Nigeria were highlighted at Vitus Borogo’s funeral on June 30 by more than 700 church ministers who staged a peaceful protest. Archbishop of Kaduna Diocese, the Most Reverend Matthew Man-Oso Ndagoso, called on the government to do more to protect vulnerable communities from attacks, which have included deadly raids on Christian villages and the abduction of church leaders in the state.

A church in Egypt found itself under violent attack by Muslim extremists – precisely because the church had been granted a license to worship freely. Prior to being licensed, the Christians in al-Halla village near the city of Luxor had worshipped without any harassment for nearly 20 years. The Christians, however, said that official recognition of the church by the Egyptian government had enraged the Muslim community. “The incident serves as a reminder that in some countries Christians are persecuted more by the non-Christian communities around them than by the government,” notes Barnabas Aid.

In Eritrea, the government restricts the freedom of religion of faith groups. The only groupings permitted are the Eritrean Orthodox Church, Roman Catholic Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church and Islam. Everyone who is caught at a meeting of believers outside these four official religious groups, even in a private house, can be arrested, tortured and put under pressure to renounce his faith. Thousands of Christians are being held at police stations, in containers, at military bases and in prisons. Even though many of them have been held for years, none of them has had a trial. In many cases, Christians are also beaten or abused in some other way.

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

Facing pressure from his party to act more aggressively to safeguard abortion rights, President Biden on Friday announced new steps his administration is taking, including protecting access to medication and making legal representation available to women who choose to travel out of state for the procedure. Advocacy groups have been pressing for strong action, such as a declaration of a public health emergency and leasing federal property to abortion providers, since the recent Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade. Biden has so far resisted the moves.

A Florida law banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy was reinstated last Thursday after a judge blocked it this week. Leon County Circuit Court Judge John C. Cooper issued an order on Tuesday temporarily blocking the abortion ban due to state constitutional concerns. According to The Christian Post, the legislation went back into effect, however, because the state government’s appeal of the ruling triggered an automatic stay on the order per state law. The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Florida, the Center for Reproductive Rights, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the law firm Jenner & Block are currently challenging the abortion ban.

According to Operation Rescue’s first-hand investigation, as of 7/6, over 49 abortion clinics have either halted abortions or have been forced to close their doors altogether since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. More abortion mills will close in the coming days and weeks as state laws go into effect. Although efforts are being made in some states to block pro-life laws, the Supreme Court has already begun to bring correction. Last Thursday, the Supreme Court threw out three cases wherein lower courts had ruled to block enforcement of state pro-life laws passed in Arkansas, Arizona, and Indiana. The lower courts were instructed to reconsider those decisions in light of Roe’s overturn.

Suicide/Assisted Suicide: No man has power to retain the spirit, or power over the day of death. (Ecclesiastes 8:8 ESV)

Dutch health minister Ernst Kuipers has introduced a proposal to parliament that would allow euthanasia for young children aged one through 12 who “are expected to die in the foreseeable future,” without any recourse for relieving their suffering. The Netherlands already boasts some of the most relaxed euthanasia laws in the world, including allowing death for children who are over the age of 12, and for babies under age one who are thought to be terminally ill. The medical community appears to be behind the idea — Kuipers made the proposal after an appeal from a group of pediatricians — while Euro Weekly reports that the “vast majority” of 72 doctors surveyed said they were in support of euthanasia for children who were experiencing acute suffering.

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

New cases of Covid-19 in the U.S. have declined from its omicron peak of 137,103 per day on June 6 compared to 107,533 on 7/11. However, of the past two weeks, there has been a slight 5% rise from 102,818. Hospitalizations are up 18% over the past two weeks while deaths are down 7% to 322/day. Case numbers are considered to be undercounted because of home testing that is not reported to government agencies.

  • Eighteen states reported more cases in the week of June 30-July 7 than in the week before, according to Johns Hopkins University data. That has led to a rise in hospitalizations, with hospitals in 40 states reporting more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier.
  • CDC data shows the omicron subvariant BA.5 has become the dominant strain in the country, making up more than 54% of sequenced COVID-19 cases. Health experts say symptoms of BA.4 and BA.5 align closely with symptoms from other variants, including cough, fatigue, headache and muscle pains. A loss of taste and smell, however, is becoming less common.
  • Some epidemiologists think there could be as many as 1 million new cases a day, and one expert called BA.5 “the worst version of the virus that we’ve seen.” The latest subvariant is taking over quickly because it can easily dodge immunity from prior infections and vaccines, increasing the risk of reinfection.

Repeatedly catching Covid-19 appears to increase the chances that a person will face new and sometimes lasting health problems after their infection, according to the first study on the health risks of reinfection. The study, which is based on the health records of more than 5.6 million people treated in the VA Health System, found that, compared with those with just one Covid-19 infection, those with two or more documented infections had more than twice the risk of dying and three times the risk of being hospitalized within six months of their last infection. They also had higher risks for lung and heart problems, fatigue, digestive and kidney disorders, diabetes and neurologic problems.

Another new study proves once again that mask mandates were entirely ineffective at stopping the spread of Covid-19 throughout the pandemic. The new study focuses on North Dakota schools, but it reinforces the conclusions of more sweeping studies, such as one published at “The Lancet” in May. “While observational studies of school mask mandates have had conflicting results, randomized studies have failed to detect an impact of masking on participants under 50 years of age,” the report concludes.

The World Health Organization on Thursday reported a 77% weekly increase in the number of lab-confirmed monkeypox cases, to more than 6,000 worldwide, and two more deaths in parts of Africa where the virus has circulated for years. Most of the cases were reported in Europe and Africa. The U.N. health agency said the mysterious outbreak continues to mainly affect men who have had sex with men, and that other population groups showed no signs of sustained transmission. It’s a variant of smallpox and has symptoms that include fever, headache, rashes, and exhaustion. Illness typically lasts 2 to 4 weeks. The virus spreads from person to person through the transmission of bodily fluids, although individuals can get it from being scratched by animals.

  • New York City is opening a second monkeypox vaccine location as the city health commissioner says New York is the ‘epicenter’ of the U.S. outbreak.

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)

Over the past two weeks, Dr. James Thorp, a maternal-fetal medicine expert, painstakingly analyzed and verified the most recent Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) data related to COVID-19 vaccines and compared them to the influenza vaccines. “COVID-19 vaccines compared to the influenza vaccines are associated with increases in menstrual disorders, miscarriage, fetal chromosomal abnormalities, fetal cystic hygroma, fetal malformations, fetal cardiac arrest, fetal cardiac arrhythmias, fetal cardiac disorders, fetal vascular mal-perfusion abnormalities, abnormal fetal surveillance testing, abnormal fetal growth patterns, placental thrombosis, and fetal death,” Thorp told The Epoch Times last week. Abnormal uterine bleeding (menstrual irregularity) is 1000-fold greater than for the unvaccinated population; Miscarriages are 50-fold greater; Fetal chromosomal abnormalities are 100-fold greater; Fetal cardiac arrest is 200-fold greater; and many other abnormalities with substantially greater occurrence after vaccination.

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)

Across the U.S., neighborhoods that contained just 1.5 percent of the population accounted for 26 percent of gun homicides, a 2017 analysis by The Guardian found. There are several factors behind the concentration of violence. A major one is poverty. In Chicago, violence and poverty closely overlap, notes the New York Times. “It is difficult to talk about gun violence without talking about race, because Black Americans are most likely to be the victims of shootings. Poverty explains part of the disparity, since Black people are more likely to be poor. But Black Americans are also less likely to live in communities with strong institutional support.”

Emerging data shows that killers like the accused gunman in Monday’s Independence Day parade attack in Highland Park, Illinois, 21-year-old Robert “Bobby” Crimo III, are a lot younger on average than they used to be. And researchers are scrambling to understand why, in a desperate effort to stop the next one. Just a decade or two ago, most mass shooters in the United States were disgruntled employees who shot up their workplace or killed acquaintances or family members after they snapped from anger or stress. Today, research is showing that the most pressing threats comes from angry young males who live with family and spend hours online with a community of others with shared grievances and an admiration for bloodshed.

The weapon suspect Robert Crimo III used in the deadly parade shooting was “legally obtained,” but only because Crimo’s father co-signed the gun application. Crimo’s mother had a troubled past marred by abuse allegations against her ex-boyfriend and other run-ins with the law, according to court documents. Denise Pesina, 48, also allegedly left Crimo in a hot car when he was a toddler and completed 100 hours of community service for driving under the influence in 2012.

  • Police reports show that officers were regularly called to their home over domestic disputes between Crimo and his wife. An individual reported to Highland Park police in 2019 that Crimo III attempted suicide, according to Christopher Covelli, a spokesman for the Lake County Major Crime Task Force. In a second incident, Crimo threatened to “kill everyone,” according to a family member. Police removed 16 knives, a dagger and a sword from Crimo’s residence, but there was no probable cause to arrest him, Covelli said.

A group of seven teenagers attacked and killed a 72-year-old man in Philadelphia last month with a traffic cone according to video footage released by the Philadelphia Police Department Friday. The video shows James Lambert attempting to walk away from the group at around 3 am. Males and females repeatedly attacked him. The incident was filmed by other members of the group who also appeared to be smiling and laughing throughout the attack. The police said Lambert was taken to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries the next day.

  • Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time. (Revelation 12:12)

Just hours after Molly Cheng’s husband died by suicide over the holiday weekend, she drowned her three children in a Minnesota lake and then killed herself, officials said. The children, ages 3, 4 and 5, were found in a lake in suburban Minneapolis. That afternoon, one of Cheng’s relatives called police to say she planned to kill her children and herself, the department said, which resulted in a welfare check. Deputies eventually tracked Cheng’s cellphone to Vadnais-Sucker Lake Regional Park. Searchers recovered all four of the family’s bodies over two days.

Two illegal immigrants were arrested before they could carry out a mass shooting plot at the Richmond, Va. July 4th celebration. Two illegal immigrants, 52-year-old Julio Alvarado-Dubon and 38-year-old Rolman Balacarcel, were arrested based on a tip to police by someone they would only refer to as a “hero citizen.” Police investigated the claims and found Alvarado-Dubon was in possession of two rifles, one handgun, and 223 rounds of ammunition. He was arrested on July 1, while Balacarcel was placed under surveillance and eventually arrested on the same charges on Tuesday.

International:

World leaders are expressing sadness, shock, and outrage at the assassination of a man many of them knew personally—Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister. Abe, who resigned in 2020, was fatally shot while delivering a speech at a campaign event in western Japan Friday. A suspect is in custody. Tetsuya Yamagami, who hails from Nara – where the 67-year-old Abe was gunned down while making a speech – told police Friday that he was dissatisfied with the ex-leader and wanted to kill him, but not over his political beliefs. The shooting stunned the largely gun-free nation, given the rarity of gun violence in a country with some of the world’s strictest rules on guns. Guns have been regulated in Japan since the mid-16th century, according to an analysis by the Library of Congress. The suspect built his own gun, a ‘ghost’ gun.

  • Japan’s Firearm and Swords Control law says that “in principle, the possession of firearms and swords is prohibited.” Only shotguns, air guns, guns with specific research or industrial purposes, or those used for competitions, are legal in Japan.

At least 19 people were killed, and eight others were injured in a pair of shootings at two separate bars in South Africa late Saturday night. The first shooting took place at roughly midnight local time, with gunmen targeting patrons at a bar in Johannesburg, killing 15 people and injuring an unknown number of others. The second shooting saw two men enter a bar in Pietermaritzburg and randomly open fire on patrons, killing at least four and injuring eight. A high caliber firearm was used, and the gunmen were shooting randomly, officials said.

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)

Jacob Blake’s father and Breonna Taylor’s aunt were among those arrested Wednesday night amid mounting protests of the police killing of Jayland Walker. Blake and Taylor were also victims of a police shooting. The two high-profile national critics of police violence were arrested in Akron, the northern Ohio city where police shot Walker, 25, dozens of times as he fled a traffic stop last week.

