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Signs of the Times Update: September 21, 2022

September 21, 2022

“Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.” (1Peter 4:12-13)

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)

Franklin Graham preached the Gospel to over 17,000 people in the first-ever evangelistic event in Mongolia. Hundreds of people surrendered their lives to Jesus Christ. Over 250 Mongolian local churches worked together to bring about the “Festival of Joy,” which was the first time that the local church in Mongolia had held an event of this magnitude.

The Kendrick Brothers pro-life movie Lifemark has been extended in theaters one more week thanks to an impressive opening weekend that saw it land at No. 4 in the United States on its first night. After a solid week, the film was renewed in theaters for another week.

Apparently signaling a lack of support, Senate Democrats on Thursday postponed voting on a bill that would officially declare same-sex marriage the law in all 50 states. The bill’s sponsors admitted last week it may require an amendment to assure the bill does not allow polygamy.

A federal appeals court in New Orleans has ruled in favor of a Texas law that seeks to rein in the power of social media companies like Facebook and Twitter to censor free speech. “Today we reject the idea that corporations have a freewheeling First Amendment right to censor what people say,” U.S. Circuit Court Judge Andrew Oldham wrote in the opinion.

A New York Police Department officer can’t be fired for not having been vaccinated against COVID-19, a judge in Manhattan has ruled. “It’s a precedent-setting case,” said attorney James Mermigis, who represents Deletto.

At a press conference, Officer Grady Judd of Polk County, Florida, reported that the department’s recent “Fall Haul” sting operation was a rousing success, arresting 160 individuals connected to human trafficking. The profiles of those arrested ran the gamut, including public-school staff, married men, law enforcement officers, undocumented migrants, career criminals, a Domino’s pizza chain operator, and several Disney employees.

A GoFundMe fundraiser created to support sex-trafficking victim Pieper Lewis has raised more than $480,000 from more than 13,200 donations. Lewis, 17, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and willful injury for stabbing to death a man she says raped her multiple times in 2020, when she was 15. She received five years’ probation and was ordered to pay $150,000 in compensation to the rapist’s family.

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)

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed to forge closer ties during a summit in Central Asia on Thursday that included a discussion of Chinese support for Russia’s troubled invasion of Ukraine and Russian support for Beijing’s claims to Taiwan.

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)

Less than half of Americans can name the three branches of the federal government — executive, legislative and judicial — according to an annual survey of civics knowledge conducted for the Constitution Day holiday on Saturday. Respondents to the Annenberg Public Policy Center’s survey also had little understanding of the impact of a Supreme Court ruling, and few could enumerate the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment.

The Biden administration has agreed to spend $80 million on a contract that provides for tracking of illegal aliens after they are released into the United States, reports Washington Free Beacon. But it specifically bans the use of GPS, a technology that would make tracking their locations very easy. Our inept federal government is at it again, one boondoggle after another.

Politics:  Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men,for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. (1Timothy 2:1-2)

President Joe Biden said last Thursday that a tentative railway labor agreement has been reached, averting a strike that could have been devastating to the economy before the pivotal midterm elections. What resulted from the back and forth was a tentative agreement that will go to union members for a vote after a post-ratification cooling off period of several weeks.

The Justice Department said last Monday that it was willing to accept one of Donald Trump’s picks for a Special Master (an independent arbiter) to review documents seized during an FBI search of the former president’s Florida home last months.

The Department of Justice has issued a flurry of over 30 subpoenas to aides of former President Donald Trump. The Justice Department also seized phones from two top Trump advisers in the investigation, which aims to probe Trump’s claims of a rigged 2020 presidential election. 

In a marked expansion of its probe into the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol, the Justice Department subpoenaed about 40 of Donald Trump’s aides last week. Department of Justice officials last week seized the phones of two top Trump advisers.

New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit Wednesday accusing former president Donald Trump, three of his grown children and executives at his company of flagrantly manipulating property valuations to deceive lenders, insurance brokers and tax authorities into giving them better rates on bank loans and insurance policies and to reduce their tax liability.

Fifty-eight percent of Canadians polled by Ipsos just a few days after the Queen Elizabeth’s death said the time has come for Canada to hold a referendum on ending its formal ties to the British throne. The Commonwealth, an association of 56 countries that include the 14 in which the British monarch remains their head of state, are also rethinking their affiliation with Britain.

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)

Facebook has been monitoring users’ private messages and informing the Justice Department of people who have questioned the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, the New York Post reported. The social media giant also has alerted the department of users expressing anti-government or anti-authority sentiments during the past 19 months,

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)

Nearly half of Evangelical leaders said in a new survey that they have been disinvited, blacklisted or excluded because of their point of view or “guilt by association,” according to the National Association of Evangelicals, saying that they have been “canceled” by others “as a way of expressing their disapproval for their point of view.”

.CVS accommodated Paige Casey’s religious beliefs about not prescribing abortion drugs up until January 2022 when they told her she’d have to begin doing so. Because she refused to act against her beliefs, Paige was fired a few months later, just two days prior to receiving a merit-based raise.

An Ohio school allowed students to hang gay pride flags all over campus but when teen girl, Gabby Helsinger, responded by sharing bible verses she was slapped with severe punishment. Gabby was yanked from her class and issued ISS (in school suspension) for sharing encouraging messages from the bible.

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

Despite having hundreds of thousands of fewer customers, Planned Parenthood committed a record-breaking number of abortions and received an historic amount of funding from U.S. taxpayers in 2021, according to its newly released report. Planned Parenthood’s affiliates averaged 1,050 abortions a day for a total of 383,460 during the 2020-2021 fiscal year — an increase of 28,589 over 2019-2020 levels. The Planned Parenthood Federation of America received a highest-ever $633.4 million in taxpayer funds, a $15.3 million increase over 2020. That made the American taxpayer Planned Parenthood’s largest source of income and produced $133.7 million in profits and boosted PPFA’s net assets to $2.14 billion.

California launched a publicly funded website earlier this week to promote the state’s abortion services for undocumented immigrants and U.S. citizens living inside and outside of California. The website features information on different types of abortion and how to obtain one. The site also has a section for out-of-state residents and undocumented immigrants, explaining that federal policies keep immigration officials out of health care facilities. A list of clinics is included on the website, along with links to help with travel expenses and lodging. Additionally, there is a section informing teenagers in other states that they can get an abortion in California without parental consent.

  • California Governor Gavin Newsom last Thursday misapplied the words of Jesus from Mark 12:31 in support of abortion, “Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no greater commandment than these.” The billboard campaign advertises California abortion in seven pro-life states – Indiana, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Texas. Because we love everyone, unborn babies included, Jesus’ words are actually pro-life.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced Friday that he had signed a bill into law that prohibits nearly all abortions except in certain medical situations or in cases of rape or incest. West Virginia is the second state to pass a restrictive abortion bill after the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade..

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

In a disturbing example of propaganda directed at children, a new activity booklet published this year in Canada teaches impressionable young minds about assisted suicide, painting it in a positive and desirable light. Published by Virtual Hospice Canada and partially funded by Canada’s health ministry, the book is titled, Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) Activity Book and is available online.

  • The culture of death is expanding beyond abortion into euthanasia.

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

New Covid-19 cases in the U.S. are down 27% over the past two weeks as of 9/20, with hospitalizations and deaths both down 13%. In a recent interview, President Biden declared the pandemic over, but the White House and others like Dr. Fauci were quick to say that what Biden really meant is that the situation is much better now but is still a major problem and everyone still needs to get boosted because a fall surge is likely coming.

  • New cases are still up in 9 states, with Pennsylvania up 72%, Connecticut up 53%, New York up 42%, New Jersey up 32%, New Hampshire up 23%, Massachusetts up 3%, and Delaware and Vermont both up 1%. These states are all in the northeastern sector of the U.S.

In the Lancet Commission published Wednesday, renowned experts detailed “massive global failures” that led to more than 6.9 million reported Covid-19 deaths and ultimately an estimated 17.2 million deaths, as reported by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. They found widespread failures in prevention, transparency, basic public health practices, and a lack of international cooperation and solidarity.

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has acknowledged publicly for the first time that the agency gave false information about its COVID-19 vaccine safety monitoring. Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the agency’s director, said in a letter made public on Sept. 12 that the CDC did not perform Proportional Reporting Ratio analyses on adverse event reports at all in 2021, despite the agency previously saying it started to do so in February 2021.”

The former director of the CDC said that he believes White House adviser Anthony Fauci misled Congress about controversial gain-of-function research. Dr. Robert Redfield asserted in a new interview that “everyone had to agree to the narrative” pushed by Fauci and other health officials that the virus came from a “wet market” in Wuhan in 2019 and not the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

There are millions of Americans suffering from long COVID-19 – life-altering symptoms that endure for months or even years after an initial infection. “We don’t know how to treat long COVID. We are only beginning to know what it is,” said Dr. Clifford Rosen, a professor of medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston and a senior scientist at the Maine Health Institute for Research.

It is generally known that exercise can bring more blood flow to the heart, lungs, and even the brain. However, many people do not know that regular aerobic exercise can also promote the regeneration of brain nerve cells in adults. This is important for long-Covid victims because studies have shown that the attack of the SARS-CoV-2 virus on neural stem cells leads to the destruction of the mechanism of neural cell regeneration in the brain.

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)

A study published in late August found that 345 people in England died of myocarditis in one year, all vaccinated with one of three COVID-19 vaccines. The publication of the study’s findings in the American Heart Association’s journal, Circulation, marked the first time in the medical literature that researchers have confirmed that myocarditis associated with one of the COVID-19 vaccines can result in death..

Liberty Counsel reports that a recent investigation of the COVID shots found the Pfizer jab had 40 times more deaths, Moderna had 81 times more deaths, and Janssen had 152 times more deaths than all influenza vaccinations given during a similar two-year period. The investigation found that not only were the shots not properly tested, but also the doses and formulations in each lot are not consistent. The Epoch Times also reports that some lots of COVID-19 shots are associated with very severe side effects and death, whereas other lots have very few or no adverse events associated with their use..

Houston Methodist Hospital, the first hospital in the United States to mandate all its health care workers get the COVID-19 vaccine has quietly decided not to require the updated booster shot after facing staffing shortages, according to an internal email obtained by The Epoch Times. The hospital fired hundreds of employees who refused to get the original vaccines, and later mandated booster shots.

The Pentagon’s official watchdog says the Department of Defense is in “potential noncompliance” with standards for reviewing and denying religious exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate, according to an internal memo by the Pentagon’s Acting Inspector General Sean O’Donnell to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.

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)

New Orleans has overtaken St. Louis as the murder capital of America as the city sees a 141% increase in homicides when compared to recent years. According to data from the Metropolitan Crime Commission, an organization that tracks crime, there have been 52 homicides per 100,000 residents in New Orleans as of Sept. 11. In St. Louis, there have been almost 45 homicides per 100,000 residents as of Sept. 17. By comparison, there have been around 18 homicides in Chicago per 100,000 residents and 3.5 in New York City.

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 Virginia man who stabbed a stranger more than 50 times, allegedly believing that he was a werewolf, was released from a mental health facility after just three years. Then he made an online dating profile describing himself as “an easy-going adventurer” who recently got back from “two years of travel.”

On January 1, 2023, the state of Illinois will allow an additional group of criminals access to the state’s existing cashless bail policy. The ironically named SAFE-T Act would end cash bail for a list of 12 additional offenses. The first offense on the list is aggravated battery. Gun battery is also included and as long as no shots are fired.

  • Too many criminals and insane individuals are being released into communities all over the U.S. as well as flowing over our southern border.

The Justice Department has charged 47 defendants of the theft of $250 million, in the largest alleged fraud targeting pandemic financial aid to date. Defendants used fake names of nonexistent children to take cash meant to pay for meals that they instead put toward houses, cars and other luxury goods, prosecutors said.

Military prosecutors and defense attorneys are negotiating potential plea deals that could take the death penalty off the table for five defendants charged in connection with the 9/11 attack – and some families of victims are upset by the news. The five defendants are all held at the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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)

The Defense Department ordered an investigation into how it conducts clandestine information warfare in attempted manipulation of foreign attitudes. The Pentagon’s action comes after major social media companies, including Twitter and Facebook, identified and took offline fake accounts, suspected of being run by the U.S. military, in violation of the platforms’ rules.

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

The Defund-the-Police agenda launched across America only a few years ago has had some serious impacts already. Crime sprees, neighborhoods overrun by gangs, no response to 911 calls and more. But police chiefs, retired, say it’s even worse than that: It’s left police forces overstretched, burned out, and without enough applicants to maintain the ranks. And their response times are longer.

The liberal city of Seattle is losing police officers amid a major spike in crime. In total, 122 officers have left the Seattle Police Department in 2022. Since the city council voted to defund the police department in 2020, nearly 500 police officers have left the force and there’s another 350 officers that will qualify for retirement at the end of the year. The city experienced 11 homicides in August, the deadliest single month on record.

FBI agents arrested about 6,000 alleged violent criminals and gang members across the United States over the past four months and have seized more than 2,700 firearms and large quantities of fentanyl. It comes as the average murder rate across the United States hit 6.9 murders per 100,000 people in 2021, the highest figure it’s been in more than 20 years.

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

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

A California man pleaded guilty last week to threatening “to shoot up and bomb” dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster’s offices over its inclusive gender definitions and making similar threats to various other people and institutions, federal prosecutors announced.

  • It’s one thing to be opposed to all the gender confusion, but it’s another thing entirely to threaten or commit violence. This is what gives the conservative opposition a bad reputation and designations of extremism.

McDonald’s CEO Chris Kempczinski has big concerns about surging crime in Chicago, where the fast food giant is based, saying it is impacting the company’s 400 city restaurants and making it harder to recruit corporate talent. “We have violent crime that’s happening in our restaurants … we’re seeing homelessness issues in our restaurants. We’re having drug overdoses that are happening in our restaurants,” he said.

  • Starbucks too, has noted similar problems at some of its stores. Over the summer, the coffee chain announced it would close 16 locations in Seattle, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and Portland, Oregon over crime and safety concerns.

Human Trafficking: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. (Luke 4:18-19)

A new study shows about 28 million people were in forced labor and 22 million were in forced marriages at the end of 2021. Those numbers jumped by 25 percent since the last Global Estimates of Modern Slavery report five years ago. About 65% of forced marriages are found in Asia and the Pacific. The highest prevalence was in Arab States, where 4.8 out of 1,000 people are in forced marriages. High income countries have over half of the forced labor.

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)

It is estimated that global cybercrime will reach $10.5 trillion by 2025, an amount larger than every economy in the world except the U.S. and China. Cybersecurity threats are escalating against the U.S. water industry, the U.S. healthcare system, and industrial infrastructure, including electricity grids, oil and gas facilities, and manufacturing plants.

The Justice Department announced charges last Wednesday against three Iranian individuals are alleged to have launched cyberattacks against the U.S. and global critical infrastructure. The individuals are still at large and believed to be in Iran. The State Department is offering a $10 million reward for information on the three men, alleging that they have carried out ransomware and other cyberattacks since at least 2020.

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)

Spies from China and India infiltrated Twitter and the social media company ignored a warning about insider threats, the company’s former top security official told lawmakers on last Tuesday. Peiter “Mudge” Zatko said various countries have wormed their way inside the company. Last month, a federal jury found former Twitter employee Ahmad Abouammo guilty of spying for Saudi Arabia. Twitter fired Zatko for alleged poor job performance.

California Governor Gavin Newsom said on Tuesday he had signed a bill into law requiring transparency of social media companies, a move that could draw criticism from tech firms and industry groups. The law, AB-587, will require social media companies to publicly post their policies regarding hate speech, disinformation, harassment and extremism on their platforms, and report data on their enforcement of the policies. Last year, the governor of Texas signed a bill prohibiting social media firms from restricting users or their posts based on their viewpoint. The Supreme Court in May blocked the law, after technology industry groups sued.

South Korea’s Personal Information Protection Commission said Wednesday that it fined Meta $22 million and Google $50 million. Officials agreed that the companies’ business practices could cause serious privacy violations. The fines are the biggest penalties that South Korea has ever levied for privacy violations. According to the commission, Meta and Google did not adequately inform users about—or obtain consent for—how they would track users’ online behavior. Meta has indicated that it might challenge the fine in court.

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)

Some nurses have abandoned a workplace where conditions have become harder to endure, with impossibly high patient loads and even a shocking uptick in workplace violence. Others have quit their jobs to become travel nurses, staffing bedsides around the country on a temporary basis, and for as much as triple their usual pay. Colleges and universities are turning away tens of thousands of qualified aspiring nursing students every year, primarily due to a lack of qualified instructors who make far less income than practitioners.

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)

According to the latest statistics, life expectancy in the United States dropped precipitously in 2020 and 2021. In 2019, the average life span of Americans of all ethnicities was nearly 79 years. By the end of 2021, life expectancy had dropped to 76 — a loss of nearly three years. Aside from COVID, causes of death listed as contributors to this loss of life expectancy include accidental deaths, drug overdoses, heart disease, chronic liver disease and cirrhosis.

  • As you might expect, the idea that the COVID vaccine shots might have something to do with it is completely dismissed.

Sharply rising cases of some sexually transmitted diseases — including a 26% rise in new syphilis infections reported last year — are prompting U.S. health officials to call for new prevention and treatment efforts. Infections rates for some STDs, including gonorrhea and syphilis, have been rising for years. HIV cases are also on the rise, up 16% last year. And an international outbreak of monkeypox, which is being spread mainly between men who have sex with other men, has further highlighted the nation’s worsening problem with diseases spread mostly through sex.

  • This is the consequence of loosening sexual morality. If everyone adhered to God’s ordained order of sex only between a married man and woman, these problems would have largely been avoided.

Since the 1990s, researchers say, cancers have been rising in many countries among people under 50. And while the reasons are not fully clear, it’s likely that changes in lifestyle and environment — starting early in life — are playing a role. These cancers are most likely related to factors like poor diet, obesity and inactivity, new research finds. For certain cancers, increased screening may partly explain the rising incidence.

The percentage of adults getting mental health treatment increased from 19.2% in 2019 to 21.6% in 2021, the CDC reported in data published this month. Those more likely to have received treatment were younger adults, those aged 18 to 44, especially women in that age group, according to findings from the National Health Interview Survey.

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

Dr. Rahul Gupta, the first physician appointed U.S. drug czar last October, says an average of two drug victims die every 10 minutes. Gupta made it a top priority to meet with officials in Mexico City, considering the bulk of illegal drugs that killed more than 108,000 Americans in 2021 come from two global powerhouses: the Sinaloa Cartel and the Cártel Jalisco Nueva Generación, known as CJNG. Gupta has settled on two overall strategies, drug interdiction and harm reduction, which includes: increased availability to the opioid antidote naloxone; preventative programs for youth; and expanded access to addiction treatment.

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

The Virginia Department of Education issued new guideline Friday, which say that students’ participation in certain school programming and use of school facilities like bathrooms or locker rooms should be based on their biological sex. The policies also say that students who are minors must be referred to by the name and pronouns in their official records, unless a parent approves the use of something else. The guidelines say schools may not encourage teachers to conceal information about a student’s gender transitions from his or her parents. And they say parents must be given an opportunity to object before counseling services pertaining to gender are offered.

Over the last year or so, books were banned at least 2,500 times by more than 130 school districts across 30-plus states, according to an analysis published Monday by PEN America, a free speech and literary organization. The unprecedented trend escalated throughout the spring and into the summer. The most targeted title, by far, is Maia Kobabe’s graphic novel Gender Queer: A Memoir, which was banned in 41 school districts this past year. George M. Johnson’s All Boys Aren’t Blue comes in second place, banned in 29 districts.

Across the country, dozens of schools went on lockdown. Students and teachers hid in classrooms. Police searched campuses. Parents panicked. Each time, there was no threat. Officials say there’s been a wave of false reports of school shootings and threats of violence over the last several days. USA TODAY found at least 30 active shooter false alarms and threats made at schools last week. Authorities haven’t publicly said the incidents are related, but experts say these intentional false reports have similarities.

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

Thousands took to the streets of Port-au-Prince for the second day in a row to protest yet another gas hike. The government announced the increase as citizens are already struggling with high fuel prices, unemployment, and widespread violence. Official fueling stations are largely closed, and the price of gas on the black market is currently $18 per gallon. Protesters are also calling for the ouster of Prime Minister Ariel Henry.

  • Two Haitian reporters, identified as Tayson Latigue and Frantzsen Charles, were fatally shot and their bodies were set on fire Sunday. The reporters were part of a group of seven journalists investigating worsening gang violence in the Cite Soleil district of Port-au-Prince.

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)

A new study done in the United Kingdom shows that 44% of the children born during 2000-2001 did not live with their biological parents throughout their childhood. The study also said 23% of U.K. families are single parents, 10% higher than the European average of 13%. It also revealed that single parent families are more likely to have financial problems, and in 2020, 49% of children living with a single parent were in relative poverty, compared to 25% of children living in married families.

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)

Organizers of the September 9-11 Boise Pride Festival cancelled a “Drag Kids” performance after public pressure prompted multiple sponsors to pull their support. The event advertised drag performances by children “from ages 11-18.” Idaho Republican Party Chairwoman Dorothy Moon blamed those who believe “it is not only okay but laudable to encourage children to engage in public displays of sexuality.”

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.

On September 16, reports surfaced that the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, a leading organization that advocates for transgender medical procedures, had removed all age guidelines regarding the appropriate time to start puberty blocking drugs and undergo surgeries to remove healthy organs. The revelations come as news emerged Monday that a South Carolina clinic may have dispensed cross-sex hormones to children as young as four.

Montana health officials on Friday made permanent a rule that blocks transgender people from changing their birth certificates even if they undergo gender-confirmation surgery. The move comes just days before a court will hear arguments over the legality of a similar rule that’s been in effect on an emergency basis since May. The ACLU of Montana has asked state Judge Michael Moses to strike down the emergency rule.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday backed an LGBTQ student group seeking recognition at orthodox Yeshiva university in New York, temporarily requiring the school to allow the group to meet on campus while the litigation continues, overturning a lower court ruling. Four conservative justices – Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch and Amy Coney Barrett – dissented from the decision last Wednesday.

  • Yeshiva University has abruptly suspended all student club activity in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision earlier this week that ordered the school to recognize — for now — an LGBTQ student group.

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

A new U.S. intelligence review found that since 2014, Russia has secretly given more than $300 million to foreign political candidates in an effort to influence elections. The review found evidence of the money being funneled to more than two dozen countries across four continents; it did not address whether similar Russian activities have taken place in the US, but officials say the US is indeed “vulnerable” to such activities.

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

By land and by sea, more than 230,000 Cuban and Haitian migrants have attempted to reach the United States this year to seek asylum. U.S. Border Patrol agents encountered more than 175,000 Cubans at the Southwest border this fiscal year through July. In the same time period, border agents encountered 42,230 Haitians. Through Tuesday, the U.S. Coast Guard had stopped 5,545 Cubans and 7,173 Haitians at sea this fiscal year, a nearly 370% jump from last year. Both Haitians and Cubans are repatriated to their home countries if picked up at sea. 

Reverse Migrations: Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. (Genesis 12:1)

Many San Francisco, California, residents are preparing to leave the city after growing frustrations due to homelessness and public safety, according to a poll by SF Next. Approximately two-thirds of respondents say the city “has gone downhill” since when they first moved there. Nearly 40% of San Franciscans say they will move out of the city. Those most likely (54%) to leave are between the ages of 18 and 34 years old. Between April 2020 and July 2021, 20% of San Francisco residents between the ages of 25 and 29 left the city.

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 in U.S. history, more than two million illegal border crossings took place in one year at the southern border. Border Patrol agents experienced 203,597 illegal border encounters in August, bringing the total number of illegal border crossings this fiscal year to a record-breaking 2,150,639. Although there is another month before the fiscal year comes to a close, that number already exceeds the previous record of 1,734,686 illegal encounters set by the Biden administration last year.

U.S. taxpayers are paying over $20 billion each year to meet the needs of illegal aliens who entered the country under the Biden administration, according to a new cost analysis by the Federation for American Immigration Reform. The immigration group said it “conservatively estimates” that American taxpayers will end up paying each illegal alien $9,232, or an overall $20.4 billion burden a year to support the population. It comes in addition to the $140 billion existing annual cost of providing benefits and services for long-term illegal immigrants.

The governor of Illinois on Wednesday issued an emergency disaster proclamation after several hundred illegal immigrants were bused from the U.S.–Mexico border to Illinois. Gov. J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat, issued an executive order to send 75 members of the state National Guard to assist in making sure “all state resources are available to support asylum seekers arriving nearly daily to Chicago from the state of Texas.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has joined the Republican governors of Texas and Arizona in relocating illegal immigrants. He sent two planeloads to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, which quickly pulled together to assist the confused and tired group. The migrants, who mostly appear to be from Venezuela and don’t speak English, indicated through interpreters that they started their day in San Antonio, Texas. The migrants will be temporarily housed at a military base on Cape Cod, according to Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

  • Keith Chatinover, a progressive commissioner for Dukes County, Mass., where Martha’s Vineyard is located, said in 2021, “I would love Martha’s Vineyard to become a haven for new immigrants to this country.”

Gov. Abbott of Texas sent two busloads of illegal immigrants to VP Kamala Harris’ doorstep, dropping them off at a bus stop nearby Harris’ residence in the Naval Observatory residence in Washington, D.C. That came just days after the vice president had proclaimed the border “secure.” A Fox reporter was there and asked the immigrants whether the border was closed. “The border is open… It’s open because we enter. We come in, free, no problem…We came illegally.” They were sent voluntarily north because border towns in Texas are completely overwhelmed and simply do not have the resources to care for these people.

  • Six more buses also arrived in New York City, as Texas continued to pressure sanctuary cities amid a surge of migrants crossing the southern border. The six buses were from El Paso. Another bus carrying illegal immigrants arrived near Vice President Kamala Harris’s home in Washington D.C. early on Sept. 17. Another six buses arrived Sunday morning.

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)

It has been reported by multiple outlets that at least 43% of the nation’s stock of baby formula has disappeared. Retailers like Target, Walgreens, and others are being forced to ration formula because stocks are low, and the shelves are empty unless you are at a detention center at our southern border. Thanks to photos from a whistleblower Rep. Kat Cammack (R-FL) has discovered that truckloads of baby formula have been sent to the border for illegal immigrants.

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)

An oil subsidiary in Germany previously controlled by a Russian oil giant is now under the control of the German government, it announced Friday. The German government said it took control of Rosneft Deutschland GmbH and RN Refining & Marketing GmbH, two companies owned up until now by multinational oil and gas company Rosneft. The government said the move would ensure continued oil production as the international community looks to cut its oil dependence on Russia.

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)

A million more seniors age 65 years and older fell into poverty last year, boosting the percentage in poverty to 10.3%, from 8.9% in 2020 and the highest level since 2002, according to the latest Census Bureau data. That’s in stark contrast to the 4.5-percentage point drop in child poverty to a record low 5.2%. Older adults are the only age segment that experienced an increase in poverty. In total, almost 6 million older adults live below the poverty level. And it’s only likely to get worse because the data is from before inflation skyrocketed this year.

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)

The pandemic largely is over, and many of the millions of workers who worked from their family rooms or kitchens during that time are back in the office at least for part of their work weeks. But more than 1,300 employees of the New York Times say they won’t do that. Their reason is inflation. It would mean they would have to spend more money on “gas, mass transit, clothing and lunches,” according to a report in the New York Post which calls the dispute “bitter” and said 1,316 workers “had signed a pledge not to return to the office.”

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

FedEx’s top executive, who took over the role at the beginning of this year, said that declining worldwide cargo volumes were the primary factor in the company’s unsatisfactory performance – and that means a recession is coming. FedEx Express results were particularly impacted by macroeconomic weakness in Asia and service challenges in Europe. “We are a reflection of everybody else’s business, especially the high-value economy in the world,” he concluded. FedEx will close 90 office locations, close five corporate office facilities, defer hiring efforts, reduce flights and cancel projects.

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

The Federal Reserve made history on Wednesday, approving a third consecutive 75-basis-point hike in an aggressive move to tackle the white-hot inflation that has been plaguing the US economy. The supersized hike takes the central bank’s benchmark lending rate to a new target range of 3%-3.25%. That’s the highest the fed funds rate has been since the global financial crisis in 2008.

Compared to a year earlier, consumer prices in August were up 8.3%, which is extremely high by historical standards, though below the annual figures of 8.5% in July and 9.1% in June. Prices rose 0.1% in August from July, according to the Consumer Price Index. Most analysts had forecast a decline of 0.1%. Investors were hoping for a sign that inflation had peaked. But instead of declining, prices actually rose in August.

The average American income was essentially flat last year at $70,784, the U.S. Census Bureau said Tuesday.  The 2021 income report follows a 2.9% drop in 2020, the first significant decline since 2011. The flat income in 2021 didn’t keep pace with inflation, so overall it means that American earners lost purchasing power.

  • The Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area leads all major cities with a 13% inflation rate over the past 12 months, followed by second-place Atlanta at 11.7% and 11.2% in the area around Tampa, Florida. Miami and Baltimore round out the top five.

Food costs spiked 11.4% over the past year, the largest annual increase since May 1979, according to data released Tuesday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Egg prices soared 39.8%, while flour got 23.3% more expensive. Milk rose 17% and the price of bread jumped 16.2%. Chicken prices jumped 16.6%, while meats rose 6.7% and pork increased 6.8%. Fruits and vegetables together are up 9.4%. Overall, grocery prices jumped 13.5% and restaurant menu prices increased 8%.

Consumers are increasingly using buy now, pay later apps to cover the cost of rising food bills. An estimated 1 in 5 people who use BNPL services now say they’ve used the pay-over-time model to cover the cost of groceries, said Hugh Tallents, senior partner at management consulting firm cg42. Half of them do so regularly. Almost $46 billion in buy now, pay later transactions were made online in 2021, up from $15.3 billion the year before. Defaults and bankruptcy are like to rise as well. 

Surging rent prices are now hitting consumers hard. Rents rose 0.7% in August from July and marking the fastest monthly pace since January 1991. Annual rent inflation rose 6.7%, also the highest rate in almost 40 years, and industry experts say they will continue to rise.

Mortgage broker Freddie Mac said on Thursday that the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage had reached 6.02 percent, nearly double what it was nine months ago. The rapid increase in borrowing costs comes after the Federal Reserve launched an aggressive campaign to raise interest rates in order slow inflation.

August housing starts, a measure of new home construction, jumped 12.2% from July, but were down 0.1% from a year ago, according to the US Census Bureau. After a big drop earlier this spring, housing starts had been holding relatively steady up until last month’s big increase. The majority of the gain in housing starts in August was in multifamily properties, buildings with five units or more, which were up nearly 30% from July.

  • However, a survey released Monday found home builder confidence fell in September for the ninth-straight month to the lowest point since 2014. The sentiment dropped as higher mortgage rates, continuing supply chain problems and persistently high home prices continued to make homes less affordable for buyers.

Home sales declined for the seventh month in a row in August as higher mortgage rates and stubbornly high prices pushed prospective buyers out of the market. Sales of existing homes – which include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops – were down nearly 19.9% from a year ago and down 0.4% from July.

The number of first-time claims for unemployment benefits fell again last week, setting a new three-month low and showing that employers are still reluctant to let go of workers despite some economic slowing. Initial claims for unemployment insurance were 213,000 for the week ended September 10, down 5,000 from a total of 218,000 claims in the prior week. That is the lowest level since May 28. Continuing jobless claims for the week ended September 3 were 1.4 million, an increase of 2,000 from the previous week’s level.

International Economy:

While gas prices have declined in the United States in recent weeks (although they still remain more than 35% higher than when Biden took office) they have remained shockingly high in Europe – more than $5.50 per gallon in the U.K., Germany, and France. At the same time, Europe has experienced a catastrophic rise in electricity costs. Manufacturers are furloughing workers and shutting down lines because they can’t pay the gas and electric charges, reports the New York Times.

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

An Israeli strike on the Damascus International Airport and nearby military posts south of the Syrian capital killed five soldiers. According to Syrian state media,. the strikes happened after midnight Friday, causing “material losses” as well. It added that some of the Israeli missiles were shot down before reaching their targets. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition war monitor, confirmed that the strikes killed five Syrian soldiers and two members of Iran-backed groups. The Israeli army declined comment.

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)

The new Iranian “Arash 2” suicide drone has unique capabilities that were developed specifically for targeting Haifa and Tel Aviv, Commander of Iran’s Army Ground Force Brigadier General Kioomars Heidari said on national Iranian TV. He noted that the Arash 2 drone was specially designed for attacking Haifa and Tel Aviv, and that it is “a unique drone made for that purpose and awaits the command to start operation.” Israel said that the Iron Dome defense system has been upgraded and can now contend with drone threats as well.

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)

The Russian-controlled regions in southern and eastern Ukraine on Tuesday rolled out plans to start voting this week on whether to formally become part of Russia. Western countries are unlikely to recognize the referendums as legitimate. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called the votes a sham and said that Ukraine would liberate its territories. Dmitry Medvedev, the deputy head of Russia’s Security Council and former president of Russia, said Russia would enshrine the new territories in its constitution so no future Russian leader could hand them back, and that they would be defended by any means necessary.

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a mobilization of 300,000 reservists in Russia, in a measure that appeared to be an admission that Moscow’s war against Ukraine isn’t going according to plan after nearly seven months of fighting. It’s the first mobilization in Russia since World War II and comes amid recent battlefield losses for the Kremlin’s forces.

The Russian leader, in a seven-minute televised address to the nation aired on Wednesday morning, also warned the West that he isn’t bluffing over using all the means at his disposal to protect Russia’s territory, in what appeared to be a veiled reference to Russia’s nuclear capability. Putin has previously warned the West not to back Russia against the wall and has rebuked NATO countries for supplying weapons to help Ukraine.

Nuclear operator Energoatom said Monday that Russian missiles landed within 300 meters of the South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant. None of the facility’s three nuclear reactors suffered damage. The plant is the second largest of four nuclear power plants in Ukraine, smaller only than the one in Zaporizhzhia. Vladimir Putin pledged Friday to step up attacks against Ukrainian infrastructure.

Ukraine has retaken thousands of miles and more than 300 villages and towns this month. The Ukraine Defense Ministry said Russian troops fleeing the Ukraine advance are massing at the Belgorod border, where other Russian troops are keeping them from crossing over. “They have no communication with the command,” the ministry said in a statement. “There is no supply of food and ammunition.”

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)

Border Patrol agents along the southwest border with Mexico apprehended 78 migrants listed on the Terrorist Screening Dataset during the first 11 months of Fiscal Year 2022. This is three times the total of the last four years’ apprehensions of potential terrorists combined. The report from CBP stated that in previous years, 15 were apprehended in all of FY21, three in FY20, none in FY19, six in FY18, and two in FY17. The numbers could be significantly higher if the more than 580,000 migrants “got-aways” were counted.

The Taliban have summarily executed dozens of members of a resistance group fighting against their harsh rule in Afghanistan. In a move that echoes ISIS’s social media strategy, Taliban shared their battlefield atrocities online to spread fear among their enemies. The executed fighters are members of the National Resistance Front, a new group operating mainly out of the Panjshir Valley in central Afghanistan. 

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)

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday announced a sweeping package of what he called the country’s “most aggressive” climate measures to “accelerate the state’s transition” to non-conventional energy sources. The package includes 40 bills of new green rules affecting large-scale industry as well as the family home and private and public transportation. Newsom’s office said his sweeping package of measures will create four million new jobs over the next 20 years, cut air pollution by 60 percent, and reduce state oil consumption by 91 percent. How this would be achieved was not explained in the governor’s news release.

Yvon Chouinard started the outdoor clothing retailer Patagonia 50 years ago and built it into a $3 billion company. On Wednesday, he announced he’s giving it away. Patagonia and all of its voting stock are now held by a trust charged with protecting the company’s values. All nonvoting shares go to a nonprofit, the Holdfast Collective, that will fight environmental crises and protect nature. “Earth is now our only shareholder,” a company statement said. Patagonia, which sells more than $1 billion in merchandise a year, will remain a for-profit company and expects to make donations to environmental causes of about $100 million a year.

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

A​n earthquake and an aftershock caused minor damage in a Northern California community and were felt across the highly populated Bay Area last Tuesday night. The 4.4-magnitude quake and a 3.9-magnitude aftershock struck just after 6:30 p.m. local time and were centered in Santa Rosa, California, around 50 miles north of San Francisco along the Rodgers Creek fault line, a part of the San Andreas fault system. The Santa Rosa Fire Department said that they had to respond to some reports of gas leaks, but that no one was injured.

A 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit the sparsely populated southeastern part of Taiwan on Sunday, derailing train cars, causing a convenience store to collapse and trapping hundreds on mountain roads. The weather bureau said the epicenter was in Taitung county, and followed a 6.4 magnitude temblor on Saturday evening in the same area.

A​ 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck the Pacific coast of Mexico Monday afternoon, not far from the town of Aquila, killing at least one person. The USGS said the quake struck at 1:05 p.m. local time at a depth of about 9 miles. Near the epicenter, buildings shook, and structural damage was reported in Michoacan state. In Mexico City, some 400 miles east of the epicenter, buildings were evacuated as a precaution and power was knocked out in some areas.

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)

Mudslides last Monday, 9/12, in Forest Falls, California, obliterated and damaged several homes. The mudslide was triggered after as much as 2.5 inches of rain fell around Forest Falls, about 75 miles east of Los Angeles in San Bernardino County, sending debris down steep hillsides marked by wildfire burn scars. Mudslides, more formally called “debris flows,” are an especially dangerous and fast-moving type of landslide. T​he county installed barriers on some homeowners’ property to protect them from mudslides after wildfires, but they didn’t hold up to the flow. One owner’s jeep was found thirty feet downhill with a tree laying on its roof. Many other cars were trapped in window-high mud.

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy declared a state of disaster Saturday as a powerful storm battered the coast over a 1,000-mile span, causing widespread flooding in several communities. Remnants of Typhoon Merbok brought on the worst storm in the state’s recent history. At least five communities — Hooper Bay, Scammon Bay, Golovin, Newtok and Nome — have been impacted as of Sunday due to high water levels. Initial damage reports have shown erosion, electrical issues and power outages. Homes were moved off their foundations and one house in Nome floated down a river until it got caught at a bridge.

Hurricane Fiona hammered the Dominican Republic Monday after carving a path of destruction across Puerto Rico Sunday that included damaged homes, landslides, flooded roadways and a total blackout of the island’s power grid. A​t least one person was killed in the Dominican Republic by a falling tree. Two persons were also killed in Puerto Rico, where flooding continued, and millions of people remained without power or running water. Strong winds ripped roofs off homes and the heavy rain also caused landslides in Puerto Rico. Rain totals have reached 12 to 20 inches in most areas, but some locations have seen up to 35 inches.

  • The storm strengthened to a Category 3 storm Tuesday with sustained winds of 115 mph. The hurricane was moving north-northwest at 10 mph, and was centered about 10 miles off the coast of Grand Turk Island. Hurricane conditions were occurring over the Turks and Caicos Tuesday.

Floodwaters triggered by heavy rainfall swept through several towns in a hilly region of central Italy early Friday, leaving 10 people dead and at least four missing. Dozens of survivors scrambled onto rooftops or up trees to await rescue. The flooding left the 1,300 residents of Barbara without drinking water and with spotty telephone service. Some 50 people were treated at hospitals for injuries.

A massive typhoon roared across Japan’s southwestern region of Kyushu on Sunday, forcing 8 million residents to flee and pounding some areas with unprecedented winds and waves. The Japan Meteorological Agency said it was “raining like never before” in neighboring Miyazaki, where some areas saw more than 15 inches of rain in the 24 hours through Sunday afternoon. Power lines tumbled and hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses were dark as the storm slowly rolled northward over Kyushu.

Signs of the Times Update: September 12, 2022

September 12, 2022

 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. (Ephesians 4:31–32)

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

Queen Elizabeth was well-known for her deep faith in God in both her public statements, including her eloquent Christmas messages, and actions. One of Queen Elizabeth’s title was “Defender of the Faith and Supreme Governor of the Church of England.” Queen Elizabeth II often knelt before Jesus Christ in prayer and worship. In doing so, the queen pointed not just her subjects but the entire world to their Savior, reports WORLD News. In her Easter message in 2020, shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, she said: “Easter isn’t canceled; indeed, we need Easter as much as ever. The discovery of the risen Christ on the first Easter Day gave his followers new hope and fresh purpose, and we can all take heart from this. … As dark as death can be—particularly for those suffering with grief—light and life are greater. May the living flame of the Easter hope be a steady guide as we face the future.”

It was only a little more than a year ago that the U.S. Supreme Court confirmed that a Philadelphia foster and adoption agency could operate by its Christian standards, irrespective of the city’s so-called non-discrimination demands to promote the LGBT ideology. Now a federal district court has ruled that the state of New York cannot shut down a faith-based provider of adoption services over its religious beliefs. The state had threatened to order the organization to phase out its adoption program over the service’s standard of prioritizing the placement of children in homes with a married mother and father. The court ruling ordered that the state be banned from enforcing its demands “insofar as it would compel New Hope to process applications from, or place children for adoption with, same-sex couples or unmarried cohabitating couples.

On Wednesday, the Miami-Dade School Board, which represents the nation’s fourth-largest school district, voted against a measure that would have recognized October as “LGBTQ history month.” The vote follows an August 23 school board election in which Miami-Dade was flipped to a conservative majority. The vote also comes as Americans’ satisfaction with the U.S. education system reached its lowest point in two decades, with a newly released Gallup poll finding that just 42% of adults are “satisfied with U.S. education.”

Yeshiva University in New York City will not have to recognize an LGBT student club, at least not for the time being, according to an emergency ruling the U.S. Supreme Court issued late on Sept. 9, temporarily blocking a lower court order forcing such recognition. Founded in 1897, the Orthodox Jewish university describes itself in court documents as “the world’s premier Torah-based institution of higher education.” The word “yeshiva” itself refers to a traditional Jewish religious school. Recognizing the LGBT student organization would violate its religious teachings, the school argues. The new ruling came as the high court has become increasingly protective of constitutionally guaranteed religious rights in recent years.

The faith-based, adoption-themed movie Lifemark opened at No. 7 in theaters over the weekend, marking the sixth straight time that a movie made by filmmaking brothers Alex and Stephen Kendrick opened in the Top 10. The film, which is in theaters for one week only through Thursday, grossed an estimated $2.2 million to notch the seventh spot. Lifemark finished even higher in per-theater average ($1,444) at No. 3. On the popular movie website RottenTomatoes.com, it received an impressive audience score of 97 percent. The pro-life film features a nearly aborted baby who is adopted and later reconnected with his birth mother.

A private Christian school in North Carolina is apologizing after it baptized more than 100 children without notifying parents. Northwood Temple Academy in Fayetteville, N.C., announced on its Facebook page Thursday that it had “over 100 middle and high school students spontaneously declare their faith and get baptized” earlier that day. Although most comments on the Facebook page were positive, the school acknowledged that parents may have wanted to attend. “Several students had given their lives to the Lord during Spiritual Emphasis Week, and they were scheduled to be baptized this morning. But the Spirit of the Lord moved, and the invitation to accept the Lord and be baptized was given, and the students just began to respond to the presence of the Lord.”

  • Even if the Spirit moved, they should have taken down the students’ names, gotten parents’ permissions and scheduled another baptism. Leaving parents out of school decisions has been a growing problem in the secular world. Let’s not have the Christian world adopt their practices.

The Pakistani Supreme Court has issued a highly significant and welcome ruling, which includes the declaration that the preaching of Christianity “is not a crime, nor can it be made into one.” The nine-page ruling is a clear and comprehensive denunciation of the way in which “blasphemy” laws are misused in Pakistan. The court raises issues such as false and malicious accusations, the lack of credible evidence in many cases, and the mob violence with which the accused person is often threatened. The Supreme Court of Pakistan in Islamabad has granted bail to three Christians charged with “blasphemy” in separate cases. The bench of two judges ruled that the accused should be protected until the allegation was proved and the state has a special responsibility to ensure protection of those accused of “blasphemy.”

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 Walt Disney Company, through its FXX Network, is releasing an animated sitcom series called Little Demon, which a film industry website describes this way: “After being impregnated by the Devil, a reluctant mother and her Antichrist daughter attempt to live an ordinary life in Delaware.” According to One Million Moms (OMM), the show carries graphic violence and nudity and “makes light of hell and the dangers of the demonic realm.” OMM adds that the series “is introducing viewers, including children who might stumble across the series, to a world of demons, witches, and sorcery. Along with the demonic content of the series, the minds of younger viewers will also be inundated with secular worldviews that reflect the current culture.”

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)

America’s government debt is on the verge of eclipsing $31 trillion for the first time ever, even as COVID-related federal spending slows. In 2020, when COVID led to a sharp economic downturn and a dramatic spike in new federal spending, the government spent a record-high $3.1 trillion more than the revenue it collected. In 2021, the budget deficit fell just a bit to $2.8 trillion, and it’s expected to be somewhere in the neighborhood of $1 trillion by the end of the current fiscal year that ends Sept. 30. The budget deficit hit a recent low of around $400 billion in 2014, rising to $1 trillion in 2019. In the early 2000s the deficit averaged around $250 billion, and there was even a surplus of about $100 billion in 2001.

Senate Democrats last Wednesday crammed a bill to codify same-sex marriage into a continuing resolution to fund the government past September 30. Funding bills bypass the filibuster rule which requires 60 of 100 Senators to vote to close the filibuster and move the bill along to a simple majority vote, i.e. 51 out of 100. While this is a legal move, it is just another example of why Americans no longer trust Congress.

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)

Police are using a new technique – geofence – to solve crimes that’s raising privacy issues. Geofence creates a virtual geographic boundary, defined by GPS or RFID technology, that enables software to trigger a response when a mobile device enters or leaves a particular area. Police can then get a warrant to find out what cellphone crossed the geofence at a particular time. Just as when police want to search a home or business for evidence of a crime, geofences and other electronic seizures require a warrant – and the number of warrants granted is on the rise. This has been employed to catch hit-and-run drivers and other crimes, but the practice also raises concerns about invasion of privacy and questions about how frequently geofence actually solves crimes.

  • Google’s own statistics show geofence warrants now represent more than a quarter of the 40,000 search warrants received by the company each year, nearly all of them from local law enforcement. That’s about a fourfold increase since 2018. Facebook fielded 64,000 search warrants last year from U.S. law enforcement. 

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

An Irish school teacher who was suspended over his refusal to use transgender pronouns and names has been jailed after he refused to obey a court order. Enoch Burke, a secondary school teacher and a Christian at the Church of Ireland-operated Wilson’s Hospital School in Westmeath, Ireland, had been suspended with pay in August following a controversy during which he declined to use the preferred name and pronoun (“they”) of a transgender-identifying student. Burke, though, continued to try and teach. The school responded by obtaining a court order prohibiting him from setting foot on the property. After Burke breached the court order, he was arrested Monday and committed to Mountjoy Prison in Dublin. Burke says the school is abandoning its Christian heritage. The school’s request, he said, is “contrary to the work of God.”

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

Dr. Anthony Fauci, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, and other top Biden administration officials who were resisting efforts to obtain their communications with Big Tech companies must hand over the records, a federal judge ruled on Sept. 6. U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty, a Trump appointee, ordered the government to quickly produce documents after it was sued by the attorneys general of Louisiana and Missouri over alleged collusion with Big Tech firms such as Facebook. The initial tranche of discovery, released on Aug. 31, revealed that more than 50 government officials across a dozen agencies were involved in applying pressure to social media companies to censor users. But some of the officials refused to provide any answers, or answer all questions posed by the plaintiffs. Among them: Fauci, who serves as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden.

