Signs of the Times Update: July 11, 2022

July 11, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The cancel culture is a costly exercise in absurdity.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

International:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • California announced a similar tax rebate in a budget deal Gov. Gavin Newsom reached with lawmakers last month. Persons earning less than $75,000 per year will receive $350 as part of tax refunds in the $17 billion agreement while couples making less than $150,000 who file jointly are eligible for $700.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

International:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Signs of the Times Update: July 4, 2022

July 4, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Signs of the Times Update: June 27, 2022

June 27, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Abortion Protests

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Signs of the Times Update: June 20, 2022

June 20, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Signs of the Times Update: June 13, 2022

June 13, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monkeypox:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

International:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Signs of the Times Update: June 6, 2022

June 6, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Covid-19 cases in the U.S. have declined by 7% over the past two weeks, while hospitalizations are up 16% and deaths down 14%. New cases are being undercounted because of home testing. Cases are increasing in more than half of all states, but there are signs of improvement in the Northeast and Midwest. Reports of new cases have fallen by more than 20 percent since mid-May in Michigan, New Jersey and New York. Cases are rising in most western states, with Arizona leading the pack with an 81% increase over the past two weeks.

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

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

Monkeypox:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A trio of robbers at a Sephora store in Los Angeles were caught on video piling beauty products into black trash bags in front of other shoppers before fleeing the scene. Shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday, TikTok user Jessica Ortiz said she was shopping at the beauty retail store when she heard a loud sound and witnessed the robbery unfolding. She reacted quickly enough to pull out her phone and record the incident. The video shows three individuals all wearing hoodie sweatshirts to block their identities, emptying the shelves of their supplies. The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed they received multiple calls for robberies at the Los Cerritos Center Saturday evening. Robberies first took place in a Forever 21 store before the assailants made their way to the Sephora, police said.

Police say 21-year-old Brian Hernandez used a metal chair to break into the museum around 9:45pm and started smashing things when he got inside. Hernandez allegedly destroyed three ancient Greek artifacts—including a 6th century BC amphora—and a Native American ceramic piece before security apprehended him. Hernandez also allegedly wrecked museum property including display cases and at least one computer. The guard who apprehended Hernandez told police the suspect said “he got mad at his girl so he broke in and started destroying property.”

Big Tech: But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase. (Daniel 12:4)

Google search engines’ results are boosting China’s preferred narratives about COVID-19’s origins and human rights abuses, according to a new study from the Brookings Institution and the Alliance for Securing Democracy. The study found Google News and YouTube were far more likely to spread Chinese state-run media than Google’s main search engine in response to queries about COVID-19 and Xinjiang, a northwestern province in China and the location of alleged human rights abuses against Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities.

A divided Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked Texas from enforcing a law banning social media giants like Facebook and Twitter from moderating content – an outcome critics said would have forced “extremist” material onto the platforms.The Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision blocks enforcement of the law temporarily while the underlying case continues in lower federal courts. In an unusual alignment,  Justice Elena Kagan, a member of the court’s liberal wing, joined the three conservatives in saying she would have allowed the law to be enforced but didn’t explain her reasoning.

Racism/Discrimination: There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28)

On Wednesday, a California task force released a 500-page report, two years in the making, on the state’s historic role in harming Black Americans, from the days of slavery until now—and called for reparations to be made. California is now the first state to have moved forward with such a plan, though cities including Evanston, Illinois, have made reparations available to Black residents or are implementing plans to do so.

Health Care:  Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then has the health of the daughter of my people not been restored? (Jeremiah 8:22)

Consumer groups and employers are pushing back against a Medicare proposal to limit public reports of medical complications such as bedsores and falls that occur during hospital stays. The proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, now open for public comment through June 17, would suppress reporting next year for 10 types of medical harm at hospitals that are often preventable. The agency also would halt a program to dock the pay of the worst performers on a list of safety measures, pausing a years-long effort that links hospitals’ skill in preventing such  complications to reimbursement. 

  • Watchdog groups have criticized the proposal, saying public reporting of medical harm is important to both inform consumers and shine a light on hospitals with a poor track record of preventing potentially deadly complications.