Chinese authorities on Sunday violently dispersed a peaceful protest by more than 1000 bank depositors, who sought in vain to demand their life savings back from banks that have run into a deepening cash crisis. Since April, four rural banks in China’s central Henan province have frozen millions of dollars’ worth of deposits, threatening the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of customers in an economy already battered by draconian Covid lockdowns. Anguished depositors have staged several demonstrations in the city of Zhengzhou, the provincial capital of Henan, over the past two months, but their demands have invariably fallen on deaf ears.

Protesters broke into the private residence of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and set it on fire, according to the prime minister’s office. Wickremesinghe was not in the residence at the time it was breached. He had been moved earlier to a safer location, his office said. Thousands of anti-government demonstrators also broke into the Presidential residence and office and protested outside a stadium in Sri Lanka’s southern coastal city of Galle during the country’s Test cricket match against Australia on Saturday, demanding the President’s and Prime Minister’s resignation over the dire economic conditions. Wickremesinghe tweeted Saturday that he accepts the recommendation of party leaders to resign. 

  • Sri Lanka is in the middle of a full-scale collapse after the president announced the nation is “bankrupt,” having run out of both money and energy. Sri Lanka’s government has been implementing ESG policies (environment, social, and governance) for years, following the lead of the World Economic Forum. That includes banning agrochemicals such as fertilizers in an effort to lower nitrogen emissions. the same thing is currently playing out in The Netherlands. As RedState reported, farmers are protesting after their leaders signed onto a European Union deal to dramatically reduce nitrogen emissions.
  • The resultant deaths of thousands due to these seemingly misguided policies are not an accident nor unexpected by the New World Order elitists who want to massively reduce the world’s population just as the Bible prophesies: By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed, by the fire and smoke and sulfur coming out of their mouths. (Revelation 9:18)

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)

Over a million federal background checks on those seeking to buy a gun from a licensed dealer took longer than the allotted three business days in 2020 and 2021, according to NBC News. The network noted that federal law allows licensed gun dealers to sell weapons after the third business day while the background checks are pending. NBC News attributed its information to a 33-page, FBI report released last month. The news outlet said the delay in background checks potentially puts guns in the hands of those who can’t legally own a weapon because of mental illness or criminal background.

As missed warning signs pile up in investigations of mass killings, New York state is rolling out a novel strategy to screen applicants for gun permits. People seeking to carry concealed handguns will be required to hand over their social media accounts for a review of their “character and conduct.” It’s an approach applauded by many Democrats and national gun control advocacy groups, but some experts have raised questions about how the law will be enforced and address free speech concerns. Some of the local officials who will be tasked with reviewing the social media content also are asking whether they’ll have the resources and, in some cases, whether the law is even constitutional.

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

Some of the liberal prosecutors accused of going easy on criminals are now refusing to enforce state abortion laws taking effect after the fall of Roe v. Wade. Ninety left-tilting attorneys general and district attorneys have signed a joint statement pledging not to pursue criminal charges for violations of abortion statutes. The prosecutors come from 29 states, one territory and the District of Columbia. They represent a total of 91.5 million constituents, including 28.5 million in 12 states “where abortion is now banned or likely to be banned,” said Fair and Just Prosecution, which organized the statement.

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.

In yet another senseless act of crime to hit New York City, three women trashed a French fry restaurant because of a minor price dispute. The three women — identified as Pearl Ozoria, Chitara Plasencia and Tatiyanna Johnson — became enraged at Bel Fries restaurant in New York City because of the price of extra sauce. In a video captured by Chef Rafael Nuñez, the women can be seen throwing items at a plexiglass barrier, destroying restaurant property and jumping onto the counter. The women screamed and showed their middle fingers as a group behind them laughed and cheered on their crimes.

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)

Seeking maximum impact, the heads of the FBI and Britain’s MI5 stood together Wednesday to warn of the danger of Chinese espionage. Western technology companies are especially at risk of losing intellectual property, the two told chief executives at Thames House, headquarters of the British domestic security agency, in London, the BBC reports. “The Chinese government is set on stealing your technology—whatever it is that makes your industry tick—and using it to undercut your business and dominate your market,” said FBI Director Christopher Wray in the rare joint appearance. “They’re set on using every tool at their disposal to do it.”

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)

They’re being called the “Uber Files.” The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a nonprofit network of investigative reporters, scoured internal Uber texts, emails, invoices, and other documents to deliver what it called “an unprecedented look into the ways Uber defied taxi laws and upended workers’ rights.’ The files reveal the extraordinary lengths the company undertook to establish itself in nearly 30 countries. The company’s lobbyists—including former aides to President Obama—pressed government officials to drop their investigations, rewrite labor and taxi laws, and relax background checks on drivers, the papers show. The investigation found that Uber used “stealth technology” to fend off government investigations. The company, for example, used a “kill switch” that cut access to Uber servers and blocked authorities from grabbing evidence during raids in at least six countries.

  • The consortium also reported that former CEO Kalanick saw the threat of violence against Uber drivers by aggrieved taxi drivers as a way to gain public support. Uber also channeled money through Bermuda and other tax havens. Mark MacGann, the public face of the company’s tumultuous European expansion, said he leaked the Uber Files to make up for his role in its aggressive practices: “We had actually sold people a lie.”

The parents of children who died last year while trying a Blackout Challenge on TikTok have sued the popular social media platform. The complaints contend TikTok’s algorithm continually made Blackout Challenge videos appear on the girls’ ‘for you’ pages where users see random videos they might like based on what they’ve previously watched. The lawsuit claims TikTok knows many of its users are under 13, and that it markets to people under 13, despite user terms purporting to limit the app’s use to those 13 and older. Young users’ incomplete brain development makes them more susceptible to becoming addicted to using TikTok, and scrolling through videos designed to retain their attention for longer periods of time, according to the lawsuit.

  • Arriani Jaileen Arroyo’s father, Heriberto Arroyo, found his 9-year-old daughter hanging inside their Milwaukee home in February 2021 after her younger brother reported she wasn’t moving. Arriani got a phone at age 7 and soon signed up for TikTok. At first, she watched and made videos about dancing. She took ballet at school. Then she discovered challenges. “TikTok has specifically curated and determined that these Blackout Challenge videos – videos featuring users who purposefully strangulate themselves until losing consciousness – are appropriate and fitting for small children,” the lawsuit states. 

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)

Less than 7% of U.S. adults are in good cardiometabolic shape, and a new study warns the trend is only getting worse. Cardiometabolic health is an umbrella term that includes blood pressure, blood sugar, blood cholesterol, weight and/or the presence of heart disease. Tufts University researchers found the steepest declines in the percentage of Americans with healthy weights and blood sugar levels, but noted that “the lack of good health and well-being across the board is truly devastating.”

A new CDC study that found weedkilling glyphosate in 80% of U.S. urine samples. The study used 2,310 samples from a group representative of the U.S. population, nearly a third of them children. Detectable amounts of the chemical, the active ingredient in herbicides including Roundup, was found in 1,885 of them. Children are primarily exposed via the food they eat; glyphosate has been found in many popular food items, including baby food, made using crops that have been sprayed with the herbicide. Roundup maker Monsanto and Bayer, the company that bought it in 2018, maintain that the weed killer is safe, but a unit of the WHO declared glyphosate a probable human carcinogen in 2015. In the U.S. the EPA claims it’s not likely to cause cancer, but last month a federal appeals court ordered the agency to take a closer look at the risks to humans and the environment.

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

Nine people died over the holiday weekend in Gadsden County, Florida, in what officials are calling a “potential mass fentanyl poisoning event.” The ages of those impacted ranged from 34 to 67. Seven of the deaths are confirmed to be linked to the apparently bad batch of drugs and two others are suspected to be linked, but are still under investigation. In one case, a passenger died after the driver of a car passed out from using drugs and crashed.

More than 1.1 million seniors in the Federal Government’s Medicare program could die prematurely over the next decade because they will be unable to afford the increasing high prices of their prescription drug medications, reports the West Health Policy Center, a nonprofit and nonpartisan policy research group. West Health predicts that, with the continuation of current drug-pricing trends, the inability to afford prescription drugs with become “a leading cause of death in the U.S. ahead of diabetes, influenza, pneumonia and kidney disease by 2030.

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)

Governor Ducey’s signature on the nation’s most expansive educational freedom bill puts Arizona at the top of states that offer families options to meet their children’s educational needs. The measure gives students and parents the full range of educational options, including an Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) to help them pay for the educational environment that best suits them and their children. The expansion, sponsored by Representative Ben Toma, means all students are eligible to receive about $7,000 a year to help pay expenses at a private school, homeschooling, or other educational services. All while saving public schools money on each student transfer and increasing per-pupil funding.

A new poll from USA TODAY and Public Agenda found that a little more than half of Americans agree that the benefits of a degree outweigh the costs. However, younger people, who historically have made up the majority of the college-going population, are increasingly dubious of higher education’s value. Many say the American economy is rigged in favor of the rich and influential who can easily afford the costs. About 3 in 4 Americans say it’s a problem that employers require a college degree for jobs that don’t need them; 60% say getting a degree is “too time-consuming and expensive for working adults” and 83% say the cost of college makes it difficult for low-income students to get an education.

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)

Multiple times already, various judicial authorities have brought criminal charges against those drag queen personalities who frequently are given the run of public libraries, or even schools, to read stories of sexual deviance to children. Now, a case has appeared that involves “one of Pennsylvania’s popular drag queens,” according to a report at The Gateway Pundit. The report said the state attorney general’s office has accused a “community organizer,” Brice Williams, who performs under the stage name Anastasia Diamond, of child pornography by downloading dozens of illegal photos and images. Police accused him of having at least 49 photos and 25 videos “of naked, prepubescent boys.”

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 National Education Association proposed a resolution that would change the word “mother” in contracts to “birthing parent” for the purpose of being inclusive to the LGBTQIA+ community. NEA’s resolutions are called new business items (NBI). The resolution on the language change – NBI 63 – was ultimately not brought to a vote. It takes 50 delegate sponsors to bring an NBI to the floor for debate and then to a vote.

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)

Lawmakers in as many as ten states have considered legislation to require voters show proof of citizenship – a requirement that drew a federal lawsuit this week and that voting access advocates worry could disenfranchise millions of voters. A new Arizona law that Gov. Doug Ducey hailed as a victory for “election integrity” – and that could be a model for similar restrictions across the country – now is being challenged as a “textbook violation” of federal law. The Justice Department on Tuesday sued the state to stop the law requiring voters to provide documented proof of citizenship from going into effect in January 2023, saying it could disenfranchise thousands of voters.

Voters casting absentee ballots this fall for the highest state offices won’t be able to return their ballots in upcoming elections by using drop boxes following a ruling Friday by the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s conservative majority. The 4-3 ruling, coming four weeks before statewide primaries Aug. 9, is a win for Republicans who now oppose the longstanding use of ballot drop boxes after their use proliferated during the coronavirus pandemic. Writing for the majority, Justice Rebecca Bradley said state law does not permit drop boxes anywhere other than election clerk offices and only state lawmakers may make new policy stating otherwise — not the Wisconsin Elections Commission, which issued guidance to clerks allowing them. 

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

After the collapse of Afghanistan, the U.S. government evacuated more than 76,000 Afghans, including many high-level former government officials who wielded power and privilege in their homeland. Now, many are struggling to start new lives from scratch in the U.S. While learning a new language and adjusting to a new culture, they also feel the constant despair of Afghanistan, where the economy is in freefall and life under the Taliban’s rule is increasingly dangerous. “Physically, I am here but mentally I am still in Afghanistan,” says Humaira Qaderi, formerly a member of Afghanistan’s educated, middle class. “My days start with my mother’s tears and the problems my family is going through. It starts with news of explosions and bloodshed in Afghanistan. I am not okay, and I cannot pretend to be okay.”

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)

For the first time ever, a governor has directed state military troops and police forces to arrest illegal aliens and transport them back to a port of entry at the southern border. In an executive order, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday authorized Texas National Guard soldiers and Texas Department of Public Safety officers to make the arrests, the Washington Examiner reported. Abbott explained he decided to issue the order after 5,000 noncitizens were apprehended illegally crossing the border over the July 4 holiday weekend.