Independent Journalist Alex Berenson was banned from Twitter for supposedly violating their COVID policy. His crime? Citing official data from Israel showing that the mRNA vaccines did not stop transmission of the coronavirus and that the protection waned over months. Berenson sued and won. He was immediately reinstated on the social media platform, and the judge granted him discovery. Berenson’s legal team discovered that the Biden administration had demanded he be removed from the social media platform. Internal documents showed the White House pressed the social media company to ban Berenson for four months.

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 former California fire chief is ratcheting up his fight against a city official’s decision to fire him from his job for attending a Christian leadership conference. His case is being appealed to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after a district judge ruled against him. In 2010, a deputy city manager in Stockton, California, told Chief Ron Hittle and his staff to attend training. Knowing that budget cuts limited their options, Hittle ruled out several out-of-state training opportunities, and instead, focused on trainings closer to home. That’s when he came across Willow Creek Church’s Global Leadership Summit in a business magazine. The event had great reviews, and the fact that it was broadcast to sites around the world—including Hittle’s home church—made it an affordable choice for Hittle and his team who paid for the conference themselves. Hittle logged the event on the city calendar so all were aware of the plan.

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

A Michigan election board placed a pro-abortion amendment proposal on the state’s Nov. 8 ballot on Friday. Pro-abortion groups earlier this year collected a record-breaking 750,000 signatures in a petition drive to get the proposal on the ballot. Abortion is the top issue motivating citizens of Michigan to vote in November, according to a poll by The Detroit News and WDIV-TV.

The Biden administration has announced its plan to allow the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide abortion access for veterans at its medical facilities nationwide, even in states that have imposed restrictions on the procedure. In a statement released Friday, the department announced its submission of an interim final rule to the Federal Register that will allow VA hospitals to provide access to abortion and abortion counseling in cases of incest, rape and life-threatening emergencies.

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

Covid-19

The number of known daily new cases of Covid-19 fell 25% over the past two weeks. Hospitalizations were down 9% and deaths declined 22%. While the hospitalization and death numbers are probably fairly accurate, the number of new cases could be off a lot due to home testing. Only if a person goes to the hospital do they become a statistic. Only three states showed an increase in cases over the past two weeks: South Carolina was up 14%, Missouri increased by 8% and Texas was up 1%. Tennessee saw the biggest decline at -61%, with Arizona at -57% and New Mexico at -53%.

The U.S. has recently averaged about 320 new Covid-19 deaths per day, far below pandemic peaks, including levels above 2,500 a day during the Omicron wave early this year. But the country hasn’t matched lows closer to 200 a day reached during a lull last year. Roughly 85% of people who died from Covid-19 through mid-August this summer were 65 or older, a Wall Street Journal analysis of death-certificate data show. The rate is similar to 2020 peaks, before vaccines were available. Covid-19 is on pace to be the third-leading cause of death for the third straight year, said Dr. Robert Anderson, chief of the mortality statistics branch at the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. Since 2020, it has trailed only heart disease and cancer.

  • A significant number of those who are dying have received two doses of the coronavirus vaccine, as well as at least one booster shot, but overall the vaccines seem to have reduced Covid mortality even as they cause additional deaths and health issues.

From 2019 to 2021, Native American’s life expectancy fell from 71.8 years to 65.2. Covid was largely to blame. Typically, experts start to worry when they see drops in life expectancy that measure in just tenths of a year; Native Americans lost nearly seven years. The drop erases the equivalent of more than four decades of American life expectancy gains. And the average Native American person is now expected to live as long as the average American did in 1944.

New Zealand was touted as having some of the world’s strictest pandemic protocols. Now, after 2½ years, the country has dropped its coronavirus requirements. In a news conference Monday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the government would no longer require masks and would roll back vaccine requirements. “With high vaccination rates now coupled with high numbers of people having had the virus itself, it’s now safe for them to conclude,” she said.

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

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

Dr. Anthony Fauci and other top U.S. health officials said that COVID-19 vaccines will likely be administered yearly, similar to the annual flu shot, unless a “dramatically” different new variant of the virus appears. At a White House press briefing Tuesday, officials said that one COVID-19 shot will be made available in the fall, once a year, that will be updated against the original strain of the virus and whichever strain is the dominant circulating strain that year. The announcement came after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention authorized new updated booster shots that are designed to combat the most prevalent Omicron subvariants, BA.4 and BA.5. The FDA and the CDC recommend these new booster shots for all Americans ages 12 and above, although they have never been tested on humans, just like the annual flu shots.

Mainstream media “fact checkers,” relying on the CDC, typically have slapped a “misinformation” label on reports that the COVID-19 vaccines are associated with a significantly high rate of myocarditis, potentially causing blood clots, heart attack or stroke. But the CDC’s own analysis of its Vaccine Safety Datalink surveillance data shows the incidence of myocarditis after vaccination is three to five times higher for young men than what the agency was reporting at this time last year. In August last year, for example, the CDC reported 42.6 cases of myocarditis or pericarditis per million males ages 12-15 males after vaccination. Now, the CDC says the rate is actually 150.5 per million, which aligns with health experts the media maligned as purveyors of misinformation.

A team of nine experts from Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and other top universities has published paradigm-shifting research about the efficacy and safety of the COVID-19 vaccines and why mandating vaccines for college students is unethical. This 50-page study, which was published on The Social Science Research Network at the end of August, analyzed CDC and industry-sponsored data on vaccine adverse events, and concluded that mandates for COVID-19 boosters for young people may cause 18 to 98 actual serious adverse events for each COVID-19 infection-related hospitalization theoretically prevented.

More embalmers report they have seen the emergence of bizarre “fibrous” clots in a substantial portion of their cases since the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines. In February, as WND reported, a veteran funeral director in Alabama, Richard Hirschman, said he and more than a dozen colleagues in the industry had been noticing the clots. Now, the Epoch Times, which has spoken to others who are observing the same phenomena, reports preliminary research suggests the clots are produced by spike proteins in the body. And some believe there could be a relationship to the COVID-19 vaccines.

Three Italian surgeons conducted a study analyzing blood from 1,006 people who developed symptoms after they got a Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna mRNA injection and found 94 percent of them to have “aggregation of erythrocytes and the presence of particles of various shapes and sizes of unclear origin,” one month after inoculation. Erythrocytes are a type of red blood cell that carries oxygen and carbon dioxide. “What seems plain enough is that metallic particles resembling graphene oxide and possibly other metallic compounds … have been included in the cocktail of whatever the manufacturers have seen fit to put in the so-called mRNA ‘vaccines,’” the authors wrote in the study’s discussion and conclusions.

International:

Australia’s state of Victoria is known for particularly rigid COVID-19 restrictions on its population of 7 million. About 95% of the state’s adults have received COVID vaccines and most are boosted with mRNA shots. Yet, Victoria’s official government data shows deaths in August soared to the highest level in at least 13 years, reports investigative reporter Alex Berenson. He noted that Victoria’s database is better than most, with state law requiring physicians and funeral directors to report deaths online. In 2022, so far, Victoria has registered 32,533 deaths overall, which is 20% above its average for the same eight-month period from 2017 through 2021. And COVID deaths have spike since the introduction of the vaccines. More than two-thirds of Victoria’s COVID deaths have occurred in 2022.

  • Meanwhile, British government data indicates adults aged 40-74 who have received mRNA booster shots are twice as likely to be hospitalized as those who haven’t recently been boosted. Similarly, in June, an analysis of Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccine trials by British Medical Journal Editor Dr. Peter Doshi and other medical scientists found the mRNA shots are more likely to land a recipient in the hospital than to provide protection Covid-related infection.

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)

A majority of adults in the U.S. say that health care is not handled well in the country, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Only 12% say it is handled extremely or very well. Overall, the public gives even lower marks for how prescription drug costs, the quality of care at nursing homes and mental health care are being handled, with just 6 percent or less saying those health services are done very well in the country.

“Medical deserts” are widespread and expanding across the U.S. Closed pharmacies and hospitals, severe doctor shortages, and a lack of medical infrastructure are leaving over 30 million Americans stranded and forced to deal with inadequate healthcare that could mean the difference between life and death. Rural areas are disproportionately affected, as these areas seen the disappearance of essential medical services. The steady closure of rural hospitals has left Americans, specifically in places like Vermont, Arkansas, and Alabama, to travel greater distances to hospitals. The pandemic has worsened the already severe crisis, as 20 rural hospitals were forced to close in 2020, a record number. Even before the pandemic, which strained rural healthcare even further, 101 rural hospitals closed between 2013 and 2020, a Government Accountability Office report found.

  • When 87-year-old veteran Jim Motley experienced a stroke, his son Nicholas got him in a car to drive to the nearest hospital in West Virginia. After driving for over an hour, past two shuttered hospitals, Jim Motley had passed away.

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)

MRSA is on the rise again. MRSA, which stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is one of the well-known superbugs, which are bacterias that are resistant to most antibiotics. Prior to the pandemic, laboratory-identified cases of MRSA infection had been significantly decreasing. However, as the COVID-19 pandemic swept through the United States, hospitals have experienced an increase in the number of MRSA infections. During the fourth quarter of 2020, the national MRSA bacteremia standardized infection ratio was 34 percent higher than that of 2019. Several states reported even greater increases in 2020, such as Arizona with an 80 percent increase and New Jersey with a 99 percent increase.

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

Much like the argument back in the day that kids would experiment no matter what, so they needed to be taught “sex education,” the administration of Joe Biden is suggesting harmful behavior will happen anyway, so it wants “harm reduction” kiosks to provide various items like drug needles. It is the Washington Free Beacon that is reporting the Biden administration is spending $3.6 million “to deploy vending machines filled with drug supplies in rural Kentucky.” The goal is to “reduce stigma for drug users,” the report explains.

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 16-year-old and a 22-year-old were injured Thursday night in a shooting at Uvalde Memorial Park, a hard hit for the community that lost 19 children and two teachers in the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in May. Thursday’s shooting was suspected to be gang-related, and anyone with information was asked to get in touch with authorities. Four suspects allegedly connected to Thursday’s shooting were taken into custody after arriving at a hospital seeking medical help. The shooting is believed to have occurred after a physical altercation between rival gangs. Governor Abbott said he is deploying the state’s Department of Public Safety to target the five gangs that operate in the city, and that six additional state trooper units will also work with city authorities to target the gangs.

At least 11 mass shootings occurred nationwide during Labor Day weekend, killing at least 15 people, according to Gun Violence Archive. Mass shootings occurred in cities including Saint Paul, Minnesota, Charleston, South Carolina, Chicago, Philadelphia and Cleveland. The weekend’s deadliest mass shooting occurred in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where three people died and two others were injured. Another mass shooting killed two people and injured three in Philadelphia. At least nine people were killed and an additional nineteen were injured by gunfire in Philadelphia overall during the weekend, according to Metro Philadelphia. Forty-six people were shot and seven wounded during the weekend overall in Chicago.

Even before he and his brother allegedly stabbed 28 people a week ago Sunday in Saskatchewan, Myles Sanderson’s criminal record contained a history of violence. He began drinking and smoking marijuana at the age of 12 (he would soon graduate to cocaine). In 2017, he barged into an ex-girlfriend’s home, punched a hole in the door of a bathroom where his two kids were hiding in the tub, and threw a cement block at a vehicle parked outside. On Wednesday afternoon, police caught up with Sanderson near the town of Rosthern, Saskatchewan. He reportedly surrendered after officers rammed his vehicle. Sanderson, 32, told parole officials that substance abuse made him out of his mind in the past. Many of his past crimes happened while he was intoxicated. But court records also show that his childhood was marked by violence and neglect.

Authorities said a man who drove around Memphis, Tennessee, shooting at people, killing four, during an hours long rampage that forced frightened people to shelter in place Wednesday has been arrested. The Memphis Police Department identified the suspect as Ezekiel Kelly, 19, after receiving reports of a person shooting and posting live videos on Facebook. Four people were killed and three others were wounded in seven shootings across Memphis. In April 2021, Kelly was charged with attempted first-degree murder but pled guilty to a downgraded aggravated assault charge. Kelly was sentenced to three years in prison, but was released in March 2022 after serving just 11 months of his sentence.

  • Why are progressives so intent on releasing violent criminals back on the streets?

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

The death toll from a fire at a karaoke parlor in southern Vietnam has risen to 32 and some parts of the building remain inaccessible more than a day later. The fire began late Tuesday and trapped workers and customers inside the multi-story venue in Thuan An city in Binh Duong province. The fire was brought under control quickly but smoldered into the next day. At least one karaoke room and one storage room have not been accessed because the temperature remained too high. Some people were injured from asphyxiation and others suffered broken limbs when they jumped from upper floors to try to escape the fire, reports said. Firefighters using ladders from their trucks managed to rescue others.

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)

Juul has agreed to pay $439 million in a settlement with states over their marketing their e-cigarettes to teens. Under an agreement reached with 34 states and territories, Juul will also have to stop advertising on public transportation, paying influencers or depicting anyone under 35 years old in ads.

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)

Applicants to the incoming freshmen classes at West Point and Annapolis were down sharply this year as the country’s prestigious service academies struggle with the same recruiting crisis hobbling the rest of the U.S. military. The Air Force Academy said it received 8,393 applications for the Class of 2026, compared to 11,599 for the Class of 2025, a 28% decline. The U.S. Naval Academy saw a 20% decrease from 16,265 who had applied for the Class of 2025.

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)

Irish regulators are slapping Instagram with a big fine after an investigation found the social media platform mishandled teenagers’ personal information in violation of strict European Union data privacy rules. Ireland’s Data Protection Commission made a final decision last week to fine the company 405 million euros ($402 million). The penalty is the second-biggest issued under the EU’s stringent privacy rules after Luxembourg’s regulators fined Amazon 746 million euros last year.

  • Instagram parent Meta, which also owns Facebook, said that while it had “engaged fully” with regulators throughout the investigation, “we disagree with how this fine was calculated and intend to appeal it.”

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)

Florida has topped The Heritage Foundation’s inaugural “Education Freedom Report Card,” with the conservative public policy think tank declaring it is the most parent-friendly jurisdiction in the union, followed by Arizona, Idaho and Indiana. New Jersey, New York and the District of Columbia rounded out the bottom of the list. The report card is comprised of four categories—school choice, transparency, regulatory freedom and spending—and utilizes 30 “discrete factors” to determine each state’s score.

Students in Seattle this Monday will miss a fourth day of school as teachers strike over pay and classroom support for students with special needs and learning disabilities. The school district Sunday afternoon announced the cancellation of Monday classes and said negotiations with the union were ongoing. The Seattle Education Association said 95% of its voting members approved the strike. The strike began Wednesday, what was supposed to be the first day of school for the approximately 49,000 students in the district.

A report compiled by Do No Harm, a nonprofit pushing back against the enforcement of woke theology in the medical field, reviewed the admissions process at a number of medical schools and found that they appear to be screening out potential students based on their political views. The authors wrote: A review of the admissions process at 50 of the top-ranked medical schools found that 36 asked applicants their views on, or experience in, DEI efforts (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion). Many were overt in asking applicants if they agreed with certain statements about racial politics and the causes of disparate health outcomes. This focus on identity politics is not limited to elite medical schools. Schools outside the top-ranked tier are also probing for information about candidates’ attitudes toward race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and more.

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

The California State Senate passed a bill that would allow courts in California to take custody of minors from out of state who come to the Golden State seeking gender transition surgeries and cross-sex hormones, even if these actions go against the wishes of the minors’ parents. Legal experts and children’s advocates warn that the measure, which awaits Governor Gavin Newsom’s signature to become law, is almost certainly unconstitutional, would cause severe harm to the health and wellbeing of children, and would egregiously violate parental custody rights.

A California teacher in the Capistrano school district boasted and posted about a “queer library” in her classroom that was filled with over 100 books – some of which contained sexual imagery, information on orgies, sex parties and BDSM (whatever that is). The teacher at San Juan Hills High School, identified on the school’s website as Danielle Serio, is known as “Flint.” Flint posted repeatedly on TikTok about books in the “queer library” and said it was available to students and has been active for five years.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that Washington’s conversion therapy ban for LGBT minors is constitutional, rejecting Christian therapist Brian Tingley’s claims that the ban violated his free speech rights to counsel patients with unwanted same-sex attraction. Circuit Judge Ronald Gould authored the panel opinion, stating that the law “does not violate the First or Fourteenth Amendments” because the state has the power to regulate medical practices.

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.

Nightingale-Bamford School, an all-female preparatory school in Manhattan, New York, is recommending books on transgenderism for kindergartners on its school library website. The recommended reading for parents and their students include picture books such as “When Aidan Became A Brother,” a story about a biological girl believing she is a boy as her new sibling is born. The school also recommended “Julian Is A Mermaid” by Jessica Love, about a boy, Julian, who wants to be like the women he saw dressed up as mermaids and eventually reveals his change in gender identity to his grandmother, who helps him transition.

  • Whether you call it ‘grooming’ or ‘indoctrination,’ it is an abomination to subject very young children to sexualized themes of any kind, let alone gender dysphoria.

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

Homeland Security failed to fully vet some of the Afghan evacuees whom it brought into the U.S. during last year’s airlift, the department’s inspector general said in a new audit Tuesday that warned some people who pose “a risk to national security” may have been let in. One evacuee was cleared to reach the U.S. despite having been just liberated from prison by the Taliban. Another reached the U.S. and was released, only to have the FBI conclude three months later that the evacuee “posed national security concerns.” The evacuation was so hastily constructed that the department didn’t have formal policies on how to vet the Afghans, and screening decisions were made “on an ad hoc basis,” the audit said.

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)

Homeland Security on Thursday announced it has adopted a new lenient policy on legal immigrants’ use of welfare, tossing a Trump-era green-card policy that would have been far stricter. Under the new system, known as the “public charge” rule, immigrants will only be penalized for potential welfare use if the government believes they will eventually become “primarily dependent” on government payments. Living in government housing, using Medicaid for health coverage or accepting food stamps wouldn’t count against an immigrant. Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said the new rule will deliver “fair and humane treatment of legal immigrants.”

The number of migrant encounters at the southern border has smashed through the two million mark this fiscal year, breaching the already-historic 1.7 million encounters last year – but those numbers by themselves do not state how have been released into the U.S., or account for hundreds of thousands of others who have slipped past Border Patrol.

  • Vice President Kamala Harris twice declared the U.S. southern border is “secure” during an interview Sunday, despite the tens of thousands of illegal immigrants who routinely cross into the country every month.

The mayor of the city of Washington D.C. has declared a public emergency over the influx of illegal immigrants into the nation’s capital. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the emergency on Sept. 8. The city has received some 9,400 illegal aliens from the states of Texas and Arizona, according to her office. The declaration enables the mayor to establish a new office, the Office of Migrant Services, specifically to help the illegal immigrants arriving from the border states. The office will receive an initial $10 million to establish the office, which will help nonprofits and others greet, house, and feed the illegal aliens. The city hopes to either use federal funding or be reimbursed for the spending.

A group of over 100 migrants bused up from the southern border were moved to an Illinois suburb after being welcomed in Chicago – an action that is reportedly frustrating local officials. The migrants are staying at a Hampton Inn in Burr Ridge and a Holiday Inn in Countryside. An estimated 300 migrants have been bused from Texas to Chicago in the past two weeks.  While Chicago is a sanctuary city and Cook County is a sanctuary county, the migrants at the Burr Ridge Hampton Inn are in DuPage County. The county’s sanctuary status is unclear. However, Burr Ridge Republican Mayor Garry Grasso previously said he would work to secure the border and “defund sanctuary cities.”

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 United Kingdom on Thursday confirmed plans to subsidize energy bills for households and businesses, joining other European governments in a costly race to protect their economies from freezing up this winter as Russia cuts off supplies of gas. The UK plan could cost as much as $172 billion, analysts said. Add that to recent similar announcements by Germany, Austria and other EU governments, and the region’s bill for drawing the sting of rising prices is already more than $500 billion.

Newly elected U.K. Prime Minister Liz Truss ended England’s ban on fracking Thursday, opening the door to domestic shale gas production amid a European energy crisis. The return of fracking is just one piece of a larger energy and economy plan Truss is pursuing in her first weeks since gaining office. Her administration also announced a national freeze on household energy prices, a plan that will cost the government tens of billions. Under Truss’s plan, household energy costs will be limited to $2,900 per year after ballooning to $4,100 in 2022. The U.K. originally banned fracking in 2019 but could restart domestic production as early as March 2023.

A group of West Virginia coal miners rescued a couple after their electric vehicle died, pushing the car to a charging station at the coal mine. “It was pretty ironic… to be plugged into a coal mine,” State Sen. Smith said. The couple was headed to a weekend getaway when their electric vehicle ran out of power in an area known for traffic from 18-wheelers. “That’s just not a good place to be, so we had to figure out a way to get them out,” miner Daniel House said. The group did not talk politics with the couple, but gave them a “Friends of coal” license plate souvenir, so they would not forget the memorable rescue mission. 

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)

More than one-third of U.S. families working full-time, year-round do not earn enough to cover a basic family budget, said a report from Brandeis University’s diversitydatakids.org program at the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy. It’s even worse for Black and Hispanic families. More than half cannot afford basic needs, according to the report.

Homelessness: Then a certain scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” (Matthew 8:19-20)

Portland residents are outraged, blaming far-left politicians for the homeless crisis and crime surge fueling an exodus from the city. The Fields Bar & Grill owner Jim Rice said small businesses in the area have taken a particularly significant hit battling the crises. “Our business has been burglarized five times in the last year,” he said. “U.S. Outdoor, which is only maybe about six blocks from us, they have been burglarized 17 times. They finally had to close their doors because they just could not afford being burglarized as many times as they are.” Total crime has spiked nearly 25% according to the Portland Police Department. Motor vehicle theft has increased by 51%, burglary by 19% and robbery by 42%.

Overrun with homeless camps, many sidewalks in Portland, Oregon, have become impassible for disabled people, charges a class action lawsuit. The city, states the complaint filed in federal court, is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act, which bars discrimination based on disability and requires accessible sidewalks. The 10 plaintiffs, who use wheelchairs, walkers or canes, explain that the tents on sidewalks prevent people prevent them from passing without difficulty. They want a judge to order the to clear the sidewalks and provide shelters for the displace homeless people.

Residents of Seattle’s Chinatown are fighting back against city officials over their plan to build a homeless megaplex in the center of their neighborhood. The King County Department of Community and Human Services is planning to spend $66.5 million to construct a 24/7 homeless shelter that will house more than 500 people, according to the King County press release. Thousands of Chinatown residents attended a rally Thursday to protest the construction of the homeless shelter.

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)

Americans in 2021 paid more in taxes than they did on food, shelter and healthcare combined. according to Table R-1 in the BLS’ Consumer Expenditure Survey, American “consumer units” spent an average of $15,495.28 on food, clothing and health care combined, while paying an average of $16,729.73 in total taxes to federal, state and local governments. “A consumer unit,” the BLS says in the glossary for its Consumer Expenditure Survey, “comprises either (1) all members of a particular household who are related by blood, marriage, adoption or other legal arrangements; (2) persons living alone or sharing a household with others or living as a roomer in a private home or lodging house or in a permanent living quarters in a hotel or motel, but who is financially independent; or (3) two or more person living together who use their income to make joint expenditure decisions.”

President Joe Biden’s plan to forgive federal student loans raised a new question: Will recipients have to pay taxes on the amount forgiven? Although the plan is exempt from federal taxes, some states could levy taxes on those borrowers who take advantage of the forgiveness plan. Arkansas, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina and Wisconsin are among the states where borrowers seeking loan forgiveness may have to consider a higher tax bill.

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)

Hundreds of thousands of women are streaming back to the workforce after leaving during the pandemic. In August, the share of women age 25 to 54 working or looking for jobs jumped to 77.2% from 76.4% the prior month, topping its pre-COVID mark of 76.9% for the first time since the health crisis began in early 2020, the Labor Department’s latest jobs report shows. That’s nearly half a million women in that age bracket who joined the labor force last month, the most since June 2020.

Advanced Energy Economy, a trade association headquartered in Washington, estimates the creation of 23 million full- or part-time jobs in green technologies stemming from this summer’s passage of the Inflation Reduction Act and last year’s infrastructure bill. A recent Department of Energy labor report found energy sector job growth is already outpacing the overall U.S. average, with huge gains in technologies like electric vehicles and solar outpacing losses in oil and gas. Whether the U.S. will be able to fill those positions is an open question. The Inflation Reduction Act provides billions of dollars to build and retrofit U.S. homes with highly efficient, next-generation cooking and HVAC equipment, like heat pumps and induction stoves. But the deployment will hinge on the availability and training of home contractors in the new technologies.

Many blue-collar workforces are turning gray. The average age of electricians, home contractors, and other hands-on professionals is ticking up as workers retire faster than young people replace them. The Interstate Renewable Energy Council predicts a severe job crisis as exponential job growth in fields like solar takes place over the next decade with not nearly enough workers available. The new clean-energy jobs will also require specialized training. “Do we have workforce to get this done? No, we don’t right now,” warned Gretchen Cantali, director of advanced program and apprenticeship development for the Home Builders Institute.

United Parcel Service said Wednesday it plans to hire more than 100,000 extra workers to help handle an increase in packages during the critical holiday season. UPS said the openings will be for full- and part-time seasonal positions, and they are primarily package handlers, drivers and driver helpers. Holiday-season volumes usually start rising in October and remain high into January. The hiring plans come as online shopping has slowed after a pandemic-induced surge, but the online market is still well above pre-pandemic levels.

Personal Finances: Those who trust in their riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf. (Proverbs 11:28) Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death. (Proverbs 11:4)

If you haven’t used that credit to go shopping or get a meal, you aren’t alone. A new survey from CreditCards.com found nearly half (47%) of Americans have one unused gift card, voucher or store credit, totaling $21 billion nationwide. On average, a person has $175 in unspent gift cards, vouchers and store credit, a $61 jump from 2021. The survey results also showed younger people are letting the credit go to waste more: 52% of millennials and 51% of Gen Z have at least one unused gift card around. On average, millennials have $226 in credit, and Gen Zers have $149.

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

California legislators signed a nation-leading measure giving more than a half-million fast food workers more power and protections, despite the objections of restaurant owners who warned it would drive up consumers’ costs. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the law on Monday, creating a 10-member Fast Food Council with equal numbers of workers’ delegates and employers’ representatives, along with two state officials, empowered to set minimum standards for wages, hours and working conditions in California. The law caps minimum wage increases for fast food workers at chains with more than 100 restaurants at $22 an hour next year, compared to the statewide minimum of $15.50 an hour.

  • Restaurant owners moved Wednesday to at least temporarily block a nation-leading new California law giving more power to fast food workers. The owners want the state’s voters to ultimately decide the law’s fate. A coalition calling itself Protect Neighborhood Restaurants filed a referendum request with the state attorney general. If they get enough signatures, the law that Gov. Gavin Newsom signed on Monday, Labor Day, wouldn’t take effect unless it’s supported by a majority of voters.

More than 6 in 10 small businesses are not hiring because they cannot take on the additional costs, according to a new survey, up 18 percentage points from July. Alignable, a network for small businesses, said 63% of surveyed businesses are unwilling to hire and 10% of that share is laying off people. Alignable dubbed it a “quite significant” change that is also impacting Canada, where 59% of businesses say they cannot hire and 4% are doing layoffs.

Cineworld Group — the world’s second largest movie theater chain and owner of Regal Cinemas — said Wednesday that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The British company, which owns more than 500 movie theaters across the United States, said that it commenced Chapter 11 proceedings in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas to shed company debt. It also expects the action will “strengthen its balance sheet and provide the financial strength and flexibility to accelerate, and capitalize on, Cineworld’s strategy in the cinema industry.” Cineworld also said in the filing that it “expects to operate its global business and cinemas as usual throughout this process.”

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 number of first-time claims for unemployment benefits fell by 6,000 to 222,000 for the week ended September 3, according to Department of Labor data released Thursday. Continuing jobless claims for the week ended September 3 increased by 36,000 to 1.47 million, the highest level in nearly five months, according to the Labor Department. The nation’s labor market has remained strong despite slumps in other areas of the economy, but has shown hints of deceleration. Following a blowout monthly job gain of 526,000 in July, a more moderate 315,000 jobs were added in August, representing the second-lowest monthly total in 16 months.

The U.S. dollar can’t be stopped. Fueled by the Federal Reserve’s aggressive tightening policy, the value of the greenback is appreciating to multi-decade highs and squashing currencies around the world. Normally, it’s emerging-market countries that shoulder the burden of a strong dollar. But atypically, the dollar is currently appreciating more against the currencies of rich economies than it is against those of emerging markets. The Euro is at a 20-year low against the dollar, and the British pound is at its lowest level against since 1985.

Mortgage rates reached their highest level since 2008, inching closer to 6% this week, as it became clearer to investors that aggressive rate hikes from the Federal Reserve would continue. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 5.89% in the week ending September 8, up from 5.66% the week before, according to Freddie Mac. That is significantly higher than this time last year when it was 2.88%.

Climbing mortgage rates have been dampening the red-hot pandemic housing market for a few months now. Sellers are slashing prices while buyers are sitting on the sidelines, home sales are falling through, contingencies are back, and bidding wars have become more of an exception than the rule. The most recent evidence of a cooling housing market comes in the form of mortgage loan applications: they were down 23% the week ending September 2 than the same week a year ago, according to the Mortgage Brokers Association.

Prices for manufactured goods are starting to moderate. Unfortunately, inflation could stay high because the cost of services is still climbing. Housing and medical services are among those that will keep inflation higher, forcing the Fed to keep bumping up interest rates to slow them down. And that could mean consumers end up paying more.

International Economy:

The European Central Bank hiked interest rates by a record three-quarters of a percentage point on Thursday and promised more to come as it scrambles to contain the inflationary fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the ensuing energy crisis. The move will take the benchmark rate for the 19 countries using the euro to 0.75%. It follows the central bank’s first hike since 2011 in July, when rates were increased to zero after years in negative territory. Eurozone inflation hit 9.1% in August, driven by the soaring cost of energy and rising food prices.

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

Israeli police have been called to investigate after suspected Christian extremists posted a call Saturday directly on the site of a religious freedom group for assassins to kill its members, with a bonus for its Jewish leader. “$5,000 will be payed [sic] to anyone who beh3ads [sic] an MRFF member. A thousand more if they are a kike,” said the threatening message found in the Comments section of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) website. The founder and head of MRFF is Mikey Weinstein, who is Jewish. According to the foundation’s website, both he and his group have been targeted often by “white Christian nationalists,” with death threats having “escalated over the summer.”

In recent years, antisemitism in the U.S. educational system has been primarily associated with the demonization of Israel at institutions of higher education. Now, efforts to delegitimize the Jewish state are now moving from higher education to K-12 public schools. Attempts to falsely label Israel an “apartheid state” and promote similar forms of defamation are being aided and abetted by teachers unions including the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association.. Last year, California became the first state to pass a law mandating that public-school students must complete an ethnic studies course before receiving a high school diploma. The Wall Street Journal reported that embedded in the Consortium’s materials are references to Israel as a “colonial settler state” founded “through genocide.”

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

A Palestinian terrorist armed with a submachine gun and two bombs was arrested by officers in the Arab-Jewish coastal city of Jaffa on Thursday, on his way to committing a major terror attack in Tel Aviv, police said. The 19-year-old resident of Nablus, who crossed the green line illegally, aroused the suspicion of officers from the Yassam special forces unit near Jaffa’s clock tower who then arrested him. He was carrying two pipe bombs filled with nails, police said, as well as a Palestinian manufactured ‘Carlo’ submachine gun, a weapon of choice for terrorists from Judea and Samaria, since they are untraceable.

On Wednesday, a Palestinian terrorist identified as Yunis Ghassan al-Tayeh tossed an explosive device at Israeli troops in the town of Tubas in Samaria. Israeli security forces have launched a massive campaign called Operation Wave Breaker to stop terrorists like al-Tayeh, who are incited by groups like Hamas and Islamic Jihad, which receive their funding and marching orders from Iran. IDF soldiers fired on the group with whom the terrorist was operating, eliminating him before he could continue his attack.

The talk about an imminent revival of the nuclear deal between Iran and the Biden administration and other Western countries not only worries Israel, but it has also raised serious concerns among many Arabs nations. They state that they are especially worried about the billions of dollars that Iran’s mullahs will receive once the deal is done. The Arabs say they have no doubt that the money would be used by the mullahs to promote more terrorism and violence and expand Tehran’s terrorist proxies in the Middle East, including Hezbollah, the Houthis, Hamas and Islamic Jihad, and various militias in Iraq. Iran has already been sponsoring attacks against Saudi Arabia from Yemen.

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

Ukraine took several more northeastern villages Monday as the invaded nation’s counteroffensive gained momentum, forcing Moscow to withdraw overwhelmed troops from the region. The Ukrainian Armed Forces have retaken over 2,500 sq. km of Russian-occupied Ukraine, right up to Russia’s border. And they have done this by punching a hole through thinly guarded Russian front lines east of Kharkiv, and severing the Russian lines of logistics, forcing the withdrawal of large contingents of Russian soldiers from multiple locations, but most importantly Izyum and Kupyansk. Ukraine’s offensive has surprisingly come with no opposition, advancing fifty miles in two days toward Kupiansk, which the Russians have apparently abandoned. As Ukraine forces retook Izium Saturday, Russia announced that they’re leaving the Kharkiv area “temporarily. “Russia attacked power stations and other infrastructure Sunday with mortar and rockets, causing widespread outages across Ukraine

Deputies from 18 municipal districts in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kolpino have called for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s resignation, according to a petition with a list of signatures posted on Twitter on Monday.     “We, the municipal deputies of Russia, believe that the actions of its president Vladimir Putin are detrimental to Russia’s and its citizens’ future. We demand Vladimir Putin’s resignation from the post of the President of the Russian Federation,” said the petition

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken made an unscheduled visit to Kyiv, Ukraine, last Thursday as the Biden administration announced major new military aid worth more than $2 billion for Ukraine and other European countries threatened by Russia. Blinken said the Biden administration had notified Congress of its intent to provide $2 billion in long-term Foreign Military Financing to Ukraine and 18 of its neighbors, including NATO members and regional security partners, that are “most potentially at risk for future Russian aggression.” Pending expected congressional approval, about $1 billion of that will go to Ukraine and the rest will be divided among eighteen other countries.

The Russian-held Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine has halted operations as a safety measure, according to a Sunday statement from Energoatom, the state agency in charge of the plant. The plant is “completely stopped” after Energoatom disconnected the number 6 power unit from the grid at around 3:40 a.m., the statement read. “Preparations are underway for its cooling and transfer to a cold state,” the agency said.

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

At least six people were beheaded and an Italian nun killed, three kidnapped, six terrorists captured and dozens of houses torched last Tuesday by Islamic State-linked insurgents in Mozambique’s Nampula province. Speaking in the resort town of Xai north of the capital Maputo, President Filipe Nyusi said the insurgents unleashed a killing spree as they fled from soldiers from Mozambique, Rwanda and the Southern African Development Community sent to tackle the violence. The insurgency is concentrated in Mozambique’s northern province of Cabo Delgado and has claimed thousands of lives since it broke out in 2017, disrupting multibillion-dollar natural gas projects.

Albania on Wednesday pulled the plug on diplomatic relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran over a major cyberattack carried out by Tehran nearly two months ago on Albanian government websites. Albania now joins the United States, Canada, Israel and Morocco in slashing ties with Iran’s regime due to its alleged nefarious activities. “The deep investigation put at our disposal undeniable evidence that the cyberattack against our country was orchestrated and sponsored by the Islamic Republic of Iran which had involved four groups for the attack on Albania,” said Albania’s Prime Minister Edi Rama said. Albania’s decision to kick Iranian diplomats out of the southeastern European country comes amid continuing efforts by the Biden administration to reward Tehran with as much as $275 billion in economic benefits as part of a new Iran nuclear deal. 

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 United Nations said Monday it will likely declare famine in the Southern Bay region of Somalia. UN humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths told reporters that he was shocked during a recent visit at the sight of starving babies too weak to cry. Over 850,000 people reside in areas affected by a historic drought, and more than 1 million have been driven from their homes to stagger through the desert in search of assistance, often burying family members along the way. The Horn of Africa has witnessed four straight failed rainy seasons—a phenomenon unseen in over half a century.

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)

Environmental groups lambasted Democrats’ side deal to green-light a West Virginia natural gas pipeline, saying such a provision would be a “betrayal.” The groups argued that the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP), a 304-mile West Virginia-to-Virginia natural gas pipeline that is under construction, would mark a setback for federal environmental and endangered species protections. The $6.6 billion pipeline is mostly completed, but has faced a series of permitting setbacks from federal agencies and courts. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., agreed to support the Inflation Reduction Act, the $739 billion climate and tax package President Biden signed last month, in exchange for Democratic leadership’s support of a permitting reform deal that would make it easier to approve energy projects including fossil fuel pipelines. Under the deal, which is expected to be included in the upcoming government funding bill, the MVP pipeline would be given broad federal approval.

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)

At least seven deaths have been reported after a massive earthquake struck Papua New Guinea in the Southwest Pacific. The magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck at 9:45 a.m. local time Sunday about 50 miles northwest of the city of Lae at a depth of about 38 miles, according to the United States Geological Survey. It was felt around the country, including in the national capital Port Moresby, where moderate to severe shaking was felt for over a minute. Reports on social media also showed falling structures, lots of debris and damage to hospitals, homes, roads and highways. A second earthquake with a magnitude of 5.0 happened at 10:42 a.m. local time Sunday, about 45 miles northwest of the epicenter of the previous quake.

An earthquake rattled parts of southwest China last Monday, leaving more than 45 dead and dozens of others missing or injured. It was a 6.6-magnitude earthquake in China’s Sichuan province. Rescuers used ropes to carefully evacuate residents of a landslide-hit area after the earthquake caused extensive damage across the region.

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)

Across the American West, including the states of Idaho and Montana, dozens of large fires are burning. Many of the fires are fueled by the recent heat wave that plagued many parts of the west. There are 14 large (over 100 cares) fires currently burning in Washington, 11 in Oregon, 35 more in Idaho and 21 in Montana. In addition, there are 12 large fires in California. The largest fires are the Double Creek Fire in Oregon, (154,380 acres), the Moose Fire in Idaho (126,252 acres), the Mosquito Fire in Northern California (46,587 acres), the Lightning Complex also in Northern California (41,540 acres) and the Fairview Fire in Southern California (28,307 acres).

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

Olive oil producers in Spain have been hit hard by a prolonged heat wave and extreme drought. Kyle Holland, a pricing analyst for oilseeds and grains at Mintec, a commodities data company, expects a “dramatic reduction” of between 33% and 38% in Spain’s olive oil harvest that begins in October. In July, temperatures broke records, hitting over 104 degrees Fahrenheit across parts of France, Spain, Italy and Portugal. By early August, sweltering heat and a lack of rainfall had pushed almost two-thirds of land in the European Union into drought conditions, according to the European Drought Observatory.

As a historic heat wave hit the U.S. West, it shattered numerous temperature records and strained California’s electricity grid, Thousands of people were left without power last Wednesday. Sacramento hit 116 degrees Tuesday, the hottest day on record for the state capital, according to the National Weather Service. Records were also broken all over the Bay Area, with some cities shattering previous daily records by more than 10 degrees. The heat wave will be the hottest and longest on record for California for September. California residents have for days been urged to set thermostats to 78 degrees or higher – despite the heat – as well as avoid using major appliances, and turn off all unnecessary lights between the hours of 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. Pacific Gas & Electric, the nation’s largest utility, has notified about 525,000 customers to prepare for potential rotating outages.

Typhoon Hinnamnor killed at least six people and dumped 3 feet of rain on part of South Korea on Tuesday before heading back out to sea. It made landfall near the port of Busan. About 89,000 residents lost power, but it was restored for most people within hours. The death toll could have been much higher, officials said, but communities were warned early and schools were closed. At least five people remained missing Tuesday. Emergency personnel tried to get to the worst hit areas in armored vehicles. They waded through thigh-high water into basements with ropes tied to them where people were trapped. Flash floods triggered landslides that took down power lines.

A huge melt event occurred on Greenland’s ice sheet last weekend, when temperatures rose above freezing, even at an elevation near 10,000 feet. At the same time, warmer water temperatures – as much as 9 degrees above normal in parts of the northern Atlantic Ocean – helped fuel creation of Hurricane Danielle much farther north than typical. Within just two months, a mountain pass at Les Diablerets in western Switzerland, ice-covered for several thousand years, became ice-free.

Signs of the Times Update: September 5, 2022

September 5, 2022

 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. He will not always strive with us, nor will He keep His anger forever. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. (Psalm 103:8-12)

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

The city of Louisville, Ky., cannot force a photographer to work at a same-sex wedding under a federal court ruling Tuesday that sided with a Christian businesswoman in her lawsuit opposing the application of a new ordinance. Chelsey Nelson sued Louisville in 2019 and claimed its Fairness Ordinance – which bans discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity – would require her to photograph same-sex weddings, violating her First Amendment rights. On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Benjamin Beaton sided with Nelson, who owns a studio, Chelsey Nelson Photography.

A retired Kansas teacher won $95,000 in a lawsuit against the Geary County school district after administrators attempted to force her to deceive parents about their student’s gender identity. Pamela Ricard, 58, argued that school administrators in Kansas had demanded that she use students’ preferred gender pronouns in classrooms, but avoid using those terms when speaking to parents. Ricard sued, arguing such deception was against her Christian beliefs. The district agreed to settle on Wednesday, and Ricard and her attorneys at the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) withdrew the lawsuit. “No school district should ever force teachers to willfully deceive parents or engage in any speech that violates their deeply held religious beliefs,” ADF Senior Counsel Tyson Langhofer said in a statement.

A posh college, Oberlin, has been found guilty over its years-long war against the innocent owners of a nearby grocery store, for which officials at the institution now are being required to pay some $36 million in damages. The fight was over a false claim of racism that the school orchestrated against the grocery owners who caught three black students shoplifting. There was nothing racist about the grocery’s actions, as the students pleaded guilty. But the school created the false narrative of racism against the store, and stuck with it even after a jury award the family store owners millions in damages. To this day, they refuse to admit guilt.

Three days before the first day of school in Columbus, Ohio, the teachers’ union went on strike, leaving 47,000 students with nowhere to go. School board officials promised that schooling would move forward “online,” but on what was supposed to be the first day, the website suffered hours-long outages. It was chaos. But not for a new charter school. Westside Christian School opened its door to serve kindergarteners through second graders this year, using Sunday school classrooms and the gym inside a local Baptist church. Thanks to funding from donors and Ohio’s school voucher program, which allows kids who live in failing school districts to use their tax dollars for private schooling, students can attend Westside Christian School without paying tuition.

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)

At least a third of senior pastors in the United States believe one can earn a place in Heaven by simply being a good person, according to a nationwide survey. The findings were among several surprising responses as part of a survey conducted earlier this year by the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University. The American Worldview Inventory 2022 examined more than three dozen beliefs held by pastors. Researchers found that in addition to believing that people can merit salvation based solely on their good works, one-third or more of senior pastors surveyed also believe the Holy Spirit is not a person but rather “a symbol of God’s power.” Others said that moral truth is subjective; sexual relations between two unmarried people who love each other is “morally acceptable” and biblical teaching on abortion is “ambiguous.” The survey found that a “loss of biblical belief is prevalent among pastors in all denominational groupings.”

  • At least a third of those surveyed also said they believe “socialism is preferable to capitalism and that allowing property ownership facilitates economic injustice,” which researchers say could point to the “increase of cultural and political influence into the church.

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)

In a shocking and first-of-its-kind reading of a more than 30-year-old disability law, a federal judge ruled that the distress that results from a person feeling that he or she is the wrong sex is a disability that must be accommodated under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including employment, education, transportation, and in places that are open to the general public. If the opinion is left to stand, it would open the door for those who consider themselves transgender and feel clinically distressed to receive public accommodations in bathrooms, locker rooms, prisons, same-sex housing, and more, stated Breaking Christian News.

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

President Biden used the words “extreme,” “extremists,” or “extremism” six times; some form of “insurrection” three times; the acronym “MAGA” (usually “MAGA Republicans” or “MAGA forces”) 13 times; and he called out Donald Trump by name three times during his primetime address to the nation from Philadelphia’s Independence Hall Thursday night, according to a transcript of the speech by the New York Times. That about sums up the main theme of his address: a plea for Americans to reject Trumpism and fight to save American democracy. The “Divider-in-Chief cast Trump supporters as extremists and a violent threat to democracy, even stronger than Hillary Clinton’s ‘deplorables’ depiction. A few days prior to the divisive speech, Biden characterized MAGA as semi-fascism.

  • The nation’s top TV networks declined to air President Biden‘s Thursday address to the nation, deeming it too political ahead of the midterms. During Mr. Biden‘s primetime speech on restoring democratic norms, NBC and CBS aired reruns of “Law & Order” and “Young Sheldon,” respectively, while ABC ran its “Press Your Luck” game show. Fox News Channel, meanwhile, opted to stick with its regularly slotted opinion show hosted by Tucker Carlson.

The acting head of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has said that the agency is not against former President Donald Trump. “Our fundamental interest is always in ensuring that government records are properly managed, preserved, and protected to ensure access to them for the life of the Republic,” said Debra Wall, the acting archivist. “For the past 30-plus years as a NARA career civil servant, I have been proud to work for a uniquely and fiercely non-political government agency, known for its integrity and its position as an ‘honest broker,’” she said.

  • A judge on Monday granted Trump’s request for a ‘special master’ to review the documents that the FBI collected in their raid on Mar-a-Lago. U.S. District Judge Aileen M. Cannon said the extraordinary criminal probe into former president Trump’s handling of classified documents supported the appointment of an impartial outside expert to review items for attorney-client or executive privilege. Cannon said the government for now cannot use the material seized by the FBI on Aug. 8 for its investigation, but it can continue assessing any potential breaches of national security.
  • Federal Judge Aileen Cannon ordered the DOJ to unseal a more detailed property receipt during a hearing on Thursday. The first property receipt released shortly after the Mar-a-Lago raid only mentioned nondescript items. Receipts now show that the FBI seized over 50 empty folders marked “CLASSIFIED” during last month’s raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.

International Politics

Chileans decisively voted down a new constitution Sunday that would have instituted a host of left-wing reforms. Citizens opposed the new constitution by a 62%-38% margin, according to official returns. It would have replaced the constitution that was originally put in place during the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet in 1981. The vote stymies a major initiative of leftist millennial President Gabriel Boric, who was elected in December and took office in March. As president, I receive this message with a lot of humility,” Mr. Boric said in a televised address Sunday night.

Liz Truss will be the next prime minister of the United Kingdom after winning most votes in the Conservative Party leadership contest, succeeding Boris Johnson who resigned in July after a series of scandals. Truss defeated rival Rishi Sunak with 81,326 votes to 60,399 among party members and will take over as leader on Tuesday, as Britons face mounting economic and social crisis. She pledged action to tackle the crisis in a short victory speech at a conference center in London on Monday. Without offering details, Truss promised a “bold plan” to cut taxes and build economic growth, and “deliver on the energy crisis, dealing with people’s energy bills but also dealing with the long-term issues we have on energy supply.”

  • It’s so easy and ridiculous for politicians of all stripes to make these kinds of bold promises and then fail to deliver without a subsequent apology for lying to us once again.

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)

Police forces across the country track cell phone data without warrants, according to a Thursday report from the Associated Press that examined public records and internal emails. A product from the Virginia-based company Fog Data Science was used by law enforcement to track 250 million devices to create what police call “patterns of life.” The product, called Fog Reveal, tracks devices through their advertising identification numbers taken from apps like Waze and Starbucks, which are used for targeted ads. Critics of the tracking program point to the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment, which guarantees “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.” On the other hand, a prosecutor said the product has also been used to find missing children and in other situations when lives are in danger. 