Health: A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. (Proverbs 17:22) Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. (3John 1:2)

Researchers are drawing attention to a rise in poisonings in children involving the sleep aid melatonin – including a big jump during the pandemic. Last year, U.S. poison control centers received more than 52,000 calls about children consuming worrisome amounts of the dietary supplement – a six-fold increase from about a decade earlier. Most such calls are about young children who accidentally got into bottles of melatonin, some of which come in the form of gummies for kids. Parents may think of melatonin as the equivalent of a vitamin and leave it on a nightstand, said Dr. Karima Lelak, an emergency physician at Children’s Hospital of Michigan and the lead author of the study published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “But really it’s a medication that has the potential to cause harm, and should be put away in the medicine cabinet,” Lelak said.

Drugs: And they did not repent of their murders, nor of their sorceries [Greek: pharmakeia, i.e. pharmacy, drugs].

When Oregon voters approved a ballot measure in 2020 to decriminalize hard drugs, they were promised the lives of everyone would be improved and funds would be diverted to addiction recovery centers for which $300 million was allotted.But after more than one year, the rate of overdoses has spiked, and few offenders have used the treatment centers, DailyMail.com reported. The state law, which went into effect in February 2021, was the first of its kind in the nation. It made possession of Class E controlled substances – such as heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine – a “violation” rather than a felony or misdemeanor, carrying a maximum fine of $100.

Education: Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)

A high school in a Chicago is implementing a race-based grading system “to adjust classroom grading scales to account for skin color or ethnicity of its students.” The move is necessary, advocates say, because “traditional grading practices perpetuate inequities,” Students, depending on their race, will not be held accountable for missing class, misbehaving in school, or for failing to turn in assignments.

President Biden is inching closer to “forgiving” student loans—a move that critics say is not only illegal but profoundly unfair to hardworking taxpayers, most of whom never went to college. Others who did go made sacrifices to pay off their loans and are now deeply resentful that a swath of borrowers may have their debts cleared. Now President Biden is entertaining the idea to cancel up to $10,000 of debt per borrower.

Gender Confusion: Male and female He created them. (Genesis 5:2)

  • Gender confusion is being promoted because it undermines God’s ordained family structure, giving secular government more control over people, particularly our youth.

A February Gallup poll found that 7.1% of Americans now identify as LGBTQ – a 26% increase over2021 and a 100% increase over 2012. This jump among all Americans is being driven by a sharp increase among younger people. For example, last year George Barna’s Cultural Research Center found that among those ages 18-24, an astounding 39% self-identified as LGBTQ. Tom Wildman, CEO of the American Family Association notes that, “Rather than claiming to be “born that way,’ many of these young people – for a variety of reasons – are choosing to identify as LGBTQ. In other words, identifying as LGBTQ is seen as a popular choice as much as piercings and skinny jeans.”

A growing number of “family friendly” drag queen story hours and dance performances open to children are becoming a mainstay of June pride month celebrations. The social media account Libs of TikTok has posted dozens of viral tweets over the past weeks showing public schools, libraries, parks, gay nightclubs and even a Florida church including young children in pride events featuring professional drag queens. Conservative activists and groups are criticizing such events. Meg Kilgannon, senior fellow for education studies at the Family Research Council, said, “Sexualized dance performance featuring adult males dressed as women is not appropriate entertainment for children.”

Election Integrity: He who walks with integrity walks securely, But he who perverts his ways will become knownThe integrity of the upright will guide them, But the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them. (Proverbs 10:9,11:3)

A highly anticipated report issued Friday by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) is providing official documentation of the major security flaws posed by Dominion Voting Systems Machines. It comes nearly two years after the 2020 presidential election, which the agency had called the “most secure election in history.” While the CISA report states that it has “no evidence that these vulnerabilities have been exploited in any elections,” it nonetheless highlights at least nine concrete, alarming security vulnerabilities. CISA is a United States federal agency, an operational component under Department of Homeland Security oversight.