Border Patrol agents didn’t whip or strike Haitian migrants last year, a lengthy internal affairs investigation concluded Friday, but it did find that some agents used excessive force by positioning their horses in the Rio Grande to try to keep the migrants from reaching the U.S. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton demanded on Friday that the Biden administration apologize for accusing four mounted Customs and Border Protection agents riding with split reins of whipping Haitian migrants. The U.S. Border Patrol agents who were falsely accused of striking illegal immigrants have had their careers “ruined” by President Biden, the head of the agency’s union told The Epoch Times.

An average of 441 unaccompanied children will cross the U.S.-Mexico border into border patrol custody every day this year, according to estimates from the Department of Homeland Security. DHS is reportedly expecting between 148,000 and 161,000 unaccompanied minors to cross the border in the fiscal year 2022. according to documents obtained by the Washington Examiner. DHS is responsible for placing many of these unaccompanied minors into homes. U.S. law states that such minors cannot be sent back across the border unless their country of origin is either Canada or Mexico.

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

Flights at U.S. airports appeared to be returning to normal on Monday after another difficult holiday weekend for passengers caused by a rash of canceled flights. Tracking service FlightAware showed about 2,000 flights to, from, or within the United States canceled between Thursday and Sunday, or 2% of scheduled flights. There was a peak of 657 flights canceled on Saturday. Bad weather played a role once again, but staff shortages throughout the airline industry also fed into the problem. Airlines don’t have the staffing, especially among pilots, to adjust when bad weather causes delays.

Supply Chain/Shortages: 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 Food and Drug Administration announced plans Wednesday to help allow foreign baby formula manufacturers to stay on the U.S. market with long-term authorization as the Biden administration attempts to diversify the industry in hopes of preventing future shortages. The FDA aims to provide a path for overseas producers that have already sent supplies to the U.S., under temporary emergency approval, to stay on the market by meeting existing requirements. The plans also will make it easier for new importers to navigate the FDA’s regulatory review process.

Global supplies of chickpeas could dip as much as 20% this year, according to data from the Global Pulse Confederation. Weather and war have hurt supplies of the protein-packed bean, driving up food prices and creating headaches for food manufacturers. Chickpeas are made into hummus, flour, soups, stews and curries. While they are growing in popularity in the United States, they have long been key to the diets of people in India and the Middle East – places that are already struggling to cover rising costs of food imports. Farmers in the United States – the No. 4 chickpea exporter – planted fewer chickpeas this year as poor weather bogged down spring planting and they prioritized more lucrative commodity crops like wheat and corn, government data shows.

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)

Reuters reports that more than 5 million barrels of oil that were part of the release ordered by Biden were exported to Europe and Asia last month, including the sale of 950,000 Strategic Petroleum Reserve barrels to Unipec, the trading arm of the China Petrochemical Corporation. That company, which is commonly known as Sinopec, is wholly owned by the Chinese government. The Biden administration claimed the move would “address the pain Americans are feeling at the pump” and “help lower energy costs.” Huh? How?

  • The Biden administration also claimed the Unipec sale would “support American consumers and the global economy in response to Vladimir Putin’s war of choice against Ukraine” and combat “Putin’s price hike.” But as the war rages on, Unipec has continued to purchase Russian oil, Bloomberg reported, which helps fund Russia’s ongoing war.

Recently, President Biden flew into Iowa—our country’s leading corn-producing state—to announce to appreciative farmers that the Environmental Protection Agency will require American motor-fuel refiners to increase the amount of corn-based ethanol (CBE) that must be blended into motor fuels this year. The new regulations include authorization for the production and consumption of more E15 (fuel that is 15 percent, rather than the usual 10 percent ethanol content). Normally, the EPA bans the refining and distribution of E15 in the summer months because burning that much ethanol in the summer heat causes smog. The Biden administration has apparently shelved that restriction, attempting to get gasoline prices down at the cost of the environment.

Crude oil prices tumbled last week (as of 7/7), spurred by fears of a looming recession that could tamper demand. The U.S. benchmark crude oil was trading below $100 for the first time since May, which should allow for some relief at the pump. However, prices have creeped above $100/barrel as of 7/11. Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy, believes the national average price for regular gas could fall 25 to 50 cents per gallon in the coming weeks.

Europe’s energy woes escalated Tuesday as Norwegian oil and gas workers went on strike, shutting three fields in the North Sea and causing a spike in natural gas prices. Norway was the second largest supplier of natural gas to Europe last year, after only Russia, according to Eurostat data.

A major gas pipeline from Russia to Germany shut down for annual maintenance Monday amid German concern that Russia may not resume the flow of gas as scheduled. The Nord Stream 1 pipeline, Germany’s main source of Russian gas, is scheduled to be out of action until July 21 for routine work that the operator says includes “testing of mechanical elements and automation systems.” The operator’s data showed the gas flow dropping as planned on Monday morning.

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

Massachusetts leaders say they plan to dole out tax rebates of $250 to individual tax filers and $500 to married couples as part of a nationwide scramble by Democrats to ease the pain of inflation. The commonwealth is expected to have a budget surplus, so leaders decided to join the ranks of states finding ways to spread cash around to families struggling with everyday costs. Persons must have earned a minimum of $38,000 while the maximum income for those eligible will be $100,000 for individual filers and $150,000 for joint filers.

  • California announced a similar tax rebate in a budget deal Gov. Gavin Newsom reached with lawmakers last month. Persons earning less than $75,000 per year will 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.

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

Thirty-three percent of all U.S. small businesses could not pay their May rent in full and on time, up from 28% in April, according to a survey from Alignable, a small-business referral network. And 52% said rent has increased over the past six months.

Twitter, Inc. on Thursday confirmed to The Wall Street Journal that it had laid off 30% of its talent acquisition team. The news came amid a report that Elon Musk terminated his $44 billion deal to buy the company appeared because the Tesla CEO’s team could not verify the amount of fake Twitter accounts. In response, Twitter is suing Musk. “The Twitter Board is committed to closing the transaction on the price and terms agreed upon with Mr. Musk and plans to pursue legal action to enforce the merger agreement. We are confident we will prevail in the Delaware Court of Chancery,” Taylor wrote on Twitter.

  • According to the filing with the SEC on April 25, the deal calls for Musk to pay Twitter a $1 billion breakup fee if he terminates the deal. And Twitter may be able to force Musk to complete the deal.

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. employers added 372,000 new jobs in June, the Labor Department reported Friday. Job growth remained strong, though it continued to slow from earlier highs, the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed. The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.6 percent. The economy has now recouped 21.5 million, or 97.6%, of the jobs lost during the recent pandemic.

Initial jobless claims rose to 235,000 for the week ending July 2, the Department of Labor reported Thursday, up slightly from 231,000 the previous week. The total number of people receiving unemployment benefits during the week ending June 25 is about 1,375,000. Jobless claims currently are the highest they have been in six months. For months, they have hovered near lows set 50 years ago.

As of the last business day of May, employers posted 11.3 million job openings, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Wednesday. That’s down from April’s number of 11.7 million, which was down from 11.9 million in March. High-profile companies such as Tesla and Netflix are announcing impending layoffs. Still, there are nearly two jobs for every unemployed person.

Zillow reports the median home value in the United States has grown by 20.7% over the past year to $349,816, an all-time high. As of 2021, the average millennial with a mortgage owed $255,527 in mortgage debt, according to the Experian report. This is up by 10% over the 2020 average and by 16% over 2019 levels.

  • Mortgage rates dropped for the second week in a row, notching the largest decline since December 2008. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 5.30% in the week ending July 7, down from 5.70% the week before, according to Freddie Mac. That is still significantly higher than this time last year when it was 2.90%. Analysts say the decline was due to economic concerns and fears of recession.

When it comes to prices during inflation, what goes up, doesn’t always come down. When talking about inflation, it’s important to remember that inflation is a rate that measures how fast prices are rising. If the consumer inflation rate drops from its 40-year high of 8.6% in May, prices are still rising – just not as fast. Consumers won’t feel immediate relief even as the inflation rate slows because many of those elevated prices are likely here to stay, said Michael Ashton, managing principal at Enduring Investments. Only a negative inflation rate would cause prices to drop.

  • The rate of inflation on used cars has fallen significantly. At one point, year-over-year used-car inflation was more than 40%, but recently it’s dropped to around 20%. However, that doesn’t mean the price of a used car is going down anytime soon.

Buy Now, Pay Later installment plans have become popular among consumers seeking to spread out the cost of big-ticket purchases. But now, rising prices have some cash-strapped shoppers reaching for these alternative payment methods for everyday purchases, such as their daily coffee, gas station fill-up or grocery run, as well. That’s a concern for economists and consumer advocates, who say the surge in the use of these services, coupled with a lack of transparency and little regulatory oversight, leaves them wondering just how much debt Americans are actually getting into.

From city centers to rural communities, many U.S. child care providers are raising the price of tuition to combat inflation, adding yet another strain for families. Inflation is only one part of the problem. There are 11.2% fewer child care workers in the industry than before the pandemic. A study found as of March 2021, nearly 16,000 child care programs had closed during the pandemic — roughly 9% of the industry’s licensed programs — creating longer waitlists and steeper tuition for parents.

Americans are applying to fewer jobs, but they are securing more offers than at any time in recent memory, according to surveys by online job sites. The dynamic is giving candidates more leverage to negotiate for higher pay and benefits and forcing employers to snap them up quickly or lose out to rivals, experts say. With the labor market projected to slow significantly later this year, there may be no better time for workers to make a move.

Over 300 of Virginia state employees have resigned in the last two months since Gov. Glenn Youngkin announced a new telework policy that pushes employees back into the office in the wake the pandemic. These state employees chose to resign over losing the flexibility and benefits that working from home affords.

International:

Turkey’s annual rate of inflation hit almost 80% in June — its highest level in about two decades. Consumer prices increased by 78.6% last month compared to June 2021, driven by the soaring cost of food and drink and transportation. Food prices have almost doubled in a year, while the cost of transport was up 123%, according to data from the Turkish Statistical Institute.

Sri Lanka is in the grip of its worst economic crisis for seven decades, with general inflation running at nearly 60% and food inflation at 80%. Fuel shortages are so severe that the schools were closed last week.

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

In recent weeks, a delegation of senior Canadian military personnel has been documented patrolling in uniform in Area C in Judea and Samaria, and patrolling an illegally built structure, the Regavim organization reported Thursday. Area C is under full Israeli security and civilian control, as per the 1993 Oslo Accords. The illegal building that the Canadian delegation visited was erected during the night within a few hours, in Area C on land designated for agriculture and belongs to the nearby Israeli community of Maon. “Is Canada planning to start a war with Israel? A senior military figure from a foreign country who encourages criminals who have invaded the country’s lands under the auspices of the PA is utterly insane and a blatant and rude move against the State of Israel,” said Meir Deutsch, Regavim’s Director-General.

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

Iran announced Sunday that it has begun enriching uranium up to 20% (a technical step from weapons-grade levels of 90%) using sophisticated centrifuges at its underground Fordo nuclear plant, state TV reported, an escalation that comes amid a standoff with the West over its tattered atomic deal. Centrifuges are used to spin enriched uranium into higher levels of purity. Tehran’s 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers had called for Fordo to become a research-and-development facility and restricted centrifuges there to non-nuclear uses. The talks have been at a standstill for months. Iran insists its program is for peaceful purposes, though U.N. experts and Western intelligence agencies say Iran had an organized military nuclear program through 2003.

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)

Cities and villages in seven Ukrainian regions were shelled Wednesday, Ukraine’s presidential office said in its Thursday morning update. Russia’s unrelenting shelling of eastern Ukraine killed at least nine people and wounded six others Wednesday. Rescuers raced on Sunday to reach more than 20 people feared trapped under the rubble of an apartment block in eastern Ukraine that was hit by a Russian rocket attack in the night, killing at least 15 people, officials said. The five-story building in the town of Chasiv Yar in the Donetsk region was struck by rockets late Saturday. More missiles struck civilian targets, killing three people, on Monday as Russia pounded the Kharkiv region in what Kharkiv regional Governor Oleh Syneihubov called “absolute terrorism.”

  • Moscow appears to have given its soldiers a break to regroup, analysts say, relying on their missiles to keep pounding Ukraine in the meantime.