  • There are always ‘good’ reasons for government to abrogate free speech, freedom of religion, free enterprise, freedom from unwarranted searches and the like.

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

More than 50 officials in President Joe Biden’s administration across a dozen agencies have been involved with efforts to pressure Big Tech companies to crack down on alleged misinformation, according to documents released on Aug. 31. The documents were part of a preliminary production in a lawsuit levied against the government by the attorneys general of Missouri and Louisiana, later joined by experts maligned by federal officials. `Senior officials in the U.S. government, including White House lawyer Dana Remus, deputy assistant to the president Rob Flaherty, and onetime White House senior COVID-19 adviser Andy Slavitt, have been in touch with one or more major social media companies to try to get the companies to tighten rules on allegedly false and misleading information on COVID-19, and take action against users who violate the rules, the documents show.

  • Much of the so-called ‘misleading information’ turned out to be correct. Such is the problem when socialistic government squelches free speech.

After Twitter showed Donald Trump the door, he went on to found his own platform, Truth Social. You can download it for Apple but not for Android, Google’s phone operating system. Google told Truth Social that the app violated Alphabet’s policies, specifically lax moderation. Google is reportedly concerned about threats of and incitements to violence. Approximately 44% of people with smartphones are Android users and are prevented from accessing the app.

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)

From brazen broad daylight attacks caught on surveillance and cell phone cameras to houses of worship being vandalized with antisemitic tropes, hates crimes against Jews have hit record highs in New York City, prompting many to question their safety every time they leave their home. After two Jewish men were doused with a fire extinguisher, with one of them being further assaulted, while walking in a Williamsburg, Brooklyn, neighborhood and another Jewish man was attacked in an unrelated incident last week, NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell visited the predominantly Jewish community to announce that arrests had been made in both incidents and to assure residents of their safety despite the swell of antisemitic attacks in the area.

There are currently more documented cases of Christian martyrs in Nigeria than all other nations combined, and it is growing at an alarming rate. It is now estimated that a Christian in Nigeria is killed every two hours, reports RevelationMedia. Just a few months ago the U.S. government removed Nigeria from a religious liberty watch list, giving them a “clean pass” on their religious freedoms! This has effectively sent a message to the Nigerian government that they do not have to do anything to protect Christians in their country! And they, in fact, are doing very little. “The more the world turns a blind eye, the more our brothers and sisters in Nigeria will suffer and face death at the hands of radical Muslims,” says RevelationMedia.

A United Nations report late Wednesday accused China of baseless detentions, inhumane treatment of prisoners, rape, and torture. China’s actions against Uyghurs and other mostly Muslim ethnic groups “may constitute international crimes, in particular crimes against humanity,” according to the report. The report stopped short of saying China is committing genocide, though the United States and other countries have accused China of trying to eradicate the Uyghurs. There are about 12 million Uyghurs, mostly Muslim, living in Xinjiang, which is officially known as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. The Uyghurs speak their own language, which is similar to Turkish, and see themselves as culturally and ethnically close to Central Asian nations. They make up less than half of the Xinjiang population.

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

A scandal-plagued abortion chain plans to shut its facilities in the Dayton area and Indianapolis unless there is a last-minute block on pro-life laws in Ohio and Indiana. Women’s Medical Center in Dayton has a history of emergencies and only received a license to commit abortions after legal challenges and the hiring of new backup doctors to meet the requirement of a state law. The center lost its license due to frequent health and safety violations. It was operated by Martin Haskell, an abortionist who helped pioneer gruesome partial-birth abortions.

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

In 2016, Canada legalized euthanasia through the euphemistically titled Medical Aid in Dying (or MAiD). Since passing, the number of Canadians who support the practice has risen slightly from 75 percent to 80 percent. The response from communities representing those with disabilities, however, has remained consistently opposed. Just last year, over 10,000 lives were legally taken, an increase of a third from the year before. Patients can request aid in dying without informing family members and for any reason, including, beginning in 2023, mental health issues and not just physical suffering. Doctors, as well as nurse practitioners, can raise the topic of euthanasia with any patient and are not required to first exhaust all other treatment options. Though the government keeps track of yearly deaths by euthanasia, it does not have a commission to review troubling cases, a practice used by other permissive nations like Belgium and the Netherlands.

  • Next year, euthanasia will likely be extended to so-called “mature” minors. At a time when so many efforts are being made toward suicide prevention among teenagers, they will be taught that death is an acceptable way out of mental anguish.

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 daily cases of Covid-19 in the U.S. continued to decline, down 8% over the past two weeks. Hospitalizations are down 10% but deaths increased by 7%. With home testing not included in these recorded numbers, it’s impossible to draw and specific conclusions, but the increase in deaths posits substantially more cases than recorded. Sixteen states show increased number of cases, led by Georgia at +40%. The remaining 34 states show declines, with Wyoming showing the greatest decrease at -39%

Emerging statistics on excess mortality rates paint an alarming picture. Far more people died in 2021, after the rollout of the COVID shots, and in 2022, than during the height of the COVID pandemic in 2020, reports the Epoch Times.   “In the U.S., we lost 349,000 younger Americans to something besides COVID and non-natural death between April 3, 2021 and August 13, 2022, and that’s not counting the tens of thousands of death records that the CDC has inexplicably deleted.” Millennials, aged 25 to 44, had an 84% increase in excess deaths. All of which occurred after the vaccines were rolled out.

The National Institutes of Health announced it was finally cutting off a subaward to the Wuhan Institute of Virology after it continued to refuse to hand over key information about the coronavirus research it conducted with U.S. tax dollars. But the NIH may continue funding EcoHealth’s controversial bat coronavirus research despite its history of funneling hundreds of thousands of U.S. tax dollars to the Chinese lab. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which has been led by Dr. Anthony Fauci for decades, “will begin to engage with EHA to renegotiate the grant.”

A large study on the impact of using ivermectin as a prophylaxis for COVID-19 found that regular users of the drug experienced up to a 92% reduction in mortality compared to those who did not. Brazilian research scientist Dr. Flavio A. Cadegiani said via Twitter that his study in his home country showed a “dose-response effect,” meaning that “the more you used, the more protection you had.” He observed that people who use ivermectin regularly every 15 days for at least six to eight weeks had up to a 92% reduction in mortality.

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

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

The FDA and the CDC have authorized reformulated coronavirus boosters targeting omicron subvariants, meaning the new shots could be rolled out this week. The changes are the first since the mRNA vaccines debuted in December 2020. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still needs to sign off on the boosters, a step expected by the end of this week. Officials hope the reformulated shots will help ward off a possible surge of coronavirus cases this fall. Regulators said the boosters, which target BA.4 and BA.5, will replace the boosters that had been in circulation since 2021.

COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness for all age groups has been much worse against the Omicron virus variants than earlier strains, particularly the currently dominant subvariants, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data presented on Sept. 1. The patterns show the vaccine effectiveness was “waning substantially,” CDC scientist Ruth Link-Gelles said while presenting the data to the agency’s vaccine advisory panel.

As of Aug. 21, 998 non-serious reports have been entered into the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) for children 4 or younger who received a Pfizer vaccine and children 5 or younger who received a Moderna vaccine, Dr. Tom Shimabukuro said on Sept. 1. Shimabukuro is a researcher with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which runs VAERS with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Most of the adverse event reports have been for outcomes designated non-serious, or events that did not include death, a life-threatening illness, hospitalization or prolongation of hospitalization, permanent disability, congenital anomaly, or birth defect. However, 19 were designated serious, with 9 for children who received a Moderna vaccine and 10 for children who received a Pfizer vaccine.

In a CDC survey of over 13,000 children, more than 55 percent of the subjects between the ages of 6 months and two years had a “systemic reaction” in response to their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, the CDC said on Sept. 1. A systemic reaction is a response beyond the injection site. The CDC said almost 60 percent had a systemic reaction to the second dose of the Moderna vaccine. While the most common systemic reactions were fatigue, fever, irritability, and crying, parents of more than 6 percent of the children in the study said their child was unable to perform normal activities after the second dose of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine.

Last Tuesday, Sweden and Denmark announced that they were halting Moderna COVID vaccinations for those under 30-years-old due to possible side effects. The Swedish health authority Wednesday cited new data on the increased risk of heart inflammation as a reason for the pause for those aged 30 and under. Denmark will stop giving the shot to those younger than 18. The two countries recommended Pfizer Inc.’s and BioNTech SE’s rival vaccine as a replacement. Both vaccinations use messenger RNA technology to prompt an immune reaction.

The British government is recommending against pregnant and breastfeeding women receiving Covid vaccinations because of the rapid development of the vaccine, that is an “absence of reproductive toxicity data,” the National Pulse reported. Therefore, “sufficient reassurance of safe use of the vaccine in pregnant women cannot be provided at the present time.”

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 series of stabbings at an Indigenous community and at another town nearby in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan left 10 people dead and 15 wounded, Canadian police said Sunday as they searched for two suspects. The stabbings took place in multiple locations on the James Smith Cree Nation and in the village of Weldon, northeast of Saskatoon. Rhonda Blackmore, the assistant commissioner of the RCMP Saskatchewan, said some of the victims appear to have been targeted by the suspects but others appear to have been attacked at random. Police don’t yet know a motive.

College students in Norfolk, Virginia, were among seven wounded in a shooting at an off-campus building early Sunday, prompting a nearby hospital to go on lockdown.  Seven people were taken to the hospital, five of whom had non-life-threatening injuries and two who had life-threatening injuries, according to police. 

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)

New York State is rolling out new laws in response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling earlier this year that New York’s regulations on obtaining a concealed carry permit were unconstitutionally restrictive. The new laws took effect Thursday and ban people from carrying firearms at most hospitals, restaurants, transit systems, Times Square, parks, schools, theaters and other areas deemed “sensitive locations.” “The Supreme Court with all this data, with all this knowledge, with a law that was working just fine in our state, decide to take us backwards, possibly opening the door to more tragedies when people can carry guns concealed,” said Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochulsaid, citing data that New York has fewer deaths by firearms per 100,000 population than states with more lax gun laws.

  • A federal judge has refused to halt New York’s new concealed carry law, saying those challenging the gun control legislation passed in July do not have sufficient injury to bring their lawsuit.

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 judge sentenced retired New York police officer Thomas Webster to 10 years in prison for attacking and choking Washington, D.C., police officer Noah Rathburn. A jury convicted Webster in May of all six charges against him, including assaulting a police officer and engaging in violence on restricted grounds with a dangerous weapon. Rathburn’s body camera footage showed Webster attacking him and swinging a flagpole at him. The officer caught the pole and took it from him. Then, Rathburn said, Webster tackled him and tried to rip off his helmet and gas mask. The 56-year-old said he was acting in self-defense. During the chaos of the riot, he thought the officer hit him. During the trial, Webster apologized to Rathburn and his family and said he regretted going to the Capitol in the first place.

  • The judge said she had to give him a longer sentence than other rioters who never touched a police officer. The previous longest sentences were held by two rioters who separately got seven years and three months in prison.

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)

Pentagon officials are concerned that U.S. ammunition stocks donated to Ukraine have severely depleted U.S. stocks, weakening U.S. readiness in the event of a conflict, the Wall Street Journal reported last week. The Biden administration has drawn much of the over $13 billion in weapons systems and accompanying ammunition the U.S. has provided to Ukraine from existing arsenals.

The Army saw a 26 percent increase in reports of sexual assault, compared to 13 percent across the U.S. military. Every two years, the Pentagon also does an anonymous survey asking service members if they experienced unwanted sexual contact. Those numbers were up to 36,000 from 20,000 in 2018. That means about 1 in 5 service members reported an incident in the previous year. It is unclear whether those numbers represent more incidents or more people willing to speak about them.

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.

According to NYPD crime statistics, robberies are up nearly 40% over the past year in New York City and grand larceny has spiked by 46%.

Dangerous drag-racing “street takeovers,” as they are known, are happening all over the country. In just the last week, an entire block in Des Moines was damaged by out-of-control cars; police in Salt Lake City arrested six people for illegal drag racing; in Chandler, Arizona, police say an illegal drag race left one driver dead; and near Chicago, a pedestrian was struck and killed in a crosswalk during what police believe was a street race. Another led to the destruction of police vehicles.

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)

A lawsuit filed on behalf of 26 grassroots Black Lives Matter (BLM) chapters last week alleged that the leader of the national organization siphoned $10 million in charitable contributions to pay for his own personal expenses. Black Lives Matter Grassroots, a nonprofit that serves as the umbrella group for local BLM chapters nationwide, claimed in the lawsuit filed in the Los Angeles County Superior Court that Shalomyah Bowers, the leader of Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation (BLMGNF), defrauded the local chapters for “unjust enrichment” and used their funds as his “personal piggy bank.” BLMGNF, which received more than $90 million in the wake of George Floyd’s death in 2020, represents the national BLM movement.

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)

US life expectancy dropped for the second consecutive year in 2021, falling by nearly a year from 2020, according to a government report released last Wednesday. Life expectancy was 78 years, 10 months in 2019. In 2020, it dropped to 77 years. Last year, it fell to about 76 years, 1 month. The last time it was that low was in 1996..In the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, the estimated American lifespan has shortened by nearly three years. The last comparable decrease happened in the early 1940s, during the height of World War II. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials blamed COVID-19 for about half the decline in 2021.

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

For the first time on record, more people in the United States are smoking marijuana instead of nicotine cigarettes, a new Gallup poll reveals. It’s the latest evidence to show the dramatic shift in people’s attitudes over the substances. The poll July 5 to July 26 comes as cigarette use has been on a downward spiral over the past decade-plus. Only 11% of adults in the U.S. say they smoke cigarettes nowadays, compared with 45% in the same poll in the 1950s. On the flip side, marijuana use has been up across the board on the wave of legalization in many U.S. states. Sixteen percent of Americans in the poll indicated they smoke marijuana, including 48% who say they have tried it over their lifetime. Compare that number to just 4% in the same poll from 1969.

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)

American students’ test scores plunged during the pandemic to levels unseen for decades. The results in elementary school math and reading plummeted, according to the first nationally representative report comparing student achievement from just before the pandemic to performance two years later. Math scores dropped 7 points during that period, marking a first-ever decline, while reading scores slipped 5 points, producing the largest dip in 30 years.

An undercover video has captured a public-school administrator admitting that he quietly refuses to hire “brainwashed” religious teachers and older people, so he can impose his own liberal views on the district’s schoolchildren. His comments touched off a torrent of criticism from Catholic officials, education experts, and Democratic elected officials. Jeremy Boland — the assistant principal of Cos Cob Elementary School, a public school in Greenwich, Connecticut — unknowingly made numerous controversial statements to investigative journalists with Project Veritas. The 12-minute video, which was shot in July and posted online late Tuesday night, appears to show Boland confessing that he won’t hire Catholic applicants, a violation of state and federal civil rights laws. Boland has been placed on leave.

  • “If Mr. Boland had said he doesn’t hire LGBTQ+ teachers, he would already be begging for another job,” Meg Kilgannon, senior fellow for Education Studies at the Family Research Council, told The Washington Stand.

Jennifer Norris, director of student activities at the private Trinity School on Manhattan’s upscale Upper West Side, boasted to a Project Veritas undercover journalist that she feels like a “double agent” who is “sneaking” her political “agenda” into classrooms. And she complained of pushback in class from “white boys” who are “protected by capitalism.” “I just keep trying to disrupt wherever I can. And now that I’m in this position, I have so many opportunities to do that,” she said. Norris said she “can’t pretend I’m [not] promoting an agenda, even though I clearly am with all the stuff I’m doing.”

Schools are competing for a shrinking pool of teachers, and wealthier suburban districts are winning out over those with fewer resources, especially rural schools and those that support more low-income families and students of color. Enrollment in teacher preparation programs is also plummeting, down 33% between 2010 and 2020 – a trend that has only intensified during the pandemic, according to the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

America’s K-12 public schools are adding perimeter fences, school resource officers and even guns for teachers in a bid to prevent mass shootings as students return to class. The increased security has been fueled by soaring concerns over recent mass shootings. California’s Roseville City School District says it is spending $2 million “to outfit our schools with a six-foot perimeter fence and equip every classroom with classroom-safe locking doors and operable blinds.” In Connecticut, Brookfield Public Schools are adding two school resource officers at each elementary school, five security monitors and one after-hours armed school security guard at the local high school. Ohio is training teachers and other staff to carry a gun at school through a 24-hour course that stresses active shooter training, based on a law that Republican Gov. Mike DeWine signed in June.

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

The family of a Donovan Lewis, the 20-year-old unarmed man who was fatally shot Tuesday by a Columbus police officer, is calling for protests to remain peaceful this weekend and demanding change as the community processes the killing. Officer Ricky Anderson shot Lewis early Tuesday morning while Lewis was in bed during an attempted arrest on charges of domestic violence, assault and improper handling of a firearm. Lewis died at a hospital and police released body camera footage following the shooting. The video shows Anderson, a 30-year police veteran assigned to the canine unit, draw his weapon before opening the bedroom door. An officer yells, “Hands!” and shines a light on Lewis as he sits up in bed. Anderson fires a single shot almost immediately.

Puerto Ricans tired of constant power outages took their broken household appliances to the steps of San Juan’s town hall on Thursday in yet another protest against the energy company.

Marriage/Family:  “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)

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has promised a vote on the oxymoronic “Respect for Marriage Act.” This would be the first federal policy forcing same-sex marriages nationwide, demanding participation and honor from people of faith by erasing religious objections, silencing government officials and overriding states’ rights regarding marriage law and policy, reports Liberty Counsel. HR 8404 will also allow child bride “marriages” in all 50 states—even for same-sex relationships. What’s more, the polygamy still taking place in Utah will become legal. No one in Utah has been prosecuted for polygamy in 49 years—even when it is well-documented in court. Utah decriminalized polygamy in 2020, and now it’s on par with a traffic offense.

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.

Rates of pharmaceutical and surgical treatments for gender dysphoria have markedly increased among children receiving Medicaid in Florida in recent years, according to data from the state’s Medicaid regulator. Statistics provided to Fox News Digital by Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), which oversees the state’s $36.2 billion Medicaid program, show that the number of children on Medicaid receiving behavioral therapy to treat gender dysphoria increased from 143 in 2017 to 233 in 2021, or nearly 63%. Meanwhile, children receiving puberty blockers spiked from 15 children in 2017 to 55 in 2021, a percentage increase of nearly 270%. The number of Florida minors on Medicaid taking testosterone for gender dysphoria rose 166%, from 130 recipients in 2017 to 346 in 2021. The number of children receiving estrogen spiked 110%, from 72 in 2017 to 151 in 2021.

  • During that same time period, Florida Medicaid saw an increase in the number of patients as young as 16 receiving irreversible surgical procedures to treat gender dysphoria, from a combined total of three children between 2017 to 2020 to 12 children in 2021 alone.

A textbook ordered by the Newport-Mesa school district in California called “Comprehensive Health Skills for High School,” claims that there are eight different gender identities, including androgynous, bygender, gender-nonconforming, gender questioning and nonbinary. The Newport-Mesa school district’s curriculum also said that there were 10 different sexual orientations including androsexual, polysexual, skoliosexual, demisexual and gynesexual. The Newport-Mesa school district’s curriculum also said that there were 10 different sexual orientations including androsexual, polysexual, skoliosexual, demisexual and gynesexual. 

Masked, black-clad Antifa protesters showed up brandishing weapons Sunday morning to protect a “drag brunch” for children at a Roanoke bar. Police maintained a presence at the event, which took place at the Anderson Distillery and Grill in Roanoke, Texas, and led at times to tense stand-offs between protesters and counter-protesters. Approximately 20 children and multiple self-proclaimed teachers attended the event where drag queens performed.

  • The sexualization of young children is part of the progressive strategy to groom them early in life into a culture of ‘anything goes’ sexuality, which progressives worship as the antithesis of Godly commandments.

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

One year after the U.S. evacuated more than 76,000 Afghans to the United States at the end of its 20-year war, refugee advocates say tens of thousands of Afghan allies who would likely qualify for U.S. protection – reaching into the hundreds of thousands when their family members are included – are still struggling to reach safety. Despite recent U.S. efforts to speed relocations, their paths have been bogged down by bureaucratic backlogs, humanitarian parole denials and the logistical barriers of third-country visa processing in the absence of a U.S. Consulate in Afghanistan, advocates say.

  • Many evacuees who fled Afghanistan a year ago, expecting to resettle in the United States, remain in Albania and in limbo. Evacuation was not necessarily the path to refuge in the United States that many expected. And it may never be for the estimated thousands of evacuees who boarded chartered flights in their escape and landed in other countries.

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)

National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd called out White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre Tuesday after she raised eyebrows by claiming migrants are not “just walking in” across the southern border. “I watch these people walk across the border every single day. We see it. It’s disgusting what we’re seeing. And she knows exactly what’s happening. But she’s deflecting. She’s lying. She knows that the mainstream media isn’t going to cover this issue,” he said.

  • In just one Texas border sector, some 52,000 illegal aliens crossed into the United States through the Texas-based Del Rio Sector in August, alone. That’s about 1700 illegal crossings a day.

As if the crisis along the southern border were not bad enough, adult illegal immigrants are posing as minors to enter—and stay in—the U.S. since typically those under 18 are welcomed with open arms. The government refers to them as Unaccompanied Alien Children and hundreds of thousands have entered the country in the last few years. The Department of Health and Human Services is charged with caring for illegal migrants under the age of 18 and the agency spends millions of dollars annually to house, medically treat, entertain, and school them who come mainly from Central America.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced he is now busing migrants from his state to Chicago. It’s the third Democrat-run city to receive migrants from Texas. The other two are New York City and Washington, D.C. “The migrants were dropped off at Union Station,” read a statement tweeted Wednesday night by Abbott. Chicago will now be a drop-off location for the busing strategy as part of the governor’s response to President Biden’s open border policies overwhelming border communities in Texas.

At least nine migrants were found dead after dozens attempted a hazardous crossing of the Rio Grande near Eagle Pass, Texas, officials said Saturday. U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Mexican officials made the discovery Thursday while responding to a large group of people crossing the river following days of heavy rains that had resulted in particularly swift currents. U.S. officials recovered six bodies, while Mexican teams recovered three others. The agency said U.S. crews rescued 37 others from the river and detained 16 more, while Mexican officials took 39 migrants into custody.

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

President Biden’s administration has leased far fewer acres for oil and gas drilling offshore and on federal land at the early stages of his presidency than has any other leader since Harry Truman at the end of World War II, according to a new analysis. The Wall Street Journal’s analysis shows Biden’s Interior Department has leased 126,228 acres for drilling in his first 19 months of office, through Aug. 20. No other president’s administration since Richard Nixon, in the 1969-70 period, has issued fewer than 4.4 million acres by this stage of a first term. “The president said he was going to stop leasing, and he’s been remarkably successful,” said former administration Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, an energy lawyer.

Russia will keep gas supplies to Europe via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline shut down completely until the west lifts sanctions against Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine, the Kremlin says. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Monday laid blame for the shutdown squarely on sanctions introduced against our country by western countries including Germany and the UK for Russia’s gas shutdown. The Nord Stream 1 pipeline accounts for about 35% of Europe’s total Russian gas imports last year. Inflation in Germany rose to 8.8% in August, a nearly 50-year record that comes amid the energy crisis in the country. Germany is the largest economy in Europe, and many countries have called for the European Union to raise interest rates to stem inflation across the continent.

The West’s biggest economies on Friday agreed to impose a price cap on Russian oil in an attempt to reduce Moscow’s ability to fund its war in Ukraine without further stoking global inflation. Finance ministers from the G7 group of countries — the United States, Japan, Canada, Germany, France, Italy and the United Kingdom — said they would ban the provision of “services which enable maritime transportation of Russian-origin crude oil and petroleum products globally” above the price cap. That could block insurance cover or finance for oil shipments. The maximum price would be set by “a broad coalition” of countries, they said in a joint statement. It would take effect alongside the European Union’s next batch of sanctions, which include a ban on seaborne imports of Russian oil starting in early December.

OPEC said Monday it would reduce oil production next month, the cartel’s first output cut since the depths of the pandemic, as it braces for a global economic slowdown to hit demand. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allied oil producing nations, including Russia, agreed to shave 100,000 barrels per day off their production targets in October.

Once shunned by many Democrats and environmentalists, nuclear power is gaining acceptance among the party and activists as a clean alternative to fossil fuels, amid soaring energy costs and a sluggish transition to renewables. Proponents argue that the carbon-free energy source is clean, affordable, can be generated around the clock and is already prevalent, giving it a leg up over wind and solar, which are intermittent and hamstrung by limited battery storage capabilities. Democrats pumped billions of dollars into nuclear tax incentives in their recently approved tax-and-climate spending law, the latest show of support by the party. Included were production credits for existing facilities, and incentives to create smaller reactors that are more affordable, quicker to build, safer to operate, and which last upwards of six decades.

Taxes/Rebates:  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)

White House officials say President Biden’s decision to cancel between $10,000 and $20,000 in student debt for millions of Americans is fully paid for because of a drop in the federal deficit, an argument that suggests the full cost of the policy will just be piled on top of the national debt, which means now taxpayers owe the money instead of the loan recipients.

No sooner had President Joe Biden announced his plan for student loan debt forgiveness — $10,000 for non-Pell grant recipients and $20,000 for Pell Grant recipients — the president of the NAACP was complaining that it should be more than twice as much. At least $50,000. Brookings Institution scholar Andre M. Perry echoed the sentiment. The plan, according to Perry, “does not go far enough in addressing the root of the problem: a postsecondary education system that has seen tuition rise three-fold in the last 30 years. That same system will put future borrowers in peril.” The underlying issue is, do we need to pump a lot of tax money into higher education so students can afford to deal with runaway tuition costs? Or do we have runaway tuition costs because we’re pumping billions of taxpayer funds into higher education?

  • Tuition costs have risen 5 times the rate of inflation over the past 50 years.

Los Angeles County has officially kicked off its basic income program that gives 1,000 residents $1,000 per month for the next three years. According to officials, recipients were chosen at random of a pool of more than 180,000 applicants. Participants must be at least 18 years old, have a household income under $56,000 for a single person or $96,000 for a family of four and have experienced negative impacts due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Given the huge number of L.A. County residents who applied, it’s abundantly clear that a guaranteed basic income is an idea whose time has come,” L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl said. “I’m confident that we will see… that a guaranteed basic income, by giving people a bit of financial breathing room, allows them to stabilize their lives and that of their family.”

Some Pennsylvania residents who are elderly or disabled are eligible to get another, one-time rebate payment, according to the governor’s office. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced that residents who already received a property tax or rent rebate would get an additional one that’s 70 percent of their original rebate—or up to $1,657.50. About 361,042 Pennsylvanians are slated to receive the rebates.

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

Mississippi’s capital city lacked enough water pressure to fight fires, flush toilets and meet other critical needs last Tuesday because its main water treatment facility began failing Monday, the governor said – a problem officials blame on longstanding water system problems and last week’s river flooding. The state is declaring an emergency for Jackson as it scrambles to begin distributing drinking and non-drinking water to up to 180,000 city residents. Labor Day may be far from leisurely for the residents of Jackson, Mississippi, who are approaching a week of unsafe drinking water and soaring temperatures as the capital city’s ongoing water crisis worsens. Jackson residents spent a long weekend of watching water boil for a minute before cooking, as they’ve done since July, and having to shower with their mouths closed, as instructed by officials Thursday.

  • The Mississippi capital entered a spiral of decline when two different out-migrations caused its tax base to plummet, eroding its ability to afford repairs or apply for federal money as its infrastructure crumbled. First a white exodus followed later by a Black exodus of those with the means to move out of the failing city.
  • As Jackson works to get its failed water treatment facility back on line, some temporary efforts to provide the residents with safe drinking water proved unsustainable Monday as the National Guard ran out of bottled water to distribute.

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)

Back to the office? At the peak of lockdowns, in May 2020, just over a third of U.S. workers worked remotely at some point during the month, according to the Labor Department. Most blue-collar jobs never went remote, and many offices in small and midsize cities have since returned. But in the 10 largest U.S. cities, workers were still working from home around 38 percent of the time earlier this summer, according to researchers at Stanford and elsewhere. Some companies still plan to call their workers back into the office, like the New York Times. Others have embraced permanent remote work. Airbnb, for example, said its employees never need to come back to the office. Still others are redefining what office space means. Salesforce opened a kind of retreat center for nature walks, cooking classes and different activities that let workers spend time together, but work is all remote. Zillow, which says it’s “headquartered in the cloud,” has redesigned some of its office spaces to look more like social spaces.

Zoom towns are those U.S. towns that attracted remote workers who fled expensive cities during the pandemic. Zoom is the software that most remote workers used to conduct meetings over the internet. After two years of bidding wars, above-asking and no contingency offers, many of the Zoom towns are now seeing a massive slowdown. In Boise, Idaho, the median sale price for a home jumped from $340,000 in May 2020 to $487,500 in May 2021, a 43.4% year-over-year increase. In May 2022, that number went to $585,000, a 20% increase from the previous year. Since May, however, the year-over-year price increase has slowed down considerably, with July registering only a 4.5% year-over-year increase. At the same time, the percentage of active listings with price drops increased from 14% in February to 68% in July. Other Zoom towns show similar slowdowns.

Some 71% of Americans now say they approve of the job that labor unions are doing, according to a new Gallup poll, continuing to climb after decades of decline and registering the highest mark since the Lyndon Johnson administration. Gallup reported last Tuesday that this year’s approval rating is up from 68% last year and 64% in 2019, the last time it asked the question before the COVID-19 pandemic. The 71% mark was last reached in 1965, when organized labor claimed the allegiance of a far higher share of the American workforce.

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

Businesses in one of San Francisco’s trendiest neighborhoods are threatening to withhold tax payments unless the woke politicians remove homeless people from the area and implement a stronger police presence. The Castro Merchants Association, which represents 125 businesses, sent a letter to city officials earlier this month outlining three demands: 35 shelter beds for “mentally ill and substance-abusing individuals who have taken up residence in the Castro,” monthly metrics on services offered to the homeless in the Castro and a devised plan following a homeless person’s refusal for services. San Francisco officials tallied nearly 8,000 homeless people in February.

Toyota announced plans Wednesday to invest $5.6 billion in new plants to build electric vehicle batteries in Japan and the United States. But unlike other automakers who are going all-in on EVs, Toyota said it’s still not convinced that’s the best path forward. The world’s largest automaker in terms of vehicles sold, Toyota has lagged behind most other major global automakers in building fully battery powered EVs, despite its history of being a leader in hybrid gas/electric vehicles more than 20 years. Rivals such as Volkswagen, General Motors and Ford have far more pure battery-powered EV offerings, as well as a significant number of EVs under development.

Bed Bath & Beyond is in deep turmoil. The company is trying to rescue itself and stay out of bankruptcy by shrinking. The chain said Wednesday that it will lay off approximately 20% of corporate employees, close around 150 stores and slash several of its in-house home goods’ brands. Crucially, the company also said it secured more than $500 million in financing to shore up its ailing financial straits. The company’s Chief Financial Officer committed suicide by jumping out of an 18th floor window in New York City after being hit with a $1.2 billion lawsuit claiming that he had illegally manipulated and profited from a “pump and dump” scheme.

Snap Inc., the parent company of the popular app Snapchat, announced plans to lay off some 20% of its more than 6,400 global employees. The news will impact the jobs of more than 1,200 staffers at the tech giant, and comes as broader economic conditions have deteriorated in recent months amid rising inflation and the Federal Reserve’s interest rates hikes. The recent market downturn has especially pummeled the tech sector, where news of hiring freezes, layoffs, and other cost-cutting measures have dominated headlines for months.

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)

Lower gas prices helped consumer confidence bounce back in August, breaking a three-month stretch of worsening sentiment. However this improvement, while welcome, is tempered by ongoing worries that the US economy may be heading toward a recession. The Conference Board’s monthly snapshot of consumer attitudes improved, rising to 103.2 from July’s downwardly revised 95.3. The August number matches the level it reached in May and marks the first time since then that the headline index broke 100, the historical baseline metric.

Employers added 315,000 jobs in August. According to the monthly survey by the Labor Department. That’s down from 528,000 in July and the average of 471,000 through this year. But it still marks 20 straight months of gains despite strong inflation. The unemployment rate edged up to 3.7% from the historically low mark of 3.5%. However, the ADP National Employment Report. private payroll job growth slowed markedly in August, suggesting that companies are pulling back on hiring amid growing fears of an economic slowdown. Companies added just 132,000 jobs last month, below the 270,000 gain recorded in July and is the lowest since May, when employers hired just 128,000 workers.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday that the number of open job positions ticked up unexpectedly in July, with around 11.2 million jobs available, slightly higher than June’s revised total of 11 million openings. There were close to two jobs available per job seeker in July.

Weekly jobless claims fell to the lowest level since late June as employers appear reluctant to part with workers in a tight labor market. According to a report from the US Department of Labor, 232,000 Americans filed first-time unemployment claims in the week ending August 27, a drop of 5,000 from the previous week’s level. That’s the lowest level since the week ending in June 25, which reported 231,000 first-time claims, which really means that claims have been about the same for at least three months.

The current median average time for a home on the market in July was 14 days, slightly better compared to 17 days a year ago, says the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Also, the median existing-home price for all housing types in July was $403,800, up about 10.8% from last year.

The average gas price for a gallon in California and Los Angeles was $5.25 on Thursday, which is 5 cents lower than a week earlier, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California. The previous record for the start of the Labor Day weekend in California came last year at $4.39 a gallon.

International Economy:

Figures released Wednesday show that August inflation was at 9.1 percent in the European Union, its highest since record-keeping for the euro began in 1997. The figure was up a bit from 8.9 percent for July in the 19 countries that use the euro as their currency. The European Central Bank is fighting inflation with interest rate increases, which could also smother economic growth. Rising food and energy prices are challenging household finances in many European countries.

  • Britain, Denmark, and Norway—which have their own currencies—are also witnessing increasing inflation. U.K. residents may see their energy bills spike 80 percent, regulators warned last week.

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

Arab terrorists opened fire on an Israeli bus in the Jordan Valley Sunday, leaving at least seven Israelis wounded. The attack took place on Route 508, along Israel’s border with the Kingdom of Jordan, near the Israeli communities of Beka’ot and Hamra, at around 12:45 Sunday afternoon. According to initial reports, four people were wounded in the attack, including two who suffered gunshot wounds and are listed in moderate condition. Two others were wounded by shattered glass and are listed in light condition.

The growing violence in Judea and Samaria is a sign that a third major escalation has begun, according to Palestinian sources speaking to Israel Hayom Monday. “This is a third intifada,” one source said. “This is not the end. This is the beginning of the new stage in the ongoing battle in the West Bank.” The recent uptick in terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians, as well as the active resistance with hot weapons to IDF arrest raids in terrorist hotbeds such as Jenin, is a conscious decision on the part of Palestinian groups and individuals, they say.

An article calling for “death to Israel” has been published in the student paper of an Australian university, amid reports that Jewish students on campus are increasingly scared in the face of rising anti-Semitism. Habibah Jaghoori, the author of the article published in Adelaide University’s On Dit magazine, took to Twitter two days before its publication, calling for the “annihilation” of Israel, which she termed a “genocidal colonial apartheid project.” Jaghoori’s article concludes: “The solution to achieving peace and bringing forth justice for Palestine is to demand the abolition of Israel. Free Palestine and Death to Israel.”

An investigation by Israel’s military found that its IDF forces likely killed Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh by mistake during an exchange of gunfire with Palestinians earlier this year, officials said Monday. Abu Akleh, a Palestinian-American and seasoned journalist, was fatally shot in the West Bank in May while covering a raid by the IDF on Palestinian terrorists in the West Bank city of Jenin. The IDF’s admission follows months of outrage over Abu Akleh’s death, and debate over which side was responsible for her slaying.

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)

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) conducted an extensive series of strikes in Syria on Wednesday night, the country’s state media reported. Syria’s official SANA news agency reported that the IAF targeted the Aleppo International Airport with a missile strike that caused material damage to the airport. About an hour and a half later, the IAF conducted another strike from the direction of Lake Kinneret, targeting “some points southeast of Damascus.” The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that four Israeli missiles hit a runway at the International Aleppo Airport and warehouses in its vicinity, causing fires and explosions, “likely to be due to the explosion of a batch of Iranian missiles.” The Saudi Al-Haddath channel reported that Iranian weapons systems were targeted in the attacks. The IDF has remained silent on the report, as it usually does after reported operations in Syria.

Armed supporters of a powerful Iraqi cleric who clashed with security forces in the capital began to withdraw from the streets Tuesday, restoring a measure of calm after a serious escalation of the nation’s political crisis. At least 20 protesters were killed. Following two days of deadly unrest that sparked fears instability might spread throughout the country and even the region, cleric Muqtada al-Sadr told his supporters to leave the government quarter where they had rallied. Within minutes, some could be seen heeding the call, dismantling their tents and walking out of the area known as the Green Zone. Iraq’s military also announced the lifting of a nationwide curfew, further raising hopes that the immediate crisis was ebbing, though larger political problems remain.

  • Iraq’s government has been deadlocked since al-Sadr’s party won the largest share of seats in October parliamentary elections but not enough to secure a majority government. That led to months of political infighting between al-Sadr’s Shiite followers and his Iran-backed Shiite rivals before it became violent Monday.

U.S. forces late Monday night foiled an Iranian attempt to capture an unmanned American vessel sailing the Persian Gulf, Pentagon officials said. The U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet said in a statement Tuesday that an Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy ship connected a towing line to an American Saildrone Explorer unmanned craft in an apparent attempt to seize the vessel. U.S. ships and helicopters responded, though it was not immediately clear whether any shots were fired. Iranian forces disconnected the towing line and eventually fled the area.

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

Russia/Ukraine

Ukraine’s Minister of Energy warned Monday that the “world is once again on the brink of nuclear disaster” after heavy shelling brought down Europe’s largest nuclear plant’s last transmission line. Ukrainian Energy Secretary German Galushchenko said that the majority of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) mission has left the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, as the station “is depleted again.” The last line connecting it with the energy system of Ukraine — LEP 330 kW ZATES — Ferosplavna – separated due to the fire that occurred as a result of shelling,” Galushchenko wrote. “Any repair of the lines are impossible now— there are combat operations around the station.” De-occupying the nuclear power plant and creating a demilitarized zone around it is the only way to ensure nuclear security.

More than six months into its war in Ukraine, Russia “has yet to achieve any of its strategic objectives” in its invasion, UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said on Monday. Russia “continues to lose significant equipment and personnel” in the war, he added, saying that the losses will have a lasting impact on Moscow’s future combat effectiveness.

Russian shelling hit the southern Ukraine port city of Mykolaiv Saturday night, damaging a medical treatment facility, the city’s mayor said Sunday. Mykolaiv and its surrounding region have been hit daily for weeks in the conflict. Mykolaiv, on the Southern Bug River about 30 kilometers (20 miles) upstream from the Black Sea, is a significant port and shipbuilding center. In Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, Russian shelling late Saturday set a large wooden restaurant complex on fire, according to the region’s emergency service.

Russia has bought lethal drones from Iran to attack Ukrainian troops, a move that underscores Russia’s dwindling stocks of precision weapons more than six months after its invasion. There are indications, however, that the Russians are not satisfied with the purchase because of the drones’ unreliability.

It’s a dangerous time to be a Russian oil executive lately, as eight have died since January under suspicious circumstances. Six of them were linked to state-owned giant Gazprom, while the other two were with Lukoil, the second-largest oil company in the country. The most recent oligarch to meet an untimely end was Ravil Maganov, the (now former) chair of the board of directors of Lukoil who apparently fell from a 6-story window at a Moscow hospital on September 1. His company had criticized Russia’s invasion in Ukraine in March. This is at least a 6th such ‘suicide’ among Russian top-managers recently.

  • Cause of death: criticizing Putin and the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Russia is hosting joint military exercises with several countries, including China and India. With Vladimir Putin’s offensive in Ukraine largely stalled and his forces sustaining heavy losses of soldiers and weaponry, the military exercises being held in the Russian Far East this week will be on a smaller scale than in previous years. Yet they are designed to send an important message: Moscow is not as isolated as the West might think.

North/South Korea

U.S. and South Korean military forces on Thursday concluded their most substantial “live-fire” joint exercises in years — major drills featuring howitzer rounds slammed into a mountainside, swooping A-10 attack aircraft and Apache helicopters that Washington and Seoul had scaled back over the past half-decade for a variety of reasons. The scope of the joint exercises had been reduced during President Trump‘s 2018-2019 diplomatic outreach to North Korea. The liberal administration of former South Korean Moon Jae-in had also sought to appease Pyongyang by curtailing the drills, which were further hindered in recent years by COVID-19 restrictions.

  • The regime of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un slammed the drills, claiming the U.S. and South Korea engaged in rehearsal for invading the North. The regime has a history of responding by test launching missiles.

China/Taiwan

The Biden administration greenlighted $1.1 billion in arms sales to Taiwan, which included 60 anti-ship missiles and 100 air-to-air missiles. Congress was notified about the proposed sales to Taiwan on Friday. “The package was in the works for some time precisely because we expected it would be needed as the [People’s Republic of China] increased pressure on Taiwan. It reflects the U.S. government’s assessment of Taiwan‘s defense needs, and the threat posed to it by the PRC,” said Laura Rosenberger, the White House senior director for China and Taiwan.

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

A suicide bomber in Kabul, Afghanistan, killed a high-level Russian diplomat and a guard at the Russian embassy. An attacker blew himself up outside the Kabul embassy, killing the Second Secretary of the embassy and a Russian guard as well as four Afghans, according to Russian and Afghan statements. It is a rare attack on a diplomatic mission since the Taliban took over the country a year ago.

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)

California state lawmakers worked late into Wednesday night to pass an aggressive climate legislation package, including $54 billion in new spending on clean energy and drought resilience measures, and a bill to stop the planned closure of the state’s last nuclear plant. The legislative action comes as California and other Western states are in the grip of an intense heatwave amid a devastating, 22-year drought. And it follows state air regulators’ vote to phase out new gas-powered car sales in the state by 2035. Among other things, the legislation will codify new benchmarks to get California to 90% clean electricity by 2035 and 95% by 2040 – stepping stones toward its already established goal of 100% clean electricity by 2045.

A city in New Mexico has about 20 days of fresh water left, and officials there are scrambling to find another source to prevent cancer-causing particles from flowing out of faucets. The hillsides around Las Vegas, New Mexico, were scorched by the state’s largest wildfire on record this spring, which burned more than 340,000 acres. Then, an unusually wet monsoon season brought significant summer rainfall – something that would typically be celebrated in the drought-stricken West, but instead has led to disaster-upon-disaster as rainfall washed the charred debris into the region’s water system. Now, one of the city’s two reservoirs is filled with contaminated water that the current filtration system cannot handle. It’s also a health risk – when carbon reacts with high levels of chlorine used to treat water, it can become carcinogenic.

Thousands of dead fish and other marine life carcasses are washing ashore in the San Francisco Bay Area, creating a foul smell. Experts point to an unprecedented “red tide” algae bloom as the mostly likely cause. Abnormal numbers of dead crabs, bat rays, striped bass, white sturgeon and more have been spotted throughout the Bay area over the last week, officials say, notably at Oakland’s Lake Merritt. The start of the fish die-off could date back even further – as the harmful algae bloom has been spreading since late July. Experts also fear that the impacts could worsen over the weekend’s expected heatwave, which could cause the harmful algae bloom to grow even more.

  • While many algae blooms are beneficial to ocean life, a “red tide” is a harmful algal bloom – which can produce powerful, fatal toxins and/or cause a water’s oxygen to fall past levels needed for survival

Beach goers in Southern California are being targeted by swarms of tiny, aggressive sea bugs who have an appetite for human feet. The bugs, who have earned the nickname “mini shark,” have been identified as water-line isopods (Excirolana chiltoni), a crustacean species that grows to be around 0.3 inches (0.8 centimeters) long and can form swarms of more than 1,000. The “mini-sharks” live in the shallow waters of the Pacific Ocean and seasonally migrate up and down the coast leaving in their wake beach goers hopping in pain.

The North Pacific Ocean is currently covered with tens of thousands of tons of floating plastic debris, dispersed over millions of square miles. A large fraction is composed of fishing nets and ropes while the rest is mostly composed of hard plastic objects and fragments, sometimes carrying evidence on their origin. In 2019, an oceanographic mission conducted in the area, retrieved over 6000 hard plastic debris items. The debris was later sorted, counted, weighed, and analyzed for evidence of origin and age. The results revealed that a majority of the floating material stems from fishing activities. While recent assessments for plastic inputs into the ocean point to coastal developing economies and rivers as major contributors into oceanic plastic pollution, here we show that most floating plastics in the North Pacific can be traced back to six industrialized fishing nations – Japan, China, Korea, USA, Taiwan and Russia.

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

A wildfire in remote eastern Oregon exploded in size over the weekend and has scorched more than 43,000 acres as of Monday. The Double Creek Fire near the community of Imnaha in Hells Canyon Recreation Area was 0% contained as of Monday. The fire prompted evacuations of campers from Imnaha south to Pallette Ranch. The fire, burning on conifer timber stands and grass and shrubs, was detected last Tuesday and was started by lightning and fed by gusting winds.

  • Firefighters were monitoring two other lightning-caused fires in the nearby Eagle Cap Wilderness. The Nebo Fire has charred 11 square miles of rugged terrain, while the Sturgill Fire had grown to 13 square miles.

A wildfire in Northern Los Angeles has set more than 5,000 acres ablaze as the state battles one of the hottest heat waves on record. California firefighters are working to contain the Route Fire that started on Wednesday near Castaic Lake. So far, approximately 27% of the fire has been contained, and evacuation orders were lifted Thursday evening. No fatalities have been reported at this time, but reportedly seven firefighters are being treated for injuries sustained

At least two people were killed in a fast-moving wildfire that swept through the community of Weed, California. At least 106 buildings were destroyed, and several others damaged. Three injuries were reported. The blaze, called the Mill Fire, had burned about 6.6 square miles and was 40% contained as of Monday morning.

Another northern California wildfire injured several people on Friday and forced the evacuations of thousands. According to Cal Fire, the blaze had spread over 3,921 acres on Saturday and was 20% contained. The cause of the fire, which started on Friday near the property of Roseburg Forest Products, remains under investigation.

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)

Over all 50 U.S. states, the percentage of the country in severe to exceptional drought declined over the past three months from 31% to 26%. However, there are vast differences between the U.S. East (with virtually not drought) and the West (experiencing a megadrought. The northeast increased from 0% to 11% of its area in severe to exceptional drought, while the southeast declined from 3% to 0%. The so-called Midwest (which is actually in the eastern half of the country) increased from 0% to 3%. However, Texas and Oklahoma are suffering drought conditions more like the West, with Texas declining from 66% to 48% and Oklahoma increasing from 35% to 88% over the past three months

  • Most of the severe drought is centered in the West which declined from 69% to 48% overall due to the summer’s monsoon rains. However, there were wide differences on a state-by-state basis. California remained at 97.5% in severe to exceptional drought, and Nevada remained at 99.5% with Utah showing a slight improvement from 99.5% to 95.8%. Other western states showed more marked improvement with Colorado declining from 57% to 17%, New Mexico improving from 97% to 59% and Arizona decreasing from 78% to 23%. In the northwest, Oregon improved from 63% to 52%, and Washington declined from 17% to 0%, while Idaho dropped from 37% to 16% and Montana decreased from 49% to 16% and Wyoming improved only slightly from 24% to 21%.