The election integrity group True the Vote presented Arizona lawmakers with cell phone tracking data showing alleged ballot traffickers visited drop boxes in two of the state’s largest counties no less than 5,700 times during the 2020 election. “When we started the project, we didn’t know [what we would find],” said Catherine Engelbrecht, the Texas group’s founder and president. “We began to think through what is a realistic expectation or threshold for when going to a dropbox is too many times. We wanted to focus on a clear, narrow data set [to demonstrate] “extreme outlier behavior.” The group’s investigators settled on 10 visits as an actual number—but “here, in Arizona, they went an average of 21 times,” Engelbrecht told the panel of state legislators on May 31. The legislators—all Republican—vowed to move forward with HB-2289 to make ballot drop boxes illegal in Arizona.

An Arizona woman has pleaded guilty to using her position in the Democratic Party to illegally harvest ballots in a ballot abuse scheme. Guillermina Fuentes, the 66-year-old former mayor of San Luis, Arizona, pleaded guilty on June 2 to one count of ballot abuse for her role in a “sophisticated” August 2020 primary election ballot harvesting scheme, according to the Arizona Attorney General’s office. Fuentes’s plea came as a result of an ongoing election fraud investigation conducted by the Arizona Attorney General office’s Election Integrity Unit. She was indicted in December 2020.

Immigration: He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt. (Deuteronomy 10:18-19)

Haitian migrants taking part in what could be the largest ever migrant caravan through Mexico to the U.S. are demanding that President Biden keep his promise to allow them to stay once they reach the border. “He promised the Haitian community he will help them,” the migrants said. The caravan that could become the largest ever to reach the U.S. southern border, with the number expected to swell to 15,000 before it reaches the border.

Supply Chain: He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. (2Corinthians 9:10)

The baby formula crisis soared to 70 percent out of stock nationwide at the end of May — almost twice what it was in April, Fox reported. Last week, the Biden administration touted its plan titled “Operation Fly Formula” to fly in 78,000 pounds of baby formula from Europe. However, the medical-grade formula that so many other parents need for their at-risk children was not part of the shipment.

The baby formula plant at the heart of the shortage restarted production June 4, the company informed the media. But new psroduct will still take weeks to hit supermarket shelves. The Abbott Nutrition plant’s closure in February over food safety concerns severely curtailed supplies of baby formula across the United States, leaving some parents scrambling to find sustenance for their children.

Business: Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues with injustice. (Proverbs 16:8)

It might seem like every other June 1, but inside corporate board rooms, this Pride Month feels different. Companies aren’t coasting into this rainbow bonanza like past years – empowered and carefree. They’re looking in the rearview mirror at a 2022 that’s been anything but kind to their CEOs’ woke causes. Christian conservative backlash has caused not only consternation, but also loss of value in stocks for companies like Disney.

Economy – Depression/Shortages: When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come and see.” So I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.” (Revelation 6:5-6)

The federal government presently has a debt load of about $100 trilliont including long term unfunded obligations. Near term debt is at $30.5 Trillion.  The feds have been running huge deficits annually, especially durng the pandemic. To keep up, the federal government simply prints money. It’s called fiat currency because there is nothing backing it up. The more we raise the debt ceiling (an annual ritual) the more we run up debt and the more we face eventual catastrophe. The solution to the problem is not complicated: balance the federal budget. The federal government must cut spending, radically. But they won’t, so an economic default and collapse is inevitable.

U.S. employers added a robust 390,000 jobs in May as the labor market continued to defy high inflation, persistent worker shortages and rising interest rates. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.6%, just above a 50-year low, the Labor Department said Friday. The nation has recovered 21.2 million, or 96.2%, of the 22 million jobs lost early in the health crisis, leaving it 822,000 jobs short of its pre-pandemic level. Employers added at least 400,000 jobs a month for 10 months, the longest such streak on record.

  • In May, leisure and hospitality, which includes restaurants and bars, the sector hit hardest by the pandemic, led the job gains with 84,000; professional and business services added 75,000;  transportation and warehousing, 47,000; construction; 36,000; health care, 28,000; and manufacturing, 18,000.

Another 4.4 million people quit their jobs in April, taking advantage of the strong jobs market. Job openings remained at record highs in April with employers reporting 11.4 million jobs. There are now nearly two jobs advertised for every job seeker.

With inflation near a 40-year high, the Federal Reserve “wants to see things slow down” as it aggressively raises interest rates to restrain wage and price increases. Higher rates discourage borrowing, which dampens economic activity and job growth.