Ukraine now has eight U.S.-made HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems) to help fight off Russian invaders and will be receiving four more as part of a just-announced $400 million military aid package. But even that relatively modest number of systems is reportedly having an outsized impact on the battlefield. “HIMARS have already made a HUUUGE difference,” tweeted Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov. Ukraine has used the HIMARS in a campaign to take out Russia’s key military structures, including destroying vital ammunition depots. In the past four weeks, about 20 have been hit or completely destroyed in the disputed Donbas region and other Russian-occupied areas in Ukraine, according to the Kyiv Independent newspaper.

The Air Force sent six radar-evading F-35 Lightning II jet fighters to South Korea to conduct combined flight operations and training missions with their South Korean counterparts, officials said Tuesday. The deployment of the stealth aircraft based at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska comes as Seoul and Washington are ramping up their security cooperation over concerns that North Korea may soon conduct nuclear tests, ratcheting up tension between the divided Koreas.

The head of the United Nations nuclear agency gave a sharp warning Tuesday about growing nuclear risks, saying that Iran’s activities risked a regional nuclear arms race and that Russia’s occupation of Ukrainian nuclear sites threatened to imperil the agency’s ability to ensure nuclear material wasn’t being misused. In a wide-ranging speech at the Australian National University in Canberra, Rafael Grossi, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, warned that “we are reaching a defining moment for global nuclear nonproliferation,” in which the risks of the spread of nuclear weapons “pose a problem for everyone.”

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)

“Many domestic terrorism cases now have an international component, as would-be killers are “egging each other on” and drawing inspiration from racist or neo-Nazi attacks overseas, the head of the FBI and his British counterpart said Friday. “Travel and technology,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said, “have really blurred the lines between foreign and domestic threats.” Wray said the frequently cited expression of “connecting the dots” to stop a terrorist attack has taken on a new kind of urgency for many investigators because attackers can mobilize so quickly and often are not part of a large, well-established network.  In many terrorism cases, Wray said, “you’re talking about largely lone actors, maybe one or two other people who don’t have to do a lot of plotting, who don’t need to have a lot of money … don’t need to do a lot of training, and whose targets are pretty much everywhere.”

Taliban supreme leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada said Wednesday that Afghan soil will not be used to launch attacks against other countries, and he asked the international community to not interfere in Afghanistan’s internal affairs. The Taliban say they are adhering to an agreement they signed with the United States in 2020 — before retaking power — in which they promised to fight terrorists. “We assure our neighbors, the region and the world that we will not allow anyone to use our territory to threaten the security of other countries. We also want other countries not to interfere in our internal affairs,” Akhundzada said.

The U.K. announced Thursday it had seized “sophisticated” Iranian missiles from smugglers in the Gulf of Oman earlier this year in what officials have pointed to as proof Tehran is supporting Houthi rebels in Yemen. In direct violation of a 2015 arms embargo enforced by the UN Security Council, the smugglers were found to have been carrying “dozens of packages” containing surface-to-air missiles and engines for land-attack cruise missiles. The British embassy also noted that the land-attack cruise missile, which has a range of over 620 miles, is regularly used by Houthi rebels in strikes against Saudi Arabia. 

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)

World hunger rose for the second consecutive year in 2021 after remaining relatively stable since 2014, the United Nations reported Wednesday. About 2.3 billion people experienced moderate or severe hunger, and the number of those unable to afford a healthy diet rose by 112 million to almost 3.1 billion. Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean were the most affected.

There have been over twenty fires and accidents in recent months at U.S. food processors. Some claim a conspiracy while a lot of other ‘fact-checkers’ say it’s just random chance. But now, in addition to these ‘accidents’ comes news that China has been buying up U.S. farmland, around 200,000 acres so far (not the million acres that some have said). And some say that China is buying up farmland because it knows the America’s ability to produce so much food is a major strategic advantage and wants to blunt that advantage. We’ll have to wait and see whether coincidence or conspiracy is at work here.

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)

This week there are even more large (over 100 acres) wildfires in Alaska than in last week’s report – 56 now, up from 41 on 7/4. The fires have consumed 2,398,961 acres, up from 1,932,000 last week.

The Washburn fire began burning in Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Friday, July 8. The wildfire is threatening the largest grove of giant sequoias in Yosemite. It more than doubled in size in a day, and firefighters were working in difficult terrain Sunday to protect the iconic trees and a small mountain town as the U.S. weathers another very active year for fires.

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 U.S. continues to ease, but much more so in the northwest than the southwest. Overall, the proportion of the West in severe to exceptional drought has declined over the past three months from 81% to 65%. In the Northwest, Washington decreased from 30% to 0%, while Idaho dropped from 67% to 16%, with Montana declined from 83% to 20% and Oregon decreased from 76% to 53%.

  • However, in the Southwest, California increased from 94% to 97%, while Nevada remained at 99.5% with Utah also the same at 99.6%, while New Mexico increased from 92% to 95% and Arizona increased from 60% to 70%. Colorado is considered a ‘High Plains’ state by the Drought Monitor and, like the northwest, declined from 60% to 26%.

Utah’s Great Salt Lake has hit a record low water level for the second time in less than a year, a troubling sign amid historic drought conditions across the western United States. Due to its shallowness (an average of 14 feet deep and a maximum of 35 feet deep), vast areas of lakebed have been exposed.

Before severe weather swept through South Dakota on Tuesday, residents around Sioux Falls witnessed a hauntingly rare phenomenon: a green sky. If a thunderstorm occurs during a time of red light, like a sunset, water particles in the air can make it appear as if the sky is green in color. The National Weather Service confirmed that a derecho (a widespread, long-lived wind storm) barreled through much of South Dakota – as well as Minnesota and Iowa – on Tuesday, leaving thousands without power for hours after the “destructive,” long-lasting wind storm.

Thirty-thousand residents of Sydney, Australia, were told to evacuate last Tuesday after getting 6 feet of rain in a 24-hour period, causing roads to flood and dams to overflow. This was the fourth major flood in Sydney in the past 18 months. The city of 5 million endured three days of torrential downpour, and rain was forecast for the rest of the week.

Signs of the Times Update: July 4, 2022

July 4, 2022

“But as for me, I keep watch for the Lord, I wait in hope for God my Savior; my God will hear me. Do not gloat over me my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light. Because I have sinned against him, I will bear the Lord’s wrath, until he pleads my case and establishes my right. He will bring me out into the light; I will see his justice.”  (Micah 7:7-9)

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)

Buffer Insurance condemned “secular” companies’ response to the end of Roe v. Wade by pay expenses for employees to get an abortion. Buffer vowed instead to support female employees who get pregnant and even cover the costs of giving birth. The Texas-based company vowed to offer maternity and paternity leave to employees who have children, as well as cover the costs of their female employees giving birth. The company also promised to help out employees seeking to adopt children.

Facebook’s parent company, Meta, has labeled militant pro-abortion group Jane’s Revenge as a terrorist organization. On June 25, the day following the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade, an internal bulletin from Meta Platforms Inc., which owns Instagram and Facebook, recognized Jane’s Revenge as a terrorist organization, subjecting it to the company’s most strict censorship policies. The group is responsible for multiple arson and vandalism attacks on pro-life institutions, having publicly bragged about them, trusting in their anonymity.

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)

A few years ago, an inter-faith group of 10,000 people met at the Vatican in Rome, reports Open Doors in Standing Strong Through the Storm. “The group included the Pope, the Dalai Lama and Muslim Imam W. D. Mohammed. An outspoken Hindu woman was quoted as saying, “It was refreshing to note that the idea that all religions have universal truths, and are merely different paths to the same goal was accepted as a given from the outset by all delegates without a single dissenting voice.” The same delegates also endorsed a general condemnation of “aggressive” proselytizing. This is the prevailing thinking of our day and age. Satan will do all he can to cause this thinking to even invade the church and individual Christian thinking and action.”

“Satan has led many quasi-religious groups to unite around a mixture of religious teachings and then brand honest Christian believers as bigots for clinging to salvation in Christ alone.  An outgrowth of the postmodern era in which we live is that many people no longer believe in absolute truth. A natural extension of this lack of absolutes is the widely held view that there is good in every religion and all roads lead to heaven. Individuals can then pick and choose the elements they wish from whatever faith and mix them all together.” This is syncretism, and it is abhorrent to LORD God Almighty, Yahweh el Shaddai, and to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

  • “For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools.”  Romans 1:21-22

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)

U.S. White House economic adviser Brian Deese suggested the pain at the pump was a price Americans had to pay for the “future of the liberal world order,” in a CNN interview on Thursday. CNN Newsroom host Victor Blackwell asked Deese how the White House would respond to Americans worried that they won’t be able to survive paying close to or over $5 a gallon, potentially for “years” to come. Deese answered, “This is about the future of the liberal world order, and we have to stand firm.”

Turkey dropped their opposition to Finland, Sweden joining NATO, paving way for alliance to grow. The leaders of the three countries on Tuesday signed a memorandum confirming Turkey’s support for the membership bids by Helsinki and Stockholm. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine pushed Finland and Sweden to join the alliance.

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)

Leftists on Twitter don’t seem too inclined to celebrate Independence Day this year. Ahead of the July 4th holiday, several prominent liberals on Twitter expressed their disgust for America and indicated they will not be celebrating our independence as a nation. For most of them, the recent Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned Roe v. Wade, has sullied the celebration. Left-wing members of news and entertainment media claimed that women in the country are no longer free as a result of the ruling, arguing there’s no point in July 4th this year. TV personality Brandi Glanville tweeted, “I’m not celebrating Independence Day because I don’t like I live in a free country anymore.” One of the tweeters of the bunch actually expressed a desire to “blow up” the country on its biggest holiday.

  • In Arizona, the Tucson Women’s March, was promoted by the Pima County Democratic Party on Twitter. “F— the Fourth. See you at Reid Park,” the tweet stated.

The Internal Revenue Service has been up to some questionable stunts in recent years, like the time during Barack Obama’s presidency that officials there targeted Christian and Tea Party groups. But now several members of Congress have a larger concern about the IRS: the fact that it buys thousands of rounds of ammunition every year. Rep. Matt Gaetz discovered that this year alone the IRS has spent $725,000 on ammunition. A 2018 report by the Government Accountability Office showed that heading into 2018, the IRS had 4,487 guns and 5,062,006 rounds of ammunition in its inventory. Several Congress members want to prohibit the IRS from acquiring any ammunition.

  • The IRS says it buys guns and ammunition for its Criminal Investigation Division.

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)

Ketanji Brown Jackson is officially the newest Supreme Court justice, taking her oaths at a swearing in ceremony Thursday. Justice Jackson is now the first Black woman on the high court. Jackson was sworn in a few minutes after noon, which was when the retirement of her predecessor, Justice Stephen Breyer, became effective. Breyer himself helped lead the ceremony, which took place in the Court’s West Conference Room. Breyer administered the judicial oath, and Chief Justice John Roberts administered the constitutional oath, both of which are required for all justices. Jackson’s husband Patrick Jackson and their two daughters were in attendance.

President Biden, speaking on the world stage Thursday, decried the U.S. Supreme Court for “outrageous behavior,” pointing to its decision to overturn Roe v. Wade last week, which he characterized as “destabilizing.” Biden said he would support an exception to the Senate’s filibuster rules to make it easier to pass legislation protecting abortion rights and ensuring other privacy protections. However, Biden’s proposal to temporarily lift the Senate “filibuster” was rejected by Democratic Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin, leaving Biden without enough votes to do so.

Amidst predictions of a political “red wave” in the upcoming mid-term elections, an economic wave has been building for years with no end in sight as companies flood out of blue states and into red states. Caterpillar and Citadel, which in June announced their exit out of Illinois, are only the latest firms to leave high-tax, high-regulation states. Tesla, Hewlett Packard, Oracle, and Remington are also among the hundreds of companies flocking out of California, Illinois, New York, and New Jersey to business-friendly places like Texas, Florida, Arizona, and Tennessee.

  • And as a result of its political divisions, America appears to now be dividing itself into prosperous, high-growth states and states that are suffering a chronic decline. But Democrat-run states believe their abortion policies could be a key factor in attracting companies back.

George Washington University insisted Tuesday that they will continue to employ Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as an adjunct professor. The letter came in response to a petition for the university to fire Thomas over “the recent Supreme Court decision that has stripped the right to bodily autonomy of people with wombs.”