A dangerous and sweltering heat wave continued to consume much of the western U.S., especially California on Friday through the Labor Day weekend. The intense heat is putting a strain on the electrical grid and exacerbating wildfire concerns, which only grew Friday as a fast-moving fire forced at least 5,000 residents to evacuate in Northern California. Temperatures in the mid- to upper 90s and lower 100s resulted in widespread daily records each day for much of the region.

  • Authorities in California extended a “Flex Alert” telling residents to conserve energy, including not charging their electric vehicles, on Sunday afternoon and evening, due to the heat wave. So much for green clean energy and electric vehicles.

A wall of storms that roared through a swath of the Midwest and South last Monday with heavy rains, hail and wind gusts of up to 80 mph, killed at least three people and knocked out power to more than 1 million homes and businesses.

UN Secretary General António Guterres on Tuesday launched a flash $160 million appeal for flood-ravaged Pakistan, where more than 1,100 people have been killed and 33 million others impacted in one of the worst monsoon seasons ever. It is feared that up to one-third of the flood-ravaged country could soon be under water. The waters have destroyed more than 1 million homes, washed away more than 2,175 miles of roads, and killed about 1 million animals, according to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif. During this year’s monsoon season, Pakistan’s rainfall has been almost three times the national average for the past 30 years. A recent heat wave has caused the melting of Himalayan glaciers, causing glacial lake outburst floods.

  • Pakistan is home to more glaciers than anywhere in the world outside the polar regions, but as the climate warms, it’s becoming more vulnerable to sudden outbursts of melting glacier water that have the power to bring widespread destruction to its people. The country’s chief meteorologist has warned that this year alone, Pakistan has seen triple the usual amount of glacial lake outbursts – a sudden release of water from a lake fed by glacier melt – that can cause catastrophic flooding. It’s not yet clear how much Pakistan’s current flooding crisis might be connected to glacial melt

A deadly storm swept through northeast Spain last Tuesday killing a twenty-month old baby after she was struck by massive hailstones. Dozens of people were injured across the Catalan region by hail measuring 4 inches in diameter, larger than a baseball. Many cars were damaged. The region has been ravaged by an intense heat wave all summer.

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Signs of the Times Update: August 29, 2022

August 29, 2022

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

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 appeals court on Friday blocked President Biden’s Health and Human Services mandate that would have forced religious doctors and hospitals to perform transgender procedures — including on children. In a unanimous ruling from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the three-judge panel said the lower court was right to issue a permanent injunction that protects a healthcare network of nearly 20,000 religious doctors and medical providers from performing abortions and transgender care.

A state mandate for insurance plans in California, including those sold to churches, that cover elective abortion has been canceled by a federal judge. The court said that such a mandate is unconstitutional, in a case brought by Foothill Church of Glendora, Calvary Chapel Chino Hills and The Shepherd of the Hills Church in Porter Ranch. Alliance Defending Freedom lawyers handled the case for the churches, and spokesman Jeremiah Galus explained, “The government can’t force a church or any other religious employer to violate their faith and conscience by participating in funding abortion.”

A Washington D.C. judge ruled Thursday that a COVID-19 vaccine mandate imposed by Mayor Muriel Bowser is unlawful, siding with a police union that challenged the rules as unfair and damaging to recruitment. Superior Court Judge Maurice A. Ross said Ms. Bowser, a Democrat, lacked statutory authority to impose the requirement. “It is undisputed that the mayor has a strong interest in combating the spread of COVID-19,” the order reads. “However, our system does not permit the mayor to act unlawfully even in the pursuit of desirable ends.”

During the August primary vote in Florida, 13 school boards flipped to conservative majorities. If there was one good thing about the pandemic, it really woke up parents and gave them insight into what was going on inside the classroom. Social media companies have locked out groups like Moms for Liberty because they have been successful in rallying parents. School board flips have been successful in Florida, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Tennessee, and Texas.

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 Satanic Temple is hosting an event at a Pennsylvania high school next month after the local school board said Friday it had to approve the group’s request. The Northern York County School District said that it approved an application for “the Satanic Temple to use our facility as we were required to do so by Board policy No. 707.” In its statement, the school district said it doesn’t endorse the activities of any outside organizations that rent its facilities. This approval follows the school board initially voting down the Satanic Temple’s April request to host “After School Satan Club.” The Temple threatened a civil lawsuit against the board for its decision. “There is a lot of evil already in this world, so to allow it to come into our school and our community is not OK,” parent Laura Vangeli said.

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

President Biden said it would be weeks before an application form is available for the announced student loan forgiveness, and it is not clear exactly how the process would work. There would have to be an income check since it is limited to people who earned less than $125,000 last year. Some loan servicing agencies say they are not prepared for the expect deluge of inquiries. The Education Department’s financial aid website crashed the same day. Other loan servicers’ websites crashed too. “I cannot emphasize enough how little information any of us have,” said Scott Buchanan, executive director of the Student Loan Servicing Alliance. “We don’t have any information other than what’s already been made public.”

  • We have another federal boondoggle in the making.

Congress approved nearly $400 million to retrain unemployed veterans during the pandemic. Fewer than 400 have landed jobs. The program — part of an unprecedented wave of economic relief since 2020 — fell victim to a host of familiar problems: hasty design and poor timing, inadequate promotion by an overwhelmed Department of Veterans Affairs and the usage of for-profit career-training schools with a history of misusing VA funds. The rush and carelessness in crafting the relief program created a wellspring for fraud and waste — a mess that hundreds of federal investigators are still trying to clean up.

The IRS official chosen to lead the new “centralized office” featuring the nearly 87,000 new employees funded in President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act was involved in the agency’s targeting of conservative groups that opposed Barack Obama’s reelection in 2012. Nikole Flax served as the chief of staff for then acting IRS Commissioner Stephen Miller, who was fired amid a cover-up of the scandal. When Republican lawmakers sought communications related to the scandal in an investigation, Flax’s emails were among those the agency claimed were lost in a computer hard-drive crash. The IRS, the lawmakers charged, was attempting to “cover up the fact that it conveniently lost key documents in the investigation.”

A report in the Washington Times charges that FBI whistleblowers now have accused managers in multiple field offices of corruption, cover-ups and retaliation. “Current and former FBI leaders at the bureau’s offices in Miami, Salt Lake City, Buffalo, New York, and Newark, New Jersey, are facing whistleblower complaints,” the report said. Claims are that the supervisors coerced agents to sign false documents, fabricated terrorism claims to pump up their own performance stats, sexually harassed a female agent, engaged in sex with a subordinate in a government vehicle, and crashed the vehicle, and more. One female agent who charged that FBI Director Christopher Wray and others ignored her claims of sexual harassment, said the bureau actually works under a “mob-like mentality.”

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)

A New York Times report about the FBI’s Mar-a-Lago raid said it was instituted because of prior discoveries of 300 classified documents that the government had retrieved in total from former President Trump after he left office. The first was a batch of 150 recovered by the National Archives from Trump’s Florida estate early in the year, followed by a second set of 150 turned over by Trump aides in June. The number of sensitive documents in play after these first two retrievals “ignited intense concern at the Justice Department” and prompted the FBI’s search of Mar-a-Lago this month, during which another 11 boxes of classified material was retrieved.

  • Former President Donald Trump’s legal team reacted for the first time to the heavily redacted FBI affidavit released Friday, saying what was not redacted raises “more questions than answers.” The FBI justified its unprecedented raid of former President Donald Trump’s home based on agents’ previous recovery of 184 classified documents Mr. Trump had removed from the White House, according to the affidavit for the search. What’s not clear in the affidavit is what led the FBI to believe there were additional classified documents at Mar-a-Lago, notes CNN. At some point the DOJ began to suspect the Trump team was not being truthful and it appears that a witness came forward.
  • U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon, who was nominated by former President Donald Trump in 2020, Saturday signaled she has a “preliminary intent” to agree to his request to appoint a special master to oversee the FBI’s review of evidence and materials seized on Aug. 8 at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.  However, The Justice Department announced in a court filing Monday that they already reviewed documents seized from former President Trump so there is no need for a special master to oversee the review.
  • Criminal statutes cited by the Justice Department in the search of Donald Trump’s Florida estate for mishandled documents are rarely prosecuted, but legal experts say investigators may still be building a criminal case rather than simply retrieving classified records. The Justice Department has identified “a limited set of materials” from its search of documents taken from Mar-a-Lago that potentially contain material covered by attorney-client privilege.

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 and Meta, the parent company of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, pledged to target “misleading narratives” by suppressing election content they deem to be false, misleading, or dangerous. Censorship methods mentioned in the policies involved decreasing the reach of offending posts, the continued use of third-party fact-checkers, and updated content recommendation algorithms.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg admitted Thursday that his Meta platforms suppressed the Hunter Biden laptop story in the final weeks before the 2020 presidential election after a visit from the FBI, retroactively saying now “it sucks” the story wound up being verifiable. Zuckerberg noted Twitter fully blocked the Hunter Biden laptop story, while Facebook merely suppressed it from being spread widely. Outrage followed, with many Republicans charging the FBI with election interference.

  • The FBI responded that, “we routinely notifies U.S. private sector entities, including social media providers, of potential threat information, so that they can decide how to better defend against threats.”

Twitter locked the popular “Libs of TikTok” account late Saturday, blocking its owner from sending tweets or even signing in, according to a report. Libs of TikTok has gained a massive following on Twitter for posts that often ridicule left-wing stances on transgenderism, education and other topics.

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 U.S. Coast Guard just booted several “unvaccinated” cadets out of their officer training academy despite several federal injunctions preventing the Department of Defense from carrying out President Biden’s unlawful vaccine orders, reports Liberty Counsel. These cadets were given just 24 hours to get off base and get out of the military, even though the Coast Guard is suffering from nearly unprecedented recruitment shortfalls.

Grace Christian School “fielded hundreds, probably thousands of phone calls last week, with some outrageous despicable comments: “People threatening to burn my house down, threatening to kill my family,” said Barry McKeen, school administrator and pastor of Grace Community Church of Valrico, Florida, which runs the school. The threats came in reaction to an article by NBC News, which published several paragraphs of a June 6 email in which McKeen reiterated to school parents the school’s commitment to biblical sexuality. “We believe that God created mankind in His image: male (man) and female (woman), sexually different but with equal dignity,” read the email. “Therefore, one’s biological sex must be affirmed, and no attempts should be made to physically change, alter, or disagree with one’s biological gender — including, but not limited to, elective sex reassignment, transvestite, transgender, or non-binary gender fluid acts of conduct (Genesis 1:26-28).

Across Afghanistan, women have seen their lives altered in unthinkable ways in the year since the Taliban returned to rule the country following two decades of war. A report last month by the human rights group Amnesty International catalogued the hardships inflicted upon women and girls under the Islamic militant regime. “In less than a year, the Taliban have decimated the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan,” the report concluded. “They have violated women’s and girls’ rights to education, work and free movement; demolished the system of support for women and girls fleeing domestic violence; arbitrarily detained women and girls for infractions of the Taliban’s discriminatory rules; and contributed to a surge in the rates of child, early and forced marriage.”

Uganda, located in East Africa, is a largely Christian nation, reflecting the faith of more than 80% of its population. But reports of anti-Christian violence there are increasing exponentially. Unlike the horrific massacres in Nigerian villages and churches or the mass beheadings in Mozambique, Ugandan attacks tend to target individual converts from Islam to Christianity. They are carried out by radical Islamists, encouraged by local Muslim clerics or terror groups like al-Shabab and ISIS-affiliates.

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

A hand count of votes failed to alter the outcome of the Kansas pro-abortion vote, according to results reported Sunday. Nine Kansas counties recounted votes last week from a referendum about amending the state constitution to note it does not include a right to abortion. In an unexpected outcome, the initial referendum favored the current abortion law by a margin of about 165,000 votes or 18 percentage points. The recounts altered the outcome by fewer than 100 votes.

After a week of investigative phone calls, Operation Rescue has determined that 62 abortion clinics have recently stopped performing abortions. Among those 62 clinics no longer killing babies, 18 closed altogether. North Dakota’s abortion ban is currently blocked, and abortion is legal. However, the last remaining abortion clinic closed, making it abortion free.

Texas Judge James Wesley Hendrix ruled doctors are not required to perform an abortion as part of emergency care. The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) mandates that hospitals in the Medicare program provide emergency services even if individuals cannot pay. In July, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services interpreted that law to include abortion—meaning a doctor could not be prosecuted for performing an abortion if the mother’s health was at risk. Hendrix ruled that since the law did not mention abortion, it could not override Texas laws or the doctor’s duty to the child.

A In victory for White House, judge says Idaho doctors can’t be punished for abortions if pregnant patient’s health is at risk. The Justice Department lawsuit was the federal government’s first legal challenge of a restrictive abortion ban since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June. The suit alleged that Idaho’s ban violates a federal requirement that hospitals receiving Medicare funding provide necessary medical care when a person’s health or life is at stake.

Even prior to the overturn of Roe v. Wade, chemical abortions had come to account for over half of abortions in the United States. Over the weekend, the Wall Street Journal published a piece highlighting the schemes of the online chemical abortion black market. For example, Plan C encourages women to travel to Mexico or the southern border to obtain pills. It also links to “online pharmacy” websites that feature off-brand abortion drugs for sale that have not been reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration. One site, abortionrx.com, claims that chemical abortion can be safely used up to 13 weeks into pregnancy. The FDA, on the other hand, has only approved the drugs through 10 weeks.

  • Another website that the WSJ cites is Medside24.com – a chemical abortion dealer based in Kazakhstan. The front page of the dealer’s website claims that abortion drugs are “painless” and “not accompanied by complications.” Further digging, however, reveals their disclaimers about the pain and complications that chemical abortion does, in fact, cause.

Tennessee, Texas, and Idaho enacted trigger laws set to go into place 30 days after the Supreme Court issued a judgment in the case that overturned Roe v. Wade. The laws will protect babies in every case except to save the life of the mother. They also make it a felony to perform an abortion but do not penalize the mother. In Idaho, a judge ruled that hospitals participating in Medicare will still have to provide abortions if the mother’s life or health is at risk in accordance with guidance from Congress.

North Dakota’s law was supposed to go into effect right after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, but it has been held up by injunctions as the state’s lone abortion facility fights back. The state used to protect babies after 22 weeks, but the new law would protect babies in every case except to save the life of the mother or in cases of rape or incest. The exceptions would have to be proved in court to prevent a doctor who performed an abortion from being charged with a felony.

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

Covid-19

New daily cases of Covid-19 in the U.S. are down 14% over the past two weeks, while hospitalizations are down 10% and deaths down 2%. It is still unknown how many cases went unreported due to home testing, but hospitalizations and deaths would include those home-testers who went to the hospital. Cases are falling in all but a few states. And some states, primarily in the West, have seen cases decline by 30 percent or more in the past two weeks. Tennessee is up 70% over the past two weeks, while Rhode Island is up 58%, Michigan up 20%, Alabama up 17%, Maine up 16%, South Dakota up 16%, and Louisiana up 8%.

  • The government will end its program of free COVID-19 at-home tests Friday because of insufficient congressional funding, a senior Biden administration official said Sunday. Both the White House and the website where people can get their tests blamed Congress for failing to provide additional funding for the program, which offered up to 16 free tests per household since the beginning of the year.

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said during a televised interview Tuesday that the agency is “resetting” after admitting it made “dramatic” mistakes in reacting to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the report, the agency deployed a “faulty” COVID-19 test to the nation that may have set back efforts to prevent the rapid spread of the disease that the agency reported has killed more than 1 million people in the United States. Walensky also said that the agency released data too late for the federal government to make decisions on how best to battle the pandemic. She hopes changes will speed up the release of data, and for it to deliver “clear, concise messages about public health threats, in plain language that can be grasped without sifting through voluminous pages on a website,” the report said.

  • The NY Times reported that Walensky also wants to reform the CDC’s internal promotion system to focus on contributions to public health, rather than just rewarding employees based on academic achievements and published papers.

On August 11, 2022, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reversed its COVID-19 guidelines, thereby vindicating every “misinformation spreader” out there, notes the Epoch Times The CDC is now advocating for taking personal responsibility and for everyone to decide for themselves “which prevention behaviors to use and when (at all times or at specific times), based on their own risk for severe illness and that of members of their household, their risk tolerance, and setting-specific factors.” The CDC is also giving up on discrimination based on COVID vaccination status, stating, its “COVID-19 prevention recommendations no longer differentiate based on a person’s vaccination status because breakthrough infections occur.” They also admit natural immunity exists and works. Testing is now reserved for those who “are symptomatic, or have a known or suspected exposure to someone with COVID-19,” isolation is only for those who are symptomatic and have tested positive, and contact tracing is now restricted to health care settings and select “high-risk congregate settings,”

According to a study published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases in 2022, among the top 18 symptoms of long COVID, 9 of them are neuropsychiatric ones, including memory problems, sleep problems, brain fog, anxiety, depression, smell or taste disorders, dizziness, and headaches. An article in the journal Science suggests that vaccination may also cause rare symptoms similar to those of long COVID. The SARS-CoV-2 virus can cross the ‘Blood-brain Barrier’ and attack the brain, according to an article published in The Lancet Neurology. Ongoing research suggests that terpenoids found in many trees and plants such as citrus peel and peppermint essential oils can help the brain’s autophagic response, and meditation has also shown promise in helping the brain to heal itself.

Monkeypox

According to a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine and reported by NBC News, 95 percent of monkeypox cases have so far occurred in the “gay community,” and evidence strongly suggests that behaviors distinctive to that community are primarily responsible for spreading the virus. The public health response to monkeypox, which many are now describing as a complete disaster, has been largely shaped by officials who are unwilling to offend gay rights activists. Despite more than 6,000 cases reported nationwide, major cities like New York and San Francisco have hesitated to make clear exactly how the disease spreads, or to urge those primarily at risk to stop spreading it, notes Breakpoint.

The U.S. leads the world in monkeypox cases. A total of over 15,400 cases of monkeypox have been verified in the United States as of this week, making the country responsible for roughly 36% of all cases globally. Spain ranks second in monkeypox infections. They have less than half of U.S. infections, over 6,100. The number of cases has risen to nearly 42,900 worldwide, and 12 fatalities have been documented. As of 8/24, there have been no confirmed fatalities in the United States.

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

The Food and Drug Administration plans to authorize boosters that target the BA.4 and BA.5 coronavirus strains this fall without complete data on how the shots performed in humans, saying it has enough alternate data to ensure safety. FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf said the process is similar to the one that regulators use each year for the flu, in which shots must be modified to match circulating strains. He said regulators will rely on real-world evidence from existing COVID-19 shots delivered to millions of people, clinical trial data on shots that targeted different omicron subvariants and non-clinical data from the lab on the BA.4/5 shots that will be rolled out by September or October.

Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Thursday that unvaccinated students were banned from attending school in person this fall. The mayor added that students aged 12 and above are mandated to show proof of Covid vaccination within the first 20 days of the new school session. At a press conference, Bowser announced that the unvaccinated students would also not be allowed to learn virtually. According to the mayor, students who fail to comply with this mandate would be left without education as no alternatives would be provided for them. According to the Washington, D.C. database, over 40% of the black kids in this bracket are unvaccinated.

Vaccinated people are more likely than the unvaccinated in recent months to be a COVID-19 case, hospitalization, or death in 25 states, according to an Epoch Times investigation. In Kentucky in June, for example, 67 percent of the deaths were among the vaccinated, according to data obtained by The Epoch Times. That same month, the vaccinated made up 65 percent of COVID-19 cases, 64 percent of COVID-19 hospitalizations, and 66 percent of COVID-19 deaths in Wisconsin. The numbers are a drastic change from 2021.

  • Given that around 68% of the U.S. is vaccinated according to the latest data, what this really says is that vaccinated people are just as likely to be hospitalized and die as unvaccinated people – thus vaccination is  affording no benefit while increasing the risks of dying from something other than Covid like blood clots.

The biggest names in COVID vaccines are now embroiled in a legal fight. Moderna sued Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech on Friday, alleging patent infringement over the technology used to make the COVID shots, reports the Verge. Moderna accused its rivals of essentially stealing the mRNA technology it developed before the pandemic came into play, citing patents it filed between 2010 and 2016.

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

At least four people were killed and two people were injured early Sunday morning after a man dressed in all black set fire to a building and then shot at people fleeing from the fire. Among the four killed was the suspect, Finner said. The victims, all men, range in age from 40-60. The incident occurred at a multiroom rental facility near 8020 Dunlap St., Finner said. The fire department arrived at the scene first to fight the fire, but had to retreat from the gunman upon arrival. After the police arrived, an officer, a 7-year veteran, engaged in gunfire with the suspect and killed him.

A man armed with a semiautomatic rifle and wearing tactical gear shot and killed two people and injured five, including two officers, Sunday night near Deer Valley Road and 27th Avenue in north Phoenix. Police received a call about shots being fired near businesses around 8:30 p.m., according to a Phoenix police news release. When officers arrived in the area, the armed man opened fire on several marked patrol vehicles. Four cars were “riddled with bullets.” Police evacuated nearby businesses and took people to a safe place. Surveillance video shows the man walking through a parking lot and falling to the ground; it appears he took his own life, police said. The gunman had a rifle, several rifle magazines, incendiary devices, gas mask and helmet nearby.

At least two people were killed after a gunman opened fire in a Safeway grocery store in Bend, Oregon, Sunday night. The shooter entered the parking lot of the Forum Shopping Center from a residential area behind the stores. The suspect opened fire in the parking lot with an AR-15 style rifle. Police said no one was injured in the parking lot. The gunman then walked into the store and shot and killed a person in the front of the store. The shooter continued walking through the store and shot and killed a second person. The suspect was still shooting when responding officers arrived at the scene. Police then found the suspect dead. Officers did not fire any shots.

 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)

A federal judge has ruled that a Texas law that bans people ages 18 to 20 from carrying handguns in public is unconstitutional, saying the restriction is inconsistent with the Second Amendment and U.S. history. The decision follows a transformational Supreme Court ruling in June which significantly expanded gun owners’ rights to carry firearms outside the home and raised the threshold that authorities must meet when defending gun restrictions. District Court Judge Mark Pittman stated that the Texas restriction on “law-abiding 18-to-20-year-olds” is inconsistent with the Constitution because the Second Amendment itself does not state an age restriction, and minors were part of state militias that existed in the formative years of American history.

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)

Two men accused of plotting to kidnap Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer with a bomb were found guilty last Tuesday by a jury which convicted Adam Fox and Barry Croft Jr. of conspiracy to kidnap Whitmer. Both were also found guilty of attempting to procure a weapon of mass destruction. A jury in April failed to reach a unanimous verdict on Fox and Croft. Defense lawyers portrayed Fox and Croft as “big talkers,” a bumbling, foul-mouthed, marijuana-smoking pair exercising free speech and incapable of leading anything as extraordinary as an abduction of a public official. They claimed FBI agents and informants fed their outrage and pulled them into their web.

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

A California district attorney has found that more than 70% of criminal suspects released on $0 bail between 2020 and 2021 in his county committed new crimes. The California Judicial Council in April 2020 implemented the statewide Emergency Bail Schedule, or $0 bail, which supporters say makes the criminal justice system more fair for those who cannot afford to get released. “When over 70% of the people released under mandated $0 bail policies go on to commit additional crime(s), including violent offenses such as robbery and murder, there is simply no rational public safety-related basis to continue such a practice post-pandemic, especially in light of the increasing violent crime rates across California,” Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig said.

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.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) was sound asleep in her Floyd County home when the doorbell and knocks on her front door woke her up. There were flashlights and people outside her bedroom window. Quickly, she jumped out of bed, got dressed, and walked to the front door. By instinct, she reached for her gun, although something told her to put it down. The decision to not take her gun may have saved her life. At her front porch were five police officers with their guns ready. They told the confused congresswoman that they were responding to a report of a fatal shooting at her house—a man shot five times in a bathtub, with a woman and children still in the residence—indicating violence could escalate. “I think you got swatted,” the police told Greene after they realized what was happening. Swatting, the act of using prank calls to send tactical police to the victim’s home, is a federal crime and has previously led to serious consequences.

  • The incident, which occurred in the early hours of Aug. 24, would mark the first of two successive swatting attempts in 26 hours targeting Greene, who is a far-right polarizing figure on the national scene. “They wanted to send the police to my house, into a situation where they thought there was murder happening, in hopes the police would kill me or someone else in my home,” Greene said. She has become a target of liberal progressives for her far-right conservative views.

Human Trafficking: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. (Luke 4:18-19)

Hundreds of people from Taiwan have been trafficked to Cambodia, Taiwan’s Cabinet spokesman Lo Ping-cheng said last Thursday. A few of them were trafficked for sex, he added. But looking at travel records, Taiwan’s police think thousands could’ve been victims. And not only Taiwanese. Foreign nationals from across Asia numbering thousands have been trafficked into Cambodia, Al Jazeera reported earlier this month. Online scam gangs lure job seekers with fake ads that promise well-paid overseas employment with good benefits. Dozens of Hong Kongers have also fallen victim, with some abducted from Thailand and taken to Myanmar in recent months.

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)

After years of seemingly unending growth, the tech sector and its massive valuations have finally come back down to earth, experts told USA TODAY last week. Even the biggest gainers like Facebook, Amazon, Alphabet, Netflix and Google have experienced painful quarters of retrenchments and share price drops, as the entire market has readjusted to a “new normal” post-pandemic. A spate of layoffs and disappointing second- and third-quarter results have caused investors to wonder if the tech bubble has burst for good.

Twitter has major security problems that pose a threat to its own users’ personal information, to company shareholders, to national security, and to democracy, according to an explosive whistleblower disclosure obtained exclusively by CNN and The Washington Post. The disclosure, sent last month to Congress and federal agencies, paints a picture of a chaotic and reckless environment at a mismanaged company that allows too many of its staff access to the platform’s central controls and most sensitive information without adequate oversight. It also alleges that some of the company’s senior-most executives have been trying to cover up Twitter’s serious vulnerabilities, and that one or more current employees may be working for a foreign intelligence service.

  • The whistleblower, who has agreed to be publicly identified, is Peiter “Mudge” Zatko, who was previously the company’s head of security, reporting directly to the CEO. Zatko further alleges that Twitter’s leadership has misled its own board and government regulators about its security vulnerabilities, including some that could allegedly open the door to foreign spying or manipulation, hacking and disinformation campaigns. The whistleblower also alleges Twitter does not reliably delete users’ data after they cancel their accounts, in some cases because the company has lost track of the information, and that it has misled regulators about whether it deletes the data as it is required to do.

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)

Building on the record number of Americans who signed up for Obamacare health insurance this year, the Biden administration said Friday it will spend nearly $99 million to bolster outreach to consumers seeking coverage. The Department of Health and Human Services will spread the money among 59 “navigator” groups, which help consumers find coverage through state and federal health exchanges, Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program. More than 14.5 million Americans signed up for health insurance through state or federal exchanges during the most recent enrollment period that ended Jan. 15. The previous record of nearly 12.7 million came in 2016, the final year of President Barack Obama’s administration. Signups dipped below 12 million from 2018 through 2020 during the Trump administration.

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)

The U.S. is experiencing an alarming increase in vehicle deaths. Pete Buttigieg, the transportation secretary, recently called it “a national crisis of fatalities and serious injuries on our roadways.” And the toll is falling most heavily on lower-income Americans and Black Americans. More than 115 Americans have been dying on the roads on average every day this year. Not so long ago, the trend in car crashes was a good-news story. The death rate began to fall in the early 1970s. But the situation changed around 2015, with the death rate mostly rising over the next several years. As alarming as these trends were, the biggest increases have taken place more recently — since the pandemic. In the spring of 2020, as Covid was transforming daily life, vehicle crashes surged. By the start of this year, the death rate had jumped about 20 percent from prepandemic levels. The primary reason, experts say, is distracted driving.

  • Distracted driving is bad for you

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)

Research from Education Next, a nonpartisan research organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, shows that nearly 2 million students have left public schools since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, which led to mandated school closures and an influx of online education. Between 2020 and 2022, public school enrollments declined from 81% to 76.5%, while charter school enrollment increased from 5% to 7.2% and private school enrollment increased from 8% to 9.7%. Homeschooling saw an uptick from 6 to 6.6%.

Legislation that would restrict gender identity and race discussions in public schools and colleges is facing headwinds as they multiply among the states. The free speech advocacy group PEN America reports that 36 states have introduced 137 “divisive concepts” bills this year — a 250% increase over the 54 bills lawmakers filed in 22 states last year. But only seven of the bills have become law: Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Dakota, Tennessee and two in Florida. That’s down from 12 last year. “The lowest of the low-hanging fruit was plucked last year in the states where the bills had the most support and faced the fewest procedural hurdles,” said Jeremy C. Young, PEN America’s director of free expression.

A Missouri school district has gained national attention and prompted protests among its high school students after announcing it was bringing back “corporal punishment,” including spanking and paddling. The move to expand paddling in a U.S. school district is unusual, but data shows the practice is still legal in over a dozen states. The latest federal data suggests tens-of-thousands of students were subjected to the physical punishment in public schools as recently as 2018.

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)

Several thousand people marched through the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, and other cities, on Monday, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Ariel Henry and action to better their lives for the better, as they deal with poverty, inflation and widespread violence.

Marriage/Family:  “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)

According to the Office for National Statistics, in England and Wales in 2021, more than half of all births (51.3%) were outside marriage or a civil partnership, for the first time in recorded history. In 2001, it was 40%. The Ruth Institute interviewed Douglas Kasten, a detective specializing in crimes against children. His ten-year experience confirms the science: children living with their married biological parents are safer from sexual and physical abuse than children in any other family structure. In addition, the fertility rate in the United Kingdom in 2021 was 1.61 children per woman, well below the replacement level of 2.1.

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.

After Libs of TikTok exposed the Boston Children’s Hospital for performing gender transition surgeries on minors, the hospital rushed to contain the fallout, revising its website to remove the evidence. But Boston was just the tip of iceberg. According to research compiled by The Washington Stand, at least 13 hospitals – mostly children’s hospitals – in the United States perform gender transition surgeries on minors. Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C., undertakes so-called gender-affirming genital surgery on girls under 16 years old, also according to Libs of TikTok.

Teacher Nick Cosme in Naperville, Illinois paints his nails like a woman does, so he now is “teaching 8-year-old boys in his Elmwood School how to do the same.” The report explained the publication’s sources documented how the 25-year-old Cosme suggested boys might want to be known as “she,” and he read his class a book about a boy who likes “fairies” and other things “not for boys. “The book, “My Shadow Is Pink,” is written to describe how a boy who likes to wear dresses inspires is father to wear a dress too. Parents had raised concerns with the Naperville 203 district, and officials said they reviewed the situation and applauded the lessons.

  • Teachers should stick to academics and not impose their own lifestyle choices on suggestable little children.

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

Lackluster funding, infinite work hours, staff shortages, limited resources, abusive phone calls and more: These problems are nothing new for America’s election officials. Despite it all, they have remained steadfast in the conviction that their job is what maintains American democracy. Failure is not an option. Now, however, their patience is being pushed to its limits by new hostility and threats – it’s pushing officials away and it doesn’t bode well for future elections. I dread 2024, I don’t know how people are gonna be in 2024,” said Tonya Wichman, director of Ohio’s Defiance County Board of Elections. “You can only take so many phone calls that tell you how bad you are at your job.” 

Four progressive North Carolina judges are seeking to void two state constitutional amendments about election reform passed by the electorate. The state’s voters in 2018 approved four of six proposed amendments that the Republican-led legislature placed on the November ballot. Each proposal had been approved by the required three-fifths majorities in the state House and Senate. The two amendments the judges wish to overturn were a measure mandating photo identification for voters, and another lowering North Carolina’s cap on income-tax rates. A total of 55% of the voters approved the photo ID amendment, and 57% approved the cap on income-tax rates. On Aug. 19, the four Democrats on the North Carolina Supreme Court outvoted their three GOP colleagues in a case that could end up nullifying millions of votes. Looks like the U.S. Supreme Court will have to settle this.

A tray containing mail-in ballots for the 2020 general election that were never delivered was discovered in early August — of 2022 — at a Baltimore postal facility. First, the good news: These were outgoing blank ballots, directed to voters who had requested them, rather than completed ballots/votes that never made it to their destination and thus were not counted. Additionally, the tray contained only 26 ballots. Nevertheless, the discovery highlights some of the pitfalls of mail-in voting. 

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

Roughly 150,000 Ukrainians have entered the U.S. since March, and many new arrivals are relying on their new communities to survive as they struggle to overcome the trauma of war. “Like all refugees, they’re starting from scratch,” said Krish O’Mara Vignarajah, President and CEO of Lutheran Immigrant and Refugee Service, based in Baltimore. “They’ve lost their homes, left loved ones behind, seen the images of civilians executed. All of that takes a tremendous mental toll.” President Biden vowed in late March that the U.S. would accept up to 100,000 Ukrainian refugees, in addition to pledging $1 billion in humanitarian aid to those affected by the war. While that goal has now been surpassed, the number is still but a fraction of the estimated 6.3 million Ukrainians displaced by the Russian invasion.

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)

Another bus carrying approximately 50 illegal migrants arrived in New York City Saturday from Texas, with another bus expected later that morning. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has sent more than 1,500 migrants to the Big Apple in a bid to draw attention to the ongoing immigration crisis on the southern border. New York officials said this week that the city is using 14 hotels to provide housing to the new arrivals. “Texas is filling the gaps left in Biden’s absence at our border,” Abbott wrote on social media after the Saturday buses arrived. “We’ve made over 19,000 arrests, seized over 335.5M lethal fentanyl doses, & sent over 7,400 migrants on buses to DC and over 1,500 to NYC. While Biden ignores the crisis, Texas steps up.”

The Pentagon denied Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s second request to activate the National Guard over her concerns about illegal immigrants who’ve been coming to the district. After her first request was denied earlier this month, she sent another letter on Aug. 11 asking for the deployment of 150 National Guard soldiers to “help prevent a prolonged humanitarian crisis in our nation’s capital resulting from the daily arrival of migrants.” But that request was shot down by Department of Defense executive secretary Kelly Bulliner Holly who wrote back, “The DCNG has no specific experience in or training for this kind of mission or unique skills for providing facility management, feeding, sanitation or ground support.”

The suspension of the Remain in Mexico program did not trigger a sudden easing of the path into the U.S. If anything, migrant advocates say, it’s sowed confusion and compounded the challenges, with a border backlog that continues to put people at risk. Immigrant advocates applauded recently when the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced the suspension of the Remain in Mexico policy. The announcement followed a federal court order that ended the legal wrangling over President Biden’s efforts to cease the policy. But many are waiting to see how the Biden administration relieves the bottleneck of migrants at ports of entry along the border.

The number of migrants arriving from somewhere other than Mexico and the Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador has grown dramatically. So far this fiscal year, which began in October, the US Border Patrol has encountered more than 700,000 migrants from other countries. The number of migrants arriving from Cuba, Venezuela, Colombia and Nicaragua has increased significantly since January 2021.

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)

Natural gas prices in Europe are now more than 10 times their average for this time of year — sparking the destabilization of economies and undermining the euro, Bloomberg reported last Friday. Much of it is due to Russia curbing its shipments in retaliation against sanctions imposed for its war on Ukraine. The European Union had been depending on natural gas shipments from the U.S. and Norway to make up for Russia’s curtailment, but lower flows from Norway are anticipated into September as a result of maintenance, and a natural gas plant in the U.S. is offline after being damaged by an explosion earlier this year, and is not expected to restart until October.

Diesel and heating oil supplies in the Northeast are more than 50% below the recent average, raising concerns that an extreme weather event could cause supply disruptions, federal officials said. Fuel supplies are lower than normal across the country for a variety of reasons, including the war in Ukraine. But it’s the worst in the Northeast. Diesel fuel and heating oil, which comprise the distillate category, are 63% below the five-year average in New England and 58% below the same average from Maryland to New York.

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)

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced on Aug. 24 that it will waive penalties levied against American taxpayers who failed to file their 2019 and 2020 returns in a timely manner during the COVID-19 pandemic. The agency will also issue over $1.2 billion in refunds or credits to taxpayers who received the fees. According to the IRS, roughly 1.6 million taxpayers, including individuals and businesses, will automatically receive the billions in refunds or credits by the end of September. Spread across 1.6 million taxpayers evenly, that would amount to an average refund of $750 per taxpayer.

The federal government’s electric vehicle (EV) transition is in full swing, and Democrats hyped the recent passage of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) as an accelerant to that evolution. But the revised tax credits for purchasing an EV severely lower which vehicles qualify because of an “assembled in North America” requirement, and, in 2023, that includes the battery. Before the IRA went into effect, there were approximately 72 EVs eligible for a tax credit, according to the Alliance for Automotive Innovation industry trade group. Now, just 16 model year 2022 personal vehicles qualify for the federal tax credit, and only three 2023 models are eligible, according to the Department of Energy (DOE).

  • Another example of the ‘devil is in the details’ or of the ‘law of unintended consequences.” Perhaps this new requirement meant well, but it undermine the legislation’s goal of reducing emissions through expanded EV sales

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)

Amtrak wants to hire 4,000 workers to fill new roles across the board for positions in areas like project management, finance, technology, electrical, customer service and onboarding services. The company said last week that Amtrak will be hosting career fairs and hiring events across the country to talk more about these positions. Service jobs start at $21 per hour. Mechanical workers and electricians have a starting pay at $34.07 per hour, along with hiring bonuses and relocation packages for those hired on for critical positions. 

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

Honda has struck a deal with Korean battery giant LG Energy Solution to build a $4.4 billion US factory to supply its electric vehicles. The partners haven’t announced where in the United States they’ll build the factory. They said in a joint news release Monday that they plan to begin construction in early 2023 to prepare for mass production by the end of 2025. Honda has produced cars such as the Accord sedan and the midsize CR-V at its factory in Marysville, Ohio, since 1982. Honda and LG Energy Solution said they picked the US because local production and a “timely supply of batteries” would best position them to succeed in the growing North American electric vehicle market. Honda does not currently offer an electric vehicle in the US, but plans to launch an SUV, the Prologue, in 2024. Honda expects to launch 30 electric vehicle models globally by 2030.

Debt: The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender. (Proverbs 22:7) Be not one of those who give pledges, who put up security for debts. (Proverbs 22:26) If you lend money to any of my people with you who is poor, you shall not be like a moneylender to him, and you shall not exact interest from him. (Exodus 22:25)

  • Note: The saying “neither a borrower nor a lender be” is good advice, however it is not a Bible verse but rather a Shakespeare quote.

President Biden announced Wednesday that he will cancel $10,000 of federal student loan debt for certain borrowers making less than $125,000 per year, and up to $20,000 for Pell Grant recipients, while extending the pause on federal student loan payments through the end of the year. Pandemic-era payment freezes were set to end on Aug. 31, but Biden on Wednesday also extended the payment pause “one final time through Dec. 31, 2022.” The nation’s federal student debt now tops $1.6 trillion after ballooning for years. More than 43 million Americans have federal student debt, with almost a third owing less than $10,000 and more than half owing less than $20,000, according to the latest federal data.

  • According to a Penn Wharton Budget Model, a one-time maximum debt forgiveness of $10,000 for borrowers who make less than $125,000 will cost around $300-$500 billion for taxpayers. However, the Biden administration announced Friday that they estimate the total cost to be $24 billion per year, but that would be offset by the administration’s deficit reduction. Yeah, right. That’s just smoke and mirrors, folks.
  • Many hardworking, play-by-the-rules Americans have diligently paid off their student loans as a matter of personal responsibility and are not pleased that others are being bailed out at taxpayer expense. In essence, the forgiveness shifts personal debts to become more government debt.
  • Republicans complained about adding to the already burdensome national debt, and some Democrats agreed, but also accused Biden of sidestepping Congress and saying the President lacked the authority to grant loan forgiveness.

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)

Controlling inflation will cause ‘some pain’ for households and businesses and a softer job market, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome H. Powell said Thursday. In a forceful speech at a Federal Reserve meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He stated that central bank officials know inflation is still too high, but the Fed would keep raising interest rates until the economy is under control. Three more rate hikes are expected this year.

U.S. rents hit a record high in July for the 17th month in a row, putting ever more pressure on renters. The national median rent hit a new record high of $1,879 a month in July, up 12.3% from a year ago, according to Realtor.com. July marked the sixth-straight month of moderating increases, retreating from a 17% year-over-year rent increase in January. Still, rents rose by double-digit percentages in all size categories in July compared to a year ago, with monthly rents for studios up 14.3% to $1,555; one-bedrooms, up 12.2% to $1,745; and two-bedrooms, up 11.7% to $2,103.

Mortgage rates jumped higher this week as investors tried to make sense of data that gave mixed signals about the health of the US economy. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 5.55% in the week ending August 25, up from 5.13% the week before, according to Freddie Mac. That is significantly higher than this time last year when it was 2.87%. After starting the year at 3.22%, mortgage rates rose sharply during the first half of the year, hitting a high of 5.81% in mid-June. But since then, concerns about the economy and the Federal Reserve’s mission to combat inflation have made them more volatile.

At least 20 million households — or about 1 in 6 American homes — are behind on their power bills as soaring electricity prices spark what is said to be the worst-ever crisis in late utility payments, according to Bloomberg, citing data from the National Energy Assistance Directors Association. Electricity prices had increased significantly since 2020 after a decade of stagnation. The steep rise has resulted in billions of dollars in overdue power bills.  Utility shutoffs are on the rise across the U.S. as some lower-income households are thousands of dollars behind on their power bills. 

U.S. new vehicle prices hit a record high in August on the back of strong demand despite rising interest rates, an industry report showed last Wednesday. Average transaction prices were a record $46,259, an 11.5% increase from a year earlier, according to the report from auto industry consultants J.D. Power and LMC Automotive. However, an inventory shortage continues to shackle new vehicle sales. Retail sales of new vehicles are expected to reach 980,400 units in August, a 2.6% decrease from a year earlier, the consultants added.

U.S. natural gas prices are way up, which means it may cost more to heat a home this winter. The U.S. benchmark for natural gas, settled last Tuesday at $9.19 per million British thermal unit for September deliveries – more than double its settling price a year prior. There are two primary reasons causing natural gas prices to spike. The first is the energy crisis in Europe, which has raised concerns about supply shortages this winter due to Russian shutting down gas supplies. The second is lower natural gas storage levels in the U.S. The summer’s above-average temperatures kept air conditioners on and elevated electricity demand, leaving less natural gas in storage for the winter.  

The euro has reached its lowest value in 20 years. The last time it fell below the U.S. dollar was July 15, 2002. The barrier is largely psychological, but the crossing signifies the struggles of the European economy. High energy prices and fuel shortages have led to 8.9 percent inflation, driving up everything from grocery to housing prices.

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

Israel on Thursday indicted a senior leader of the Iran-backed Islamic Jihad movement whose arrest led to a brief conflict in Gaza earlier this month and whose detention is likely to fuel tensions. Anticipating retaliation to Al-Saadi’s arrest on August 1, Israel launched what it called pre-emptive strikes against his group in the Gaza Strip, where it is based, leading to three days of Israeli air strikes and Palestinian rockets. More recently, Jihad spokesman, Dawood Shehab, said Israel was fabricating charges based on “misleading and unfounded accusations”. Shehab said the group would ask Egypt and the United Nations to intervene, and issued a veiled threat that it could respond with violence if Al-Saadi was not released.

Israel and Turkey announced on Wednesday that both countries will work to restore diplomatic ties with each other for the first time in over a decade. “The resumption of relations with Turkey is an important asset for regional stability and very important economic news for the citizens of Israel. We will continue to strengthen Israel’s standing in the world,” Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said of the diplomatic decision.

A seven-year-old Israeli girl was shot in the stomach on Saturday morning while playing in the front yard of her home in Kochav Ya’akov, a Jewish town in Samaria some 10 minutes north of Jerusalem. The girl’s mother, Yael Solam, said the child is expected to make a full recovery. The IDF said the shot came from a nearby Palestinian Authority-controlled Arab town. Speaking to Israel National News, a security official said he believed that terrorists had intentionally shot at the Israeli town and that the perpetrators had successfully fled the scene and evaded capture.

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)

The Pentagon says U.S. military airstrikes in eastern Syria this week were a message to Iran and Tehran-backed militias who have targeted American troops this month and several other times over the past year, most recently with a failed drone attack on the U.S. base. Colin Kahl, the undersecretary of defense for policy, told reporters on Wednesday that the U.S. airstrikes overnight on facilities used by militias backed by Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard demonstrated that “the United States will not hesitate to defend itself against Iranian and Iran-backed aggression when it occurs.”

Palestinian thugs who beat and torture critics of PA President Mahmoud Abba’s regime are trained by the British army at taxpayer’s expense, The Jewish Chronicle (JC) has revealed. According to the JC report, Britain has been training and supporting Abbas’s security services since 2011 at a cost of more than £65 million (appr. $7 million). Palestinian human rights activists say Whitehall has chosen to overlook the systematic use of torture and widespread human rights abuse in the PA-administered areas of Judea and Samaria.

Iran has dropped another key demand related to nuclear inspections as negotiations continue over reviving the Iran nuclear deal, a senior administration official told CNN last Tuesday. It’s a development that could make a breakthrough more likely after Tehran dropped another key request last week. Iran had previously demanded that as a condition of re-entering the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the International Atomic Energy Agency had to close its investigation of undeclared nuclear material found at Iranian sites in 2019. Iran also officially dropped its longtime demand that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps be removed from the State Department’s list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations.

  • Iran might be more agreeable because it already has produced enough weapon-grade uranium to make nuclear bombs.

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid has reportedly been frustrated with an inability to get President Joe Biden on the phone to discuss Israel’s objections to the rumored Iran nuclear deal. However, Israel’s intelligence chief David Barnea is headed to Washington this week to discuss Biden’s designs on a new nuclear deal with Iran. Barnea, who is opposed to Iran becoming a nuclear power, will meet with the Senate and House intelligence committees, according to The Jerusalem Post.

  • “We have made it clear to everyone: if a deal is signed, it does not obligate Israel. We will act to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear state,” Prime Minister Yair Lapid said in a briefing to foreign correspondents Wednesday, as the finalizing of new nuclear agreement with Iran appears imminent.

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

Russia/Ukraine

President Vladimir Putin wants to ratchet up Russia’s armed forces by 137,000 troops as his invasion of Ukraine passes the six-month mark and has bogged down according to U.S. military leaders. The decree doesn’t indicate how the Russian armed forces will beef up the ranks, whether through conscription, increasing the number of volunteer troops or a combination of both. Pentagon officials said they believe as many as 80,000 Russian troops have been killed or wounded since the start of the invasion of Ukraine in late February.

The Biden administration last Wednesday unveiled a $2.8 billion long-term aid plan for the Ukraine military that the White House said would allow Ukraine to acquire air defense systems, artillery systems and munitions, counter-unmanned aerial systems, and radars to ensure it can continue to defend itself over the long term.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine six months ago ignited a conflict the entire world appears to be losing. Ukraine is on life support, Russian troops are taking massive casualties, and the rest of the world is saddled with severe food shortages, spiraling inflation, the risk of a nuclear disaster and other hardships fueled by a savage war that shows no sign of soon ending.

The Kremlin can claim modest gains on the ground, but at least three top generals have been replaced in the past month as the Russian military struggles to make meaningful progress toward President Vladimir Putin’s expansive ambitions. “His overall objective was to overrun the entire country, to engage in regime change in Kyiv, to snuff out Ukraine as an independent sovereign and independent nation,” Colin Kahl, the U.S. undersecretary of defense for policy, said at a recent briefing. “None of that has happened.”