Consumer borrowing is surging as inflation hovers near 40-year highs and Americans resume pre-pandemic activities like traveling and dining out, posing risks for lower-income borrowers. A growing share of those cash-strapped households are behind on payments for car loans, credit cards and personal loans. Total household debt is still historically low, but debt payments have edged up recently to 9.3% of personal disposable income in the fourth quarter, according to the Federal Reserve.

  • In April, bank credit-card balances rose 14.2% from a year earlier, auto loans increased 7.5% and other consumer loans climbed 19%.

According to new Redfin data, more than 20% of home sellers dropped their price in seven of the 10 most popular migration destinations last month: Cape Coral, Florida; Sacramento, California; North Port, Florida; Tampa, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; San Antonio, Texas, and Phoenix, Arizona. Rising mortgage rates are pricing some buyers out of the market.

Crude oil prices jumped to a more-than two-month high after the European Union approved a plan to ban most Russian oil imports for its invasion of Ukraine. The latest round of sanctions will immediately affect 75% of Russian oil imports, and by year end, 90% of the Russian oil imported to Europe will be banned, Charles Michel, president of the European Council, tweeted on Monday. Because oil makes up more than half the price of gasoline, consumers are likely to see gas prices set record highs in the coming weeks.

  • Natasha Kaneva, JPMorgan head of global commodities strategy, predicts the U.S. average for regular unleaded gasoline will climb to $6.20 per gallon by Labor Day.
  • The average U.S. price of gasoline has doubled since President Biden’s term began, from $2.40 1/20/21 to $4.84 on Sunday, 6/5/22.

International

Lebanon, where bread is a staple food, used to rely heavily on Ukraine for imported wheat, as well as vegetable oil and canned meat. Since the onset of the Ukrainian war in February, these items have become even scarcer and costlier than before. The Consumer Price Index for food in Lebanon has risen by over 3,000 percentage points since 2020. Meanwhile, the Lebanese government has been steadily cutting the subsidies it used to provide for fuel and medicine. Numerous reports to Barnabas Aid indicate many families are suffering greatly from lack of food and basic survival necessities.

Middle East: When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city. For this is the time of punishment in fulfillment of all that has been written. (Luke 21:20-22)

A European Union official said that Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians was to blame for terror and their “hatred” of the Jewish State last Tuesday. “We need to bring to the fore and to worldwide attention the plight the people of Palestine have been under for the past 74 years,” European Union Representative to the Palestinian Authority Sven Kuhn von Burgsdorff said. That number indicates the time since the founding of the State of Israel, but von Burgsdorff did not acknowledge a long history of Palestinian antisemitism, which predates the establishment of the State of Israel.

The United Nations atomic agency said Monday that Iran hasn’t offered credible answers to its probe into nuclear material found in the country and reported that Iran’s stockpile of highly enriched uranium has grown to roughly enough material for a nuclear bomb. The two reports, circulated to agency member states and seen by The Wall Street Journal, will sharpen concerns about Iran’s nuclear work at the same time negotiations on reviving the 2015 nuclear deal have stalled. That agreement placed tight but temporary restrictions on Iran’s nuclear work in exchange for lifting most international sanctions.

Wars & Rumors of Wars: And you will hear ofwars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; forall these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.Fornation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. (Matthew 24:6-7a)

Russia/Ukraine

One-fifth (20%) of Ukrainian territory is under Russia’s control, with Donbas “almost entirely destroyed,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said while addressing Luxembourg’s lawmakers on Thursday. Zelensky claimed that more than 30,000 Russian soldiers have been killed since the war began over three months ago.

The European Union on Friday formally approved an embargo on Russian oil and other sanctions targeting major banks and broadcasters over Moscow’s war on Ukraine. EU headquarters says Russian crude oil will be phased out over six months, and other refined petroleum products over eight months. It says that “a temporary exception is foreseen” for landlocked countries—like Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia—that “suffer from a specific dependence on Russian supplies and have no viable alternative options.” Bulgaria and Croatia will also get “temporary derogations” for certain kinds of oil.

  • However, India’s appetite for cheap Russian oil is soaring. Russian crude sales to India are expected to reach 3.36 million metric tons in May, according to estimates from financial market data provider Refinitiv. This is nearly nine times higher than the 2021 monthly average of 382,500 metric tons.