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

Book bans are on the rise. When a book is successfully “banned,” that means a book has been removed from school curriculums and/or public libraries because a person or group has objected to its content. The American Library Association (ALA) keeps track of challenges and bans across the country. In 2021, the ALA recorded 729 book challenges targeting 1,597 titles. That’s more than double 2020’s figures and the highest number since the organization began recording data in 2000. A recent analysis by PEN America found that many challenged books focus on communities of color, the history of racism in America and LGBTQ characters. In fact, one in three books restricted by school districts in the past year featured LGBTQ themes or characters.

Flag maker James Staake told Newsmax he has been banned from advertising on Facebook after he made a hand-painted American flag with the image of former President Donald Trump on it. Staake, the CEO of Your American Flag Store, made his comments on the Newsmax show, “National Report” during a Friday interview. “Apparently, we made a flag with the image of President Trump on it,” he said. “My wife hand-painted a full color portrait of President Trump on a flag.” He said a customer posted an image of the flag on Facebook and tagged the flag store in it. “Facebook got wind of that, and that’s where everything started,” Staake said. He claimed Facebook was “very vague” in its reason behind the ban. Staake said the social media giant maintained his company violated the platform’s community standards.

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 suffering and persecution of the world’s Christian population remains all-but-invisible. Believers in Nigeria, the world’s deadliest nation for Christians want Americans to know their spiritual brothers and sisters “are going through Hell. You need to pray for them.” And, they say, the Biden administration needs to place Nigeria back on its list of the worst offenders of religious liberty. Although seldom classified as one of the worst nations for religious freedom, Nigeria accounts for 80% of all Christian murders in the world, according to Open Doors USA. Multiple homicides and kidnappings have taken place within the last month. “The American church needs to know that, look, your brothers are going through hell. You need to pray for them,” said Gloria Puldu, a Nigerian Christian and president of the LEAH Foundation, which focuses on the persecution and enslavement of Christians.

Seattle police arrested a street preacher on charges of being a risk to public safety for reading his Bible aloud at a public park near an LGBT pride event. Matthew Meinecke, who identifies himself as The Seattle Preacher on Twitter, was surrounded by Seattle police officers as he was reading his Bible and was subsequently arrested and fingerprinted at a police station before being released. “SPD has enough resources to send 10 police officers to arrest a preacher reading his Bible in a public park. Because it’s such a horrible crime now!” Meinecke wrote on Twitter, posting a video showing his arrest.

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

  • If everyone lived by God’s rules – no sex outside marriage and a lifetime commitment to the marriage – there would be no need for abortions.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) issued an open letter to her Democratic colleagues last Monday, outlining the next steps the party needs to take in fighting to promote abortion access after the overturn of Roe v. Wade. First, she said that the Democratic party should work on legislation that “protects women’s most intimate and personal data stored in reproductive health apps,” because of fears that pro-life legislators might attempt to use data in health-tracking apps to find women who may be pregnant and/or abort. Next, Pelosi suggested that lawmakers should push legislation that “Makes clear that Americans have the Constitutional right to travel freely and voluntarily throughout the United States.” But no one has even suggested banning travel in the U.S. Finally, she reaffirmed her support for the Women’s Health Protection Act, radical legislation that would enshrine the right to abortion into the law as a right throughout all nine months and for any reason. It failed the Senate in February.

  • The U.S. Constitution makes no mention of abortion as a ‘right’ but abortion-supporters point to the 14th Amendment and it’s so-called ‘right to privacy.’ Here’s what the 14th Amendment says: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” No mention of abortion or a ‘right to privacy’ but no mention of lots of things that might fall under ‘life’ and ‘liberty’ so it’s a gray area. It has been used to overturn the criminalization of sodomy and was considered a foundation of the Roe v. Wade decision back in 1973. But now that foundation has been removed. Ultimately, it needs to be codified into law, which is what states are doing now, both pro and con.

Louisiana “trigger laws” designed to bring in a near-total ban on abortions as soon as the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade have been blocked by a district judge, meaning abortions at the state’s three clinics can resume. Orleans Parish Civil District Judge Robin Giarusso ruled in favor of abortion rights supporters who filed a lawsuit Monday arguing that the laws were “unconstitutionally vague.” A second so-called “trigger law” banning abortion was temporarily blocked by a judge Monday, this one in Utah. The 14-day ban will allow the court to hear challenges to the law. Meanwhile, a South Carolina “heartbeat” abortion law was allowed to go into effect. It does include exceptions for rape, incest, or if the life of the mother is in danger.

  • Some Texas abortion clinics resumed normal operations without the threat of criminal prosecution, under a temporary restraining order granted by a judge on Tuesday. But the Texas Supreme Court late Friday blocked a lower court order issued days earlier that allowed abortions to resume in the state on a temporary basis, the latest twist in the ongoing legal battle over abortion rights in Texas.
  • A Florida law banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy has been blocked by Leon County Circuit Judge John C. Cooper, who granted a temporary injunction against the law, which was due to take effect Friday. The state is expected to appeal.
  • According to Operation Rescue’s first-hand investigation, over 49 abortion clinics have either halted abortions or have been forced to close their doors altogether.
  • As of Monday, 7/4, most states are continuing abortions as usual. This results in the deaths of more than 2,500 children every day in our nation.

The Biden administration’s top health official announced that the federal government plans to make abortion pills more readily available in light of the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade. “Increasing access to this drug is a national imperative and in the public interest,” Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said during a press conference in Washington DC on Tuesday.

Fifty-six companies announced abortion assistance, but hundreds more Stayed silent. While some CEOs have rallied alongside pro-abortion supporters, the bigger story is the hundreds, even thousands of businesses who haven’t. It’s been an unusually quiet weekend for several of the country’s major brands, who’ve had almost two full months to consider their response. Is it cold feet from Disney’s cautionary debacle where their support of the LGBTQ+ agenda has cost them dearly?

  • Within minutes of the SCOTUS announcement, Dick’s Executive Chairman Ed Stack paraded the company’s decision to provide up to $4,000 in travel expenses to any employee, spouse or dependent who chooses to get an abortion. When asked if Dick’s would also be giving $4,000 to employees who decide to carry their babies to term, and either keep them or put them up for adoption, Stack and his company refused to answer the question.

Recently in The Wall Street Journal, Jason Riley asked a provocative question, “Why Won’t the Left Talk About Racial Disparities in Abortion?” In it, he describes how the “black abortion rate is nearly four times higher than the white rate,” how more black babies in New York City are aborted than born, and how “nationally, the number of babies aborted by black women each year far exceeds the combined number of blacks who drop out of school, are sent to prison and are murdered.” Even books on racism by Christian publishers, for example, Jemar Tisby’s How to Fight Racism, never mention the significant racial disparities that exist when it comes to abortion, even while spending significant time on other disparities, such as student achievement, incarceration, wealth, and healthcare in general, reports Breakpoint.

Gov. Gavin Newsom said California would be a “sanctuary” for people traveling from other states for abortions, but he cannot use public money to fund their travel. Once women are in California, they will have government assistance for the procedure itself. Residents can get public money for their in-state travel for abortions. California’s budget includes $40 million in abortion assistance.

Limited abortions will continue at U.S. military facilities even in states that ban the practice, Pentagon leaders said in a memo Tuesday. Military officials said that the Defense Department will continue providing abortion services in limited cases to military personnel regardless of state law. “Federal law restricts the department from performing abortions or paying to have them performed unless the life of the mother would be endangered if the fetus were carried to term, or unless the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest,” Gilbert Cisneros, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, said in the Tuesday memo.

The wording of some states’ anti-abortion laws is raising questions about the fate and legal status of fertilized embryos, especially if conservative states pursue what are known as personhood laws, giving legal rights to embryos and fetuses. Oklahoma, Louisiana and Nebraska, in particular, have already considered anti-abortion laws specifically granting protections to fertilized eggs, and other states’ proposed “personhood” laws could do the same. Some of the issue is driven by religious beliefs: The Catholic Church opposes IVF entirely, although many other religions permit it. Other anti-abortion groups specifically oppose IVF, with the group Illinois Right to Life arguing that “in vitro fertilization threatens and disregards the dignity and value of the human person.”

  • The Bible says that “life is in the blood” (Leviticus 17:11-14), which forms within the first 15-16 days in the womb. Fertilized embryos have not developed blood (life) as yet.

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 daily new cases of Covid-19 increased in the U.S. by 12% over the past two weeks, but only 2% over the past month as cases/day have remained relatively flat. Hospitalizations were up 11% and deaths 23%. In most of the Northeast, cases have decreased continuously throughout the month of June. In the South, many states have seen cases double or triple over the same timeframe. Fatality data has been volatile in recent weeks because of delays in reporting after holidays. Still, reports of new deaths remain below 400 a day, down from more than 2,600 a day at the height of the Omicron surge.

Count Anthony Fauci among the victims of so-called “rebound” COVID. The 81-year-old doctor initially experienced “minimal” symptoms when he was infected with the coronavirus, but when they started getting worse, he was prescribed Paxlovid due to his age. After the five-day course of the antiviral drug, Fauci tested negative for three days, but tested positive again on day four. He said, while speaking during an online global health summit Tuesday, his symptoms at the beginning of the rebound were “much worse than the first go-around,” and he ended up taking Paxlovid again. By Tuesday (day four of the second five-day course), he said he felt “reasonably good.” Fauci said. Paxlovid “did what it was supposed to do” by keeping the most severe symptoms at bay.

The Chinese government is expanding its COVID-19 lockdown measures as more clusters of cases were discovered in the country’s eastern region. Officials in the city of Wuxi have closed down in-person dining and many other indoor activities. Authorities are also encouraging residents to work from home and not leave the city. Officials say roughly 40 asymptomatic cases were diagnosed in the city this weekend. That potential outbreak comes as the Anhui province has also reported nearly 300 cases. China’s “zero COVID” approach to the pandemic means even small outbreaks result in widespread lockdowns. The policy has led to unrest in Shanghai, where lockdowns lasted for months and access to food and other daily goods became severely strained.

  • Government officials touted that Shanghai was COVID-free in early June, but hundreds of thousands of residents remained in lockdown nevertheless.

The World Health Organization’s Europe chief warned Friday that monkeypox cases in the region have tripled in the last two weeks and urged countries to do more to ensure the previously rare disease does not become entrenched on the continent. WHO Europe chief Dr. Hans Kluge said in a statement that increased efforts were needed despite the U.N. health agency’s decision last week that the escalating outbreak did not yet warrant being declared a global health emergency. African health authorities said they are treating the expanding monkeypox outbreak as an emergency, calling on rich countries to share limited supplies of vaccines to avoid equity problems seen during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

The Biden administration signed a new agreement with Pfizer and partner BioNTech on June 29 for 105 million doses of their COVID-19 vaccine for a fall vaccination campaign, in a deal valued at $3.2 billion. The contract includes doses for both adults and children, as well as supplies of a retooled Omicron-adapted vaccine that’s currently pending approval by federal health authorities, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said in a statement.

Deborah Birx, the infectious disease specialist who was a fixture of the federal government’s pandemic response at the start of the pandemic in 2020, made a stunning admission this week when she said she could not confidently rule out that the government last year was lying about COVID-19 vaccination efficacy, reports Judicial Watch. Multiple Biden administration officials, including President Joe Biden himself as well as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky, indicated repeatedly last year that individuals who had been vaccinated against COVID-19 could not contract the virus. Asked by Rep. Jim Jordan during a congressional hearing on Thursday whether government officials were “guessing or … lying” by making those claims, Birx bluntly responded: “I don’t know.” 

The Supreme Court declined to hear a case challenging New York’s COVID vaccine mandate for health care workers on the grounds of religious liberty. But Clarence Thomas’s dissenting opinion is making headlines. The high court justice wrote that the health care workers who brought the case “object on religious grounds to all available COVID-19 vaccines because they were developed using cell lines derived from aborted children.” While cells obtained from decades-old elective abortions were indeed used during the testing phase of the vaccine development process, no COVID vaccines used in the U.S. contain any fetal cells, Axios reports.