Air raid sirens wailed across most of Ukraine on Wednesday as Russian rockets pummeled areas of the battered nation on its Independence Day. Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelinsky marked the 31st anniversary of his country’s independence from the Soviet Union with a fiery speech Wednesday pledging to drive the Russian occupiers out of his battered country. Surrender is not an option, said Zelenskyy, standing among burned out Russian tanks in downtown Kyiv. Russian rockets killed 22 people at a train station in Chaplyne, Ukraine, wounding 50 other citizens.

China/Taiwan

Two U.S. Navy warships sailed through international waters in the Taiwan Strait on Sunday, the first such operation since a visit to Taiwan by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi enraged China which regards the island as its territory. The operation demonstrates the United States’ commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific, and the U.S. military flies, sails and operates anywhere international law allows, the navy said. “Troops in the theater remain on high alert and are ready to thwart any provocation at any time,” it added in a statement.

A United States Coast Guard cutter conducting patrols on an international mission in the Pacific Ocean was denied entry to a port in the Solomon Islands raising concerns about China’s growing influence in the area. It was reported that a British vessel was also denied entry. China has been assertively trying to expand its presence and influence in the Pacific, and Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare alarmed neighboring countries, the U.S. and others after he signed a new security pact with China.

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

On Friday, a U.S. magistrate judge ruled that a New Mexico man named Herman Leyvoune Wilson must be detained on federal charges for allegedly attempting to recruit fighters for the ISIS terror group, the Albuquerque Journal reported. Wilson allegedly sought to train ISIS operatives to carry out missions in both in the United States and abroad. “An indictment handed [down]Tuesday by a federal grand jury alleges that Herman Leyvoune Wilson provided material support and resources to the foreign terrorist organization,” stated the Journal.

Imran Khan, Pakistan’s former prime minister, has been charged under the country’s anti-terrorism act, the latest chapter in a tense struggle for power with Pakistan’s current government since his ouster. Sunday’s move came a day after Khan addressed a rally and criticized top police officials and a judge for the arrest of his chief of staff. Khan was charged with threatening those officials. Since Khan was ousted from power in April, he has held boisterous rallies castigating the government. The former cricket star has maintained his strong political base and gained momentum in local elections. By contrast, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, who replaced Khan, has made little progress in addressing the dire economic crisis that sent consumer prices skyrocketing.

Islamist militants beheaded two Christian men during an attack on a minibus in northern Mozambique. The attack took place on July 30, near the village of Nova Zambézia in Macomia district, Cabo Delgado. The killings were claimed by the Islamic State (IS) of Mozambique, known locally as al-Shabaab. A statement by IS-Mozambique declared, “By the grace of God Almighty, the soldiers of the Caliphate … killed two Christians, beheading them, and shooting them with weapons.” Islamists gained effective control of an area of Cabo Delgado in 2017. The province has since been termed “the Land of Fear” owing to brutal violence meted out against both Christians and moderate Muslims.

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)

Today, up to 50 million people — including 21 million children — face starvation. Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen are experiencing catastrophic, near-famine conditions, reports World Vision. Experts anticipate that the war in Ukraine will exacerbate this ongoing crisis as conflict restricts global food supplies, drives up prices, and threatens already-vulnerable people and countries. A lack of food can lead to malnutrition and, for the approximately 811 million people who faced hunger these past two years, access to food was a large factor. In addition, one in four people globally in 2020 did not have access to clean water within their homes. Collecting water for household needs accounts for substantial time through the day — women and children walk 6 kilometers (or 3.7 miles) on average to reach water – often unclean water.

  • There are many organizations like World Vision and Barnabas Aid who are assisting people with food and water. Please consider contributing to them if you are able.

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 Environmental Protection Agency is designating some toxic industrial compounds used in cookware, carpets and firefighting foams as hazardous substances under the so-called Superfund law. The designation means that releases of long-lasting “forever” chemicals known as PFOA and PFOS that meet or exceed a certain quantity would have to be reported to federal, state or tribal officials. The requirement would increase understanding of the extent and locations of the contamination and help communities avoid or reduce contact with the potentially dangerous chemicals, the EPA said. PFOA and PFOS have been voluntarily phased out by U.S. manufacturers but are still in limited use and remain in the environment because they do not degrade over time.

  • The compounds are part of a larger cluster of “forever chemicals” known as PFAS that have been used in consumer products and industry since the 1940s. PFAS is short for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, which are used in nonstick frying pans, water-repellent sports gear, stain-resistant rugs, cosmetics and countless other consumer products.

Even if the entire world stopped burning fossil fuels today, a new study finds the Greenland ice sheet would still lose enough ice to add nearly a foot to rising sea levels. Greenland’s contribution to sea level rise could be more than two feet within the century if the pace of warming continues, the authors reported. Many nations committed during the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change to hold the line on emissions to rein in rising global average temperatures, but it could be decades before the world reaches net zero emissions.

The pretty, cloudless blue skies over perfectly manicured lawns represent an ugly reality for California’s Las Virgenes Municipal Water District as it grapples with the historic megadrought ravaging California. Despite a lack of any measurable rain in months, the carpet of lush, green grass likely means homeowners are either not getting the message about the dire need for water conservation, or they are ignoring the warnings. But now, the water district has found a way to get customers’ attention. For repeat offenders, officials are trying something new: adding water restrictors to the pipes, which sharply reduce the home’s water supply.

•                  The area has a number of A-list celebrities, so it will be interesting to see how they respond.

As many as 1 in 6 U.S. tree species are in danger of extinction because of climate change and a surge in diseases. Amid an onslaught of invasive insects, an increase in deadly diseases and the all-encompassing peril of climate change, some 100 species native to the U.S. are in danger of being wiped out, according to a first-of-its-kind study published Tuesday.

Shark sightings off East Coast shores have continued to spike ahead of the Labor Day holiday. Off of Massachusetts Cape Cod beaches, there were eight confirmed sightings and four detections by buoys over the past two days, according to the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy’s Sharktivity app. Down the coast, two swimmers were bitten at South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach on 8/22. Previous shark attacks this summer have forced officials to temporarily close beaches. There were 47 unprovoked bites from sharks were reported at beaches in the U.S. last year.

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

The Japanese Meteorological Agency has issued a warning saying an offshore volcano is likely to erupt. Volcanic activity is visible in the surrounding waters for the first time in over 35 years.

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

A wildfire burning in southwest Oregon has grown to 8,404 acres, according to a Sunday update by fire officials, nearly double the acreage the blaze had consumed a day prior. The fire, about a 50-mile drive northwest of Medford, has been burning since mid-August when it was caused by lightning. But it tripled its burned acreage between Friday and Saturday due to strong winds. The fire has already prompted evacuation orders for the communities of Rand and Galice in a rural area of Josephine County, though residents in other areas have been warned to be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice.

End-Time Weather Will Continue to Grow More Severe: Ezekiel 38:22, Luke 21:25, Revelation 8:7, 11:19, 16:8,11) The end of it shall be with a flood, and till the end of the war desolations are determined. (Daniel 9:26b)

The governor of Mississippi declared a state of emergency and the mayor urged residents of low-lying areas to “get out now” as the Pearl River was forecast to crest Monday after days of heavy rains saturated the region. The river was forecast to crest at 36 feet, 10 feet above what is considered a “major” flood stage. The culprit has been a slow-moving weather system that has soaked a swath of the South, forcing evacuations and washing away roads – last week parts of Texas were hit with up to 16 inches of rain that fell over a 24-hour stretch.

In Sudan, at least 36 people have been injured in flash floods during the rainy season that started in June and more than 18,200 homes have been destroyed and over 25,600 houses damaged. The United Nations estimates that over 146,200 people have been displaced by floods. Authorities have declared emergencies in a third of the country’s provinces.

Officials in Pakistan say deaths from widespread flooding have topped 1,000 since mid-June and the country’s climate minister called the deadly monsoon season “a serious climate catastrophe.”

For weeks now, a power crunch caused by a record heat wave and accompanying drought has wreaked havoc across Sichuan, a province home to 80 million people in southwestern China. The power cuts have dimmed skyscrapers, shut factories, darkened subways, plunged homes and offices into rolling blackouts, and forced air conditioning to be unplugged. The electricity cuts have also killed thousands of poultry and fish on farms.

  • The ongoing heat wave is the worst China has seen since records began more than 60 years ago. It has stretched over 70 days, sweeping through large swathes of the country and smashing temperature records at hundreds of weather stations.

Signs of the Times Update: August 22, 2022

August 22, 2022

The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.  (Romans 8:16-17)

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 temporarily halted the discharge of hundreds of Marines who were denied religious exemptions from the military’s requirement that they receive the experimental COVID-19 vaccine shots, which have not prevented infection and the spread of the virus as promised. U.S. District Judge Steve Merryday, a George. H.W. Bush appointee, ruled Thursday that the Marines have failed to adhere to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the Epoch Times reported. And significantly, he ruled a class action for any Marine affirmed by a chaplain as having a sincere religious objection who filed for an exemption on time and was denied.

U.S. companies are bringing jobs back to America at a record pace, according to estimates from the Reshoring Initiative, a nonprofit that tracks the number of reshoring announcements and foreign direct investments in U.S. jobs, reported The Wall Street Journal. American companies are on pace to reshore nearly 350,000 jobs this year, the highest number on record since the Reshoring Initiative started tracking the data in 2010. The COVID-19 pandemic made painfully clear how dependent the U.S. was on global supply chains — a problem that pushed many executives to change their approach and manufacturing location.

Texas school districts have begun receiving donated posters and framed copies of the national motto, “In God We Trust,” that they will now be required to display in accordance with a new state law. The law says a public elementary or secondary school, or an institution of higher education “must” display a durable poster or framed copy of the motto in a “conspicuous place” in each building. State Sen. Bryan Hughes, a Republican co-author of the law, tweeted last week, “The national motto, In God We Trust, asserts our collective trust in a sovereign God.” The people and organizations behind the donations wasted no time in sending them out to schools.

Last Monday, a California appeals court ruled that a San Jose church does not have to pay the more than $200,000 in fines it accrued for violating COVID-19 restrictions. The ruling, which was issued by a three-judge panel in California’s 6th District Court of Appeal, reverses several lower court decisions against Calvary Chapel San Jose, which was fined for continuing to hold large, in-person gatherings in violation of state and local COVID-19 restrictions. Despite making exceptions for other public institutions, including schools, train stations, airports, medical facilities, stores and restaurants, the county placed restrictions on churches.

Conservative advocacy group CatholicVote launched a $1 million ad campaign on Wednesday criticizing President Joe Biden’s “notable silence” on attacks on dozens of churches following the Supreme Court’s ruling reversing Roe v. Wade. CatholicVote’s new advertisement that reminds us that President John F. Kennedy issued the following statement in response to an outbreak of cathedral burnings in the early 1960s: “To destroy churches, I think both cowardly as well as offensive.” “Churches are being burnt again because they protect unborn infants and mothers in need,“ the ad says. The ad comes after CatholicVote and many other activist organizations had requested Biden to speak out against the often violent protests that are taking place against churches and birth centers

Deputies arrested a Washington man who may have had plans to commit a mass shooting during a concert at the Gorge Amphitheater Friday night. People attending the “Bass Canyon Festival” reported a suspicious man in the parking lot to security officers. Witnesses say they saw the man, later identified as 31-year-old Jonathan R. Moody, inhale an unknown gas from a balloon, load two 9mm pistols from the trunk of his car and tuck both weapons inside his waistband. Moody then asked people what time the concert ended and where people would be exiting the venue. Security staff detained Moody outside the venue gates and disarmed him of the two loaded 9mm pistols.

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)

As church membership declines, the number of Americans who give to religious causes has decreased. Between 2000 and 2004, 46% of households gave to religious causes, but that percentage fell to 29% in 2018, according to the Lilly School study. About three in 10 U.S. adults are religiously unaffiliated, also known as religious “nones” – people who self-describe as atheists, agnostics or “nothing in particular” when asked about their religious identity, according to the Pew Research Center.

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 United Nations recruited 110,000 “digital first responders” during the pandemic to battle “misinformation” on social media platforms and internet forums, according to the global body’s communications director. The U.N.’s Melissa Fleming made the disclosure in an October 2020 episode of a World Economic Forum podcast called “Seeking a Cure for the Infodemic.” But Fleming’s remarks resurfaced Thursday on Twitter. “So far, we’ve recruited 110,000 information volunteers, and we equip these information volunteers with the kind of knowledge about how misinformation spreads and ask them to serve as kind of ‘digital first-responders’ in those spaces where misinformation travels,” she said.

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 Aug. 8 search of former President Donald Trump’s home and the unprecedented criminal investigation into his possession of White House documents all began with David Ferriero, the now-retired national archivist who alerted the Justice Department after finding classified information in boxes he retrieved from Mar-a-Lago. Critics say Mr. Ferriero is a liberal partisan who changed the rules to help excuse Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when she was under scrutiny for mishandling classified documents on her private, unsecured email server.

  • Judge Bruce Reinhart on Monday admitted the FBI’s raid on former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home was “unprecedented” and formally rejected the Justice Department’s argument to keep the affidavit leading to the search under seal, citing the “intense public and historical interest.” Reinhart said he rejects “the Government’s argument that the present record justifies keeping the entire Affidavit under seal.”
  • Following the FBI raid of former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, a 46-year-old Pennsylvania man allegedly posted violent threats against the bureau and has now been arrested. Adam Bies is accused of threatening to kill FBI agents, whom he compared to Nazi and KGB officers, in posts he made on far-right social media app Gab. Last week, authorities shot and killed an armed man who attacked the FBI Field Office in Cincinnati. An account believed to belong to the shooter, Ricky Shiffer, had posted on the social media site Truth Social that he was ready to join in a civil war if it broke out. On the day of the Mar-a-Lago search, he wrote, “People, this is it. … This is your call to arms from me.”

As soon as next week, Florida pension fund managers could be barred from considering the social impact of their financial decisions as Gov. Ron DeSantis opens a new front in his anti-“woke” crusade, this time focused on Wall Street and corporate CEOs. In new draft rules posted Monday on the website of the agency that oversees Florida’s pension fund, state investment managers can weigh only the risk or return of an investment when directing the state’s $200 billion in assets. The directive is DeSantis’ initial salvo against what he has called “ideological corporate power,” and it follows efforts by other GOP state leaders that are targeting companies that venture into the political arena.

Dr. Anthony Fauci announced Monday that he will step down from his post as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and as the President Biden’s chief medical adviser in December to “pursue the next chapter” of his career, stressing that he is “not retiring.”

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

Moms for Liberty’s national profile is rising fast since the group launched 18 months ago. It now boasts more than 200 chapters with 100,000 members in 40 states. Born of frustrations over mask and vaccine mandates, the group has tapped concerns about “parental rights” and “indoctrination” of kids to gain influence while inspiring armies of moms nationwide to take up its crusade. “It’s about putting parents back in the driver’s seat of public education,” said Descovich, a former Brevard County school board member. “What we saw was parents being ignored and their concerns not being taken seriously. We thought, let’s start something to help parents organize and use the tools we’ve learned from serving on school boards.”

  • While Moms for Liberty has promoted itself as nonpartisan, its inaugural “Joyful Warriors Summit,” held last month in Tampa featured prominent Republican speakers including DeSantis, Florida Sen. Rick Scott, former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and former U.S. Housing Secretary Ben Carson.

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

Pro-life leader Lila Rose is slamming TikTok for banning advertisements from her pro-life organization Live Action while continuing to permit ads from groups that support legalized abortion, including Planned Parenthood. Rose’s personal TikTok account – which she uses to defend the unborn – also has been banned. Live Action called it “yet another attempt to silence pro-life speech,” with “Big Tech” siding with the “abortion industry.” The organization said it is the only pro-life group with a large following on the platform. Its account has more than 500,000 followers and 17 million likes.

On Wednesday, the Facebook and Instagram accounts of Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s Children’s Health Defense Fund (CHD) were shut down, the Gateway Pundit reported. CHD has filed a lawsuit against the parent company Meta that charges Facebook has colluded with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to censor COVID “misinformation.” With nearly a half-million followers for the two pages combined, Kennedy’s organization has been a leading critic of the experimental COVID-19 vaccines. CHD noted that the deplatforming came after the CDC “quietly walked back many of their previous COVID-19 policies that CHD has criticized since the beginning of the pandemic.”

A Texas school district is pulling all 42 books from library shelves and classrooms that were challenged by parents, lawmakers and other community members in the last year — including the Bible. The day before students started back at the Keller Independent School District, which serves students in the Fort Worth suburbs, Jennifer Price, the executive director of curriculum and instruction, told principals and librarians to remove 41 books while they undergo a review. Some of the books included, in addition to the Bible, are a graphic novel adaptation of Anne Frank’s diary, “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison and “Gender Queer: A Memoir,” by Maia Kobabe, the Tribune reported. Kobabe’s book tops the American Library Association’s list for most banned books in 2021.

The former chaplain of Austin’s fire department says the liberal city dismissed him from his position over a blog that said it is unfair for men to compete against women in sports events – basing its views in the Bible. Now, he’s suing the department.

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

An 80-year-old woman in Port Townsend, Washington, has been permanently banned from the local YMCA for objecting to a man in a woman’s swimsuit in the ladies shower and changing rooms. “This is an outrage,” said Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D. “An 80-year-old woman who has used the pool for decades gets banned from the facility while the male employee who calls himself Clementine is allowed to be in the women’s locker room with little girls.”

Two Jewish students at the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz say they were booted from a support group for sexual assault victims and harassed by members of the group due to their Jewish identity, according to a complaint filed with the Education Department. One of the victims, student Cassandra Blotner, says members of the support group threatened to spit on her in public for proudly being Jewish, while others called her a “dumb bitch” who supports “mass genocide” due to her support for Israel. The complaint alleges the university was “fully aware of the situation,” yet did nothing to protect the students from the anti-Semitic hate campaign.

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

Following the Supreme Court’s decision that overturned Roe v. Wade, pro-life groups are focused on creating laws that grant fetuses the same legal rights and protections as any person. “So-called fetal personhood laws would make abortion murder, ruling out all or most of the exceptions for abortion allowed in states that already ban it,” The New York Times reported Sunday. Pro-life groups hope that going that route will establish a federal ban on abortion through legislation or another Supreme Court decision.

Idaho state laws banning abortion have begun to take effect. The heartbeat law began to be enforced on August 19, 2022, and the trigger law banning abortion in nearly every case, will take effect August 25, 2022, barring interference by the federal government. The Idaho Supreme Court released its opinion Friday, denying a request from Planned Parenthood to block the state laws from taking effect as multiple lawsuits move forward.

North Carolina can enforce its 20-week abortion ban, a federal judge ruled last Wednesday. An injunction against the law had been in place since 2019, but Judge William Osteen, a federal district court judge, removed it due to the Dobbs v. Jackson June ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court which returned the issue of abortion to the states. Osteen is the same judge who had placed the original injunction on the law’s enforcement.

A Michigan judge has blocked county prosecutors from enforcing a pre-Roe abortion ban that would have allowed providers to be charged with a felony.

Walmart, the nation’s largest private employer, is expanding travel and abortion coverage for its US employees effective immediately. The company’s healthcare plans will now cover abortion under certain circumstances: when there is a health risk to the mother, rape or incest, ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage or lack of fetal viability, according to an internal memo sent Friday by Donna Morris, Walmart’s Chief People Officer.

Vandals painted pro-abortion messages early Thursday at a pro-life pregnancy center in Massachusetts. The vandals splattered red paint across the white exterior of Bethlehem House Inc. Pregnancy Care Center in Easthampton, 99 miles west of Boston.

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

Covid-19:

New daily Covid-19 cases in the U.S. are down 19% over the past two weeks. Hospitalizations are down 7% and deaths are also down 7%. But about half of U.S. states are still seeing increasing or flat hospitalization numbers, meaning they may not yet have turned the corner. Case numbers are definitely lower because of home testing, but how much lower is completely unknown.

Leaders at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledged that the agency fell short in its response to the coronavirus pandemic after an internal review called for its employees to be more nimble and better trained. “For 75 years, CDC and public health have been preparing for COVID-19, and in our big moment, our performance did not reliably meet expectations,” said CDC Director Rochelle Walensky in a statement. Walensky vowed to revamp the agency, with an emphasis on accountability, releasing research faster and issuing easier-to-understand guidance to the public.

Two drugs touted as potential COVID-19 treatments, ivermectin and fluvoxamine, don’t do a thing to improve patients’ oxygen levels and keep them out of the hospital or the morgue, a new clinical trial has shown. Neither of the two repurposed drugs proved effective against COVID among overweight or obese patients who received them within seven days of symptom onset, according to results published Aug. 18 in the New England Journal of Medicine. A third drug, metformin, did not meet the primary objective of improving oxygen levels, but it did slightly lower the odds that a patient would develop severe COVID, said lead researcher Dr. Carolyn Bramante, an assistant professor of internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Monkeypox:

A CDC analysis shows that 94% of monkeypox cases were among men who had recent sexual or close intimate contact with another man. Further, 54% of cases were among Black Americans and Latinos. As the monkeypox outbreak continues to spread worldwide, cases across the U.S. are climbing. The U.S. had reported 14,115 confirmed monkeypox/orthopoxvirus cases as of Friday, per the CDC. Highly populated states are leading the numbers, with 2,744 confirmed cases in New York and 2,668 confirmed cases in California. Confirmed cases of monkeypox have reached more than 41,300 worldwide, according to Friday numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The outbreak, first spotted in Europe in late April, has reached 94 countries – the vast majority in nations that hadn’t previously had significant caseloads of the rare, viral infection.

Polio:

Polio, a deadly disease that used to paralyze tens of thousands of children every year, is spreading in London, New York and Jerusalem for the first time in decades, spurring catch-up vaccination campaigns. Affecting mainly children under five, it is often asymptomatic but can also cause symptoms including fever and vomiting. Around one in 200 infections leads to irreversible paralysis, and among those patients, up to 10% die. There is no cure, but since a vaccine was found in the 1950s, polio is entirely preventable. Afghanistan and Pakistan are now the only countries where the highly infectious disease, spread mainly through contact with fecal matter, remains endemic. But this year, imported cases were also found in Malawi and Mozambique, the first in those countries since the 1990s.

  • There are two main forms of poliovirus. Alongside the wild-type outlined above, there are also rare cases of what is known as vaccine-derived polio. It is this second form detected in wastewater in the British capital, London, and in New York in the United States, with one case of paralysis reported in New York state. While vaccine-derived polio is almost unheard of in the above locations, it is a known – albeit rare – threat in other countries, causing outbreaks every year, including 415 cases in Nigeria in 2021.
  • Health experts don’t think there will be a countrywide outbreak akin to COVID-19 or monkeypox, as over 90% of the country’s young children are vaccinated against polio. However, pockets of unvaccinated people across the country may be at risk.

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)

Pfizer and German partner BioNTech have submitted their new COVID-19 booster – that targets the omicron subvariant BA.5 – to the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization, the companies announced Monday.

Pfizer knew that people were dying in their study but hid this from the public, reports Liberty Counsel. “A recent release of documents details that people died after the shots during a study dating back to 2020. But Pfizer classified each one as “withdrawn” … not dead. Blood clotting and heart issues are one of the leading causes of death associated with these shots. This was known and covered up by Pfizer back in 2020! And Pfizer even went to court in an attempt to cover up these facts for 75 years. Thankfully, the court ordered the documents released. More than 35,000 people are dead, and more than 1.3 million people have been injured from the shots. And these startling numbers represent a fraction of the actual deaths and injuries.”

An analysis of internal Pfizer documents found 44% of the pregnant women who participated in the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine trials suffered miscarriages. The documents obtained by court order after the FDA tried to keep them hidden, showed that of the 50 pregnant women who took part, 22 lost their babies.

As of 8/22/22, President Biden’s Department of Defense has received at least 3,733 Marine Corps religious accommodation requests from the abortion-linked, mandated COVID mRNA shots. Yet the Marine Corps granted only 11 accommodations, and only to Marines who were already scheduled for retirement and prompt separation.

Dr. Robert Malone, a leading critic of the COVID-19 vaccines and an inventor of the mRNA technology platform on which they are based, filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit against the Washington Post on Friday for accusing him of spreading “dangerous lies” and “leading his followers on a journey to illness, suffering and possible death.” After receiving a cease-and-desist letter from his lawyer, Malone said, the Post “put out another attack article in which they repeated the same defamatory statements.” “So that appears to show malice,” he said. Post staff writer Timothy Bella labeled as “misinformation” Malone’s statement that the vaccines “are not working,” citing studies in the CDC’s sponsored journal as a counterpoint. WND, seeking comment from Bella, received an automatic reply from his email account explaining he is on parental leave until mid-December.

  • Now that the CDC has admitted its mistakes, Malone has a good chance of winning this lawsuit, since the vaccines did not perform as well as they were heavily advertised to work.

Last Monday, British drug regulators became the first to authorize a combination, or “bivalent,” COVID-19 vaccine—one that combats both the initial coronavirus strain and the omicron BA.1 variant. The vaccine, which is an update to the Moderna shot, will be offered to individuals over the age of 50 in the fall. Side effects to the updated vaccine have been deemed “mild and self-resolving,” according to the British drug regulators.

Monkeypox:

Demand for the monkeypox vaccine has been rising as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say more than 11,000 people in the U.S. have been infected by the virus this year. But the New York Times says vaccine distribution has been terribly botched. “The U.S. seemed ready for the monkeypox outbreak. It had vaccines and treatments that are effective, and experts had studied the virus for decades. Yet the U.S. response has fallen short. The country cannot use millions of vaccine doses it owns because they were not bottled for distribution. The available vaccines and medications remain out of reach for a vast majority of Americans — a result of poor communication by federal officials and of other bureaucratic barriers. Monkeypox is not very deadly, so this is not a Covid-level catastrophe. But the flawed response suggests that, nearly three years after Covid first appeared, the U.S. is still unprepared for the next deadly pandemic.”

  • The only people who need the vaccine are male homosexuals and bisexuals.

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)

Shocking new video shows a senior citizen fatally beaten in broad daylight in Seattle by a suspect who had been released from jail just days before for allegedly threatening to kill a police officer. Aaron Justin Fulk, 48, remains held at King County Jail on $2.5 million bond as of Monday. Fulk, who has prior assault convictions in Idaho, was released from Pierce County Jail – located just about an hour’s drive south of Seattle – just eight days before the deadly unprovoked attack. 

Five people were hurt when nearly 100 shots were fired near a playground in Philadelphia Tuesday night. Five people between the ages of 17 and 25 suffered gunshot wounds. Three people are in custody and multiple weapons were located on the scene, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw tweeted. The shooting reportedly started when two shooters in a white SUV fired multiple rounds and sped off from the scene.

A 6-year-old girl was injured after being shot in Chicago’s West Englewood neighborhood on Saturday. She is at least the eighth child younger than 16 to be shot in the city last week. Just days before, four teenagers were shot while standing on the front porch of a house in Chicago.

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

An 88-year-old South Carolina woman was killed by an alligator Monday in the country’s fourth confirmed fatal gator attack this year. The woman was found after an alligator was spotted “guarding what was believed to be a person” near the edge of a pond in a gated 55-and-over community in Hilton Head.

Last year in the U.S., rip currents – invisible to the untrained eye – claimed a record number of lives (but the National Weather Service has only tracked it since 2010). At least 98 people died, 24 more than in 2020. Together with waves and high surf, surf-zone fatalities last year were the third-leading cause of weather-related deaths, behind heat and flooding. 

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)

Firearms became the leading cause of death among children and teenagers in the United States in 2020, according to new research using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Researchers from the University of Michigan noted that an alarming number of the deaths, 10,186 (22.5%), were of people ages 1 to 19. For more than 60 years, motor vehicle accidents had been the leading cause of deaths of young people, but since 2001, the number of those deaths has dramatically decreased. There were about 3,900 deaths in 2020. Meanwhile, firearm-related deaths have been on the rise since 2013; there was a 29.5% increase from 2019 to 2020.

A report was published by Everytown For Gun Safety, a nonpartisan group advocating against gun violence, shows that during the last school year, between Aug. 1, 2021 and May 31, 2022, there were 193 incidents of gunfire in schools, more than doubling the total of the previous year of only 62.The recent low was in 2014-15 with just 30 incidents. The authors of the report found that most shootings are perpetrated by a student or former student at a school. Because of this, most shootings can be prevented just by keeping guns out of the hands of students, the authors said – easier said than done.

Over the past decade, USA TODAY, along with Northeastern University and The Associated Press, has been tracking all mass killings in the United States. It includes every mass killing since 2006 from all weapons in which four or more people, excluding the offender, were killed within a 24-hour time frame. The number of mass killings in 2022 is about average compared with previous years despite recent shootings that captured public attention. The number of victims is somewhat higher than average but still below previous highs.

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 court has ordered two disgraced judges – convicted and jailed for taking kickbacks for sending kids to a certain private jail – to pay some $200 million to their victims. CBS said the order for compensation comes from U.S. District Judge Christopher Conner and went against Mark Ciavarella and Mark Conahan. In what became known as a “kids-for-cash” scandal, they “shut down a county-run juvenile detention center and accepted $2.8 million in illegal payments from the building and co-owner of two for-profit lockups,” the network reported. Conner awarded $106 million in compensatory damages and $100 million in punitive damages to nearly 300 plaintiffs from the ex-judges.

One of the ISIS “Beatles,” so described because the Muslim terrorists spoke with British accents, has been sentenced to multiple life terms in prison for his role in the deaths of several Americans. The Department of Justice said in a statement that El Shafee Elsheikh was sentenced after being convicted on charges relating to the deaths of James Foley, Kayla Mueller, Steven Sotloff and Peter Kassig as well as several British and Japanese citizens. Federal authorities identified Elsheikh as “the highest-ranking fighter for the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham,” to have faced a jury trial in the United States.

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)

The U.S. government left behind more than $7 billion in military equipment when it pulled out of Afghanistan during a chaotic and deadly withdrawal last year, an inspector general confirmed Tuesday. A Defense Department inspector general report explained that the majority of the $7 billion left behind in equipment in the country consisted of tactical ground vehicles such as Humvees and mine-resistant MRAPS. In addition to the ground vehicles, the U.S. military lost $923.3 million worth of military aircraft and $294.6 million in aircraft munitions.

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

As part of the “defund the police” movement, San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced on 7/31/20 that the city would take $120 million from law enforcement budgets to fund initiatives for Black Americans in the Golden City. San Francisco was among cities across the country that saw some crimes increase in 2020 compared to 2019. Homicides increased by 20% that year compared to 2019, and by 17% in 2021 compared to 2020. While crimes such as rape and robbery decreased in 2020, burglaries increased by 47% in 2020 when compared to the three previous years, data compiled by SFGate shows. Breed then reversed course on defunding and announced an emergency request to the city Board of Supervisors for more money to bolster the police department and address crime.  The San Francisco police union president said Breed’s announcement in December was evidence that the defund the police movement had been a “mistake.” 

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.

Chicago carjackings are on pace to rise again in 2022 after already dramatic increases in 2020 and 2021, trending towards a number that would be six times higher than just eight years ago. Chicago is on pace for 1,960 carjackings in 2022, according to data compiled by Wirepoints, blowing through the 1,848 record set just last year. The number would represent an over sixfold increase from 2014, when the city recorded 303 carjackings. Fifty-seven percent of the carjackings are perpetrated by juveniles.

Chicago police have arrested the fewest number of suspects in at least 20 years amid a crime wave that has continued raging in the city since 2020 due to lack of support and funding from Mayor Lightfoot and her administration. Homicides skyrocketed in the city in 2020, following a drop in violence for the three previous years. The Windy City recorded nearly 770 homicides in 2020, up 50% compared to 2019. Last year, the city broke a 25-year record when it surpassed 800 homicides. There were 2,151 shootings in the city in 2019, which increased to over 3,200 in 2020 and 3,561 shooting incidents in 2021. 

  • The decline in arrests comes after sweeping changes were made to how the Chicago P.D. patrols the streets, including restricting their vehicle pursuit policy, ending foot pursuits if a suspect runs from an officer or if someone commits a minor offense.

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)

Crypto hackers have already stolen $1.9 billion worth of cryptocurrency during the first seven months of 2022, a 37% increase from the same time period last year, whereas July 2021 saw just under $1.2 billion stolen. The first week of August had several hacks already, like a $190 million hack of Nomad, a cross-chain bridge, and a hack of $5 million from several Solana wallets. So far this year, much of the value stolen has been linked to hackers from North Korea-affiliated groups, which have stolen around $1 billion of crypto from DeFi.

  • The push toward digital currency and cryptocurrency is not safe.

Apple disclosed serious security vulnerabilities for iPhones, iPads and Macs that could potentially allow attackers to take complete control of these devices, the AP reports. Apple released two security reports about the issue on Wednesday, although they didn’t receive wide attention outside of tech publications.

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

A Maryland couple has sued a local real estate appraiser and an online mortgage loan provider, alleging that the housing appraisal they received was unfairly low due to their race, in violation of the Fair Housing Act, after a second “whitewashed” appraisal returned a result $278,000 higher. Nathan Connolly and Shani Mott are Black professors at Johns Hopkins University. Connolly and Mott later re-applied with another lender, and “whitewashed” their home, according to the lawsuit. This included removing photos of their Black family from the home, and having a White colleague present the property to the appraiser. The suit claims this valuation came back at $750,000, more than a quarter of a million dollars higher than 20/20 Valuations’ appraisal of $472,000.

Nurses of color say they are looking forward to action following an official apology from the nation’s largest nursing association for its history of racist practices that disenfranchised nurses of color. In a recent statement, the American Nurses Association apologized to nurses of color, saying in the coming months it will launch a multiphase project of “accountability, healing, and reconciliation.” The “racial reckoning” statement is a “starting point for an overdue journey toward the future. “ANA intends to take full accountability for its actions,” the association wrote, promising “historic action.”

A new teachers’ contract has been adopted in Minneapolis that builds “racism” into the process, allowing the district to fire, during cutbacks, white teachers with more seniority and retain minorities with lower seniority. Alpha News confirmed the contract specifies that minority teachers “may be exempted from district-wide layoff(s) outside seniority order.” The Minneapolis teachers union defended the controversial policy regarding race-based layoffs after fierce backlash, arguing that the criticism is being ginned up by the “right wing.”

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)

After almost three years of contending with vaccine hesitancy, politics and a global pandemic, the nation’s public health workers are frayed and leaving their posts. More than 1 in 4 health department leaders quit their jobs during the pandemic, some after harassment and death threats. The nation’s vaccinators say they are struggling. “Overwhelmed is an understatement,” said Claire Hannan, executive director of the Association of Immunization Managers. Hannan said her members have not received any funding to carry out a vaccination campaign against monkeypox.

As a growing number of companies announce layoffs amid corporate concerns about a potential recession, the conundrum of American workers being largely dependent on their jobs for health benefits is once again in the spotlight. Half of the U.S. population had workplace-based coverage in 2020, the most recent year available, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. In the first quarter of this year, just 8% of Americans did not have health insurance, a record low, according to an analysis by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Even so, some are calling for Medicare to be made available to everyone. Our mash-up of health care programs and payers makes the U.S. relatively unique among high-income western nations, many of which mandate coverage for all of their citizens. 

  • The Inflation Reduction Act, passed by the House last Friday and signed into law Tuesday by President Biden includes provisions that will enable Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices and extend Affordable Care Act subsidies another three years.

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 study, published in The Lancet on Thursday, examined cancer cases from 2019 and found that 44% of cancer deaths were caused by preventable risk factors. The three leading risk factors were smoking, drinking large amounts of alcohol and having a high Body Mass Index (i.e. overweight).

The FDA will now allow over-the-counter hearing aids for millions of Americans, a long-sought after goal of consumers. President Biden in a statement Tuesday said that as early as mid-October, Americans could purchase more affordable hearing aids at pharmacies and stores. Consumers would not need a prescription.

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

The Center Square reported that 96% of school districts (534 out of 554) in Illinois have opted out of the state’s proposed standards for sex education in public schools included in a bill authored, passed, and signed into law by Democrats, despite the fact that Illinois is considered one of the “big three” most liberal states in the nation.

Marriage/Family:  “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)

A research brief from the Institute for Family Studies suggests that students who live with their married biological parents perform better in school. The brief, which utilized data from the 1996 and 2019 National Household Education Surveys, were completed by parents whose children were enrolled in elementary and secondary schools nationwide. The research showed that, “Students from non-intact families continue to have nearly triple the risk of suspension and double the risk of grade repetition as students from intact, biological families.”

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

The governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, has joined the push to censor Americans’ free speech, unleashing an executive order banning “conversion therapy. “While that term has been used by opponents derogatorily, in actuality it is talk therapy delivered by professionals to those who have unwanted same-sex attractions. The Washington Examiner said the Democrat has directed state agencies to discourage such therapy for anyone. He also ordered that state funds are not to be used for such therapy.

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 American College of Pediatrics has been accused of blocking debate on hormone drugs and puberty blockers as some member doctors have pushed back against a drug-first approach for children with gender dysphoria. In a document titled “In Support of a Rigorous Systematic Review of Evidence and Policy 4 Update for Management of Pediatric Gender Dysphoria” (Resolution 27), multiple AAP members voiced concerns about using hormones and surgeries as the first line of treatment for gender dysphoria instead of counseling or therapy, citing evidence for psychotherapy as a treatment option, including a systemic review conducted by the Finnish Health Authority.

A Democrat-appointed federal judge opened the door to allowing more males to be housed in women’s prisons Tuesday by ruling that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) covers people with gender dysphoria. “The relevant question then becomes, ‘Is access to opposite-sex spaces a reasonable accommodation for GD?’ There are many reasons to argue against that, because usually an accommodation can’t harm or violate the rights of others and still be considered reasonable,” said Candice Jackson, attorney and former assistant U.S. secretary of education for civil rights. “The more justifiable accommodation for GD would be private/separate accommodation.”

Transgender girls in Utah will be given the opportunity to participate in girls’ sports as the school year begins, after a judge on Friday reversed a ban pending legal challenges from parents. Instead of an outright ban, transgender girls will now be sent before a commission that will determine on a case-by-case basis if they can participate. Utah’s Republican lawmakers created the commission in a law passed earlier this year as a fallback plan to be implemented in case of an injunction against the law. Under the law, the panel will be allowed to ask for and assess the child’s height and weight in making decisions about whether a transgender girl would have an unfair advantage.

An elite all-girls school in Nashville has paused implementation of a policy allowing applications from anyone who identifies as female after backlash from the community. Last week, in an email to parents, Harpeth Hall School announced a new “Gender Diversity Philosophy,” explaining a new admissions policy that would allow “any student who identifies as a girl” to apply to the school. “Based on the response from our school and community, the Harpeth Hall Board of Trustees is choosing to pause the adoption of the philosophy in order to engage a wider audience in continued discussion,” the school announced Friday.

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)

Floridians will cast their primary ballots Tuesday under a new voting law. Florida is part of a group of states that have adopted new election restrictions fueled by claims of election fraud in the 2020 election, which saw unprecedented levels of voting by mail because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Voting rights advocates say the new rules make it harder to request and turn in absentee ballots and register voters as well as making it easier to challenge votes once cast. But supporters say the new rules are needed to combat voter fraud. The primary will not only serve as a preview of presidential elections in 2024, but it will also test ideas about who should be able to vote, and how easily, in what has become one of the most electorally important states in the country.

Some 5,000 Texans who used a P.O. box as a voter registration address will likely be able to cast a ballot in the state’s midterm elections after a federal judge blocked a 2021 state election law. Senate Bill 1111 attempted to tighten residency guidelines for Texas voters, but was struck down this month by U.S. District Court Judge Lee Yeakel, an appointee under former president George W. Bush. Yeakel found in a summary judgement that the state used vague language in the election law and parts of it failed constitutional scrutiny. The bill required people registering to vote with a P.O. box to show proof of address such as a driver’s license or utility bill.

The U.S. Supreme Court has tentatively blocked a Georgia election integrity law on the grounds that it is purportedly ‘racially discriminatory.’ The SCOTUS justices’ order, however, left open the possibility that a lower court could restore it ahead of the November vote. The justices’ unsigned order came in response to an emergency request filed earlier this week by a group of Black voters in Georgia. “The request came as part of their challenge to the state’s ‘at-large’ method for selecting members to Georgia’s Public Service Commission, which oversees the price of electricity and other utilities. Under this approach, candidates for the Public Service Commission must reside in one of the five districts they are running to represent, yet voters from across Georgia may cast ballots for all five seats, a method that can make it more difficult for racial minorities to elect candidates of their choosing,” the Hill reported.

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

In the chaos of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, the evacuation flights that took people to safety in what administration officials described as “the largest airlift in history” were a ray of hope for many. Translators, Afghan veterans, humanitarian workers, journalists, women’s rights activists and others who were allied with US military efforts in Afghanistan were among those onboard. But a year later, advocates say some Afghans who were brought to the United States are still struggling to find their footing. Housing is a major area of concern, as rents in the US have skyrocketed and a growing number of Afghans can’t find affordable places to live or find themselves living in substandard conditions.

  • Joseph Azam, who chairs the board of the Afghan-American Foundation, calls it a crisis. “People were brought here with the understanding that they’d be able to have a home here and live a life…and that’s not happened. Instead, they’ve been added to this juggernaut of trying to get affordable housing in the US, which is a big problem,” he says. “Really, they are being set up to fail.”

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)

Nearly 5 million illegal immigrants have crossed U.S. borders in the 18 months since President Joe Biden took office, according to a new report. A total of 4.9 million illegal aliens, including some 900,000 “gotaways” who evaded apprehension and have since disappeared into American communities, have entered the country by the end of July, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) said. “Roughly the equivalent of the entire population of Ireland has illegally entered the United States in the 18 months President Biden has been in office, with many being released into American communities,” FAIR President Dan Stein said.

A new report released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows that Border Patrol agents apprehended ten people on a U.S. terror watch list in the month of July. The report, detailing CBP enforcement statistics for Fiscal Year 2022, highlighted a number of details of CBP’s work, including more than 1.8 million total Border Patrol encounters. Those encounters included the apprehension of a total of 66 people who are on the Terrorist Screening Dataset. The 66 terror-list people caught at the border in Fiscal Year 2022 is more than twice the numbers from the previous five years combined. The sharp rise in apprehensions of terror suspects coincides with a significant rise in overall border encounters. Fiscal Year 2022 has already seen 1,822,160 encounters through July, with two months left in the year. This is more than 2021’s total of 1,662,167, which itself was more than four times 2020’s 405,036.

  • The real issue is how many terror-list immigrants crossed the border without being apprehended.

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)

A strike by dockworkers at the U.K.’s most important port is threatening to deal a blow to supply chains already reeling from pandemic disruptions. About 2,000 employees at the port, the country’s largest for containerized imports and exports, are set to strike for eight days, raising fears that the disruption could deal yet another large blow to an economy facing inflation woes and a possible recession. The port handles about a third of the country’s total container volume and is the most important hub for the country’s trade with Asia, and had made progress towards reversing dwell time issues that were brought on by the pandemic over the last two years.

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)

A permanent injunction has been issued by a judge in Louisiana against President Biden’s moratorium on new oil and gas leasing on federal land in 13 states. The Hill reported Judge Terry Doughty of the District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, a Donald Trump appointee, ordered the permanent injunction in a Thursday ruling. Thirteen states had sued over the moratorium issued in January 2021. His order does not apply to any states not involved in the lawsuit. Doughty ruled the moratorium is in violation of the Mineral Leasing Act and Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA). “Both statutes require government defendants’ agencies to sell oil and gas leases,” he said in the order.

President Biden reinstated the largest oil and gas lease sale in U.S. history, essentially steamrolling the need for environmental review, by signing the Inflation Reduction Act into law on Tuesday. While the Inflation Reduction Act includes several green energy provisions opposed by the fossil fuel industry, the bill also orders the Department of the Interior (DOI) to take a series of steps to boost fossil fuel production on federal lands and waters. The legislation specifically requires the DOI to reinstate Lease Sale 257, a massive offshore oil and gas sale spanning 80.8 million acres across the Gulf of Mexico, within 30 days of enactment.

  • While liberals and the media touting the climate measures in the Inflation Reduction Act that reduce dependence on fossil fuels, tucked away deep inside is a policy to boost fossil fuel production, a contradiction in acknowledgment that reducing inflation requires keeping energy costs under control during the transition.

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)

Charities depend on donors’ generosity to fulfill their missions. But in the past years, the number of Americans who donate to charity has dropped. For the first time in nearly two decades, only half of U.S. households donated to charity in 2018, according to a 2021 study by Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Still, total charitable donations are reaching record highs, but the giving is being done by a smaller percentage of the population. Young Americans are less likely to give than older generations in part because the Great Recession made it hard for them to establish a habit of donating.

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)

In May of 2020, over 60% of U.S workers did so remotely. Now, that has shrunk to 30%, still much higher than before the pandemic, and continuing to have major impacts in real estate and demographics, where many workers are abandoning the urban centers for a better lifestyle now that they don’t have to commute to work.

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

A recent survey from the National Federation of Independent Business found that about half of small-business owners said in July they still can’t fill open jobs, a near-record high in the survey’s roughly five-decade history. “Hiring has never been harder for small-business owners,” said Bill Dunkelberg, chief economist for the NFIB. Some small businesses have closed due to the inability to hire workers.

Companies across the country are planning to scale back their headcounts after a year of frenzied hiring. That’s according to a new survey published on Thursday by consultant PwC, which last month polled more than 700 U.S. executives and board members from various industries. About half of respondents said they are preparing to reduce headcount — or already have — while 52% have implemented hiring freezes. On top of that, roughly 46% of companies are either dropping or reducing signing bonuses, which became commonplace over the past year as businesses tried to lure in new workers amid an increasingly tight labor market. Another 44% are rescinding offers entirely, the survey showed.

Ford is cutting 3,000 white collar jobs as it prepares to shift from traditional internal combustion engine vehicles to electric vehicles. Two thousand of the jobs are salaried positions and another 1,000 are contractors. Ford aims to generate half of its global sales from fully electric vehicles by 2030.

Target reported profit plunged 90% in the second quarter, falling far short of expectations, as inflation-weary customers pulled back on spending on nonessential items. Retailers, including Target, have been forced to cut prices on general merchandise, such as clothing, electronics and home goods, because of excess inventory of goods. Consumers had to shift more of their spending to higher priced food and gasoline.

Restaurants in deep-blue (liberal) cities that faced both excessive COVID-19 restrictions plus violent protests in 2020 are starved for diners, according to Open Table. In contrast, establishments in red (conservative) states of Florida, Texas and Arizona are busier than ever and enjoying a massive surge in restaurant business this year. The number of daily diners in the city of Minneapolis was down an average of 54.3% in July. The state of Florida, meanwhile, has four of the top six surging cities in America, with the average number of people dining out in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Naples and Tampa up nearly 30% from July 2019 to July 2022.

More Republican-led states are refusing to do business with financial institutions that embrace a “woke” agenda on issues such as climate change, guns and other social issues. It is part of a growing pushback among conservative elected officials against banks and investment managers that base business decisions and investment choices not on maximizing profits but on progressive views about environmental, social and governance issues or what’s known as ESG principles. ESG stretches far beyond the environment to include fraught social issues like racial justice and the Black Lives Matter movement, gun control and LGBTQ issues. It also involves corporate governance issues

  • West Virginia was the first state to give some of the world’s biggest banks the boot, barring five major Wall Street firms — Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo and BlackRock, one of the globe’s largest asset managers — from doing business with the state. Citing the firms’ anti-coal policies or plans to divest from fossil fuels, the state will pull out tens of millions of dollars.