Russia’s economy is falling apart and “time is working against Russia” and its president, Vladimir Putin, a top German official said Thursday. German Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck made the remarks the same day Russian officials revealed that five more generals had been fired.

Since invading Ukraine more than three months ago, Russia has secured modest gains in its battle for control of the eastern Donbas region. Income from energy sales to Europe has played a major role in funding Russia’s war, and Habeck acknowledged that Russia has been aided by historically high energy prices and Europe’s inability to completely halt purchases.

Russian missiles struck Kyiv on Sunday, shattering the city’s relative calm with a strike Russia said targeted a facility housing foreign-supplied tanks. The five missiles were the first Russia fired into Kyiv in more than a month. The Russian Defense Ministry released a statement Sunday morning claiming the strike had hit a former car-repair facility being used to house T-72 tanks and other armored vehicles supplied by Ukrainian allies.

President Biden’s decision to provide Ukraine with medium-range precision rockets unleashed angst in Moscow and applause in Kyiv. But it’s not clear yet how much of a difference the advanced weapons will make in what has become a stalemated, grinding conflict with no clear end game. It also remains to be seen how Russia will respond to the U.S. move, which will once again shift the playing field in the three-month old war. Saturday, Russian President Putin said on state-owned television that if Ukraine gets advanced rocket systems from Western countries, Moscow will hit targets “we have not yet struck,” possibly threatening non-Ukrainian targets.

Terrorism: My heart is severely pained within me, and the terrors of death have fallen upon me. Fearfulness and trembling have come upon me, and horror has overwhelmed me… But You, O God,  shall bring them down to the pit of destruction; bloodthirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in You. (Psalm 55:4-5.23)

As attackers opened fire on worshippers inside a Catholic Church in southwestern Nigeria, other gunmen waited outside to kill those who tried to flee, church officials and witnesses said Monday. Worshippers were attending Pentecost Sunday Mass when gunfire erupted at the St. Francis Catholic Church in Ondo state. At least 50 people including children were killed in the attack. No one has claimed responsibility for the massacre, and local authorities said the gunmen had evaded capture. While northern Nigeria has battled an Islamic insurgency for more than 13 years, Ondo state has long been considered one of the most peaceful states in the country.

Over 500 civilians died in attacks carried out by armed forces and Islamist groups in Mali from January to March this year, the United Nations said in a report on Monday that detailed a rapid unravelling of an already desperate security situation. The killings represented a 324% rise over the previous quarter and highlighted the failure of Mali’s military junta to limit human rights abuses or stop groups linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State from carrying out campaigns of violence. They come just as Mali cuts ties with former colonial power France and as Wagner Group, a Russian private military contractor, steps in to help defeat militants who have carried out attacks in the centre and north for nearly a decade.

Houthi militants who have been fighting government-aligned forces in Yemen for eight years agreed on Thursday to pause the conflict for an additional two months. The United Nations–brokered truce, originally put in place in early April, is meant to bring relief to civilians in a conflict that has resulted in a devastating humanitarian crisis. Since the country’s civil war broke out in 2014, 233,00 people have died, and 5 million are at risk of famine. The truce allows vital fuel ships to dock at a rebel-held port and allows some commercial flights out of the capital, Sanaa. However, the Houthis would not open up main roads in the key city of Taiz that have been blockaded since 2015 and prompted local protests.

Environment: And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring;men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth,for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. (Luke 21:25-26)

The amount of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere is now more than 50% higher than pre-industrial times – and is at levels not seen since millions of years ago when Earth was a hothouse ocean-inundated planet, federal government scientists announced Friday. The burning of fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas releases “greenhouse” gases such as carbon dioxide and methane into Earth’s atmosphere and oceans. The emissions have caused the planet’s temperatures to rise to levels that cannot be explained by natural factors, scientists say.

So far, 77 cities and towns and Washington state have banned or discouraged new natural gas hookups. Los Angeles became the latest to join the list when its City Council voted last week to rewrite building codes requiring new homes and buildings achieve zero-carbon emissions – effectively eliminating future natural gas lines. 