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 inside a busy shopping mall near Copenhagen, the Danish capital, on Sunday, killing three people and wounding others, four critically, police said. A 22-year-old Danish man was arrested, but a motive hasn’t been determined. The Guardian reports police were aware of the suspect, but “only peripherally,” The shooting took place in late afternoon at Field’s, one of the biggest shopping malls in Scandinavia, located on the outskirts of Copenhagen. Danish police now believe the mall shooting was not terror related. They said Monday that the gunman acted alone and appears to have selected his victims at random.

Gunfire and chaos shattered a Fourth of July parade in the affluent Chicago suburb of Highland Park on Monday as onlookers fled in terror amid reports that multiple people had been shot. At least six people were killed, and 24 others were hospitalized. The suspect remains at large. The gunman was shooting from a rooftop. The situation is still considered ‘active.’

  • Violence in Chicago continued to escalate over the long July 4th weekend, with 54 people shot, 7 of them fatally, as of mid-day Monday.
  • Violent crowds in Chicago attacked police cars with fists and fireworks in at least two incidents this weekend, injuring one officer. Monday morning saw a crowd shooting fireworks at patrol cars, which reversed away slowly as the crowd kicked and punched the vehicle. In another incident, a crowd jumped on top of a patrol car, kicking and punching the vehicle until the windshield broke. One officer was injured.

The former boyfriend of a 20-year-old woman gunned down on a New York City street while pushing her 3-month-old baby in a stroller has been arrested. Isaac Argro, 22, was arrested in the shooting death of Azsia Johnson who was shot in the head Wednesday night on the Upper East Side. The baby was not injured. 

A San Antonio man was arrested after people at his job reported him for allegedly saying he was planning a mass shooting. Rodolfo V. Aceves, 19, was apprehended after San Antonio Police responded to an Amazon Delivery Station, where the teenager worked, at around 10:30 a.m. on June 27. Officers talked to several people who reported hearing Aceves say he was planning a mass shooting at the facility. Police detectives were then notified and they “acquired credible information” to believe the comments were taken as a “legitimate potential mass shooting threat.”

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

Thunderstorms hampered Monday the search for more than a dozen hikers who remained unaccounted for a day after a huge chunk of an Alpine glacier in Italy broke off, sending an avalanche of ice, snow and rocks down the slope. Italy’s state TV said another body was recovered, raising the known death toll to seven. Nine others were injured when the avalanche was unleashed from the Marmolada glacier Sunday afternoon.

At least four people are dead after an Amtrak train collided with a truck on the tracks and derailed Monday afternoon in northern Missouri. At least two people in the train and one in the truck died. At least 40 had been transported to local hospitals aboard at least six medical helicopters at the crash site. The train was carrying more than 240 passengers.

A crane loading chlorine tanks onto a ship in Jordan’s port of Aqaba on Monday dropped one of them, causing an explosion of toxic yellow smoke that killed at least 13 people and sickened about 250, authorities said. About 200 people were hospitalized.

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 followed up its June 23 landmark ruling that for the first time recognized a constitutional right to carry firearms in public for self-defense, by issuing a series of rulings on June 30 reversing federal appeals court decisions that upheld gun restrictions in California, New Jersey, Maryland, and Hawaii. In unsigned orders, all four cases were remanded June 30 to lower courts “for further consideration in light of” the Supreme Court’s June 23 decision in New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen. In that 6–3 ruling, the high court invalidated New York state’s tough concealed-carry gun permitting system. The Supreme Court has been strengthening Second Amendment protections in recent years. In District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), the Supreme Court held the amendment protects “the individual right to possess and carry weapons in case of confrontation,” and in McDonald v. City of Chicago (2010), that this right “is fully applicable to the States.”

On June 27, the California Department of Justice admitted that it “accidentally” exposed the personal information of hundreds of thousands of legal gun owners residing in the state. In effect, the State of California doxxed gun owners. The state’s Attorney General, Rob Bonta, condemned the action. “This unauthorized release of personal information is unacceptable and falls far short of my expectations for this department,” he said in a written statement. “The information was available on a publicly accessible spreadsheet for less than 24 hours until the agency shut down the website on Tuesday morning,” The Guardian reported. Enough time for researchers to make copies of the information if they had been given a heads-up before the disclosure.

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 team searching a Mississippi courthouse basement for evidence about the lynching of Black teenager Emmett Till has found the unserved warrant charging a white woman in his 1955 kidnapping, and relatives of the victim want authorities to finally arrest her nearly 70 years later. A warrant for the arrest of Carolyn Bryant Donham—identified as “Mrs. Roy Bryant” on the document—was discovered last week by searchers inside a file folder that had been placed in a box. Documents were kept inside boxes by decade, but there was nothing else to indicate where the warrant, dated Aug. 29, 1955, might have been. The search group included members of the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation and two Till relatives: cousin Deborah Watts, head of the foundation; and her daughter, Teri Watts

California Sheriff Mike Boudreaux said he is “infuriated” after two men who were arrested for possession of 150,000 fentanyl pills were subsequently released without his knowledge. He is now sounding the alarm on the state’s “failing” justice system and calling for accountability. Drug traffickers Jose Zendejas and Benito Madrigal, both from Washington, were released on their own recognizance via a court order just days after they were arrested last week. “This assessment was done behind the scenes, basically without ever contacting me as the sheriff or even asking me what I believe the risk to our public safety would be.” Boudreaux said criminals need to be held accountable for their actions in order to keep the community safe, but he said there’s nothing he can do when soft-on-crime leaders and legislators allow for people like drug traffickers to be released.

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

A third police officer has died after a shootout in a small Eastern Kentucky town on Thursday evening. The fatal shootings of two officers were announced the morning after the incident, but another officer who had been in critical condition succumbed to his injuries Friday night. Four officers were attempting to serve a warrant to 49-year-old Lance Storz at his home on Main Street when he opened fire with a rifle. About three hours later, Lance Storz, 49, was taken into custody and charged with two counts of murdering a police officer, five counts of attempted murder of a police officer, one count of attempted murder and one count of first-degree assault of a service animal. four other officers were injured along with an emergency management director.

The Akron, Ohio, police department released video footage of officers shooting an unarmed Black man dozens of times after he fled a traffic stop. Police fatally shot Jayland Walker, a 25-year-old Black man, while he fled a traffic stop Monday. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations will handle the probe, the Akron mayor and police chief said in a news conference Sunday afternoon. Police Chief Stephen Mylett said that Walker’s body was hit 60 times, but that “We do not know exactly how many rounds were fired.”

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

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

U.S. postal service officials have sounded the alarm over at least six armed robberies on mail carriers that happened in Maryland and Washington, D.C., over a two-day period. U.S. Postal Inspection Service spokesman Michael Martel said the suspects are taking personal property as well as “a wide variety of items that the postal service provides their carriers to do their jobs on a daily basis,” though he does not believe they have stolen any mail at this time. In two of those cases, the carriers were also assaulted and struck in the face or head.

An Atlanta suburb is aiming to secede from the Peach State’s capital as violent crime plagues the city’s streets. Buckhead City Committee CEO Bill White says, “This is murder and mayhem… We are dealing with a mayor who voted to defund the police. It’s obvious that police officers do not want to come work for a mayor or a city that does not back them, so Buckhead wants to take things into its own hands.”

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)

A hacker claimed to have stolen one billion Chinese residents’ records from Shanghai police in what would rank as possibly the biggest data breach in the country’s history. A post on the hacker hot-spot Breach Forums listed the information “on one billion Chinese national residents and several billion case records” for sale to the sum of 10 Bitcoin, or roughly $200,000. The poster, using the name ChinaDan, on Sunday said the trove of information included “name, address, birthplace, national ID number, mobile number, all crime/case details.” The post remains unverified, but it has drawn immense interest within China and abroad.

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

The tech industry is bracing for a potential recession. Several companies, including Netflix, Microsoft and PayPal, rolled out layoffs and hiring freezes, anticipating a downturn in the economy. Netflix will lay off about 300 employees, its second round of layoffs this year. In May, Netflix laid off 150 employees. Other tech companies have cut workers as worries over a recession linger: Coinbase, the cryptocurrency trading platform said this month it plans to cut 1,100 jobs, about 18% of its global workforce. Microsoft said it will slow down hiring to better align its resources. PayPal, the payment processing company, laid off dozens of employees at its corporate headquarters in San Jose, California, as well as offices in Chicago, Nebraska and Arizona.

Lawmakers in 34 states have introduced more than 100 bills this past year in a push to regulate how social media companies handle user posts. These legislative moves are setting up First Amendment court battles between the governments and companies like Facebook and Twitter, according to an analysis of data from the National Conference of State Legislators. Just three of the bills have become law, including in Texas and Florida, where statutes have been approved to punish platforms that Republicans say censor conservatives, reports Politico. The federal courts have blocked those laws from taking effect. In May, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Florida’s law was largely unconstitutional. Further, the Supreme Court blocked the Texas law and an appellate court is considering a challenge from the industry against the statute.

  • It’s not only red states that are joining the fight against social media. Democrats in blue states are pushing social media companies to set up policies for reporting violent content, misinformation, and hate speech.

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)

Since the beginning of 2021, a federal law has required hospitals to post prices and establish a consumer-friendly price list for 300 common procedures and services. But a new study finds more than half of U.S. hospitals have failed to meet either of the two main requirements of the federal Hospital Price Transparency law, which aims to give consumers an opportunity to shop for prices before getting non-emergency medical care. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued 352 warnings to hospitals about their failure to comply with the price transparency law. Only two hospitals have been fined. On June 7, CMS fined Northside Hospital Atlanta $883,180 and Northside Hospital Cherokee in Canton, Georgia, $214,320. Although CMS issued corrective action notices to 157 hospitals that were warned but had not yet corrected shortcomings, some consumer advocates say the agency hasn’t been aggressive enough in ensuring hospitals follow the federal law.

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)

Capitol Police arrested 181 abortion activists last Thursday for blocking First Street and Constitution Avenue outside the Senate office building in Washington, D.C., including Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif. Capitol Police tweeted they had given second and third warnings before conducting the arrests of unlawful protesters. “We arrested 181 people for Crowding, Obstructing or Incommoding (inconveniencing), and blocking the intersection of Constitution Avenue, NE and First Street, NE,” the tweet from the official Capitol Police Twitter account read.

The Republican governors of Virginia and Maryland have responded to a letter from the Supreme Court’s top-ranking security official calling on them to utilize police and law enforcement to prevent picketing at the homes of justices. “The governor agrees with the Marshal that the threatening activity outside the Justices’ homes has increased,” Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin said. Youngkin also called on Attorney General Merrick Garland to “do his job” by “enforcing the much more robust federal law.” Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan also received a letter from Curley requesting that the “Maryland State Police, in conjunction with local authorities as appropriate, enforce laws that prohibit picketing outside of the homes of Supreme Court Justices who live in Maryland.”

  • Last month, 26-year-old Nicholas Roske arrived at Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s Maryland home with designs on killing Kavanaugh and then himself, prosecutors say. Roske ended giving himself up without harming anyone.

Local and federal authorities are investigating after a Molotov cocktail was thrown through the window of a pro-life pregnancy resource center in Tennessee on Thursday. No one was injured and the cocktail did not ignite. The governor labeled it terrorism.

A church in Madison, Wisconsin, was vandalized with abortion graffiti messages, the Madison Police Department said. Authorities said the front entrance of St. Bernard Catholic Church was spray-painted with “pro-abortion’ and anti-police” messages on Sunday. The graffiti messages included profanity and referenced the deaths of Native American children.

On Saturday, a large group of around 100 people wearing white masks, tan khakis and blue shirts, reportedly of the white supremacist group The Patriot Front, marched through the heart of downtown Boston. Before conducting their “Freedom Trail Independence” March, the ‘Patriot Front’ demonstrators were confronted by activists as they came off of a train at Oak Grove Station in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The police protected the ‘Patriot Front’ members as the activists taunted the ‘white nationalist’ group. The ‘Patriot Front’ members otherwise marched and distributed flyers at the Boston Public Library. No injuries were reported.