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)

Men have recouped all 10.1 million of their lost jobs during the pandemic and topped their February 2020 level by 132,000 in July, Labor Department figures show. Yet women, who lost 11.9 million positions during the crisis, are still 100,000 short of their pre-COVID mark. That’s not a huge gap. But a separate survey of households – that determines the 3.5% unemployment rate — shows women even further behind. According to that poll, men are just 24,000 jobs below their pre-pandemic peak while women are 552,000 jobs short. “The industries that got hit hardest in the pandemic tend to employ more women,” says Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics.

In July, U.S. retail sales were flat compared to the previous month, the Census Bureau reported Wednesday. That marks a slowdown from June, when retail sales rose by a revised 0.8% over the month. Spending at gas stations fell by 1.8% month over month, reflecting the recent drop in gas prices, while spending at grocery stores rose 0.2% for the month.

Home sales declined for the sixth month in a row in July as higher mortgage rates and prices push prospective buyers out of the market. Meanwhile, sales of existing homes – which include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops – were down 20.2% from a year ago and down 5.9% from June.

There’s a strong consensus among U.S. homebuilders that we are in a “housing recession.” In August, U.S. homebuilder sentiment is seeing the market for single-family homes dip into negative territory a month after one of the most significant single-month drops in its 37-year history says the latest report from the National Association of Home Builders and Wells Fargo. The index fell 6 points to 49 this month, the eighth straight month of low sentiment.

Mortgage rates ticked lower last week, falling back toward the 5% mark following economic reports that indicated inflation might have finally peaked. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 5.13% in the week ending August 18, down from 5.22% the week before, according to Freddie Mac. Despite the latest drop, rates are still significantly higher than this time last year, when the 30-year was 2.86%.

Since hitting a record of $5.02 a gallon on June 14, the national average price for regular gas is down $1.10, or 22%, to $3.92 as of Friday, 8/19, according to AAA. That average has now fallen for 67 consecutive days. Since the typical US household uses about 90 gallons of gas a month, the $1.10 drop in prices equals a savings of $98.82.

The overall average cost to own and operate a new car in 2022 is $10,728 on an annual basis, or $894 per month, marking a considerable increase from 2021 when owning a new car cost $9,666 annually, or $805.50 per month, according to AAA. That marks a nearly 11 percent increase from last year.

Multiple states will soon be sending out stimulus checks and other financial relief, a decision that some believe will make the 40-year-high inflation even worse, reports the Epoch Times. In California, individuals will get up to $1,050 between October 2022 and January 2023 as inflation relief checks based on their tax filing status and income. In Georgia, taxpayers can get anywhere from $250 to $500 in August, according to a refund law signed into law in March. In Florida, around 59,000 families will receive a one-time payment of $450. Maine will hand out $850 per single tax filer and $1,700 per couple. In Massachusetts, the local government plans to refund 7 percent of the 2021 taxes paid by citizens. Virginia residents can claim anywhere between $250 and $500 as tax rebates. Oregon has approved $600 in one-time assistance checks to low-income residents. In South Carolina, taxpayers can get up to $800 in income tax rebates. In Delaware, each adult was scheduled to receive $300 as a one-time payment under the Delaware Relief Rebate Program. New Mexico has announced $500 to married couples, while single filers and married people filing separately can receive up to $250.

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

Suspected Palestinian terrorists fired on a crowded Israeli bus in Judea and Samaria on Saturday night, according to the IDF, but there were no casualties. Shortly beforehand, three Arab women in possession of a submachine gun and a suicide note were arrested at a checkpoint.

The FIFA World Cup, which is set to take place in Qatar from Nov. 21 through Dec. 18, has a website that offers the public help in purchasing hospitality packages, but Israelis looking for their country were originally given the sole option of “Palestinian Territories, Occupied” rather than “Israel.” After multiple news reports drew attention to the omission, the option of “Palestinian Territories” was removed and replaced with “Palestine.” Israel is still not listed on the website.

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)

Two rockets were fired at a U.S. base in northeastern Syria that was the site of an attack from Iranian-backed forces earlier this year. “Multiple rounds of indirect fire landed in the vicinity of Green Village in northeastern Syria shortly after 9 p.m. Aug. 15, 2022, in the latest attempted attack on Coalition forces and our partners,” an Operation Inherent Resolve spokesperson said. The attack caused no injuries or damage to the base and surrounding areas, but noted that it did endanger the local civil population and infrastructure. Some rockets malfunctioned, with forces finding two rockets in four rocket tubes about three miles from the base.

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

Russia/Ukraine:

The New York Times reports that the most recent phase of Russian’s invasion of Ukraine has gone better for Ukraine than many observers expected after Russia’s progress earlier this year. “The Ukrainians are doing well,” Helene Cooper, a Washington correspondent said. “The Russians are measuring progress in feet, not even miles, at this point.” As Anton Troianovski, The Times’s Moscow bureau chief, puts it: “The Russians appeared to have lost some of the momentum they had earlier in the summer. If you look closely, you see the Ukrainians gaining a bit of momentum, even though not that much is changing on the map.”

Massive explosions and fires ripped through Crimea on Tuesday in sabotage by Ukraine, forcing evacuation of 3,000 residents as the Ukraine war appears to be spreading to the peninsula occupied by Russia since 2014. The Russian Defense Ministry blamed “sabotage” for explosions at a military warehouse near Dzhankoya. Power lines, a power plant, a railway track and a number of residential buildings were damaged, the ministry said in a statement obtained by the Russian news outlet Kommersant. No serious injuries were reported. “We are in a state of emergency,” said Sergey Aksenov, the Russian leader of the Crimean administration.

Russia’s ministry of defense has said it is considering shutting down the occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant (NPP) in southern Ukraine, triggering a warning from Ukraine’s state nuclear agency that doing so would risk disaster. Energoatom, Ukraine’s state-run nuclear power company, said the prospect of shutting down the plant would bring “the scenario of a radiation disaster closer.” On Saturday, both Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Russian President Vladimir Putin signaled support for international inspectors to visit the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant after both nations claimed the other attacked it, striking fears of an impending nuclear disaster. 

Russian authorities said Sunday they had opened a murder investigation after the daughter of influential, ultra-nationalist philosopher Alexander Dugin was killed by a car bomb on the outskirts of Moscow while driving her father’s car. The Russian Investigative Committee said it believed someone planned and ordered the car explosion that killed Darya Dugina, based on evidence already collected from the blast. Dugina’s father is a Russian author and ideologue, credited with being the architect or “spiritual guide” to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Russia’s federal security service said Monday that Ukraine’s spy agency is responsible for the attack.

Russian billionaires have seen their superyachts seized around the world since the Ukraine invasion began. Now, for the first time, one is being sold at auction. On Tuesday, the government of Gibraltar will sell the 240-foot Axioma, owned by steel magnate and Vladimir Putin’s crony Dmitry Pumpyansky. The ship was seized after docking in Gibraltar in March, and banking giant JPMorgan Chase just won a court order clearing the way for the sale. Pumpyansky has a $20 million loan with the bank for the ship, but JPMorgan cannot legally accept payments because of sanctions imposed upon him in the wake of the war.

China/Taiwan:

China on Tuesday added sanctions including visa bans to Taiwanese politicians as it applies pressure to the self-governing island and the U.S. after two congressional visits to Taiwan. Chinese Defense Ministry announced last Monday new military exercises around Taiwan as a “deterrent against collusion” between the U.S. and Taiwan, but didn’t say when they would occur. China just finished a round of military drills last week in response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. 

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

The 24-year-old man accused of stabbing author Salman Rushdie had been in direct contact with members of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps on social media, European and Middle Eastern intelligence officials told VICE World News. Hadi Matar has been charged with attempted murder after Rushdie, 75, was repeatedly stabbed on stage ahead of a speaking event in Chautauqua, New York, on Friday. On Sunday, Rushdie’s son Zafar Rushdie said that his father was in a critical condition and had sustained “life changing” injuries, but had been taken off a ventilator and had been able to speak.

A bombing Thursday at a mosque in the Afghan capital of Kabul during evening prayers killed at least 21 people, including a prominent cleric, and wounded at least 33 others. Eyewitnesses say it was caused by a suicide bomber. The Islamic State group’s local affiliate has stepped up attacks targeting the Taliban and civilians since the Taliban’s takeover last August as U.S. and NATO troops were in the final stages of their withdrawal from the country. Last week, the extremists claimed responsibility for killing a prominent Taliban cleric at his religious center in Kabul.

Somali terrorist group al-Shabab, which is aligned with al-Qaeda, claimed responsibility for storming the Hayat Hotel in Somalia’s capital of Mogadishu Friday night. The Islamist insurgents blasted their way into the hotel with two car bombs before opening gunfire. The siege continued into Saturday morning as the militants holed themselves up in the hotel’s uppermost floor. It took Somali forces more than 30 hours to contain the fighters. A total of 21 people were killed and 117 injured, 15 critically. The attack is the first major terror incident in Mogadishu since Somalia’s new leader, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, took over in May.

A U.S. drone strike in Somalia on Sunday killed 13 members of the terrorist group al-Shabab, the military reported. U.S. Africa Command acknowledged the strike, noting that an initial assessment of the situation found that no civilians had been injured or killed. “In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. Africa Command conducted an airstrike against al-Shabaab terrorists that were actively attacking Somali National Army forces in a remote location near Teedaan, Somalia,” U.S. African Command Public Affairs said.

The last French troops left Mali for neighboring Niger, drawing to a formal close a near-decade-long mission in the sprawling West African nation of 21 million people. Their presence in Mali had begun in 2013 as part of an ambitious Paris-led effort to fight back an Islamist militant threat that was spreading across the vast region between desert and savanna known as the Sahel. But the mission ended incomplete despite billions of euros spent and thousands of Malian lives lost (as well as 59 French soldiers), leaving in its wake no shortage of geopolitical rancor and a worryingly deteriorating security situation. Militants from factions linked to both al-Qaeda and the Islamic State have entrenched themselves on a widening battlefield across the African continent. The French departure from Mali had been telegraphed months in advance amid a rupture in relations between the government of French President Emmanuel Macron and a Malian junta that seized power in August 2020 and carried out “a coup within a coup” — as Macron himself put it — against civilian officials nine months later.”

The Biden administration on Monday ruled out releasing $3.5 billion in funds held in the United States back to Afghanistan’s central bank anytime soon, citing the discovery that Al Qaeda’s leader had taken refuge in the heart of Kabul apparently with the protection of the Taliban government.

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)

All over the globe, agricultural production is going to be below expectations in 2022, agricultural experts say. As a result, those who live in wealthy countries will pay much more for food in 2023, while many of those that live in poor countries will either deeply suffer or die.  In fact, children are already dropping dead from starvation in large numbers in some parts of Africa. In the U.S., the megadrought in the West, while easing somewhat recently, food production is down considerably leading to shortages in inflation in 20203.

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 Bureau of Reclamation gave states and tribes an Aug. 15 deadline to find ways to conserve 2 to 4 million more acre-feet of water to stabilize the drought-stricken river and its two largest reservoirs, Lake Mead and Lake Powell. The deadline passed with no agreement in place. Now, Arizona will have to do with 21% less water than in previous years. Nevada lost 8% of its delivery and Mexico’s allocation was reduced by 7%. The only lower basin state to be spared cuts is California, which holds senior rights to the river. 

Grass is the single largest irrigated “crop” in America, surpassing corn and wheat, study from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found. It noted by the early 2000s, turfgrass, mostly in front lawns, spanned about 63,000 square miles, an area larger than the state of Georgia. Keeping front lawn grass alive requires up to 75% of just one household’s water consumption, according to the study, which is a luxury California is quickly becoming unable to afford as the megadrought pushes reservoirs to historic lows. The largest district in the state, the Metropolitan Water District serving 19 million people in Southern California, is paying water customers $2 per square foot of grass pulled out.

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 western U.S. is helping ease the megadrought in some states but not in others. Overall, the percent of the West in severe to exceptional drought declined from 73% three months ago to 50% as of last Thursday’s Drought Monitor. However, California increased from 95% to 97.5% as the rains largely passed it by. Nevada remained about the same at 99.5% while Utah remained at 99%. Other states showed major improvement. Colorado declined from 64% to 24%, while New Mexico declined from 97% to 62% and Arizona declined from 67% to 34%. In the Northwest, Oregon declined from 64% to 52% while Washington declined from 25% to 0% and Idaho declined from 50% to 16% and Montana declined from 61% to 16% with Wyoming declining from 47% to 21%.

A painful lack of rain and relentless heat waves are drying up rivers in the U.S., Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Many are shrinking in length and breadth. Patches of riverbed poking out above the water are a common sight. Some rivers are so desiccated, they have become virtually impassable. The Yangtze River in Asia is drying up at its banks and its bed is emerging in some areas. But it’s the Yangtze’s tributaries that are already intensely parched. The Rhine starts in the Swiss Alps, flows through Germany and the Netherlands and then flows all the way out to the North Sea. It’s a crucial channel for European shipping, but right now, it’s a nightmare to navigate. The Danube is Western Europe’s longest river and a crucial shipping channel that passes through 10 countries. In Romania, Serbia and Bulgaria, workers are dredging the Danube just to ensure vessels can still navigate it.

Authorities at Zion National Park are searching for a person who went missing after flash flooding Friday. Iconic sections of the park have been closed, including The Narrows — an imposing gorge carved by the Virgin River that has rock walls a thousand feet tall. Zion National Park is located about 20 miles north of the Utah-Arizona border and is known for its narrow canyons and massive sandstone cliffs.

Major flash flooding in the Dallas metro area Monday morning is leading to water rescues on numerous flooded roads, airport travel delays and warnings of “dangerous, life threatening” flooding. Nearly 10 inches of rain fell in eastern Dallas overnight. Flooding swamped part of Interstate 30 and forced water rescues. The heavy rain is slowly is slogging southward and eastward from north Texas into central and east Texas, Louisiana, southern Arkansas and Mississippi early this week.

Signs of the Times Update: August 15, 2022

August 15, 2022

 “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (John 8:31-32)

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

More than 100 million people worldwide have received the Gospel through the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s internet evangelism ministry known as “Search for Jesus,” according to new data from the organization. The Search for Jesus ministry, launched in 2012 as a way to reach people with the Gospel online, marked its 10th anniversary this month with new data: 100 million people have visited the ministry’s PeaceWithGod.net websites, and more than 3 million have indicated a decision for Christ and received follow-up. Internet users receive a gospel presentation and are matched with one of 1,400 trained volunteers who answer questions and chat with users online, live. PeaceWithGod.net websites are offered in seven languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese, American Sign Language and Russian.

Private religious schools won’t be required to comply with the Biden administration’s gender mandate to qualify for student-lunch funding under a newly released exemption. The Agriculture Department issued a fact sheet Friday stating that all religious schools will be automatically exempted from its May 5 guidance linking the National School Lunch Program to the administration’s gender-identity requirements on hiring, restrooms, sports and dress codes. The clarification came after the Alliance Defending Freedom sued the Biden administration last month on behalf of the Grant Park Christian Academy in Tampa, Florida, alleging that the USDA guidance required the school to “violate its religious beliefs or stop providing lunches to children.”

  • However, non-religious charter schools will still suffer the loss of lunch money if they don’t comply with the LGBTQ+ directives.

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)

Idol worship is not only in the form of carved images; modern-day idols can be benign-looking desires. U.S. Protestant pastors have identified at least eight such idols that are negatively influencing church members, according to a new study by Lifeway Research. On the top of the list of those idols is “comfort,” which about 67% of pastors said is significantly influencing congregations. The next on the list is “control or security,” which 56% of pastors believe is an idol. The others include “money” at 55%; “approval,” 51%s; “success,” 49%; “social influence,” 46%; “political power,” 39%; and “sex or romantic love,” 32%. The study found that younger pastors are more likely than older pastors to identify several of these modern-day idols in their churches, particularly political power, money and control or security..

The August edition of the American Bible Society’s “State of the Bible: USA 2022” report shows that 40% of Generation Z adults ages 18 and over attend church “primarily online.” Churchgoers 77 and up slightly trailed the younger demographic at 36%. The report suggests that around two-thirds of Gen Z and Millennials who have made a meaningful commitment to Jesus do not attend church in person or online at least monthly. While 54% of all adults up to age 57 said they have “made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ that is still important in your life today,” less than one-third of those in the three youngest generations who have made that commitment are “practicing” Christians. Practicing Christians were defined as those who identify as Protestants or Catholics, consider their faith very important to them and attend religious services at least once a month. In contrast, non-practicing Christians identify as Christians but fall short in at least one of those categories.

  • Per the survey’s definitions of “practicing” versus “non-practicing” Christians, nearly half of all American adults (46%) fall into the non-practicing category.

A Texas megachurch has voted to disaffiliate from The United Methodist Church due to the mainline Protestant denomination’s ongoing support of homosexuality. Over 200 more churches in the Lone Star State are also considering disaffiliation for the same reason. The Woodlands Methodist Church, a congregation with approximately 14,200 members located in Woodlands, Texas Over 96% of those who voted supported disaffiliation. Although theological liberals within the denomination have failed to change the official rules, many of them in positions of leadership have refused to enforce the existing rules highlighted in the UMC Book of Discipline, causing much frustration among theological conservatives. Across the United States, many congregations have left or are considering disaffiliating from the UMC. Many have joined the Global Methodist Church, a newly created conservative Methodist denomination.

The U.S. Justice Department announced that it is investigating the Southern Baptist Convention over alleged mishandling of sexual abuse. The Southern Baptist Convention, the second-largest faith group in the country, said the investigation involves “multiple” arms of the denomination and is related to years of alleged mishandling of sexual abuse cases. The organization said it will “fully and completely” cooperate.

Throughout Church history, church attendance and overall religiosity have been higher among women than among men, reports Breakpoint. That seems to be changing, especially for younger generations. According to new data, the long-existent church gender gap, which shows up in both religious affiliation and church attendance, has now flipped. However, the headline is not that more men are connecting with the Church. The story is that more women are disconnecting from the Church. A number of factors have contributed to this demographic shift, not least of which are recent scandals of sexual impropriety and abusive leadership among prominent pastors and Christian leaders. “Among white respondents,” a recent Christianity Today article summarized, “women are 9 percentage points more likely to say that they have no religious affiliation compared to white men,” but “there’s no real difference in the share of male and female nones among Black, Asian, and other racial groups.” 

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

The school board in Fargo, North Dakota, has voted to stop reciting the Pledge of Allegiance before their biweekly meetings, ruling that the Pledge does not align with the district’s diversity code, reports Breakpoint. The board’s vice chairman explained that the problem is two words: “Under God,” which were added to the Pledge in 1954 by a joint resolution of Congress and have withstood numerous legal challenges over the years. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, upon signing the bill, stated: “In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America’s heritage and future; in this way we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country’s most powerful resource, in peace or in war.” How many of our leaders today believe that “spiritual weapons” are “our country’s most powerful resource?” Breakpoint asks. The Fargo school board certainly does not.

  • In fact, the board’s president recommended that members replace the Pledge of Allegiance with a “shared statement of purpose” which she thought was more appropriate for their work. In other words, rather than being “one nation under God,” they will be “one nation under us,” the religion of secular humanism.

The pandemic spawned a tsunami of scams — likely the largest fraud in world history. Government employees stand out as particularly egregious cases. U.S. Postal Service workers stole stimulus checks and unemployment benefit cards straight out of the mail, city workers billed for pandemic-related services they never delivered, and Social Security and unemployment agency employees used their access to Americans’ identities to write and in some cases approve bogus benefit applications. “It’s a travesty that government employees took advantage of the gaps and weak spots to game the system for personal gain,” said Adam Andrzejewski, founder of OpenTheBooks.com, a spending watchdog.

It was the height of the chaotic U.S. evacuation from Afghanistan one year ago, and first lady Jill Biden’s office went outside the normal channels and begged veterans groups to help find a way to evacuate people having trouble navigating the process. So did Vice President Kamala Harris’ office, top Defense Department officials and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, according to a report released Sunday by House Republicans that details the depths of the Biden administration’s failures during the last days of the U.S. mission in Afghanistan. The fact that President Biden’s own circle had to go outside his process to get help underscores just how badly the administration planned and executed the U.S. retreat, concludes the report, released by Rep. Michael T. McCaul, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “There was a complete lack and failure to plan,” Mr. McCaul told CBS’s “Face the Nation” as he revealed the report. “There were so many mistakes.”

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 passes the climate, healthcare and tax bill that the Senate passed earlier this month, sending it now to President Biden to sign into law the centerpiece of his economic agenda. The Inflation Reduction Act passed with only Democratic votes, as Republicans remained unanimously opposed. The move caps more than a year of false starts and intense debate and negotiations among Democrats to advance a slimmed-down version of Biden’s sweeping plans. The bill would reinstate a long-expired tax on oil companies to help cover the cost of cleaning up some of the nation’s most toxic sites.

A federal judge released documents Friday showing the FBI’s search warrant for former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate cited a potential violation of the Espionage Act. The warrant said the FBI was also investigating the former president for removal or destruction of records and obstructing an investigation. The property receipt, which is a record of what FBI agents took, shows Trump possessed 11 sets of classified documents—some marked top secret. The court records did not detail what was in the documents. The Justice Department requested that U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart, the same judge who signed the warrant, unseal it and the property receipt Thursday.

  • Trump said that the records found in his Florida home were declassified and that he would have turned them over without a warrant. Presidents have the power to declassify documents when in office. It is unclear when or if the documents were declassified. Trump said Sunday that privileged material was taken during the FBI raid on his Mar-a-Lago property and demanded it back.
  • Trump said Monday he has offered the Biden Justice Department to “do whatever I can to help the country” to lower the anger among his supporters over the FBI raid of his Florida home. “If there is anything we can do to help, I, and my people, would certainly be willing to do that,” Mr. Trump told Fox News Digital. “I will do whatever I can to help the country.”
  • The Department of Justice is opposing a request from former President Donald Trump’s attorneys seeking an independent special master to review records that were seized from his Mar-a-Lago estate, even though that process would allow it to appear more impartial following the raid, one of the former president’s attorneys, Alina Habba, said on Newsmax Monday.
  • The FBI is warning of calls for civil war and a dirty bomb threat against its D.C. headquarters following its raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. In a leaked bulletin, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security said they have seen an increase in “violent threats” against law enforcement, government officials and judges in the week since the agents executed the search warrant at Mr. Trump’s residence.

President Biden on Tuesday signed Congress’ $280 billion technology spending bill aimed at boosting domestic semiconductor manufacturing and spurring scientific research, lauding it as a “once-in-a-generation investment in America itself.” Bided said, “America invented the semiconductor,” during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House. “And this law brings it back home.” The House gave final passage to the bill, which includes a $52 billion payout to semiconductor manufacturers, in a 243-187 vote last month, one day after the Senate passed the measure 64-33 in a key legislative win for the administration.

  • Proponents of the bill, which includes more than $50 billion in the next five years for chip manufacturing and a 25% tax credit through 2026 for new chip production, say it will reduce America’s dependence on China and resolve a major supply chain issue that has contributed to high inflation.

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

Grant Park Christian Academy of Tampa, Fla., will retain access to a federal lunch program for low-income students despite initial concerns that it would be barred in the wake of new LGBT discrimination policies enacted by the Biden administration. The school sued government officials last month to secure its access to the National School Lunch Program, which provided lunches to more than 50 low-income students enrolled at its school. Alliance Defending Freedom, which represents Grant Park, announced the approval of the school’s application to continue receiving funds on Monday, with ADF Legal Counsel Erica Steinmiller-Perdomo saying it “shouldn’t have taken a lawsuit to get the government to respect religious freedom.”

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)

Famed author Salman Rushdie is recovering at a hospital after he was repeatedly stabbed on stage Friday in front of a New York audience in an attack that left him with severe injuries, his family said. The family of the 75-year-old author – who has for decades lived under Islamist threats because of his writings – said he was in critical condition Sunday after the attack, which ended with the assailant held down by staff and guests and Rushdie airlifted to a hospital. Rushdie was taken off a ventilator over the weekend but was still being treated for injuries including three stab wounds to his neck, four stab wounds to his stomach, puncture wounds to his right eye and chest, and a laceration on his right thigh.

  • Iran, which once offered a $3 million reward to anyone who killed Rushdie, denied involvement in the attack. However, Iran’s state-backed media is warning that former President Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are the next likely targets for an attack following the stabbing of Rushdie.

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

Covid-19:

New Covid-19 cases in the U.S. are down 17% over the past two weeks, while hospitalizations are down 3%. However, deaths are up 12% perhaps reflecting that there are many cases that go unreported due to home testing. Cases have fallen by 20 percent or more this month in more than a dozen states. In California, daily case counts were nearly twice as high a month ago as they are today.

The CDC said Thursday that people no longer need to stay 6 feet away from others or quarantine themselves if they come into close contact with someone who tests positive for the virus. The changes come after the CDC estimates that 95 percent of Americans 16 or older have developed some immunity to COVID-19, either through vaccination or through infection, according to a survey of blood donations. The agency still says that those who test positive for the virus should self-isolate for five days. Children will no longer need to quarantine after being exposed to coronavirus in the classroom. Instead, they will be asked to wear well-fitting masks after an exposure while continuing with in-person instruction.

If you were exposed to COVID-19, take three home tests instead of two to make sure you’re not infected, according to new U.S. recommendations released Thursday. Previously, the Food and Drug Administration had advised taking two rapid antigen tests over two or three days to rule out infection. But the agency says new studies suggest that protocol can miss too many infections, and could result in people spreading the coronavirus to others, especially if they don’t develop symptoms.  The new guidance applies to people without symptoms who think they may have been exposed. People with symptoms can continue using two tests spaced 48 hours apart.

Pfizer’s CEO has tested positive for COVID-19, he announced on Aug. 15. Albert Bourla, 60, reported experiencing mild symptoms. The CEO is isolating and has begun taking a course of Paxlovid, Pfizer’s COVID-19 pill.  “We have come so far in our efforts to battle this disease that I am confident I will have a speedy recovery. I am incredibly grateful for the tireless efforts of my Pfizer colleagues who worked to make vaccines and treatments available for me and people around the world,” Bourla said.

Polio:

The polio virus was discovered in wastewater samples in New York City, showing the once-eradicated and potentially paralyzing disease is circulating farther than places in Rockland and Orange counties where it already had been found, state and New York City health officials announced on Friday. As of Aug. 4, the state Department of Health had said the polio virus had turned up in 11 sewage samples taken in Orange and Rockland counties in June and July. Rockland County officials announced on July 21 that a young adult had been diagnosed with polio. The person was no longer contagious, officials said, but had suffered paralysis as a result of the illness. The polio patient had never been vaccinated against the virus, officials said.

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)

Data released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that relatively few children between the ages of six months to four years old have received one or more doses of the experimental coronavirus vaccine since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration obtained its emergency use authorization for Moderna’s and Pfizer’s jabs on June 18, The Epoch Times reported. According to the CDC, about 862,100 children under five years old have gotten the experimental injection. That’s just 4.1% of children from 6 months to 4 years old.

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)

An unidentified man reportedly set his car on fire by driving into a U.S. Capitol barricade early Sunday morning. He then exited his vehicle and began firing a weapon indiscriminately before shooting himself, police say. “At this time, it does not appear the man was targeting any Members of Congress, who are on recess, and it does not appear officers fired their weapons,” Capitol police said in a statement.

A man accused of ramming a car through an event in eastern Pennsylvania that killed one, injured 17 also allegedly beat a woman to death. The vehicle struck a crowd gathered at a Pennsylvania bar for a fundraiser for victims of a house fire that killed 10 earlier this month, authorities said. The suspect took off, but was taken into custody after authorities received a call about an assault in nearby Nescopeck. Responding troopers found a woman dead.

Hundreds of Mexican troops arrived in the city of Tijuana on Saturday after more than a dozen vehicles were hijacked and burned by gangs as part of escalated violence in the area. Approximately 350 National Guard troops were flown in to support the thousands of federal troops already in the state of Baja California, Reforma reported. There were no reported injuries in the Tijuana hijackings that tangled up traffic throughout the city and temporarily blocked access to the busiest U.S. border crossing. U.S. government employees were instructed Friday evening to shelter in place and avoid traveling to the city after reports of increased violence.

Flags flew half-mast in Montenegro on Saturday as the country declared three days of mourning following a shooting rampage that killed 11 people on Friday, including the gunman.

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

A fire ripped through a packed church during morning services in Egypt’s capital on Sunday, killing at least 41 worshippers and injuring 14. The church quickly filled with thick black smoke, and witnesses said several trapped congregants jumped from upper floors to escape. The cause of the blaze in the Abu Sefein church in the working-class neighborhood of Imbaba was not immediately known. An initial investigation pointed to an electrical short-circuit. Some wonder whether it was a deliberate Islamist attack.

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 federal jury has found that a Democratic super political action committee (PAC) defamed Roy Moore, a former Republican sheriff and U.S. Senate candidate, in a television ad during his failed 2017 U.S. Senate bid in Alabama. The Senate Majority PAC made a false statement about Moore that was defamatory, the verdict, returned on Aug. 12, states. The PAC also published the statement despite knowing it was false or acting “with reckless regard” as to whether the statement was false, the jury said. Jurors also found that the Senate Majority PAC invaded Moore’s privacy. They awarded Moore $8.2 million. “I feel this is vindication and I give thanks to Almighty God and the jurors in this case for a great victory over our corrupt political system,” Moore said in a statement. The PACs lawyers said they would appeal.

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)

The U.S. Army is expected to fall nearly 40,000 troops short of its recruiting goals over the next two years, on track to be the Army’s worst recruiting results in almost 50 years. The Army plans to circumvent the problem by offering $1 billion for its recruiting program and placing more emphasis on the use of its reserve units. The Epoch Times reached out to the U.S. Army Recruiting Command for comment, and Maj. Charles Spears of the Combined Arms Center, who said “only 23 percent of American youth are qualified to serve without a waiver, [noting that] obesity, addiction, medical, and behavioral health are the top disqualifiers for service.” What’s more, he said, “Wokeism combined with bad policies are destroying the military and if we don’t course correct soon, it could cause irreparable harm, in my opinion.”

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

“Defund the police” supporter Rep. Ilhan Omar’s city is experiencing a sharp increase in most crimes, data shows. The spike comes just one year after she backed a failed campaign to dismantle and replace the Minneapolis Police Department. Omar represents Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District, which encompasses the city of Minneapolis. So far this year, citywide crimes have spiked in nine of 14 categories over the same time period last year, according to a Fox News Digital review of crime statistics.

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

The Inflation Reduction Act is getting the most attention because of its measures dealing with climate, but it also has important new policies affecting healthcare. The bill sets out to reduce Americans’ medical costs in two main ways. First, it uses federal subsidies to reduce the cost of both health insurance and prescription drugs. Second, the bill gives Medicare officials the power to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies, which will likely reduce the price that the companies charge for those drugs. The bill’s benefits will flow overwhelmingly to poor, working-class and middle-class families. Its costs will be borne by increases in corporate taxes.

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)

Florida Governor DeSantis has signed an order that will allow veterans to become instructors as the state faces massive teacher shortages. Some educators are concerned that this will undermine standard qualifications.

Schools in a rural North Carolina county will now stock an AR-15 assault rifle as officials beef up security measures in the wake of May’s deadly mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Madison County Schools and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office came to the decision together and will provide a safe for each school to stow the semi-automatic rifle, extra magazines and breaching tools to break through an attacker’s barricade, according to the Asheville Citizen Times. Superintendent Will Hoffman also noted in a Monday statement that the school system will fund school resource officers for each of the district’s schools — which include three elementary schools, a middle school and two high schools.

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)

Particularly “in the LGBTQ+ community, it’s not uncommon to find a substitute family, colloquially known as a chosen family, Dani Blum recently wrote in an article in The New York Times. According to Blum, a “chosen family” refers to the “intense, intimate relationships … people form apart from their biological relatives; it is the kinship you create outside of a traditional family structure.” Chosen families are becoming more frequent in an age quick to write off foundational relationships as “toxic.” “Relationships were designed by God to be a gift of His common grace. Certain relationships, like the intimacy between a husband and wife or the bond between parents and children are distinct in purpose and unique in function, irreplaceable in their roles as building blocks of society,” notes Breakpoint.

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.

LifeSiteNews is running a series of articles with the stories of former transgenders who regret having done so. Walter Heyer who runs a website called sexchangeregret.com and he used to live as a woman. He has commented that transitioning caused him “emotional, psychological, and eventually… sexual child abuse.” Commenting on an effort by President Joe Biden and others to make puberty blockers and transgender surgeries more widely available, Heyer stated: “Now we have the government … actually promoting institutionalized child abuse. It’s destroying children, it’s destroying families, and it’s actually destroying much of society today.”

  • ‘Scott’ Newgent, a woman who went through transgender surgeries to appear as a man, has frequently warned about the harms she faced after ‘transitioning’ “I have suffered tremendously, including seven surgeries, a pulmonary embolism, an induced stress heart attack, sepsis, a 17-month recurring infection, 16 rounds of antibiotics, three weeks of daily IV antibiotics, arm reconstructive surgery, lung, heart and bladder damage, insomnia, hallucinations, PTSD, $1 million in medical expenses, and loss of home, car, career and marriage,” Newgent said.
  • Helena Kerschner began ‘transitioning’ soon after turning 18, taking testosterone injections at Planned Parenthood. She no longer is gender-confused and has warned that online communities and social pressure influenced her decision. “The gender ideology is very prominent there [on Tumblr],” she said. There are a lot of “social incentives” to change pronouns and embrace gender ideology to stay in those online groups. “There are people in these communities who will say, if you don’t like your body, that’s a sign of gender dysphoria, if you don’t fit in with other girls, that’s a sign of gender dysphoria, if you don’t like the way your voice sounds in a recording, that’s a sign of gender dysphoria.” 

Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) has reportedly finalized rules that prevent health care providers from billing the state’s Medicaid program for gender-changing medical treatments. Politico reported on Thursday that the agency added new language to Medicaid program rules stating that it would not cover services for the treatment of gender dysphoria, including sex reassignment surgery, puberty blockers or hormone therapies.

LGBTQ+ Agenda: Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness. (Isaiah 5:20)

State universities are indoctrinating future teachers in controversial transgender, racial, and political theories – and instructing them to teach these principles to children beginning in preschool, a new report has found. “There’s a huge amount of liberal indoctrination going on,” the report’s author, Will Flanders, told “Washington Watch” guest host Joseph Backholm on Monday. “We found it across every public university in the state that has an education program.” The 44-page report found that many of these courses begin by defining biblical morality as beyond the pale – i.e. outside the limits of acceptable behavior or judgment. Once the university changes students’ personal morality, it instructs them to begin introducing radical gender theory to children as young as three. At UW-Whitewater, students read a chapter titled “Just Another Gay Day in the Campus Three-Year-Old Room,” which tells students to include LGBTQ “lessons with a three-year-old day care center.”

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)

Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto has been elected as the country’s next President, the electoral commission announced Monday. Ruto won with 50.49% of the vote, narrowly defeating veteran opposition leader and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who was contesting his fifth election. He will become Kenya’s fifth President since independence, winning the seat on his first attempt. Ruto’s party, the Kenya First coalition, has won a majority of seats in Kenya’s senate, the second highest in the National Assembly. During a speech Monday, Ruto said: “It was God that brought us here … my team and I will make sure that the sacrifices made by many Kenyans is not in vain … we will not let them down. I am confident that this country will come together, and we can move forward as one democratic nation.”

  • Earlier Monday, his rival Odinga’s coalition rejected the election results before they had even been announced by Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). The national tallying center briefly descended into chaos shortly after Odinga’s coalition rejected the results, with fighting breaking out and chairs being thrown in the building. The country’s electoral commission was split, as four officials disowned the commission’s chairman Wafula Chebukati’s results, officials said at an earlier press conference. The IEBC’s vice chair Juliana Cherera was among those disputing the results but provided no evidence of irregularities.

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)

Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser wrote a letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on Thursday, requesting for the second time that 150 D.C. National Guard members be deployed to the nation’s capital to assist with the arrival of migrants. Thousands of migrants, some of whom have been bused from Texas, have arrived in Washington, D.C., in recent months. Buses carrying migrants from Texas to New York at the direction of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has set off a firestorm of condemnation from Democratic leaders. Gov. Abbott says the Northeast Democrats should call on President Biden to secure the border and remedy the immigration crisis.

There are two sides to DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), the policy that allows immigrants who were brought here as children to stay and work. Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the nonprofit Center for Immigration Studies, which promotes stricter controls on immigration, says “It incentivizes sending kids illegally here with smugglers, puts them in danger and undermines our legal immigration system.” But ten years after DACA became law, many beneficiaries live in fear. One woman fears being returned to the Middle East after living most of her life in Florida. A North Carolina man moved to Mexico rather than live under the constant threat of deportation. Another woman needs a lifesaving kidney transplant but cannot qualify for one without a green card. If DACA is eventually revoked, special consideration is needed for those who’ve already Benn in the U.S. for years.

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 Congressional Budget Office’s latest report, “The Demographic Outlook: 2022 to 2052,” suggests that net immigration will likely account for all of the United States’ population growth in the next two decades despite an expected uptick in fertility rates. The report, which predicts that the U.S. population will rise from 335 million today to 369 million in 2052, forecasts that U.S. population growth will be entirely driven by net immigration by 2043 due to the number of deaths in the country exceeding the number of births beginning at that time. The senior population (65+) is expected to grow at a much faster rate than the working-age population between 25-54, which could impact the U.S.’s ability to maintain its social safety net for older Americans, Medicare and Social Security, with the number of working-age Americans decreasing while the number of seniors seeking to obtain such benefits rises.

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

Numerous flights are still being delayed and canceled on Friday, marking more than a week of heightened disruptions, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware. As of 10 a.m. ET on Friday, more than 1,000 flights in, out of and across the U.S. have been delayed, according to FlightAware, which tracks flight delay and cancellation statistics in real-time. Another 100-plus flights were canceled.

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)

A ship carrying Ukrainian grain, one of several to leave the Black Sea ports, arrived at its destination in Turkey on Monday. Twelve ships—ten outbound and two heading to Ukraine—have been authorized to pass through the Black Sea under the agreement, which was mediated by Turkey and the United Nations. About 322,000 tons of corn and other crops have left Ukrainian ports. Ships leaving Ukraine are checked by officials from Russia, Ukraine, and Turkey. Four of the ships that have left Ukraine already are due to dock in Istanbul on Monday evening for those inspections.

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

A new U.S. Census Bureau report on affluence and the wealth gap highlights what richer Americans have in common. Attending college is increasingly expensive, but people with higher educational achievements do tend to earn more. They also tend to have higher net worths. Married couples had a median net worth of $269,000 in 2019 compared to $50,160 for single men and $36,600 for single women. “Households that can afford to purchase a home are also more likely to have the resources to invest in other wealth-generating assets,” the Census Bureau said. 

Homelessness: Then a certain scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” (Matthew 8:19-20)

Hotel owners in Los Angeles are becoming increasingly worried as residents are expected to vote on a proposal that would mandate housing the homeless in vacant rooms across the city. President of the Northeast Los Angeles Hotel Owners Association Ray Patel said, “It’ll hurt us badly. The value of the hotels will go down and tourism and corporate travel will be affected in the city of Los Angeles.”

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)

Americans who earn less than $75,000 per year are slated to receive 60% of the additional tax audits expected under Democrats’ new spending package, according to an analysis released by House Republicans. The analysis, which is a conservative estimate based upon recent audit rates and tax filing data, shows that individuals with an annual income of $75,000 or less would be subject to 710,863 additional Internal Revenue Service (IRS) audits while those making more than $1 million would receive 52,295 more audits under the bill. The legislation, the Inflation Reduction Act, would roughly double the IRS’ budget to increase enforcement and, therefore, federal tax revenue. 

An automotive group representing carmakers including Ford, General Motors and Toyota said most electric vehicles will be ineligible for a tax credit proposed under the new Inflation Reduction Act. The group says the reason many vehicles would automatically lose eligibility are requirements in the Clean Vehicle Credit that include sourcing critical materials for the battery from North America or a U.S. free trade partner. The value of the credit also will depend on which components of the vehicle’s battery were built in North America. John Bozzella, president and CEO of the Alliance for Automotive Innovation said 70% of the electric vehicles available to buy in the U.S. would become immediately ineligible once the bill passes, and none of the vehicles would qualify for the full credit. Bozzella called the requirements in the credit unattainable and punitive to consumers.

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)

Millions of Americans are burned out after logging excessive hours or duties during COVID-19. Now, many are resolving to meet their job requirements but not go beyond. No toiling late into the night. No calls on weekends. And no pushing themselves to the brink even during regular business hours. Their determination to stick to their job descriptions has been made possible by widespread labor shortages that have given workers unprecedented leverage over employers. “Employees are saying, ‘I’m not going to define myself by traditional markers of career progression and success,’” says Mark Royal, senior client partner for Korn Ferry, a recruiting and human resource consulting firm. “I’m going to put a box around work.” Some have labeled this “quiet quitting.”

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 number of workers in the U.S. has continued to shrink as businesses struggle to find employees for their openings. According to Labor Department data, the number of workers in the U.S. has fallen 400,000 since March and about 600,000 smaller than it was in early 2020, right before widespread COVID-19 restrictions plunged the economy into a recession. The labor shortage has raised fears that the economy will not achieve the “soft landing” many hoped for as restrictions have been lifted, with some economists saying the imbalance between labor supply and demand represents the largest threat to the U.S. economy.

U.S. consumer sentiment climbed more than expected in August as gas prices dropped nationwide, but Americans’ confidence in the economy remains near a record low. The University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment index rose to 55.1 in August – up from the July reading of 51.5 and above economists’ forecasts. That is still more than a 21% drop from just one year ago, when the gauge was at 70.3.

Many of the global prices for food, fuel and fertilizer that spiked when Russia invaded Ukraine have returned to their pre-war levels, defying the most dire forecasts even as policymakers warn of the continued risk of famine and financial crisis in the developing world.

The average American is shelling out an extra $717 a month because of the hottest inflation in decades, according to a new analysis from the Joint Economic Committee Republicans. The financial squeeze stems from the rising cost of a number of everyday goods, including cars, rent, food and health care. While the rapid pace of price increases eased slightly in July, the consumer price index still climbed 8.5% from the previous year – hovering near a painful, four-decade high, the Labor Department reported on Wednesday.

  • Falling gas prices are helping to curb the recent surge of inflation. Inflation in July was still up 13.1 percent from a year ago, the fastest annual pace since 1979. In July, breakfast cereal prices rose 16.4% from a year ago. Chicken cots increased by 17.6% and eggs shot up 38% from a year ago.

Months after gas prices reached all-time highs, drivers are feeling relief at the pump with the national average under $4 per gallon for the first time in five months. The average cost of a gallon of regular gasoline in the U.S. was $3.99 on 8/11, according to AAA. Andrew Gross, AAA spokesperson, said three things have factored into falling prices: first, the cost of oil; second, less demand for gas; and third, a “band aid” from the Biden Administration releasing oil from the strategic petroleum reserve. The biggest factor, however, was crude oil prices, which have dropped over 20 cents/barrel since July 4th.

Online prices declined by 1% year-over-year in July, snapping a string of nearly two years of persistent inflation, according to a report released Tuesday by Adobe. The shift is even more pronounced on a month-over-month basis where online prices dropped by 2% in July, Adobe said. Walmart, Target (TGT) and Best Buy (BBY) have all recently warned of an inventory glut that is eating into profits and prompting price cuts.

Despite rising mortgage rates that dampened sales, home prices continued to climb higher in the second quarter of 2022, with many more cities seeing double-digit price gains than in the first part of the year. The median single-family existing home price in the second quarter was $413,500 – the first time this quarterly price has ever risen above $400,000. Home prices for the quarter were up 14.2% from a year ago, slightly slower than the 15.4% year-over-year price increase experienced in the first quarter.

In the latest sign of turbulence in the US economy, New York-area manufacturing suffered a large and unexpected setback in August, according to a survey released on Monday. The New York Federal Reserve said its Empire State Manufacturing Survey plunged by 42 points in August to -31.3. That marks the second-largest monthly decline on record for this closely watched gauge of economic activity. The biggest drop was recorded in April 2020, when the economy was ravaged by the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.

International Economy:

Nearly one-third of UK households, about 10.5 million, will be in fuel poverty for the first three months of next year, according to estimates from the End Fuel Poverty Coalition (EFPC) published on Tuesday — meaning that their income after paying for energy will fall below the poverty line. The UK government defines poverty as household income of less than 60% of the UK median, which stood at £31,000 ($37,500) in 2021, according to official statistics. The predictions are based on new estimates from research firm Cornwall Insight, also published Tuesday, which show that the average household energy bill is expected to hit £3,582 ($4,335) a year from October, and £4,266 ($5,163) from January — equating to about £355 ($430) a month.

Argentina’s central bank raised the benchmark interest rate for the 28-day term to 69.5% from 60%, a rate the bank set just two weeks ago when it hiked the rate by 800 basis points and the government shuffled its cabinet to install a new economy “superminister.” New inflation data on Thursday underscored the urgency driving economic policy: Prices rose 7.4% in July, above expectations and pushing annual inflation to a 20-year high of 71%.

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

At least eight people, including five Americans, were wounded in a shooting attack targeting a bus near the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City early Sunday morning. Around 1:30 am local time Sunday, police said that a “terrorist armed with weapons shot at a bus and vehicles in a parking lot near the Old City of Jerusalem.” At least two of the Americans injured were tourists.

Nineteen people suspected of terror offenses were captured by Israeli troops, with one suspect killed, during widespread arrests in Jerusalem and Palestinian Authority-controlled enclaves in the Judea and Samaria region. The anti-terror sweeps, which occurred overnight Sunday, came on the heels of a terror attack in Jerusalem targeting unarmed Jewish civilians, which saw seven people wounded.

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)

Multiple drones strapped with explosive devices attacked an American-run compound in Syria on Monday. The U.S. military says American and allied forces at the compound suffered no injuries or damage. No group has claimed responsibility yet for the attack which hit the al-Tanf base in south-central Syria. U.S. forces are deployed to the area to assist Syrian opposition forces. The military says troops stationed at the base shot down one of the drones before it could enter the base. Another one flew inside a building and detonated but caused no injuries. The al-Tanf base has been the subject of similar attacks before with drones striking the base in October 2021 as well.

Israel launched a missile attack on western and central Syria Sunday night, killing three soldiers and wounding three others, the Syrian military said in a statement. The Syrian army said the IDF targeted several positions in the coastal province of Tartus and suburbs of the capital Damascus. The military said the missiles were fired by warplanes flying over neighboring Lebanon, adding that they caused material damage as well. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor, said the Israeli strike targeted a Syrian army air defense base in the area of Abu Afsa. It added that Iran-backed fighters are usually in the base.

The head of the Gaza-based Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terror group warned Israel on Monday that more rocket launches will occur if the Jewish State does not release prisoners affiliated with PIJ within the next week. “If the enemy does not carry out its obligations according to the [ceasefire] agreement, we will not hesitate for a moment to resume the fighting, and then Allah can do with us as He wills.”

The Palestinian death toll from last weekend’s fighting between Israel and Gaza militants rose to 48 Thursday after an 11-year-old girl and a man died from wounds they suffered during the worst cross-border violence in over a year. Meanwhile, two wounded Gaza children, ages 8 and 14, were fighting for their lives in a Jerusalem hospital. In all, more than 300 Palestinians were wounded over the weekend when Israel struck Islamic Jihad targets across Gaza and the militant group fired hundreds of rockets at Israel. The death of 11-year-old Layan al-Shaer at Mukassed Hospital in an Arab neighborhood of Jerusalem brought to 17 the number of children killed in the fighting.