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 British man plans to sue the National Health Service for pushing him to undergo a sex-altering surgery without considering his battle with mental illness. In a recent interview with the Daily Mail, Ritchie Herron from Newcastle shared that he struggled with depression and gender dysphoria before considering a body-altering procedure as the answer to his problems. After undergoing surgery in 2018, Herron lamented that the procedure was “the biggest mistake of my life” since it rendered him infertile and incontinent.

An upcoming episode of a popular Disney children’s show features the transgender flag and an androgynous character shopping for tampons, promoting the idea that men can have periods, too. A clip from the show, “Baymax,” which airs on Disney’s streaming platform Disney+, was posted on Twitter by researcher and activist Christopher Rufo. The puffy robot character receives advice on tampon products from another transgender character, among others.

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)

The State Department is offering a reward of up to $10 million for information on foreign interference in U.S. elections. The department’s Reward for Justice program, administered by the Diplomatic Security Service, seeks information leading to the identification or location of any foreign person or foreign entity that “knowingly engaged or is engaging in foreign election interference,” it was announced last Tuesday in a press release.

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)

Inside an 18-wheeler in San Antonio, Texas, authorities discovered a horrific sight: at least 46 dead bodies, and another 16 people still alive but in dire shape. Shortly before 6pm Monday, a worker in the area called police after hearing a call for help from the truck. Authorities arrived to find a body outside the truck and many more inside; in addition, some bodies were found strewn alongside a several-block area—authorities believe they tried to escape the situation inside the truck by jumping out. The victims ranged in age from teens to adults. The tractor-trailer’s refrigeration did not appear to be working, and it appeared that the people had access to water, so many were likely too weak to escape the vehicle. The local temperature hit 100 degrees Monday. It is believed that these are all undocumented immigrants.

  • The driver of a truck carrying 67 illegal immigrants pretended to be one of the passengers before he was arrested, U.S. and Mexican police said Wednesday. Two more people who were in the back of the semitrailer died, bringing the death toll to 53.

The U.S. southern border migrant crisis has produced the world’s deadliest land crossing, a United Nations organization said. “More than 1,238 lives have been lost during migration in the Americas in 2021, among them at least 51 children,” the International Organization for Migration’s Missing Migrants Project reported. “At least 728 of these deaths occurred on the United States-Mexico border crossing, making this the deadliest land crossing in the world, according to the data.” Nearly 500 migrants who died last year remain unidentified. Of those who have been identified, Mexicans (154) make up the largest group, followed by Guatemalans (129) and Venezuelans (94), the report said.

The Supreme Court cleared the way for President Biden to shut down the Trump-era ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy for migrants seeking asylum in U.S. At issue were the Migrant Protection Protocols, put in place by the Trump administration, requiring some asylum seekers who enter the country illegally to return to Mexico while they await a hearing. The Supreme Court had expedited its review of President Biden’s plan to get rid of the policy after a lower court said the administration had not provided sufficient justification for ending it.

Another migrant caravan is on its way to the U.S. Some 2,000 migrants, mostly Venezuelans, walked out of the southern Mexican city of Tapachula early Friday en masse to pressure authorities into allowing them to continue to the U.S. border.

California is set to become the first U.S. state to guarantee that illegal immigrants and non-citizens can receive ‘free’ healthcare insurance provided by the state at taxpayer expense. The move will provide coverage for an additional 764,000 people at a projected cost of around $2.7 billion a year. The health insurance provision was included in the $307.9 billion operating budget that Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law. Undocumented Californians make up the largest group of the state’s uninsured, with the University of California Berkley’s Labor Center projecting nearly 1.3 million individuals under the age of 65 are uninsured in 2022 alone.

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

Flight disruptions have become the new norm this season as the airline industry battles several headwinds, including and most notably, ongoing staff shortages as well as weather and air traffic control constraints. In the days leading up to the Fourth of July, Airlines have already canceled and delayed thousands of flights. As a result, some passengers may feel inclined to nab insurance as added protection. However, travel insurance experts say that while insurance might work in some cases, it’s not always necessary. If you do opt for the added protection, experts also say it’s vital to read the fine print first because certain policies might not always cover what you’d expect. This includes policies offered through the airline’s website as well as through third-party companies.

In a safety report released Thursday covering 2019 and 2020, Uber said sexual assaults in its ride-share vehicles were down but still quite high at 3,824 incidents “across the five most severe categories of sexual assault and misconduct” on its U.S. platform. In addition, 20 people were killed in assaults and 101 died in crashes. Sexual assault and misconduct incidents were down from 5,981 in 2017 and 2018, but Uber said it logged far fewer trips in 2020 because of the pandemic – 650 million compared with 1.4 billion in the year prior. Deaths from assaults were nearly identical to the previous period, as were fatal vehicle wrecks, which killed 107 people in 2017 and 2018, Uber reported.

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)

Europe is experiencing a mustard shortage and there’s concern that it might hit the U.S. as Americans descend on grocery stores to stock up for their Fourth of July cookouts. “The mustard shortage results from drought conditions realized across the majority of western Canada and northern U.S., which is the primary growing region for mustard seed,” Allen Sass, president of Wisconsin Spice, told USA TODAY. Because there are fewer mustard plants, yielding fewer seeds, production has dropped by as much as half and mustard producers are being forced to pay a premium for available seeds.

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)

Every area of the U.S. could be in danger of experiencing power outages this summer amid a push to convert to renewable energy sources while taking traditional sources of power offline. “I think the entire country is incredibly vulnerable, because the entire country is facing a huge energy shortage and I don’t think there is any place that is truly safe,” Daniel Turner, founder and executive director at Power the Future, told Fox News.

The Biden administration has announced plans to block all new offshore oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, while potentially letting a handful of new leases go ahead off the coast of Alaska and in the Gulf of Mexico, charting a different course from a Trump-era plan that sought to expand offshore drilling to bolster America’s energy security. The draft plan, released on July 1 by the Interior Department, lays out several options for public input as to how many offshore oil and gas lease sales should be held over the next five years, ranging from nearly a dozen new leases to zero.

The Biden administration published its annual U.S. Energy and Employment Report Tuesday, showing large fossil fuel industry job losses. The Department of Energy (DOE) report found that the fuels technology sector experienced job losses totaling 29,271 jobs in 2021, a 3.1% year-over-year decline, with the majority coming in the fossil fuel industry. Onshore and offshore petroleum companies shed 31,593 jobs, a 6.4% decline, the coal industry lost 7,125 jobs, down 11.8% year-over-year, and fossil fuel extraction jobs declined by 12%.

Fourth of July travelers got some relief at the pump, although gas prices are still at levels never before seen for the holiday weekend. The national average for a gallon of gas is $4.86, according to AAA. That is 26 cents more than Memorial Day weekend prices, but it reflects a decline in prices in recent weeks.

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)

AP News says churches are using spare land to build tiny home communities to accommodate the homeless. On vacant plots near their parking lots and steepled sanctuaries, congregations are building everything from fixed and fully contained micro homes to petite, moveable cabins, and several other styles of small-footprint dwellings in between. More than half a million Americans were homeless in 2020, and the number has likely climbed as shelter costs of renting or owning have exploded, triggering the worst ever housing affordability crisis on record. A tidal wave of evictions could be ahead with 8.4 million Americans, or about 15% of all renters, behind rent payments. Of that, 3.5 million said they could be evicted within the next two months.

Rising housing costs, combined with persistent inflation for basic necessities such as gas and food, have left more Americans newly homeless and millions more fearing they’ll soon lose their homes. Shelters across the country are reporting a sudden increase in numbers of people looking for help as they struggle to cover basics. Inflation has reached 40-year highs just as many vulnerable families are readjusting to life without a boost from government stimulus or protections to keep them from being evicted, reports the Washington Post.

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

Bed Bath & Beyond – one of the first companies to stop selling Mike Lindell’s MyPillow products because he challenged the result of the 2020 presidential election – now is curbing the air conditioning in its stores to compensate for slumping sales, according to a report from Bank of America. The nationwide retailer’s decision in January 2021 to quit selling Lindell’s products was met with a boycott. Later that month, shares of Bed Bath & Beyond plunged 36.4%, the biggest one-day loss since going public in June 1992.

  • Earlier this month, Walmart discontinued Lindell’s MyPillow product at its stores. In January, Lindell said one of the nation’s largest banks move to dump the nine businesses and charities he has founded in the wake of his success with MyPillow.

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. manufacturing activity fell in June more than expected, as new orders contracted for the first time in two years, according to a survey from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM). ISM’s manufacturing figures dropped to 53.0 in June from 56.1 in May, the weakest results since June 2020, but the ISM index is well above the 43.1 level that would signal a recession. American manufacturing, which accounts for 11.8 percent of the U.S. economy, is currently doing better in comparison to the industries in Europe and Asia. The slowdown in production is partially reflected in a shift in consumer spending from goods to services in the second quarter.

The S&P 500 stock index has posted its worst first half in more than 50 years, dropping 20.6% during the first 6 months of 2022. The S&P 500 suffered its worst half-year since 1970, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average had its largest first-half drop since 1962 and the Nasdaq tech-heavy index had its largest percentage drop ever. Markets this year have been roiled by a number of unfriendly headwinds: Russia’s war in Ukraine, Covid-19 lockdowns in China, surging inflation and aggressive rate hikes by the Federal Reserve. All of these factors have fueled investor fears of a recession, causing a rush to the exits.

Real gross domestic product declined at an annualized rate of 1.6% from January to March, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis final report issued 6/29. Previously, the advance estimate released in April showed a contraction of 1.4%. Adjusted for inflation, May consumer spending fell 0.4% and April spending was revised sharply lower to up 0.3% from up 0.7%.  With these adjustments, most economists now fear that a recession is closing in faster than expected.

U.S. home prices ran hot again in April, notching another month of more than 20% year-over-year gains, according to the latest S&P CoreLogic Case Shiller US National Home Price Index data, released Tuesday. Home prices rose 20.4% in April from the year before, compared to a 20.6% rise seen in March and a 20% annual increase posted in February, according to the report. All 20 cities tracked by the index showed double-digit increases for April, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.

Fertilizer prices continue to rise. Liquid nitrogen, potash and phosphorus, three of the world’s most commonly used fertilizers, have more than doubled in price in the past two years. Scott Stickley manages roughly 1,900 acres of corn and soybean fields in western Ohio. “Last year, nitrogen (which is used as a fertilizer) was around $170 a ton, and this year at the local dealer it was around $600 a ton,” he said last week. The fertilizer price increase added roughly $50 per acre to the farmer’s total costs, he said. The price hike, in concert with rising costs for other items Stickley depends on such as diesel fuel, has the farmer worried he might not be able to pass the farm to the next generation.

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

The deputy U.S. ambassador to the United Nations slammed Israel for what he charged is an “escalation” in settler violence towards Palestinians while speaking to the U.N. Security Council on Monday, some two weeks before President Joe Biden’s visit to Israel. “We…deplore the escalation of settler violence against Palestinians, including the death of Ali Hassan Harb, a Palestinian in the West Bank who was killed on his family’s agricultural land,” said Richard Mills. Notably, Mills did not mention that Hamas terror group publicly claimed Harb as a member of the organization, nor that an Israeli man was immediately arrested for the fatal stabbing, which is being investigated by the Shin Bet.

Forensic tests conducted on the bullet which fatally wounded an Arab American journalist in Jenin nearly two months ago have failed to provide determine conclusively whether the fatal shot was fired by Israeli soldiers or Islamic Jihad terrorists, the IDF and US State Department both said Monday. While the Palestinian Authority initially refused to transfer the bullet which is claimed to have killed Akleh, on Saturday the Palestinian Authority agreed to transfer the bullet to American officials. The PA has said their analysis proved that Israel fired the kill-shot.

  • U.S. officials have concluded that gunfire from Israeli positions likely killed Al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh but that there was “no reason to believe” her shooting was intentional, the State Department said Monday.

British consumer goods giant Unilever announced Wednesday the end of an anti-Israel ice cream boycott that drew heavy criticism, triggered sanctions by some U.S. states, and even provoked a lawsuit. In a statement, Unilever said it has secured a “new arrangement” for the sale of its Ben & Jerry’s brand ice cream “throughout Israel and the West Bank”. The ice cream will now be sold exclusively under its Hebrew and Arabic names. The move effectively ends the boycott of Israeli towns in Judea and Samaria the company imposed in July 2021.