In preparation for the September gathering of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the Palestinian leadership is conducting extensive lobbying to achieve full UN recognition for the “State of Palestine.” Such recognition would necessitate a positive recommendation of all five of the permanent members of the UN Security Council that would be followed by the approval of two-thirds of the UNGA. To further this goal, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and other Palestinian representatives have been in contact and raised the subject with world leaders and UN officials.

The leader of Hezbollah in Lebanon issued a warning to Israel about attempting to tap offshore gas reserves in disputed waters between the two countries, further complicating U.S. attempts to mediate the dispute. “The hand that reaches for any of this wealth will be severed,” Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah in Lebanon, said during televised remarks in Beirut Tuesday. The warning comes as the U.S. has intensified efforts to resolve the maritime border dispute between Israel and Lebanon, two countries that have been in an official state of war for over 70 years. Tensions between the two countries have flared over the summer, with Israel reporting that it had shot down three drones launched by Hezbollah that were reportedly bound for the Karish gas fields.

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 is ready to supply military equipment to allied countries in Latin America, Asia, and Africa and Moscow is open to training foreign fighters, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during the “Army-2022” opening ceremony on Monday. “Russia sincerely cherishes historically strong, friendly, truly trusting ties with the countries of Latin America, Asia, and Africa. We are ready to offer our allies the most modern types of weapons, from small arms to armored vehicles and artillery to combat aviation and unmanned aerial vehicles,” Putin said during opening remarks.

Russia/Ukraine:

Concerns that a nuclear catastrophe could take place at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia plant were on the rise Sunday after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy pledged to target Russian soldiers using Europe’s largest nuclear facility as cover to shell nearby cities. The two nations have blamed each other for rocket attacks near the Russian-occupied plant. Ukraine says Russia is shelling nearby regions from the plant and storing weapons there – and that Russia’s latest attack last week damaged radiation-monitoring equipment at the plant’s fire station.

The Russian military took over key administration buildings in the eastern Ukrainian city of Enerhodar on Monday, Enerhodar Mayor Dmytro Orlov posted to telegram. Thirty-three workers refused to cooperate with the Russian military and will not go to work tomorrow, he said. “The occupiers continue to seize objects and enterprises in Enerhodar, establish their own rules, and pressure workers,” Orlov wrote. The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, which is the largest nuclear power facility in Europe, is located in the town of Enerhodar. Last week, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief warned that the fighting near the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant “could lead to very serious consequences.”

The Ukrainian government says its demining forces have detected and defused more than 180,000 explosive devices since the beginning of Russia’s invasion in February. Yevhenii Yenin, the first deputy interior minister, said on Ukrainian television Monday that “one-fifth of the territory of Ukraine was contaminated with shells, mines and aerial bombs that did not explode. In the Kyiv region, 1,000 explosive objects are still being defused every day,” he said.

China/Taiwan:

A second delegation of U.S. lawmakers arrived in Taiwan on Sunday for a two-day trip during which they will meet President Tsai Ing-wen, the second high-level group to visit while there are military tensions between the self-ruled island and China. Beijing, which claims democratically governed Taiwan as its own territory, has conducted military drills around the island to express its anger over U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei in early August. The de facto U.S. embassy in Taipei said the delegation is being led by Democratic Senator Ed Markey, who is being accompanied by four House lawmakers on what it described as part of a larger visit to the Indo-Pacific region. Markey chairs the Senate Foreign Relations East Asia, Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Subcommittee.

Taiwan’s foreign minister last Tuesday warned China is using its aggressive military drills around the island as part of a broader plan for what it fears is an impending invasion. Foreign Minister Joseph Wu told reporters, “It is conducting large-scale military exercises and missile launches, as well as cyber-attacks, disinformation, and economic coercion, in an attempt to weaken public morale in Taiwan. After the drills conclude, China may try to routinize its action in an attempt to wreck the long-term status quo across the Taiwan Strait.”

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)

An Iranian national plotted to assassinate at least two former Trump administration officials, the Department of Justice said, in what it described as a likely retaliation for the 2020 killing of a prominent Iranian general. A criminal complaint unsealed Wednesday said Shahram Poursafi, 45 years old, of Tehran, tried to kill one of former President Donald Trump’s national-security advisers, John Bolton, by offering to pay an individual in the U.S. $300,000. Agents affiliated with Mr. Poursafi conducted surveillance on Mr. Bolton. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was also notified that he was an intended target.

“The threat from the Islamic State extremist group is growing by the day in Africa and the continent could be “the future of the caliphate,” an African security expert warned the U.N. Security Council last Tuesday. Martin Ewi said the Islamic State “has expanded its influence beyond measure” in Africa, with at least 20 countries directly experiencing the extremist group’s activity and more than 20 others “being used for logistics and to mobilize funds and other resources.” “They are now regional hubs, which have become corridors of instability in Africa,” said Ewi, who coordinates a transnational organized crime project at the Institute for Security Studies in South Africa’s capital Pretoria and was previously in charge of the African Union Commission’s counter-terrorism program. He said the Lake Chad Basin — which borders Chad, Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon — is the extremist group’s biggest area of operation, and areas in the Sahel are now “ungovernable” while Somalia remains the IS “hotspot” in the Horn of Africa.

  • A recent attempt to take over or destabilize Uganda failed, but Ewi said an IS affiliate, the Allied Democratic Forces, “remains a serious threat.” In addition, he said, the Islamic State Central Africa has made some regions of Congo and Mozambique “human slaughterhouses.”

A top leader of the Pakistani Taliban militia was reported killed Sunday in southeastern Afghanistan, potentially dealing a serious blow to peace talks being negotiated between the extremist group and Pakistani officials with assistance from senior Taliban leaders in Afghanistan. An aide to the Pakistani militia leader, known as Omar Khalid Khorasani, said in a tweet Monday morning that he died in a bomb blast in southeastern Afghanistan. The reported death of Khorasani followed months of talks that began shortly after Afghan Taliban forces took power in Kabul one year ago. Numerous delegations have met in Afghanistan since then to help end the years-long conflict between Pakistani forces and hard-line Pakistani militants.

In Haiti, ammunition rounds bounced off an armored vehicle, as police carried a limp civilian to the sidewalk – another victim of the brutal, daily shootings that plague the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince and the surrounding area. Here, inside the gang-held territory of Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti’s SWAT team has driven into a gunfight that has already torn up a civilian bus. In the preceding 72 hours, police killed a leader of the 400 Mawozo gang and rescued six hostages from them, they say. But the gang – one of dozens terrorizing the capital – have not been dislodged from these streets. In the area of Cité Soleil, ten days of violence in July left more than 470 people dead, injured or missing, according to the UN, after the G9 gang tried to expand its reach in the area, taking territory from rival gangs.

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 climate bill’s provisions are mostly a collection of subsidies for energy that does not emit any carbon, like solar, wind and nuclear power. Without those subsidies, polluting fossil fuels are often still cheaper. The subsidies try to give cleaner energy an edge. “I don’t mean this as an exaggeration: This really changes everything,” said Jesse Jenkins, a climate policy expert at Princeton University. “It is effectively going to shift the financial case away from dirty energy toward clean energy for everyone.” For consumers, the subsidies will reduce the prices of electric vehicles, solar panels, heat pumps and other energy-efficient home improvements. You can claim the subsidies through tax filings; as a separate rebate if you don’t file taxes; or, in some cases, immediately when you make a purchase.

Grasslands and savannas have come to be viewed merely as “run-down forests,” areas that surely could be improved by planting trees upon them. That view is not only ecologically wrong—true grasslands are distinct ecosystems—it overlooks their natural value, say ecologists. Grasslands are gigantic reservoirs of carbon. Scientists estimate that, worldwide, they contain about a third of all the carbon stored on land, mostly in their soils. Old-growth grasslands take just as long as old-growth forests to attain that status, around 150 years. Tree forests do so “more impressively” with their giant trees, but the grasslands evolve into complex systems in their own right, above and below ground. One recent analysis based on global climate models estimated that, in the long run, grasslands and savannas may save more carbon than forests lose through fire.

It’s now unsafe to drink rainwater around the world because of the growing presence of “forever chemicals,” a new study indicates.  In the study, published Aug. 2 in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Science & Technology, researchers point to the dangers of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. PFAS are a family of human-made chemicals used in countless products today, from food packaging to waterproof clothing. They can spread in the atmosphere and are now found in every corner of our Earth – including rainwater, snow and even human blood. PFAS are dubbed “forever chemicals” because they can last “thousands of years,” Clean Water Action notes. A host of possible serious health consequences has been associated with PFAS, including cancer, infertility and pregnancy complications, immune system problems and increased cholesterol, according to researchers at Stockholm University and ETH Zurich. According to the EPA, most uses of PFOA and PFOS were “voluntarily phased out by U.S. manufacturers,” but some products still use them.

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)

After a series of earthquakes, a volcano about 30 miles outside of Reykjavik, Iceland, erupted on August 12. Fagradalsfjall Volcano, which erupted for months last year, is once again spewing magma.

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

A wildfire in France burned an area equivalent to 12,000 football fields in one night during an epic heatwave.

A large wildfire in a rural area of Hawaii’s Big Island has burned more than 15 square miles, as of 8/12. It is not threatening any homes, but high winds and extremely dry conditions are making it difficult for crews to contain the blaze.

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)

High tide flooding events fueled by sea level rise along the nation’s coastlines continue to become more common and will increase even more in the coming years, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s latest annual high tide flooding outlook. Scientists say sea level rise is fueled by ocean warming and higher atmospheric temperatures that cause ocean water to expand and glaciers and ice sheets to melt. In the next 12 months, some areas around New York City are expected to have between 10 and 15 days of high tide flooding. That compares to about nine days over the last year. Coastlines along the northern Gulf of Mexico could see between five and 20 days, while one part of Washington State could see up to 16 days. Record high tide flooding isn’t predicted overall for the rest of this year since the Earth is in a position farthest away from the moon. King Tides, high tides that happen a couple of times a year during a full moon, can bring flooding.

The robust monsoon rains in recent weeks have reduced drought levels in the Southwest – as well as the Intermountain West – to those not seen in many months. Most locales in Arizona, New Mexico, the California deserts, southern Nevada, and a few other scattered areas have measured at least 200 percent of normal (rainfall) over the past 2 months. Strong winds and heavy monsoonal rains in Arizona required local fire officials to conduct several rescues in Scottsdale, both on the ground and by air, of people trapped in cars by floods or downed power line.

Flash floods swept the iconic Las Vegas strip for the second time in weeks last Friday, causing water to seep into casinos and flood parking garages. Videos on social media captured a bus wading through an intersection that floodwaters turned into lagoon and a car battling against strong currents of downhill flooding near the strip. After the floodwaters receded, Clark County Fire Department reported that two lifeless bodies were found in the city’s flood channels. All the occupants of numerous stalled vehicles were evacuated safely. 

Record rainfall in South Korea that began last week killed at least nine people, destroyed buildings, and spurred recovery efforts. Up to 17 inches of rain fell in the hardest-hit Dongjak district in the capital city of Seoul. Korea’s meteorological agency said some areas received the heaviest rain in 80 years. Nearly 50 cities faced landslide warnings this week as many roads remained closed. Government workers and military troops joined in cleaning up debris in several neighborhoods. The downpour also extended to North Korea, which issued heavy rain warnings in the southern and western regions.

Europe is in its fourth heat wave of the summer sparking extreme heat and drought conditions. Wildfires are burning across southern France as historic rivers in the UK and Germany are running uncommonly low hampering the movement of ships and barges of food and commodities. Europe’s ongoing drought could signal the death of river cruising as rivers get too shallow.

There have historically been heat waves in the past. For example, in 627, the heat was so great in France and Germany, says the London Standard, that all springs dried up; water became so scarce that many people died of thirst. In 879, work in the field had to be given up; agricultural laborers persisting in their work were struck down in a few minutes, so powerful was the sun. In 993, the sun’s rays were so fierce that vegetation burned up as under the action of fire. So this current period of ‘global warming’ may just be another heat wave. But combined with other end-time prophesies (e.g. Israel formed ‘in a day’ in 1948, pestilence (Covid), increasing floods, winds, wildfires, and ‘evil called good’ in the LGBTQ+ movement), we must ‘keep watch’ and ‘be ready.’

  • Watch therefore, for youknow neither the day nor the hourin which the Son of Man is coming. (Matthew 25:13) Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. (Matthew 24:44)

Signs of the Times Update: August 8, 2022

August 8, 2022

 “The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. He will not always strive with us, nor will He keep His anger forever. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:8-12)

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

After five years of litigation and a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruling, the Christian flag finally flew on the Boston City Hall Plaza public forum flagpole Wednesday as an enthusiastic crowd cheered to celebrate the first day free of unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination. In 2017, Shurtleff and Camp Constitution filed a permit application with the City of Boston to celebrate Constitution Day in September. Boston had a longstanding practice and policy to open a flagpole for private speakers to temporarily raise a flag during their events. In the city’s own words, Boston created a “public forum” open to “all applicants.” But after 12 years, 284 applications, no denials and virtually no review, Boston censored Camp Constitution’s application because of one word in the application – Christian.

The Georgia Department of Revenue has announced residents can now claim unborn children as dependents on their tax returns amounting to a $3,000 benefit. It’s all due to the “Living Infant and Fairness Equality (LIFE) Act” which has now taken effect in the aftermath of the US Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade. “The Department will recognize any unborn child with a detectable human heartbeat…as eligible for the Georgia individual income tax dependent exemption,” the guidance read.

Three Nigerian Christian women kidnapped as teenagers by Boko Haram Islamist terrorists from a school in Chibok eight years ago have been found. They and their three children were recovered with their children by the Nigerian Army during operations against Boko Haram in Borno State. Boko Haram abducted 276 girls, mostly Christian, from the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok in April 2014. Around 165 girls have subsequently escaped, been rescued or released.

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)

Two GOP senators have urged the Department of Defense (DoD) to immediately investigate whistleblower allegations that hundreds of Afghan evacuees who appeared on official watchlists were not properly vetted before they were released into the United States. According to the DoD whistleblower, the Biden administration failed to properly vet 324 Afghan evacuees who appeared on the DoD’s Biometrically Enabled Watchlist (BEWL), which includes known suspected terrorists, said U.S. Sens. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) on Thursday.

Our nation’s power grid is fragile. Much more so than most Americans know, or that the government is disclosing, reports Intercessors for America (IFA). Recently IFA hosted experts on the threats and vulnerabilities of the grid on a Pray With America’s Leaders webcast. What they shared was astounding. The threats against the grid are many: hackers, solar flares, sabotage, and an EMP.

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

Last-minute changes to a package of economic spending bills won over key votes Sunday, like that of Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz. The Senate passed Democrats’ omnibus spending, prescription drug, and climate bill along party lines. The budget reconciliation process allowed the bill to avoid a GOP filibuster, and Vice President Kamala Harris broke the 50-50 tie. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said he wants the House to vote on it when Congress reconvenes next week.

  • Contradicting claims from Senate Democrats, a report from the independent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) indicates that the measures in the $740 billion Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA) would have a marginal to negative impact on inflation.
  • Republicans say this bill includes $740 billion in funding to hire 87,000 new Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents, which they say will target Americans. However, IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig said, “These resources are absolutely not about increasing audit scrutiny on small businesses or middle-income Americans. As we have been planning, our investment of these enforcement resources is designed around Treasury’s directive that audit rates will not rise relative to recent years for households making under $400,000.”

Senators delivered overwhelming bipartisan approval to NATO membership for Finland and Sweden Wednesday, calling expansion of the Western defensive bloc a “slam-dunk” for U.S. national security and a day of reckoning for Russian President Vladimir Putin over his invasion of Ukraine. Wednesday’s 95-1 vote — for the candidacy of two Western European nations that, until Russia’s war against Ukraine, had long avoided military alliances — took a crucial step toward expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and its 73-year-old pact of mutual defense among the United States and democratic allies in Europe. Formal approval from all member nations — currently, 30 — is required.

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)

For the fourth time in nine months, a Muslim man has been found shot to death in Albuquerque. The man killed Friday night was in his mid-20s and from South Asia. Police, who discovered his body after receiving a report of a shooting, declined to say whether the killing was done in a way similar to the other slayings, which have shaken the Muslim community in New Mexico and drawn condemnation from President Biden. “There is reason to believe this death is related to those shootings,” Police Chief Harold Medina said in a news conference Saturday.

Back in May, 20 Nigerian Christians were brutally martyred by the Islamic militant group ISIS. In June, 40 more Christians died in Owo, Nigeria, in a terrorist attack against a church. Though it is not clear who is responsible for that attack, what is clear is that Christians continue to be severely persecuted in this West African nation. The persecution, which has been ongoing for years, is part of a long history of conflict with Islam. In 1953, Christians made up only 21.4% of the population in Nigeria. Today, about half of the country’s population, about 96 million people, are Christians. To put that number in perspective, Germany, the largest country in Europe, has a total population of less than 84 million.

Muslim extremists on July 29 came to the home of an evangelist who had held open-air events in eastern Uganda and killed him, Christian Headlines reports. Sozi Odongo was killed in a knife attack at his home in Omorio cell, Agule Town Council, Pallisa District, while his wife and four children hid in a room. Odongo was 45. The previous week, sources said, Odongo had received threatening text messages, including one from Nasuru Ongom, a Muslim sheikh (teacher) in Palissa town, that read, “Please stop preaching to our people using the holy Koran, or else you risk your life.”

The prosecution of four Christian converts from Islam under an apostasy law abolished two years ago seems to confirm concerns about a return to Islamism by the government in Sudan. The four young men were charged with apostasy from Islam under Article 126 of the Sudanese Penal Code, and could now face the death penalty in line with sharia (Islamic law). Sudan’s apostasy law was abolished in July 2020 by the reforming government of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. The government formalized separation of religion and state two months later. Now it seems that the reforms that had improved the lives of Christians – and especially Muslim-background believers – are being rolled back and these four Christian converts face the death penalty.

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)

Protests continue at justices’ homes, in violation of state and federal law! On Wednesdays, Justices Kavanaugh and Roberts were targeted; Thursday, Justice Barrett; Friday, Justice Thomas; and Saturday, Justice Alito. Organizers call the scheduled events ‘resistance marches’ and also organize pop-up events at random times, which they call “surprise home demo” (most recently at Justice Gorsuch’s house). These random events circumvent the authorities–they advertise that they have 10 minutes before cops will show up. Some of these justices have young children at home. Can you imagine how distressing this is for them?

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

Just as the surge of terrorism and hate crimes against pregnancy resource centers (PRC) and churches appeared to be slowing down in recent weeks, two more churches were targeted in Lawrence, Kans. over the weekend. With this ongoing violence and with the rhetoric surrounding PRCs continuing to heat up on Capitol Hill, pregnancy center staff are increasingly finding themselves having to divert valuable resources away from helping vulnerable women in need in order to bolster security measures for their buildings.

President Biden signed an executive order Wednesday that laid the groundwork for Medicaid to enable women to travel to another state for an abortion. This is his second pro-abortion executive order since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. The first created the so-called Reproductive Rights Task Force on July 12. Wednesday’s order also encourages healthcare providers to provide data to the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Kansans voted last Tuesday against an amendment to the state constitution that would have allowed lawmakers to protect unborn babies either completely or partially. The referendum failed by about 20 percentage points. The state Supreme Court ruled in 2019 that abortion is a “fundamental” right. The amendment would have said the constitution does not protect the right to abortion, giving lawmakers the ability to pass more pro-life laws.

  • This was a real shocker in a state which Trump carried by 15% in 2020.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb signed Senate Enrolled Act 1 into law last week, banning most abortions in the state. It is the first state to do so since the United States overturned Roe v. Wade in late June. The new law provides exceptions for cases of rape, incest, lethal fetal deformity, and serious health emergency for the mother.

The U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court on Tuesday against Idaho’s law that protects babies in every case except to save the life of the mother or in the case of rape or incest. The new law, which is scheduled to go into effect Aug. 25, makes performing an abortion without proof that it was one of these cases punishable by two to five years in prison. This is the first major action by the DOJ challenging a state law protecting babies since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. The DOJ said the Idaho law conflicts with the federal 1986 Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act that requires medical facilities that accept Medicare to stabilize and treat any patient. That treatment includes providing abortions, the department argues.

Three pro-life activists, including a Catholic priest, were sentenced to three months in jail yesterday following a rescue effort at an abortion facility during which they counseled women to choose life for their preborn children. The three men were given the maximum sentence by White Plains City Court Judge John Collin for the misdemeanor charge of third-degree criminal trespass. The men spoke to the women inside the abortion mill, offering each a red rose, which had a Miraculous Medal and a note attached that read, “You were made to love and be loved … Your goodness is greater than the difficulties of your situation. Circumstances change. A new life, however tiny, brings the promise of unrepeatable joy.”

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

The European Court of Human Rights rejected an urgent legal application from the parents of 12-year-old Archie Battersbee Wednesday to delay the removal of their son’s life support. In a letter sent to Battersbee’s parents, ECHR stated it would not interfere with the decision of previous judges who agreed with the hospital’s assessment that removal of care was in Archie’s “best interests.” The boy’s mother, Hollie Dance, said the news was another “heart-breaking development” in her son’s case and questioned why he couldn’t be given a chance if doctors in other countries are willing to treat him. The parents have now submitted an application to a United Kingdom high court seeking to move their 12-year-old son to a hospice so he can receive palliative oxygen. However, the boy died shortly after life-support ended.

  • Once again, the culture of death wants to take life and death decisions out of the parents’ hands.

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

Covid-19: The number of new cases of Covid-19 per day in the U.S. over the past two weeks has dropped by 8% down to 117,564/day. These are reported cases, not including those who test positive at home and don’t report it. Hospitalizations remained flat at 42,275 with deaths climbing 11% to 494/day.

One in eight people who get coronavirus develop at least one symptom of long COVID one of the most comprehensive studies on the condition to date suggested on Thursday. A new study published in The Lancet journal asked more than 76,400 adults in the Netherlands to fill out an online questionnaire on 23 common long COVID symptoms. Between March 2020 and August 2021, each participant filled out the questionnaire 24 times. About 12.7 percent of those who had COVID — around one in eight — suffered from long-term symptoms, the study said. It found that common long COVID symptoms include chest pain, breathing difficulties, muscle pain, loss of taste and smell, and general fatigue.

Monkeypox: The Biden administration declared a public health emergency for monkeypox on Aug. 4 in a bid to unlock funding and more powers to deal with the virus, which officials say is primarily spreading among homosexual males. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra issued the declaration, saying in an Aug. 4 conference call with reporters that the move will allow for quicker distribution of the monkeypox vaccine. In the United States, there are “1.6 to 1.7 million” people who are at the “highest risk” of contracting monkeypox, according to the CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky. She reiterated that homosexual men, namely those who are HIV-positive, appear to have the highest likelihood of getting monkeypox. So far, 95% of the cases are gay men.

  • If we follow God’s laws, we don’t have to worry about Monkeypox, AIDS and STDs.

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)

A trove of documents released last week by America First Legal obtained from a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit show that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) worked with Big Tech companies to censor what the agency deemed “misinformation” about COVID vaccines. The documents show emails between the CDC and officials from Twitter, Facebook and Google in which the CDC flagged what it deemed as “misinformation”. The emails also show that the CDC coordinated with the companies for the suppression of any dissent from the mainstream COVID narrative and had regular meetings about “misinformation” related to the vaccines. The CDC also helped to develop language used to control the narrative around the vaccines.

A recent study available in the prestigious Lancet peer-reviewed journal reveals COVID-19 vaccine booster shots may be harmful to the immune system and cause significant adverse reactions. The study also shows that eight months after a two-dose regimen, the injected have lower immune function than the unvaccinated. Dr. Kenji Yamamoto, a cardiovascular surgeon who has authored or co-authored thousands of papers available on NIH’s PubMed website, highlighted not only the well-known waning effectiveness of the experimental coronavirus gene-based injections, but that the shots may actually cause harm to their recipients’ immune systems as well.

A researcher who queried the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) discovered a 10,661.4% increase in cancer reports as a result of experimental COVID-19 gene-base vaccines as compared with all FDA-approved vaccines over the last 30 years. Brian Shilhavy, who is the editor of Health Impact News, also made note of the significant number of the cancer cases in the database that were of young people, from age 12 up through many young adults in their 20s. Last October, a Swedish lab study found that the spike protein associated with the COVID-19 illness, and its experimental vaccines, enters the nucleus of cells and significantly interferes with DNA damage-repair functions, compromising a person’s adaptive immunity and perhaps encouraging the formation of cancer cells.

  • In March 2021, board-certified pathologist Dr. Ryan Cole reported that he was seeing a massive “uptick” in various autoimmune diseases and cancers in patients who have been COVID-vaccinated.

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

Crime, murder and mass shootings have dominated headlines this year. Just over the weekend, a shooting in Cincinnati wounded nine people, and another in Detroit killed one and wounded four. Overall, however, nationwide shootings are down 4% this year compared to the same time last year. In big cities, murders are down 3%. If the decrease in murders continues for the rest of 2022, it will be the first year since 2018 in which they fell in the U.S.

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

A thunderstorm passed over a Cuban crude oil storage facility and lightning caused fires and explosions, killing at least one firefighter and injuring more than 100 people. Crews from three countries worked to battle the blaze. A second tank collapsed and another explosion rocked Cuba overnight Sunday as the Matzanas oil farm fire worsened.

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

The father and son who are serving life in prison for Ahmaud Arbery’s murder were again sentenced to life in prison Monday on federal hate crime charges. Travis McMichael, who fatally shot Ahmaud Arbery, will serve his federal sentence of life plus 10 years. His father, Gregory, will serve life in state prison plus seven years. They both will serve the federal sentences concurrently with the state time. The family of Arbery, a young Black man shot in 2020 while on a neighborhood jog, had asked that the men be sent to state, rather than federal, prison. Legal experts say the outcome of the second trial marked a historic moment in Georgia in acknowledging racist motivations.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis suspended State Attorney Andrew Warren of the 13th Judicial Circuit due to neglect of duty. The Governor has the authority to suspend a state officer under Article IV, Section 7 of the Constitution of the State of Florida. The Governor has appointed Susan Lopez to serve as State Attorney for the period of suspension. She has most recently been serving as a Judge on the Hillsborough County Court. “State Attorneys have a duty to prosecute crimes as defined in Florida law, not to pick and choose which laws to enforce based on his personal agenda,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. Warren had said he would not prosecute abortions despite it being state law.

  • This is the first time a liberal State Attorney (or Attorney General) has been removed from office because of allowing criminals back onto the streets with no bail. There’s been far too much of this in the U.S.

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

Four officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s death have been charged with federal crimes two years after the fatal shooting occurred in Louisville. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that four current or former Louisville police officers have been charged. The charges include falsifying information on the search warrant that led to the raid in which Taylor was killed and attempting to cover up the false information after the fact. Garland said the alleged wrongdoing “resulted in Ms. Taylor’s death …. Breonna Taylor should still be alive.”

Over 1,000 New York City police officers have filed to leave the department in 2022, raising doubts about the city’s ability to maintain a substantive police force and maintain safety and security. Many officers are joining in the exodus and leaving before receiving their full pensions. Former NYPD detective Jason Caputo says the city is “steering away” from encouraging officers to apprehend criminals, adding that city and NYPD leaders are “putting victims and police in jeopardy.”

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)

More than half a century after the Fair Housing Act was signed into law in 1968, not only is the homeownership gap between white and Black Americans wider than it was in 1960 , the homeownership rate of Black Americans is expected to be lower (40%) in 2040 than it was in 2020 (41%), according to a study by the Urban Institute, a Washington, D.C., based research organization focused on upward mobility and equity. Issues including financial education and awareness can still limit homeownership for lower-income households (a disproportionate share of whom are Black and Hispanic) or trap them into exploitative transactions.

A racist text message sent by a police officer has prompted officials in Vincent, a small Alabama town to disband their police department and fire the police chief and assistant chief. There was only one other officer in the department. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office condemned the two officers’ actions and said Friday that it stands with the city “in providing emergency law enforcement related service to the citizens (of Vincent) at this time.”

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 daily hamburger might raise the risk of developing heart disease, but not necessarily for the reasons people often think, new research suggests. The study of nearly 4,000 older Americans found what many have before: People who ate a lot of red meat had a heightened risk of heart disease and stroke. But there was no evidence that the link was due to a traditional culprit: elevated blood levels of “bad” cholesterol. Instead, researchers traced the risk, in part, to particular substances produced by the gut microbiome — the trillions of bacteria that reside in the digestive tract. When those bacteria digest red meat, they produce a chemical called TMAO, which can spur inflammation and blood clotting.

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

In the past two years, a mass exodus of over 1.2 million students has left the public-school system as parents seek alternative education routes, such as public charter schools, private schools, and homeschooling, especially in large cities. New York City is experiencing “massive hemorrhaging of students,” according to Mayor Eric Adams. Having lost upward of 64,000 enrollments since the start of the pandemic, the city is forecasting the loss of an additional 30,000 students this upcoming fall semester. Michigan is 56,000 students shy of its pre-pandemic public school enrollment numbers. Orange County, Denver, Kansas City and Chicago, are just a few of the many more cities around the country realizing nose-diving numbers.

Marriage/Family:  “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)

The abusive “child bride” situations in the U.S. will be unleashed if the U.S. Senate passes the so-called “Respect for Marriage Act.” “HR 8404 will do SO MUCH MORE than just codify the Supreme Court ruling on marriage, notes Mat Staver, CEO of Liberty Counsel. Our team has been shocked by what we have learned. We were unaware of the large number of tragic child bride cases. I am sure many members of Congress are also unaware, and that’s why we must educate them about the impact of HR 8404. What is happening now with little girls being abused in child bride ‘marriages,’ if this bill passes, also will happen to little boys who will be ‘married’ off to homosexual pedophiles. Suddenly, it would be legal for a 50-year-old man to ‘marry’ a 15-year-old boy in Mississippi. A 14-year-old boy in North Carolina. Or a boy of any age in California!”

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)

Members of a community, described as “politically conservative,” voted to gut the library’s funding because the library promoted an “LGBTQ-themed” graphic novel. Voters in Jamestown Township, a politically conservative community in Ottawa County, Michigan, rejected renewal Tuesday of a millage (mill rate, or property tax) that would support the Patmos Library. That vote guts the library’s operating budget in 2023 — 84 percent of the library’s $245,000 budget comes from property taxes collected through a millage. Without a millage, the library is likely to run out of money sometime late next year, said Larry Walton, library board president. “I wasn’t expecting anything like this,” Walton said.

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)

An election official from an Arizona county has resigned after allegations of voter irregularities and a ballot shortage on primary elections day. The Pinal County government confirmed that “David Frisk is no longer in the position of Elections Director and is no longer employed by Pinal County” in a statement on Thursday–two days after Arizona’s primary election day—after a shortage of ballots on primary election day and thousands of early ballots were sent to the wrong voters leading up to the primaries. Pinal County Attorney Kent Volkmer was asked if the volume of ballots were sufficient to impact any results of the race. Volkmer said it is a “difficult question,” noting that only 10 votes separated winners and losers in some municipal races.

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 weeks now, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has been dispatching buses loaded with illegal aliens to Washington, D.C., because it is government officials in that location who could take action to prevent the crisis that Joe Biden’s policies have created at the southern border. Now he’s started sending them to New York City, too, as that city’s mayor, Eric Adams, had boasted about the “sanctuary city’s” services and housing programs. So the mayors of those two cities are now crying out for help. Washington’s mayor, regularly “championed accepting migrants entering the country illegally as a human rights issue,” but she now wants the D.C. National Guard activated on a continuing basis to help with the “humanitarian crisis” of illegals in town.

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

Airline delays and cancellations continued Monday after a weekend full of weather-related issues. As of noon Monday, more than 2,000 flights in, out of and across the U.S. have been delayed, according to the flight tracking website FlightAware. Another 500 flights were canceled. Although airlines are still batting staffing issues, delays and cancellations were particularly heavy all weekend due to extensive thunderstorm activity and weather ground stops.

British flight attendant Kris Major serves as chair of the European Transport Workers Federation’s Joint Aircrew Committee, representing European flight attendants and pilots. He says flight crew are struggling. “It’s completely unsustainable as a job.” As global travelers return to the skies in droves after a pandemic-enforced pause, airlines and airports across the world are grappling to match supply with demand. The result is flights canceled left right and center, luggage mislaid, and travelers losing confidence in the aviation industry as a whole.

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

In June, Toyota issued a warning to owners of its BZ4X electric SUV that they should stop driving the vehicle and have it transported to a dealership because of a severe problem: the wheels could fall off while driving even after just a short time on the road. Toyota did not know why this was happening, but the automaker said it would investigate and have the problem corrected once engineers understood why the wheels were coming loose. Now, over a month later, Toyota has not yet identified the issue and is offering to simply buy back the SUVs from customers who no longer want to wait for the problem to be resolved.

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 the are without excuse… who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator. (Romans 1:20,25)

The Earth is spinning ever so slightly faster. A report at Phys.org confirmed that scientists at the National Physical Laboratory in England recorded the shortest day ever on June 29 – nearly 1.5 milliseconds shorter than usual. While that’s barely noticeable, they are concerned about the cause. Speculation includes melting or freezing glaciers, winds triggering shifts in the Earth’s weight, earthquakes pulling the Earth’s mass toward its center, or the molten core actually shifting.

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 a booming 528,000 jobs in July as the labor market now has recovered all 22 million jobs lost in the pandemic and continued to defy soaring inflation, rising interest rates and a slowing economy. The unemployment rate fell from 3.6% to 3.5%, matching a 50-year low reached just before the pandemic began in early 2020. July’s payroll increases were broad-based. Leisure and hospitality, which includes restaurants and bars, the sector hit hardest by COVID-19, led the job gains with 96,000. Professional and business services added 89,000 jobs; health care, 70,000; construction, 32,000; manufacturing, 30,000; and retail, 22,000 jobs. Federal, state and local governments added 57,000 jobs.

  • However, 384,000 of the jobs are part-time, according to WND.com.

Last week, initial jobless claims – a gauge of layoffs – rose to the highest level since November based on a four-week moving average. Tech giants such as Oracle, Amazon, Netflix and Robinhood have all announced significant job cuts recently. Also, hiring has been expected to downshift now that the U.S. has recouped all 22 million jobs lost in the health crisis.

  • More jobs added, but more jobless claims. It appears the economy is quite a confused state right now. If we are indeed in the early stages of the end-times, the economy will tank. If not, business as usual.

U.S. household debt increased to a record $16.15 trillion in the second quarter, driven mostly by a $207 billion jump in mortgage balances, with credit card and auto loan debt also rising as consumers lifted their borrowing to deal with soaring inflation. The New York Fed said credit card balances were up 13 percent in the second quarter of 2022, compared with 12 months earlier, the biggest increase in more than 20 years.

Gas prices have been trending downward for more than 50 consecutive days, giving drivers some much-needed financial relief at the pump. Prices at the pump might be lower now – the average cost of a gallon of gas is down almost a dollar since the June peak – but the longer-term outlook for oil suggests low inventories that will keep prices elevated. “Russia-Ukraine is a factor but… we had tight supplies coming into this,” said Rob Haworth, senior investment strategist at U.S. Bank Wealth Management. The unwillingness – or inability, according to some oil analysts – of members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries to significantly increase production is limiting how much additional oil is coming onto global markets.

International Economy:

In Lebanon there are long queues to buy bread, and cooking oil is virtually unobtainable. Fuel is so costly that some dare not eat food items which require lengthy cooking. People have died because they could no longer afford the medication they depended on.

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)

The IDF has successfully eliminated the Islamic Jihad’s senior commanders in the Gaza Strip, a major achievement of Operation Breaking Dawn, because the terror organization had continued its attacks on Israeli cities, including Tel Aviv and the Jerusalem area. However, a 5-year-old Palestinian girl was also killed in two initial air strikes on Friday, which injured 44, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health. The attacks followed several days of days of threats from militants in Gaza after Israel arrested an Islamic Jihad leader in the West Bank earlier in the week. Over 1000 rockets were fired at Israeli cities in the south and then towards Holon, Rishon Lezion and Bat Yam in the center of the country. About 95% of the rockets fired at Israeli population centers were destroyed by Israel’s Iron Dome defense. One projectile struck a family home in Sderot, whose inhabitants had secured themselves in a shelter and were uninjured. Hundreds of thousands of Israelis who live within 50 miles of Gaza were ordered to remain in their homes within close proximity to bomb shelters. The IDF called up 25,000 reserves to assist in the military effort.

  • A ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militants took effect late Sunday in a bid to end nearly three days of violence that killed dozens of Palestinians and disrupted the lives of hundreds of thousands of Israelis. The flare-up was the worst fighting between Israel and Gaza militant groups since Israel and Hamas fought an 11-day war last year, and adds to the destruction and misery that have plagued Gaza for years.

Israeli forces made nearly two dozen arrests overnight in Gaza as the death toll in the West Bank rose to 32 on Sunday. All those arrested were allegedly members of the Islamic Jihad militant group, which has lost two of its senior commanders to Israeli strikes in recent days. The Palestinian Ministry has also alleged that Israeli airstrikes have killed 32 people, including six children. The IDF argues the children were killed by rocket attacks from Gaza militants that fell short of their targets in Israel, however.

The Turkish government has stepped up its lethal drone attacks against U.S.-allied Kurdish forces in northern Syria ahead of a threatened full-scale invasion. On Sunday, a Turkish drone attack was reported to have killed 4 people in a town on the Syria-Turkey border. The latest attack drew criticism from the Syrian Defense Forces (SDF), a U.S. allied force that helped defeat ISIS. The force is predominantly made up of Kurds. Last week in a joint statement after a four-hour meeting between Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, the two strongmen “reaffirmed their determination to act in coordination and solidarity in the fight against all terrorists organizations” in Syria.

  • This is now the second ‘proxy’ war between the U.S. and Russia, with the U.S. supplying weapons and guidance to the Syrian Kurds and to Ukraine.

The Biden administration has approved on Tuesday massive arms sales in two separate deals with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The weapons that were approved for the sales are meant for defensive purposes, as the two Gulf nations have faced recurring rocket attacks against their territories from Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen. The approved sales can provide Saudi Arabia with weaponry worth about $3.05 billion and the UAE with weaponry worth about $2.245 billion.

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

Russia/Ukraine:

The Biden administration will send another $1 billion in ammunition, weapons and vehicles to Ukraine, the Pentagon announced Monday. The latest military aid package includes ammunition for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, or HIMARS, that Ukraine has used to destroy Russian ammunition depots and command posts dozens of miles behind the front line in eastern Ukraine. Defense officials have credited the weapon and stiff Ukrainian resolve with slowing the Russian advance there. The package also includes conventional artillery ammunition, armored ambulances and anti-tank weapons.

The Russian-appointed leader of Ukraine’s occupied Zaporozhye region on Monday signed an order to hold a referendum on “reunification” with Russia that could take place as soon as next month. Russian combat losses include 42,340 killed or wounded troops, 1,811 tanks and 4,070 armored vehicles destroyed the Ukraine military estimated. Neither combatant releases its own losses.

“Suicidal” shelling of Europe’s largest nuclear plant must be halted and international inspectors must be granted access to ensure its safe operation, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres said Monday. Moscow and Kyiv blamed each other for a series of rocket attacks at Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Station that the International Atomic Energy Agency said has created “the very real risk of a nuclear disaster.” Ukraine’s state nuclear power company, said that the plant was still operational, and no radioactive discharges had been detected. Two of the six reactors are still operating.

China/Taiwan:

Amid heightened tensions following the visit of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taipei, the communist Chinese regime on Thursday fired ballistic missiles over Taiwan’s northeast and southwest coasts. At least five missiles landed in Japanese territory to the north and east of Taiwan, according to the Japanese Ministry of Defense. It’s the first time a Chinese missile has struck inside Japan’s exclusive economic zone, which affords exclusive rights to fishing and other enterprises.

  • A furious China has announced that it will cut all communications with the U.S. on numerous international issues including climate change, military issues and anti-drug trafficking systems as a direct consequence of Pelosi’s “reckless” one-day visit to Taiwan this week.
  • Taiwan officials said Chinese aircraft and warships rehearsed an attack on the island on Saturday, another part of Beijing’s retaliation for Pelosi’s visit. China’s military announced fresh military drills on Monday in the seas and airspace around Taiwan – a day after the scheduled end of its largest ever exercises.

Nuclear Warfare:

The United Nations chief warned the world Monday that “humanity is just one misunderstanding, one miscalculation away from nuclear annihilation.” Secretary-General Antonio Guterres gave the dire warning at the opening of the long-delayed high-level meeting to review the landmark 50-year-old treaty aimed at preventing the spread of nuclear weapons and eventually achieving a nuclear-free world.

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 al-Shabab extremist group has exploited Ethiopia’s internal turmoil to cross the border from neighboring Somalia in unprecedented attacks in recent weeks that a top U.S. military commander has warned could continue. The deadly incursions into Ethiopia, Africa’s second most populous country and long seen as an anchor of security in the Horn of Africa, are the latest sign of how deeply the recent war in the northern Tigray region and other ethnic fighting have made the country more vulnerable. Ethiopia has long resisted such cross-border attacks by the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab, in part by deploying troops inside Somalia, where the extremist group controls large rural parts of the country’s southern and central regions. But the government of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and its security forces have struggled with unrest at home especially since the Tigray conflict began in late 2020. Experts say al-Shabab, also emboldened by instability under Somalia’s previous administration, is seizing the chance to expand its footprint and claim the killing of scores of Ethiopian security forces.

The Biden administration is touting the CIA operation that killed al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri as a monumental strike against the global terror network responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks of 2001. But there’s a downside, too. The drone strike also is putting into stark relief the mounting evidence that after 20 years of America’s military presence — and then sudden departure — Afghanistan has once again become an active staging ground for Islamic terror groups looking to attack the West. The operation spent at least six months monitoring movements by al-Zawahri and his family. The strike came just weeks before the one-year anniversary of the chaotic U.S. withdrawal from the country.

  • The Biden administration is making the case that the operation shows Americans at home and allies abroad that the United States hasn’t lost focus — or the ability to strike terrorists in the region — and validates its decision to end two decades of fighting in Afghanistan with its withdrawal. The Taliban claimed they were not aware that al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was residing in the capital of Kabul, which is extremely unlikely.
  • In the aftermath of the drone strike that killed al-Zawahiri, a report from Foreign Desk News says that Biden has paid, over the last year, about $1 billion to the Taliban. “Now,” the report said, “humanitarian aid to the Afghan people is lining the pockets of the Taliban at the expense of innocent Afghans and American taxpayers alike.”

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 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said it will conduct “flyovers” of the Permian Basin region in Texas and New Mexico to “survey oil and gas operations to identify large emitters of methane” amid the Biden administration’s climate policy initiative. “The flyovers are vital to identifying which facilities are responsible for the bulk of these emissions and therefore where reductions are most urgently needed,” said Earthea Nance, an EPA official, in an Aug. 1 news release.  The flyovers, which will use infrared cameras, will be conducted until Aug. 15, the agency 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)

A 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the Philippines last Wednesday morning damaging buildings and causing landslides. At least four people are dead with dozens more injured.

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)

The amount of area in the U.S. that has experienced wildfires through 8/8/22 has grown to 5,847,353 acres, up from 3,540,703 acres in 2021 over the same time period, and way up from 2,288,770 acres in 2020. The actual number of fires is not up much, but the acres per fire has increased from 90 acres per fire in 2021 to 145 acres so far this year.

  • The number of fires in Alaska has decline from 56 a couple of weeks ago to 27 as of 8/8/22

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)

Precipitation in the U.S. West continues to lessen the severity of the longstanding megadrought. The percent of the West in severe to exceptional drought has decline over the past three months from 73% to 55%, according to the weekly Drought Monitor. However, the relief differs widely on a state by state basis. California has actually gotten worse, with 97.5% now in severe to exceptional drought, up from 95.2% three months ago. Utah has also worsened slightly, up from 99.4% to 99.6%. Nevada is down just a tad from 100% to 99.5% and Arizona declined a little from 62% to 60%.  However, New Mexico improved from 96% to 71%, while Colorado improved from 48% to 30%.

  • In the Northwest, Oregon improved from 69% to 54%, while Washington did even better and is now down to 0% from 24%, although 30.5% still have moderate drought. Idaho improved a lot from 57% to 17% while Montana also had a big drop from 66% to 15%, with 39% still in moderate drought. Wyoming declined from 56% to 25%.

Some of the world’s richest men are funding a massive treasure hunt, complete with helicopters and transmitters, on the west coast of Greenland. Greenland’s ice is melting down at an unprecedented rate, which – in a twist of irony – is creating an opportunity for investors and mining companies who are searching for a trove of critical minerals capable of powering the green energy transition. A band of billionaires, including Jeff Bezos, Michael Bloomberg and Bill Gates, among others, is betting that below the surface of the hills and valleys on Greenland’s Disko Island and Nuussuaq Peninsula there are enough critical minerals to power hundreds of millions of electric vehicles.

Two people are dead following lightning strikes near White House Thursday night, police say. Two others remain in critical condition. The lightning strike occurred in Lafayette Square.

Death Valley is known for heat and virtually no rain. However, record rainfall Friday trigged flash floods at Death Valley National Park that swept away cars, closed all roads and stranded hundreds of visitors and workers. There were no immediate reports of injuries but roughly 60 vehicles were buried in mud and debris and about 500 visitors and 500 park workers were stuck inside the park. The park near the California-Nevada state line received 1.46 inches of rain at the Furnace Creek area. That’s about 75% of what the area typically gets in a year and more than has ever been recorded for the entire month of August.

Climate change isn’t a partisan issue in many countries. In general, both right-leaning and left-leaning parties favor policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, even if they fight over the specifics of those policies. This consensus allowed the European Union to cut emissions sharply over the past few decades, as the threat of global warming became clearer. In the United States, however, climate is a partisan issue. Nearly all elected Democrats favor actions that slow climate change. Almost no Republicans support such policies.

Signs of the Times Update: August 1, 2022

August 1, 2022

“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:1-3)

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 month has passed since the Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Washington state football coach who knelt at midfield to pray and was joined by student-athletes. The court wrote, in a 6-3 decision, that Bremerton High School assistant coach Joseph Kennedy’s prayers were protected by the Constitution’s guarantees of free speech and religious exercise, and that the district was wrong to discipline him for what the majority saw as a private act. In response, families, teachers and activists are preparing to push prayer back into public schools nationwide. In at least three states, Illinois, Alabama and Oregon, school officials have said they are reviewing their policies on employee prayer.

  • “Our nation has lost its way in having lost a belief of a higher power,” said Christi Fraga, a Miami-Dade school board member who in May successfully proposed establishing an annual day of prayer in her district. “So in my community, there has been a cry for help — a cry to allow prayer in our schools.” Fraga added of the court’s ruling: “I hope it brings back our country to its foundation.”

After two weeks in solitary confinement for conducting a Pink Rose Rescue earlier this month, Lauren Handy and Joan Andrews Bell were released from custody in Alexandria. When asked why she continues the pro-life work that has repeatedly landed her in prison, Joan replied, “because babies keep dying. And I hope, please God, that soon they’ll stop dying. That’s the only reason.” She has been arrested over 200 times in defense of the unborn. Lauren Handy has been arrested 30 times for her mission of saving unborn babies. However, time in jail does not dissuade her from pursuing the mission. “Rescue is the past, present and future of our movement,” she told LifeSiteNews.

Air Force officials were ordered on July 27 not to discipline airmen who are seeking religious exemptions to the military’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. U.S. District Judge Matthew McFarland, a Trump appointee, entered a preliminary injunction against the military branch. McFarland two weeks earlier issued a temporary restraining order. He asked the military to make its case as to why he shouldn’t enter a preliminary injunction, a longer-lasting measure.