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

An Israeli security official publicly confirmed for the first time that Israel successfully thwarted an Iranian cyber-attack on its water supply, though hackers from the Islamic Republic nearly succeeded in sickening hundreds of civilians, last Wednesday. The deputy chief of IDF cyber Unit 8200, identified only as Colonel U, said a cyber security conference that an “adversary [Iran] attacked water facilities in Israel. We saw this attacker attempting to poison the water in an attempt to claim human lives. We mitigated that threat far in advance. “Another adversary attacked Israel, and we also found that they were attempting to target U.S. power plants as well,” he said. The attack has served as a major wake-up call for Israel that its civilian infrastructure is not off-limits in the ongoing shadow war between Jerusalem and Tehran.

Israeli forces intercepted and destroyed an Iranian air defense system in transit in northern Syria over the weekend, according to a report by Israeli television. An airstrike was reported Saturday morning in the northwestern Syrian town of Al-Hamidiyah, south of the port city of Tartus and just north of the Lebanese border. Syria’s state-controlled media outlet SANA said the Israeli air force was responsible for the strike, and claimed it destroyed poultry farms, injuring two civilians. But according to a report by Channel 12, the airstrike targeted an Iranian air defense system, which given its proximity to the port of Tartus, had recently been offloaded from a ship. The report called the air defense system a “game changing” advance for Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) forces deployed in Syria.

  • Also on Saturday, the IDF intercepted three Hezbollah aerial drones over the Mediterranean heading towards Israel’s Karish gas field.

Indirect talks between Iran and the U.S. on reviving the 2015 nuclear deal ended without a breakthrough Wednesday, with no date set for negotiations to continue. The two-day talks in Doha, Qatar, the first since multilateral discussions in Vienna stalled in mid-March, represent the latest setback for diplomatic efforts to roll back Iran’s nuclear program, damping already low expectations that the 2015 agreement can be restored. The failure of the discussions raises the prospect that the diplomatic process could collapse.

An operations base for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) near Tehran was rocked by a mysterious explosion on Saturday, according to Farsi-language media outside of Iran. The Iranian government has not officially confirmed the blast, which allegedly occurred in the early hours of the morning, and was first reported by Iranian dissidents living in Europe. The extent of the casualties and damage caused by the explosion is unknown.

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 claimed Sunday to have overwhelmed the last major city in Ukraine’s Luhansk province as it continues its assault on the battered nation’s eastern Donbas region. Ukrainian defense ministry spokesman Yuriy Sak, however, told the BBC that the city of Lysychansk is not under the “full control” of Russian forces. But he acknowledged the Russians were attacking the city non-stop and that “sometimes we may retreat from certain areas so that we can retake them in the future.” Lysychansk’s misery comes one week after the sister city of Sievierodonetsk came under complete Russian control following a brutal, weekslong struggle. Completing the invasion of Luhansk would allow Russia to turn its attention to Donetsk, the other province in the industrial Donbas region. Russia already controls more than half of Donetsk as well.

The western Ukrainian city of Lviv is preparing for a possible attack from Belarus, as Russia continues its war in eastern Ukraine. Evidence of a likely attack came in the form of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko claiming on Saturday that Ukraine had tried to strike military facilities on Belarusian territory three days before, but all its missiles had been intercepted.

An advanced rocket system provided to Ukraine by the United States is making a substantial impact in the country’s ongoing war against Russia, American and Ukrainian officials told The New York Times on Friday. Four High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems have deployed to the front lines of Ukraine’s counter-offensive in the Donbas, with Ukrainian officials claiming they require nearly 300 more to combat the Kremlin. “Because it is such a precise, longer-range system, Ukrainians are able to carefully select targets that will undermine the effort by Russia in a more systematic way … than they would be able to do with the shorter-range artillery systems,” a Pentagon source said.

  • This makes us more than just a bystander in the ongoing war, we are now a shadow participant with our weapons causing Russian deaths and destruction. Prepare for retaliation.

NATO faced rebukes from Moscow and Beijing on Thursday after it declared Russia a “direct threat” and said China posed “serious challenges” to global stability. The Western military alliance was wrapping up a summit in Madrid, where it issued a stark warning that the world has been plunged into a dangerous phase of big-power competition and myriad threats, from cyberattacks to climate change. NATO leaders also formally invited Finland and Sweden to join the alliance.

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin warned he would respond in kind if the Nordic pair allowed NATO troops and military infrastructure onto their territory. He said Russia will have to “create the same threats for the territory from which threats against us are created.”

The Biden administration banned Russian gold imports to the U.S. on Tuesday as part of a wave of further sanctions from America and allied nations over Vladimir Putin’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine. The U.S. Treasury announced its Office of Foreign Assets Control now prohibits the importation of gold from Russia, a move President Biden said was coming after the Group of Seven leaders agreed each nation would ban Russian gold from coming into their countries with the aim of further punishing the Kremlin.

  • President Biden also announced an increased U.S. military presence in Europe in response to Russia’s war in Ukraine. At a NATO summit in Madrid, the president announced a permanent headquarters in Poland, two additional F-35 fighter jet squadrons for Britain and additional rotational combat brigades in Romania, among other moves.

President Vladimir Putin has raised the stakes in an economic war with the West and its allies with a decree that seizes full control of the Sakhalin-2 gas and oil project in Russia’s far east, a move that could force out Shell and Japanese investors. The decree creates a new firm to take over all rights and obligations of Sakhalin Energy Investment Co, in which Shell and two Japanese trading companies Mitsui and Mitsubishi hold just under 50%. There are 15 major global oil and gas companies, including Chevron, Exxon Mobil and Shell, that do business in the Sakhalin Islands in the far reaches of northeastern Russia.

  • Although it may not seem like it, America is at war economically with Russia. Unlike World War II, economies and businesses have become global and are now inextricably intertwined.

While the Russian forces have withdrawn from Snake Island in the Black Sea, it may be “too early” for Ukraine to establish an outpost there, said the spokesperson for the Ukrainian Military’s Southern Command, Natalia Humenyuk. Humenyuk reported the island remains engulfed in heavy smoke as explosions continue. Although the Ukrainian military saw Russian troops evacuate using speedboats, Humenyuk said investigation needs to take place into possible “diversion tools left behind” before claiming back the island.

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)

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s landmark Dobbs decision that overturned Roe v. Wade on June 24, a renewed surge of terrorism has been unleashed against churches and pregnancy resource centers, with at least 25 attacks occurring across the country over a seven-day span, reports the Washington Stand. Notably, 17 out of the 25 attacks occurred in predominantly liberal cities and states. The latest rash of onslaughts are part of a much broader pattern of terrorism against churches, pregnancy resource centers, pro-life organizations, and individuals that erupted after Politico published a leaked draft Supreme Court opinion of Dobbs on May 2. In all, TWS has found evidence of at least 92 violent incidents in 60 days.

U.S. forces killed a senior terrorist leader in an airstrike in Syria last Monday, according to military officials. U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) said the target of the strike, Abu Hamzah al Yemeni, was a senior leader of an al-Qaida-affiliated terrorist group known as Hurras al-Din. The leader was riding alone on a motorcycle in Idlib province at the time of the attack, CENTCOM said. Violent groups like Hurras al-Din pose an ongoing threat to the U.S. and its allies, according to the statement. “The removal of this senior leader will disrupt Al Qaeda’s ability to carry out attacks against U.S. citizens our partners, and innocent civilians around the world,” the statement said. An early review showed no sign of civilian casualties, according to the U.S. military. The strike came 10 days after a rare ground raid by U.S. forces in northwestern Syria captured a top ISIS leader.”

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)

Farmers and government officials are battling an explosion of cannibalistic insects ravaging crops from Montana to Nevada in an effort save livelihoods and land. Mormon crickets are not new to Oregon. Native to western North America, their name dates back to the 1800s, when they ruined the fields of Mormon settlers in Utah. But amidst drought and warming temperatures – conditions favored by the insects – outbreaks across the West have worsened. Mormon crickets are cannibalistic and will feast on each other, dead or alive, if not satiated with protein. In 2021 alone, Oregon agricultural officials estimate 10 million acres of rangeland in 18 counties were damaged by grasshoppers and Mormon crickets.

  • The Oregon Legislature last year allocated $5 million to assess the problem and set up a Mormon cricket and grasshopper “suppression” program. An additional $1.2 million for the program was approved earlier this month. But some environmental groups oppose the programs, which rely on the aerial spraying of pesticides across large swaths of land.

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 Supreme Court on Thursday handed down a 6-3 decision in West Virginia v. EPA that denied the EPA’s authority to enact sweeping regulations for greenhouse gases that would “decarbonize” American energy under the Clean Air Act. In a blow to Democrats and climate change activists, the opinion said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and its unelected bureaucrats could not use portions of the Clean Air Act to make rules limiting how the United States generates electricity and uses energy — such as ending the use of coal-fired power generation. The legal mess decided by SCOTUS Thursday arose from the Obama administration’s attempt to wage war on fossil fuel energy sources.

India banned some single-use or disposable plastic products Friday as part of a federal plan to phase out the ubiquitous material in the nation of nearly 1.4 billion people. For the first stage, it has identified 19 plastic items that aren’t very useful but have a high potential to become litter and makes it illegal to produce, import, stock, distribute, or sell them. These items range from plastic cups and straws to ice cream sticks. Some disposable plastic bags will also be phased out and replaced with thicker ones. Thousands of other plastic products—like bags of chips or bottles for water or soda—aren’t covered by the ban. But the federal government has set targets for manufacturers to be responsible for recycling or disposing of them after their use. Plastic manufacturers had appealed to the government to delay the ban, citing inflation and potential job losses. But India’s federal environment minister Bhupender Yadav said at a press briefing in New Delhi that the ban had been in the pipeline for a year. “Now that time is up,” he said.

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)

South Carolina was shaken this year by an unusual swarm of earthquakes, but experts say there’s no cause for alarm. A swarm is a group of earthquakes, typically small in magnitude, with no identifiable main quake associated with them. Since Dec. 21, the U.S. Geological Survey has recorded about 40 earthquakes in central South Carolina ranging in magnitude from 1.3 to 3.6. Five were magnitude 3.0 or higher. The strongest happened last Wednesday near the town of Elgin, which is an area where all of the recent stronger earthquakes have happened. Earthquakes smaller than 4.0 typically don’t cause damage, according to the USGS. The agency says earthquakes in central South Carolina aren’t unusual, but so many of them in such a short period are.

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, higher humidity, lower temperatures and less wind helped firefighters to gain control of all the wildfires in the U.S. Southwest. However, Alaska is struggling with 41 large wildfires (over 100 acres) that have consumed 1,932,000 acres of land. Over the last three months, Alaska has gone from no drought at all to 46% in mild to moderate drought as of 6/30.

A fast-growing California wildfire near South Yuba River State Park grew to more than 900 acres in four days, prompting evacuation orders for hundreds of residents of nearby communities, fire officials said. The blaze, named the Rices fire, is in Nevada County about 70 miles northeast of Sacramento. As of late Thursday, firefighters had about 20% of the blaze contained.

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)

Rain in the U.S. southwest last week has made a small dent in the western megadrought. The percent of the western U.S. in severe to exceptional drought has dropped from 75% three months ago to 65% last Thursday, 6/30 according to the weekly Drought Monitor. However, California worsened to 97% from 94% three months earlier, with Utah worsening slight from 99% to 100%. However, over the past week Arizona improved from 78% down to 71%, while New Mexico improved from 97% to 95% and Nevada improved slightly to 99% (from 100%).

  • The northwest continues to show the most improvement, with Oregon dropping from 26% three months ago to 0% on 6/30 and Washington State declining from 74% to 53%.

Italy’s Ministry of Health put twelve Italian cities on red alert on Tuesday as temperatures pushed past 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit).

A landslide in Peru engulfed around 150 homes causing extensive damage and displacing hundreds of residents. The large landslide occurred in Chavin de Huantar and buried at least 150 houses and killed at least one person June 30. Reports indicate that the hillside above Chavin de Huantar suddenly collapsed into the town. Authorities have deployed rescue teams to evacuate the residents. The cause of the landslide is unclear.