A $10 million settlement has been announced by Liberty Counsel, which brought a class-action lawsuit against NorthShore University HealthSystem on behalf of workers who were forced during the pandemic to take the experimental COVID-19 shots. Officials with the legal team said NorthShore will pay $10,337,500 “to compensate these health care employees who were victims of religious discrimination, and who were punished for their religious beliefs against taking an injection associated with aborted fetal cells.” The class action case was on behalf of more than 500 current and former NorthShore workers.

A state judge in Wisconsin has ruled that the Department of Corrections broke the law when it decided to give lawyers and bureaucrats and even reporters and dog trainers access to inmates during COVID, but refused to provide any procedure for clergy to visit. The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty cited the summary judgment from Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge William Hue that found state officials violated the law and Wisconsin Constitution with their restrictions. The organization had acted on behalf of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee in bringing the case over clergy access to prisoners.

Twenty-two state attorneys general have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture for threatening to withhold funds for the National School Lunch Program from schools that do not comply with the Biden administration’s LGBT ideology. The USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service announced on May 5 its intention to interpret “the prohibition on discrimination based on sex found in Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972” to include “discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.”

The state of Florida has instructed public schools to ignore a Biden administration Title IX executive action that would force schools to open girls’ showers, locker rooms, restrooms, and dormitories to members of the opposite sex, and to let males compete in women’s sports. As the state’s officials noted, since the federal government admits guidances do not – and cannot – carry legal weight, the latest transgender document “should not be treated as governing law.”

A court of appeals in Alberta, Canada, recently ruled that the arrest, jailing, and fining of a Christian pastor for resisting a Chinese coronavirus inspection of his church by police officers in April 2021 were illegal. Alberta authorities punished Pawlowski, along with his brother and another local community leader, with an injunction, censorship, and fines. A Calgary judge convicted the Pawlowski brothers of contempt of court in June 2021. The Pawlowski brothers later appealed this contempt of court charge and won their appeal on July 22. The Alberta court of appeals ruled that all of the punishments endured by the Pawlowskis over the past year were illegal and that they should be reimbursed for the fines they were forced to pay.

A study published in the Review of Religious Research has found that engaging with digital religion – such as chat groups with pastors, online sermons and religious content on social media – has made millennials’ faith experience richer. The research, which was based on data from the 2019 Millennial Trends Survey, also suggested that some non-churchgoers have found religion in digital spaces. “They are the first truly digital natives in North America, in that they were raised since childhood with the digital world at their fingertips,” the study’s author, University of Waterloo sociology professor Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme, said of the findings. The research also found significant differences between Canadian and U.S. millennials. While around 29% of Canadian millennials in the study reported consuming religious or spiritual digital content at least once a month, 41% of U.S. millennials reported the same.

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

The Biden administration’s radical push to redefine “sex” has reached a new low: Taking lunch away from poor kids. The administration is reinterpreting Title IX to redefine “sex” to include sexual orientation and gender identity. Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner, Nikki Fried, is poised to block schools—including religious schools—from school lunch funding if they don’t comply with this radical redefinition, which includes a rule that school children can choose what school facilities (e.g. bathrooms, showers and locker rooms) to use based upon their perceived gender.

Right now, adult men in California are allowed to marry a “child bride” of any age, reports Liberty Counsel. And frequently these men are many decades older than the little girls. Some of these “marriages” are forced. Now, Congress wants to foist this child abuse on all other states. The so-called “Respect for Marriage Act” has already passed the House as HR 8404. If it passes the Senate (S 4556), every “state, territory, and possession of the United States” will be forced to accept and endorse the marriages of “minor attracted persons,” (the new euphemism for pedophiles) to children.

“The avalanche” of nearly $200 billion in COVID-19 funding intended to help kids during the apex of the novel coronavirus’ pandemic was used, in part, to fuel the agenda of the “union political machine,” according to a Tuesday report. “This massive flood of funding has left public schools awash in cash, while students and taxpayers are left to deal with the…  disaster unleashed by the union-prescribed COVID policies,” The Goldwater Institute, a conservative public policy think tank, said. In the span of a single year, Congress allocated $190 billion of federal funding into K-12 education. However, about half of the $190 billion in federal funds were classified by state education agencies as “other,” according to an October 2021 report from ProPublica. Such reporting provided “no insight into how the funds were allocated.”

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)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office announced early Sunday morning that she plans to visit at least four Asian countries during her trip to the region, but a stop in Taiwan was notably left out, after China made threats against Taiwan if she went there.. Pelosi is leading a Congressional delegation to the Indo-Pacific region that includes stops in Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan. The trip will center on mutual security, economic partnership and democratic governance in the Indo-Pacific region, her office said in a press release.

  • Pelosi will visit Taiwan, despite threats from China, CNN reported Monday morning. China and the United States both deployed military forces to the region around Taiwan following Chinese threats of a military attack in response to Pelosi’s proposed visit to Taiwan.

Democrats control both Congress and the presidency, and yet they had been unable to agree on a package of climate policies to accelerate the use of clean energy and reduce emissions. Senator Joe Manchin had been blocking any deal, and the Senate is so closely divided that the Democrats cannot afford to lose a single vote. However, on Thursday, Manchin appeared to change his mind. He announced that he had agreed to include hundreds of billions of dollars for climate and energy programs in a bill that would also reduce prescription drug prices, raise taxes on the affluent and shrink the federal deficit.

  • An independent analysis of President Biden’s proposed Inflation Reduction Act finds it won’t reduce inflation at all. The Penn-Wharton Budget Model found that the proposal, which includes $433 billion in new spending on climate and other items, “would very slightly increase inflation until 2024 and decrease inflation thereafter.”

CNN poll results Tuesday showed that 75% of Democrats and Democrat-leaning independents said they don’t want Biden as the party’s nominee in the next presidential election. An op-ed by the liberal Washington Post maintained that President Biden should not seek a second term, and then the Post published a list of the “top-nine Democratic Presidential hopefuls. The author of the Post’s list, Aaron Blake, ranked the candidates from one to ten, with Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg first, followed by Vice President Kamala Harris, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Governor Gavin Newsom (D-CA), Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI), Governor Roy Cooper (D-NC), and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).

  • For Christian conservatives, this is a pretty scary list.

White nationalism. For many on the left and among their allies in the press, the emergence of a new generation of pro-Jesus, anti-woke Republicans is cause for alarm. The movement is “potentially violent” and “insidious,” said CNN producer John Blake. “A threat to our democracy,” wrote MSNBC’s Dean Obeidallah. The media has rushed to equate it with racism and violence. And gleeful Democrats can’t wait to use it as a club to bash GOP candidates with in the fall. But Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says it’s a rebranding that Republicans should embrace. For conservatives such as Mrs. Greene, the outspoken first-term congresswoman from Georgia, being a Christian nationalist is nothing for which to apologize.

  • While a Christian government would be welcome, it should not just be for white people.

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 on July 28 imposed a blockade on all content from The Epoch Times without explanation, raising further concerns about freedom of speech on the platform and drawing fire from three U.S. senators. “The link you are trying to access has been identified by Twitter or our partners as being potentially spammy or unsafe,” the warning stated, citing Twitter’s URL policy. The platform has not responded to multiple requests from The Epoch Times for clarification. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), vice chairman of the Select Committee on Intelligence, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), who serves on the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, and Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), who serves on the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs,  decried the move as an act of censorship.

  • On Saturday, Twitter halted its censorship of content from The Epoch Times following a flood of public criticism.

Moms For Liberty co-founder Tina Descovich said on Friday that Twitter is “against truth” after their account was shut down for criticizing a California gender-transition bill. The offending tweet called gender dysphoria a “mental disorder” and she also claimed that it is being normalized by “predators” across the U.S. “We haven’t heard anything. We’ve appealed the tweet. We’ve decided that Twitter hates truth because gender dysphoria is a mental health issue that’s plaguing our children across the country right now. It’s something that needs to be discussed and addressed, and certainly it needs to be discussed in the town square of Twitter. But Twitter is against truth,” she said.

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

A Yeshiva University student who was viciously attacked on a New York subway train and required medical treatment said Jews no longer feel safe in the city. This man was violently attacked yesterday on the NYC subway because he was Jewish just hours after @AmericansAA released its report showing that NYC District Attorneys are derelict in their duty to prosecute violent criminals. “There must be consequences for violence, or it will get worse!” said the recovering student.

A Christian in eastern Uganda died from head injuries sustained in an attack by Muslim extremists the previous week, sources said. Robert Bwenje had accompanied Assistant Pastor Ambrose Mugisha of Elim Pentecostal Church in Nyamiringa village, Kapeke Sub-County, Kiboga District, to an open-air debate about Christianity and Islam in Sirimula village, Kyankwanzi District. Following the debate, eight Muslims including two women put their faith in Christ, said Pastor Mugisha, 25. “This angered the Muslims, but they could not attack us because we had tight security from the police,” he said. As the assistant pastor and Bwenje returned, Muslims from Sirimula village ambushed them while they were crossing a swamp, he said.

Two Christian brothers have been sentenced to death in Pakistan for their faith. Amoon and Qaisar Ayub were falsely accused of “blasphemy”—framed for supposedly posting disparaging comments against the Prophet Muhammad online. The insidious abuse of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws to persecute Christians is rampant in Pakistan. There was no evidence that either brother did anything they were accused of. Yet their conviction and execution sentence have been upheld in court. The American Center for Law & Justice is mobilizing its international affiliate—the European Centre for Law and Justice (ECLJ)—and its partner in Pakistan to appeal directly to Pakistan’s Supreme Court to have this miscarriage of justice overturned.

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

A new “fact check” report from the Charlotte Lozier Institute pushes back on a mainstream narrative about pro-life states and finds that the 23 states with the strongest pro-life laws allow for abortions to save the mother’s life. “Abortion advocates are spreading the dangerous lie that life-saving care is not or may not be permitted in these states, leading to provider confusion and poor outcomes for women,” the report says. “A plain reading of any of these statutes easily refutes the false and dangerous misinformation being spread by pro-abortion activists,” coauthor Mary E. Harnedsaid.

Kansas primary voters on Tuesday, August 2, will be the first in the country to decide statewide on the right to abortion since the Supreme Court’s June decision overturning Roe v. Wade, putting abortion access at risk in one of the few midwestern states that allows the procedure. A state constitutional amendment on the primary ballot asks voters whether they want to preserve the right to an abortion in Kansas, a right protected in a 2019 state supreme court ruling. The vote is not just a crucial test for Kansans, but a possible bellwether across the country as Americans look to decide the future of abortion rights after the Supreme Court overturned the nearly 50-year precedent of Roe v.Wade this year.

Missouri’s Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed a lawsuit against the city of St. Louis after it passed a measure funding out of state abortions. On July 15, Democrat Mayor Tishaura Jones signed Board Bill 61 (BB61), allotting $1.5 million federal dollars to establish a “Reproductive Equity Fund” to fund out-of-state abortions, according to a statement from Schmitt’s office. In response, on July 21, Schmitt filed his lawsuit against the bill. “My Office today filed suit to put a stop to Mayor Jones and the City of St. Louis Board of Aldermen’s blatantly illegal move to spend Missourians’ hard-earned tax dollars on out-of-state abortions,”

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)

President Biden tested positive for coronavirus again this weekend and was diagnosed with a “rebound” case, his physician said. The president is feeling well and will continue to work from the Executive Residence at the White House while he continues his isolation, the White House said. Rebound cases – where a person tests positive after recovering from symptoms and testing negative – can occur, especially among people who take the antiviral drug paxlovid, which the president took shortly after he first tested positive.

Over the past two weeks, new Covid-19 cases per day in the U.S. are down 5%, while hospitalizations are up 7% and deaths up 2%. If the downward trend in cases continues, lagging hospitalizations and deaths will also begin to show declines. New cases, though, are substantially undercounted due to at-home testing that doesn’t get reported. Cases are increasing modestly in about half the states and are decreasing modestly in the other half.

Patients with a Vitamin D deficiency have as much as a 50% higher probability of death from COVID-19, according to a study by researchers in Israel and Russia. The study, published in the Israel Medical Association Journal, analyzed published clinical trials showing patients with low vitamin D levels are more prone to infection from COVID-19, and severe illness and death from the disease, the Jerusalem Post reported. The boost to the immune system from Vitamin D can be found in supplements as well as foods such as egg yolks, fatty salmon, sardines, herring, canned tuna, beef liver, fortified milk, cereals, yogurt and orange juice.

The Beverly Hills, California, City Council voted unanimously not to enforce a Los Angeles County mask mandate should one be adopted. The vote came as the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has publicly weighed the possibility of adopting an indoor mask mandate in the county, which has seen a steady rise in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks. The mandate was reportedly set to go into effect Friday, but Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer told reporters cases in the country may be leveling off and “we are likely to want to take a pause on moving too quickly on universal indoor masking.”

San Francisco on Thursday declared a local monkeypox emergency effective Aug. 1, while the state of New York declared an imminent threat to public health, retroactive to June 1. San Francisco now has more than 30% of the 799 total cases in California. New York has recorded 1,247 cases. Neither San Francisco nor New York are implementing behavior restrictions, despite the WHO advising men who have sex with men to temporarily reduce their number of sexual partners in declaring a global emergency. With 4,907 confirmed cases nationwide as of this writing, the Biden administration is considering whether to declare a national emergency.

  • Government is far too anxious to declare emergencies which give it more power and control. Monkeypox is not a threat to the overall population because there is no ‘community spread.’

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)

According to one recent investigation, 42 percent of women with regular menstrual cycles said they bled more heavily than usual after vaccination, reports LifeSiteNews. Other recent research has found the Pfizer COVID shot impairs semen concentration and motile count in men for about three months. Miscarriages, fetal deaths, and stillbirths have also risen after the rollout of the COVID shots. In November 2021, Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver, British Columbia (BC), delivered 13 stillborn babies in a 24-hour period, and all of the mothers had received the COVID vaccine. Many countries are now reporting sudden declines in live birth rates, including Germany, the U.K., Taiwan, Hungary, and Sweden. In the five countries with the highest COVID vaccination uptake, fertility has dropped by an average of 15.2 percent, whereas the five countries with the lowest COVID vaccine uptake have seen an average decline of just 4.66 percent.

Researchers examined municipal data on vaccinations and deaths in the Netherlands. They found a “vaccination-correlated mortality rate” of about 5%, meaning that 5% of deaths of deaths overall reflected vaccination rates. The lead researcher, Andre Redert, said the result is “alarming and calls for more research on the effect of current Covid vaccines on all-cause mortality.” He explains in the paper, which has not been peer reviewed, that the pattern does not prove the vaccinations caused the excess deaths. But the study does show a correlation that has been observed since the summer of 2021 in countries with a high rate of vaccination. Highly vaccinated countries, Berenson wrote, generally posted non-COVID death increases of 5% to 10%.

A national survey by Zogby Strategies has found 17% of adults who received at least two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine say they were diagnosed with a new condition within weeks to several months after getting the shot. The figure was 15% for those who had received at least one shot. Among those who were medically diagnosed with a new condition, the top conditions were blood clots (21%), heart attack (19%), liver damage (18%), leg or lung clots (17%), and stroke (15%).

The Biden administration said Friday it secured 66 million doses of a reformulated COVID-19 shot from Moderna ahead of a fall booster campaign that will further place America on a path toward managing the virus like the seasonal flu. The purchase adds to the 105 million doses the U.S. government secured from Pfizer of its “bivalent” booster that targets both the original strain of the virus and the BA.5 variant that is ripping through the country. The variant has been able to evade certain immune defenses in people who were infected previously or received the vaccine. Government officials this year opted to reformulate the shots in the hope of producing a better antibody response.

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)

The shooting that left two dead and five injured at a Los Angeles park Sunday, 7/24, took place at a weekly softball game that had for years worked to peacefully and safely bring together members of different Los Angeles-area gangs. The league was organized about five years ago by a local nonprofit organization. Sunday’s game—which took place weeks after the founder of the league died in a car accident—was between two Compton teams. “It broke my heart,” said Skip Townsend, a gang interventionist who often attends the games.

The accused female shooter at Dallas Love Field Airport has a lengthy criminal record and had previously told police that she was “God’s prophet” and was married to R&B singer-songwriter Chris Brown.  But in many of those incidents, judges deemed her incompetent to stand trial, she was referred to either or both inpatient or outpatient mental health services, and the cases were dismissed. Before she allegedly changed clothes in the airport bathroom, pulled out a gun near a ticketing counter and opened fire into the ceiling at about 11 a.m. Monday, court records show Odufuwa had allegedly pulled a gun on a hotel front desk clerk in April 2021 at a time when she was homeless. The woman provided the address of rapper Chris Brown’s mansion to police after the incident, but Dallas County Judge Kristin Wade dismissed the false report case even though Odufuwa “did not successfully complete the program” when deemed incompetent to stand trial, according to county court records.

  • Another failure by our so-called justice system that provides more protections to the accused than to the public that has to endure the threat of violence anywhere at any time.

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)

Protests have erupted in Buenos Aires over the past 90 days and continue to build inside the capital as residents battle with their center-left government over sizeable amendments to social programs midst a 43% unemployment rate. Cuts to subsidies in the energy sector based on household income already began in June. Other subsidies, including the country’s notorious welfare program, are also on the chopping block, triggering thousands of angry residents to take to the streets. State-sponsored aid for civilians has soared in the past 20 years, leaving 22 million Argentinians dependent on some form of government assistance.

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)

House legislation to ban semiautomatic assault rifles for the first time in many years squeaked by on Friday through a vote mostly delineated by party lines. Advocates say the measure is a reasonable response to recent horrific mass shootings. But it is expected to make little to no headway in Senate. Many reports say that it’s doomed to fail. The legislation was approved by a 217 to 213 vote in a Dem-majority House. Five Democrats broke with party lines to oppose it. Just two Republicans, one representing the Buffalo, N.Y., district where a mass shooting left 10 dead in May, voted in favor.

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

The first Jan. 6 Capitol defendant convicted at trial received the stiffest sentence yet: more than 7 years in prison for leading a mob while armed. The judge declined to apply a terrorism sentencing penalty that prosecutors had requested for Guy Reffitt. He was the recruiter for the Three Percenters wand as found guilty of five felonies, including obstruction of Congress, interfering with police, carrying a firearm to a riot and threatening his teenage son who turned him in to the FBI.

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.

Walgreens and Rite Aid have said that the problem of organized retail crime – rings of criminals that steal products from stores and then often resell them on online marketplaces – is causing them to lock more products up and close some stores. Locking up their shelves is a last resort for stores, but it has never been more widely practiced. It’s also become a growing irritation for shoppers and a source of frustration for some employees who must walk around the store with keys at the ready.

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 the are without excuse… who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator. (Romans 1:20,25)

The first authorization of NASA funding to pass Congress in more than five years will include an extension to the Moon to Mars Program, Space News reported on Friday. Tucked within the Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors (CHIPS) and Science Act was the much smaller NASA Authorization Act of 2022, permitting an extension of several of the agency’s programs without revealing specific dollar amounts. “This act shows continued bipartisan support of NASA’s many missions, including our Moon to Mars approach, as well extension of U.S. participation in the International Space Station to 2030,” NASA Administrator Bill Nelson wrote in a statement.

Russia announced Tuesday that it will withdraw from the International Space Station after 2024, and plans to construct its own. The announcement was made by Moscow’s new space chief, Yuri Borisov. It was one of the last remaining areas of cooperation between Russia and the United States. The announcement does not appear to alter a deal cut this month between NASA and Roscosmos for astronauts to continue riding Russian rockets and for Russian cosmonauts to catch lifts to the International Space Station with SpaceX beginning this fall.

  • China is also currently working toward building their own space stations as well. Sigh. War in space will soon no longer be Star Wars fiction.

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 Twitter data breach has allowed a hacker to get access to the personal information of 5.4 million users, the social media company has confirmed. The data, including phone numbers and email addresses, has been offered for sale on a hacking forum for $30,000, Restore Privacy said. Twitter has since patched the vulnerability, which was reported in January. The outlet added that the bug was specific to Twitter’s Android client and occurred with the social media platform’s authorization process. There currently is no way for Twitter users to find out if they were affected by the data breach.

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)

Congress passed a $280 billion package to bolster the domestic chipmaking industry. The bill will increase the production of essential computer chips in the U.S. to prevent future supply chain issues midst increase competition from China. Right now, 90% of our chip come from Taiwan.

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

The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation, the philanthropic part of the American Board of Internal Medicine, which certifies physicians and funds the development of their curriculum, has, according to an association of medical professionals known as Do No Harm, “gone woke.” John Sailer wrote: “ABIM’s push for [diversity, equity, and inclusion] has found its way into the most basic function of the organization, which is the certification of internal medicine practitioners. Internists must pass ABIM’s Maintenance of Certification Exam every 10 years. As of April 2021, ‘health equity’ questions are now included on all exams.”

Many health-care professionals across the nation have been punished for their views on COVID-19 vaccines and treatments. Now, a Houston physician has filed a $25 million lawsuit against the hospital that suspended her privileges. Dr. Mary Bowden charges that Houston Methodist Hospital published defamatory statements about her to news media and social media platforms. “The way they came after me was unprofessional, unprecedented against the spirit of bylaws of their bylaws,” said Bowden, who resigned from the hospital last November after her privileges were suspended.

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)

It appears that perverts are infesting our schools. At least 181 K-12 educators, including four principals, were arrested on child sex-related crimes in the U.S. in the first six months of 2022, ranging from child pornography to raping students. An analysis conducted by Fox News Digital looked at local news stories week by week featuring arrests of principals, teachers, substitute teachers and teachers’ aides on child sex-related crimes in school districts across the country. Arrests that weren’t publicized were not counted in the analysis, meaning the true number may well be higher.

With inflation at a four-decade high of 9.1%, a Morning Consult poll found in May and June that the share of consumers expecting to shell out more than $500 on school-related purchases rose to 25% from 7% last year.

Marriage/Family:  “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)

Oxford sociologist J.D. Unwin in 1939, published a landmark book summarizing his research, reports Breakpoint. Sex and Culture was a look at 80 tribes and six historical civilizations over the course of five millennia, through the lens of a single question: Does a culture’s ideas of sexual liberation predict its success or collapse? “Just as societies have advanced [and] then faded away into a state of general decrepitude, so in each of them has marriage first previously changed from a temporary affair based on mutual consent to a lifelong association of one man with one woman, and then turned back to a loose union or to polygamy. ” Unwin concluded that the whole of human history does not contain a single instance of a group becoming civilized unless it has been absolutely monogamous, nor is there any example of a group retaining its culture after it has adopted less rigorous customs.

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)

A federal court upheld a decision that struck down laws that ban counseling minors to reduce or overcome unwanted same-sex attractions and behaviors or gender confusion in Florida. On July 20, the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals denied an appeal from Palm Beach County and the City of Boca Raton to review the laws, which were struck down in 2020 after they were found to violate the First Amendment right to free speech, as reported by Liberty Counsel. “This is a huge victory for counselors and their clients to choose the counsel of their choice and be free of political censorship from government ideologues,” Liberty Counsel founder and chairman Mat Staver said. 

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.

An elementary school principal issued an apology Friday after promoting a book about a transgender child to students as young as five years old. Stacy DeCorsey, principal of Excelsior Elementary School in Excelsior, Minnesota, suggested kindergarten through second grade students read “Jack (Not Jackie),” a story about a young girl who realizes she prefers to act like a boy, according to a YouTube video. DeCorsey then issued an apology on Facebook for suggesting the book after it “struck a nerve in the community,” and since deleted the original video.

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)

More than 500,000 immigrant “got aways” may have been be released into the United States since the beginning of fiscal 2022, the New York Post reported last Monday. A senior Department of Homeland Security officials told Fox News that an average of 55,000 migrants evaded capture from border agents per month. According to Customs and Border Protection data, the total number of southwest land border encounters for fiscal 2022 as of May was 1,536,899, with 239,416 encounters that month alone. In all of fiscal 2021, the total number of encounters was 1,734,686.

  • Despite these glaring numbers, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has maintained that the border is secure. Many people today are under the very kind of delusions prophesied in 2Thessalonians 2:9-11 – people on the extreme left as well as the extreme right.

Now that they are being affected by the hordes of illegal immigrants, two Democratic cities are crying out for relief. Democrat mayors Eric Adams of New York City and Muriel Bowser of Washington D.C., are pleading for assistance with illegal migrants now that it is now affecting them, despite once looking past Biden’s border policies. They are now blaming Arizona and Texas for sending illegal immigrants to their cities. However, Republicans argue that the Democrat-run cities are dealing with the side effects of their own party’s immigration policies. Describing his city has being “overburdened,” Adams called out Texas and Arizona leaders by calling them “cowards.” “In some instances, families are arriving on buses sent by the Texas and Arizona governments, while in other cases, it appears that individuals are being sent by the federal government,” Adams said.

Officials found more than $2 million in methamphetamine hidden in a vehicle at the Rio Grande City Port of Entry in Texas, US Customs and Border Protection say. CBP officers from the Rio Grande City International Bridge discovered it Sunday in a 2012 Dodge that arrived from Mexico. The $2.1 million in alleged liquid meth, totaling 110 pounds, was found by officers using imaging systems and a dog team. The driver – an unidentified 41-year-old US citizen – was turned over to agents with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations.

  • More than 5,000 pounds of meth was seized earlier this month after authorities in San Diego County tracked and intercepted a truck that crossed the border from Mexico. Four men were charged in what federal prosecutors described as one of the largest meth busts in San Diego County.

“Not another foot. “Those were the words Joe Biden used as a mantra throughout his 2020 presidential campaign regarding the construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall. But on Thursday, the Biden administration approved a plan to complete a section of the border wall near Yuma, Arizona.  The plan includes filling four major gaps in the wall.

As illegal immigrant children surge across the southern border, the Biden administration says it’s making sure it places pregnant teens in states where they can still get abortions in the wake of this summer’s Supreme Court ruling. Even though bed space for the kids is at a premium, the administration revealed in court documents that it is reserving some to make sure pregnant juveniles have a landing spot in a licensed facility in abortion-friendly states — even if it means other kids end up in unlicensed facilities.

President Biden’s administration has confirmed a plan that would give identification cards to illegal immigrants. The pilot program from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is aimed at modernizing “documentation provided to some noncitizens.” “Currently, noncitizens receive paper documents from the federal government about their immigration status. Paper documents pose a security risk, are easily lost, and degrade rapidly in real-world use, creating inefficiencies for the government and noncitizens. Moving to a secure card will save the agency millions, free up resources, and ensure information is quickly accessible to DHS officials while reducing the agency’s FOIA backlog,” an ICE spokesperson said.

Nearly a thousand illegal immigrants who were released by Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) have been allowed to use copies of their arrest warrants as proof of identification to board aircraft, Town Hall reports. Senator Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) tweeted “The head of TSA admits the Biden Administration has let nearly 1000 illegal aliens use arrest warrants as ID to get on planes this year.”

Food Supplies: 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)

U.S. cattle producers are sending higher numbers of breeding stock to the sale barn, and some are liquidating their herds entirely, signaling a trend that analysts say will likely push already-elevated beef prices even higher in the not-too-distant future. The latest cattle report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows the market has contracted to levels not seen in years, with total inventory dropping 2% to 98.8 million head since July 2021. But it’s not just the reduction in cattle overall that is of concern. There is a notable boost in calf-producing females getting sold for processing in addition to steers, which are typically favored for consumption.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy suggested that his nation’s grain harvest this year could be half of its typical amount due to its ongoing war with Russia. Mr. Zelenskyy tweeted Sunday morning that the harvest “is under the threat to be twice less.” The Russian invasion has taken a lot of farmland and farmers out of play.

A ship carrying nearly 30,000 tons of corn set sail on Monday and received widespread press in the process. That’s because it’s the first ship carrying Ukrainian grain to leave the country under a deal with Russia brokered by the UN and Turkey and designed to ease the global food crisis.

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 European Union announced Tuesday that it will reduce its gas consumption by 15 percent between August and March to store enough for winter in case Russia cuts off its supply. In 2021, the EU got about 40 percent of its natural gas from Russia, according to the International Energy Agency. The EU member countries plan to voluntarily share and ration gas, but if their goals are not met, the member states will discuss mandatory regulations.

The White House announced Tuesday that the Department of Energy will be issuing a notice to sell 20 million more barrels of oil for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve as part of the Biden administration’s effort to bring gas prices down. This makes the fifth such sale that President Biden has authorized. The White House continued to blame “disruptions posed by Russia’s invasion” for the high prices while claiming that the Biden administration’s actions are making a tremendous difference. A State Department official is drawing criticism after tweeting that he prefers high gas prices because it means less driving and less carbon emissions to fight climate change.

  • While gas prices are down significantly since a recent national average price of more than $5 per gallon in June, the average as of Tuesday was still $4.327, compared to $3.156 from one year ago, and approximately $2.39 when Biden first took office in January 2021.

The Biden administration is unveiling new proposed rules for replacing the roughly 260 million barrels of oil that it plans to sell from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to blunt high gasoline prices. The administration does not expect to begin restocking the SPR, typically reserved for emergencies and national security purposes, for more than a year. The Department of Energy wants to immediately begin making deals with oil companies to buy barrels at fixed prices but hold off on the purchases until after the next fiscal year, or Sept. 30, 2023. Entering price agreements at a time when oil remains relatively high — around $100 per barrel — could mean taxpayers end up spending more than they otherwise would have if prices continue to drop. Senior administration officials argued that this approach would “encourage greater near-term investment in supply but will not raise demand for barrels now or in the near future.”

  • Current regulations allow the administration to enter into contracts for future delivery but require that the price reflect market prices when the oil is delivered.

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)

The vast majority of Americans will pay more in taxes as a result of Democrats’ inflation bill despite President Biden’s pledge not to raise taxes on those making under $400,000 per year. The Inflation Reduction Act — unveiled Wednesday by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and endorsed by Biden — would increase tax revenue by $16.7 billion from Americans earning less than $200,000 a year, according to a nonpartisan analysis from the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) published Friday. Nearly every tax bracket would pay more in taxes with those making below $10,000 per year seeing the largest uptick, the analysis showed. In his 2020 campaign, Biden repeatedly pledged that Americans earning less than $400,000 per year would not experience any tax increase during his presidency.

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

While gasoline prices soared to record highs, conditions for Big Oil companies haven’t looked this good in years. Exxon made nearly $17.9 billion in profit between April and June, almost four times what it earned during the same period in 2021. Apple, for comparison, reported a profit of $19.4 billion last quarter. Chevron booked a profit of $11.6 billion, while Shell earned $11.5 billion, both up substantially from the prior year.

One-hundred-seventy companies reported second-quarter results including Microsoft, Alphabet, Meta Platforms, Apple, and Amazon. Results were mixed, with many companies warning about inflation and slowing growth in the future. Still, markets managed to end the week and month higher.

It’s been a worrisome few weeks for Google, as profits dipped for the second quarter in a row and hiring was temporarily paused. Now, CEO Sundar Pichai has put out an alert to employees, seeking ideas to boost efficiency and up productivity and warning of an economy that doesn’t look to be improving anytime soon.

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

The Federal Reserve raised its key short-term rate by three-quarters of a percentage point for a second straight month Wednesday in a bid to corral soaring inflation, matching the largest increase since 1994. It puts the federal funds rate – which is what banks charge one another for overnight loans – at a range of 2.25% to 2.5%, close to the Fed’s 2.5% long-run, or neutral rate. That’s the rate intended to neither stimulate nor curtail economic growth. Fed Chair Jerome Powell said the central bank must “move expeditiously” to that neutral level and then likely beyond it to cool the economy and bring inflation under control.

The U.S. economy shrank at a 0.9% annualized rate in the second quarter, fueling fears that America is entering a recession. The new figures, released Thursday by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, come at a tumultuous time for the economy. Inflation has been high, and the unemployment rate has remained low. The economy shrank in the first three months of the year, and many economists believe a second quarter of contraction means a recession is inevitable.

  • A slowdown in inventory accumulation contributed to a large chunk of the economic contraction between April and June, removing two percentage points from economic output.

U.S. home prices fell 0.7% during the four-week period ending July 10 after reaching a record high in June. Plus, housing supply finally picked up in July for the first time since August 2019. While a dip in home prices and an uptick in housing inventory are both very positive developments, the reality is that many buyers are likely to remain priced out of the market for quite some time because of the historic rise in home prices.

Americans grew even more pessimistic about the U.S. economy over the past month, according to the latest survey on consumer attitudes, intentions and expectations from The Conference Board. The consumer confidence index for July slipped to 95.7 from June’s revised reading of 98.4, which was adjusted downward by 0.3 points. It’s the lowest index reading since February 2021, when levels were 95.2. However, the July number remains considerably above the deeply pessimistic readings during the Great Recession in 2008, when the index fell as low as 25.3. Anything below 100 indicates a pessimistic view of economic conditions.

The personal consumption expenditures price index – the Federal Reserve’s go-to barometer – rose 6.8% in June. That’s the biggest 12-month increase since January 1982. Economist Rachel Greszler, a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, says inflation has made the average worker $3,400 poorer this month than in January 2021.

Inflation is a global phenomenon right now, and the U.S. has actually fared better than other countries in recent months. In June, consumer prices in the U.S. increased 9.1 percent over the previous year; they increased 9.6 percent across the European Union. The U.S. spent more to prevent economic catastrophe during the pandemic than most of the world did. That led to a stronger recovery, but also to greater inflation initially that was more than the EU. But in Europe, supply has played a bigger role. The five-month-old war in Ukraine was a more direct shock to Europe than it was to the rest of the world, because it pushed the continent to try to end its reliance on Russian oil and gas. That prompted Europe’s recent jump in inflation.

  • So now, the U.S. is trying to cool down the economy by raising interest rates, but that’s not the answer in the EU which is more dependent on what happens with the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

In March, the FAO Food Price Index from the United Nations jumped to its highest level since it was created in 1990, feeding fears that a global food crisis was rapidly taking shape. Yet in the months to follow, wheat prices — along with the price of other agricultural products — dropped. Wheat is down 45% since March, and 25% since the beginning of May. The FAO Food Price Index has declined for three consecutive months. Is the threat of famine, protests and distress from higher food prices behind us? Not quite, according to Tracey Allen, agricultural commodities strategist at JPMorgan Chase. She thinks wheat prices could jump another 20% and 30% just to reflect actual supply and demand conditions in the market.

ExxonMobil and Chevron both reported record massive profits thanks to record gasoline prices during the quarter. Exxon’s profit, excluding special items, came to $17.6 billion in the second quarter, nearly double what it made in its very profitable first quarter as oil and gas prices started to soar in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Second-quarter profit was up 273% from the same period a year ago. Chevron earned $11.4 billion excluding special items, up 74% from the first quarter and 247% from a year ago.

If you’ve noticed that products you’ve recently purchased are coming in boxes, cartons and other packaging that appear smaller, lighter in weight and decorated with less flashy colors, it’s because they actually are, CNN reports. Just as inflation hitting a 40-year high is forcing households to pay more for everyday purchases, companies that make those products are having to spend much more on production and packaging for items such as lipstick, breakfast cereals, cookies and toys. Industry experts say tweaking packaging is one way that businesses are trying to control costs.

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

Lebanon’s Hezbollah on Sunday aired drone footage of Israeli ships in a disputed gas field in the Mediterranean Sea, highlighting the tension at the center of U.S.-mediated maritime border talks between Lebanon and Israel. The footage was aired as the U.S. energy envoy, Amos Hochstein, was landing in Beirut to mediate ongoing talks between Lebanon and Israel over their sea borders. Lebanon claims the Karish gas field is disputed territory under ongoing maritime border negotiations, whereas Israel says it lies within its internationally recognized economic waters.

Israeli forces conducted raids on 39 homes of suspected members of Hamas in Judea and Samaria overnight Sunday/Monday. The lack of Palestinian Authority security forces has allowed the Hamas terror organization to flourish in Nablus and Jenin.

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)

The Palestinian Authority is rewarding terrorist murderer Oma Al-Abed with a salary increase for slaughtering Yosef Salomon (70) and his two adult children, Chaya (46) and Elad (36), by stabbing them to death while they were eating dinner in their home in Halamish, a town in the Binyamin region. Having now completed five years in prison, the PA will raise the salary of the murderer from 2,000 shekels (appr. $643) per month to 4,000 shekels ($1,286) per month, which will go to his family.

A dispute between Iraq and Turkey over a recent deadly attack in Iraq’s northern Kurdish region escalated at an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday. Iraq’s foreign minister demanded the withdrawal of all Turkish troops from his country, while Turkey’s deputy ambassador said his government will keep pursuing fighters it considers terrorists who take refuge in Iraq. The Iraqi government sought the meeting after the July 20 artillery attack that killed nine Iraqi tourists and injured 33 other people. Its foreign minister, Fuad Hussein, said the government has “proofs” that Turkish armed forces were responsible. Turkey has denied it was behind the attack and blamed fighters from the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, which is considered a terrorist organization by Ankara and the West. It has for decades waged an insurgency against the government in Ankara and maintains hideouts in Iraq’s mountainous north.

Supporters of the Iraqi cleric Moqtada Sadr took over the country’s parliament building in the capital Baghdad’s high-security Green Zone to protest against a rival bloc’s nomination for prime minister on July 30, 2022. – The protests are the latest challenge for oil-rich Iraq, which remains mired in a political and socioeconomic crisis despite elevated global energy prices. Sadr’s bloc emerged from elections in October as the biggest parliamentary faction but was still far short of a majority. Nine months of deadlock persists over the establishment of a new government.

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

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a new naval doctrine that targets the U.S. as Russia’s top global adversary. “The strategic policy of the USA to dominate the world’s oceans” threatens Russia, Putin said. Putin went on to claim that a number of warships will soon be equipped with hypersonic weapons. Hypersonic weapons fly in the upper atmosphere and reach incredible speeds of up to Mach 5, or more than 3,800 miles per hour, and they can avoid radar detection at low altitudes. The U.S. has none ready to go.

  • China also successfully tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile last year in a shock to U.S. watchdogs. The Chinese fired the missile in August, and it circled the globe before striking at its target, missing by roughly 24 miles. The test shocked U.S. leaders realizing how far behind we are with this technology, with our latest test maintaining hypersonic speed for only 300 miles.

Russia’s goal now is to unseat Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, according to a speech given Sunday by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at an Arab League summit in Cairo. Russia hopes to “liberate” Ukrainian citizens from “this absolutely unacceptable regime,” he said. The remarks are a stark contrast to what Russian officials said earlier in the war: that they wouldn’t try to topple Zelenskyy’s government.

Russian forces on Thursday launched massive missile strikes on Ukraine’s Kyiv and Chernihiv regions, areas that haven’t been targeted in weeks. Russian forces in Donetsk have continued to utilize artillery shelling on towns and villages as a part of what Ukrainian regional governor Pavlo Kyrylenko called “scorched-earth tactics.” A Russian missile strike on Sunday killed and injured civilians in the Black Sea port city of Mykolaiv, including one of the wealthiest couples in Ukraine.

Russia launched a barrage of missiles at Ukraine’s capital Kviv from neighboring Belarus early Friday At least 20 missiles were fired from Belarus, Moscow’s key ally in its 5-month-old invasion of Ukraine, striking an apartment block in the Chernihiv region and buildings outside the country’s capital.

Across Russia, volunteer battalions are being formed to deploy to the war in Ukraine, joining the so-called “special military operation” declared by President Vladimir Putin in February. From Murmansk in the Arctic Circle to Perm in the Urals and Primorsky Krai in the Russian Far East, the call has gone out, appealing to both the patriotism and the wallets of Russians. In all, analysts assess that more than 30,000 volunteers might be mobilized to supplement Russian ranks depleted by five months of combat.

Ukraine has recently used its new long-range artillery to damage at least three of the bridges across the Dnipro River – bridges Russia relies upon to supply the areas under its control, the assessment said. “Russia’s 49th Army is stationed on the west bank of the Dnipro River and now looks highly vulnerable,” the Thursday assessment said. Thursday. Kyiv’s counteroffensive in the crucial city of Kherson also appeared to be gathering momentum. Ukrainian forces in the east, bolstered by U.S.- and Western-supplied weaponry, were poised to launch the first major counterattack of the war, aiming to reclaim land taken by Russian forces and their separatist allies around the strategic city of Kherson.

A drone attack at the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet wounded six people and shut down a festival marking Navy Day in the Crimean Peninsula city of Sevastopol, the mayor said Sunday. Sevastopol is about 100 miles south of the Ukrainian mainland and has been under Russian control since 2014. Russian forces also control much of the mainland coast area along the Black Sea. Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has vowed to take Crimea back from Russia, along with the eastern cities seized since the war began in February.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned he’s ready to use his nuclear weapons in potential military conflicts with the United States and South Korea, state media said Thursday, as he unleashed fiery rhetoric against rivals he says are pushing the Korean Peninsula to the brink of war. Kim’s speech to war veterans on the 69th anniversary of the end of the 1950-53 Korean War were apparently meant to boost internal unity in the impoverished country suffering pandemic-related economic difficulties

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 leader of the Lebanon-based Hezbollah terrorist group said this week that Hezbollah’s missiles can reach all of Israel, including land and sea areas. The threat comes as Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of the terrorist group, voiced his opposition to Israel extracting natural gas from the Karish gas field in the eastern Mediterranean. Israel says the gas field is within internationally recognized waters. Lebanon says the seas there are disputed.

Nigeria’s northern region is at the center of insurgent attacks and mass kidnappings blamed on armed criminal gangs. But Nigerian clergy are reporting targeted kidnappings this year that extend beyond the regular pattern of attacks in the North. Nigeria’s Daily Trust newspaper tracked 32 clergy kidnappings between January and July this year across 12 of Nigeria’s 36 states. Eighteen of them were Catholic priests. A priest who survived a kidnapping said his abductors explained that clergy are “soft targets.” A Methodist prelate kidnapped in May in southeast Abia state and later released after church members paid a ransom identified his abductors as Fulani herders. Samuel Kanu-Uche said the gang leader explained he joined the kidnapping business to provide for his family after losing his parents.

Since the Taliban returned to power almost a year ago, it has barred about 850,000 girls from school to maintain the tradition that girls stay at home until they are married. Only a fraction of those girls attend secret schools or cobble together their education by other means, such as religious schools and tutoring centers.

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)

Acute food insecurity will afflict over 50 million people across Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, and Uganda this year, reported the Intergovernmental Authority on Development last week. “Conflict, climate extremes, economic shocks, rising costs and now the impact of the conflict in Ukraine on food and energy prices are pushing millions towards starvation,” said Michael Dunford, the World Food Program’s regional director for Eastern Africa.

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 result of the so-called planned obsolescence of digital devices, combined with a limited number of options to repair older devices over the years, is a tsunami of electronic waste, also known as e-waste. People now expect to get a new computer every three or four years, a new phone every two years,” said Jim Puckett, executive director of the Basel Action Network, a Seattle-based e-waste watchdog group. “It’s a mountain that just keeps growing.” The most recent United Nation’s data indicates the world generated a staggering 53.6 metric tons of e-waste in 2019, and only 17.4% of that was recycled. The burden and harm of e-waste often fall upon developing countries. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that an “undetermined amount of used electronics is shipped from the United States and other developed countries to developing countries that lack the capacity to reject imports or to handle these materials appropriately.”

The elected officials responsible for defending the Amazon Rainforest are often the ones accused of destroying it, a Washington Post investigation found. In Brazil, there’s little political cost to razing the rainforest. The Post has identified nearly 1,200 elected officials who have been cited for environmental wrongdoing. Their electoral successes have undermined efforts to safeguard a natural resource that scientists say is necessary to avert catastrophic climate impacts. The trees absorb CO2, a greenhouse gas.

The American Prairie, a conservation project in Montana, has quietly scooped up more than 450,000 acres of land with the help of its billionaire donors. The little-known project aims to create the largest “fully functioning ecosystem” in the continental U.S. by stitching together about 3.2 million acres of private and public lands. “We’re not asking the federal government to create anything, we’re not asking the federal government for any money,” said Pete Geddes, vice president and chief external relations officer. “Instead, we’re engaged in private philanthropy and voluntary exchange by buying ranches from people who would like to sell that to us.”

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

A 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the Philippines Wednesday morning damaging buildings and causing landslides. At least four people are dead with dozens more injured.

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

The Sakurajima volcano erupted Sunday night on Japan’s southern island of Kyushu, prompting evacuations. The country’s meteorological agency raised the alert level to the highest possible for just the second time in history.

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

A grass fire apparently sparked by a mower swept about 300 yards across a tinder-dry open field to a suburban Dallas subdivision Monday, burning through wooden fences and torching as many as 20 homes, officials said. The blaze in Balch Springs was the latest in drought-stricken North Texas, which has been vulnerable to explosive wildfires for the past three weeks. The mower was being used in the open field to trim the brush when its blade struck some debris and generated a spark that ignited the blaze,

  • Meanwhile, firefighting crews held the Chalk Mountain Fire in North Texas in check at 10 1/2 square miles on 7/26, since last week. It destroyed 16 homes and damaged five others so far.

The McKinney Fire is growing rapidly in northern California. This fire in Klamath National Forest is currently the largest of the year so far. Fire personnel found two bodies inside a burned vehicle parked in a residential driveway west of the Klamath River community Sunday morning. Numerous residences and infrastructure are threatened. Evacuations, road and trail closures are in effect. As of Monday morning, 8/1, the fire has consumed 52,498 acres (86 sq. miles) and is 0% contained. No structures have yet been destroyed or damaged.

With the sheer number and size of wildfires over the past few years, it’s impossible for land managers to catch up with efforts to restore lost habitat. Reforestation efforts need to start within a year of a burn, but agencies are falling behind. Conservative estimates for reforesting are anywhere from $600 to $800 per acre. Residents and recreation enthusiasts impacted by fires often call agencies asking when their view will shift from brown hillsides back to green forests. “It’s not going to happen in their lifetime. It’s not going to happen in their kids’ lifetime,” says Annabelle Monti, a silviculturist with the U.S. Forest Service.

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

People were evacuated from their homes and rescued from their vehicles in floodwaters across the St. Louis metro area last Tuesday after storms dumped a historic amount of rainfall on the area in just a few hours. More rain fell in St. Louis over a six-hour period than usually falls in a typical July and August combined. The highest rain total reported so far is 12.35 inches near St. Peters, northwest of the city. Dardenne Creek in St. Peters rose 21.4 feet in 7.5 hours. Typically, water levels in the creek are only 1 to 2 feet. The creek is near one section of I-70 that’s closed due to flooding.

Deadly and destructive flooding was ongoing Thursday in Kentucky and other parts of Appalachia as up to 9 inches of rain fell over the area in a short period of time. The life-threatening situation is very similar to the widespread flood disaster in St. Louis earlier this week only it’s happening over mountainous terrain that makes it even easier to flood the communities that line the valleys below. Hundreds of homes were destroyed. At least thirty people died, including six children. Hundreds of people remained unaccounted for. More deaths are expected. Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said this is some of the worst flooding in the state’s history. The National Guard estimates about 400 people have been rescued by helicopter.

Rescue crews in Virginia and West Virginia also worked to reach people in places where flooding had blocked up roadways. Gov. Jim Justice declared a state of emergency in six West Virginia counties, and Gov. Glenn Youngkin did the same, freeing up more resources to fight floods in Virginia. Meanwhile, the National Weather Service said rainfall of 1 to 2 inches per hour is possible Monday in some of the same areas swallowed by flash floods last week.

Flash flooding has impacted the iconic Las Vegas Strip as well as several of its casinos. Videos posted to social media show standing water along Las Vegas Boulevard. Video posted on social media showed several casinos dealing with flooding and leaking ceilings. Strong storms have been moving through the Las Vegas area. A flash flood warning and severe thunderstorm warning were issued for the Las Vegas Valley early Friday morning.

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.