Earthquakes: And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. (Matthew 24:7b) I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. (Revelation 6:12)

A magnitude 4.1 earthquake rattled the San Francisco Bay Area awake early Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The USGS said the quake hit at 5:07 a.m. and was centered several miles northwest of Bay Point, California, about 21 miles northeast of Berkeley and  30 miles northeast of downtown San Francisco. It struck at a depth of about 12 miles. According to the USGS shake map, tremors were felt throughout the Bay Area and the Sacramento metro area, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Two earthquakes hit within minutes of each other in China’s Sichuan Province, with state media reporting several deaths and significant damage. A 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck southwestern China last Wednesday. At least 4 have died and there are dozen of injuries. Emergency workers are searching for other victims.

Volcanoes: Bow down Your heavens, O Lord, and come down; Touch the mountains, and they shall smoke. (Psalm 144:5); The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the Lord, (Psalms 97:5)

The Hunga Tonga eruption was the most powerful volcanic explosion to have shaken Earth since that of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines in 1991. The blast could be heard at a distance of over 6,000 miles (10,000 km), and the pressure wave it generated circled the planet four times. The eruption also sent atmospheric shock wave and sonic booms across the globe, but a new study published in Geophysical Research Letters on Tuesday showed the effects also reached into space. Using data from NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer and satellites from the European Space Agency, researchers found in the hours after the eruption, it generated hurricane-like winds and “unusual electric currents” in the ionosphere, Earth’s upper atmospheric layer over 60 miles in the air at the edge of space.

End-Time Weather Will Continue to Grow More Severe: (Daniel 9:26b, Ezekiel 38:22, Luke 21:25, Revelation 8:7, 11:19, 16:8,11)

The megadrought in the western U.S. eased slightly over the past week with the percentage of area in severe to exceptional drought declining to 74.4% from 76.5%. However, that’s still up from 71.8% three months ago. The northwest got some precipitation but the southwest remained dry. California remained at 97.6% while Idaho declined to 37.% from 40,8% in severe to exceptional drought last week. Utah still had the worst condition at 99.8% with Nevada at 99.5% and New Mexico at 97.2%.

Gov. Gavin Newsom has pleaded with urban residents and businesses to reduce their water consumption by 15%, but water usage in March was up by 19% in cities compared to March 2020, the year the current drought began. With the state running out of water, unprecedented water cuts went into effect this week for city dwellers – in parts of southern California, residents have been asked to cut consumption by 35% to avoid a full ban on watering later in the summer.

  • As cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco struggle to cut their water use – water that overwhelmingly comes from the state’s reservoirs – rural Californians that rely on groundwater are already tapped out. They live with the daily worry that they won’t have enough water to bathe with or drink.

A Category 2 hurricane made landfall in Mexico on Monday afternoon, making it the strongest ever May hurricane during the Pacific season. Winds hit 105 miles per hour as Agatha pummeled Oaxaca state and killed eleven people with more than twenty missing as of 6/1. At least five people were swept away by swollen rivers.

Cars were stranded on flooded Miami streets and first responders used high water rescue vehicles to ferry people to safety as tropical disturbance Alex dumped heavy rainfall on South Florida Friday night and Saturday. Some cars were nearly submerged with others sitting in water that reached the vehicle doors or higher. Some parts of South Florida received at least 11 inches of rain. A cruise ship crew pulled 16 people from a small boat off Cuba Friday in rough waters churned up by storm system Alex moving across the Gulf of Mexico.

  • After unleashing flooding rainfall across Cuba, South Florida and the Bahamas over the weekend, Alex is poised to brush past Bermuda on Monday – but not before stirring up rough seas along the eastern U.S.

Over the past three months, a heat wave has devastated North India and neighboring Pakistan. Temperatures surpassed 110 degrees Fahrenheit in springtime. It is so hot that overheated birds fell out of the sky in Gurgaon, India, and a historic bridge in northern Pakistan collapsed after melting snow and ice at a glacial lake released a torrent of water.

Signs of the Times Update: May 30, 2022

May 30, 2022

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. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.  (Galatians 6:7-10)

Praise Reports: Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. (Philippians 4:8)

The Bible-based hit series The Chosen passed 400 million worldwide views during the past month, according to new data from its U.S. studio that also shows the project is a viral sensation in other countries, such as Brazil. As of Thursday, the series had been viewed 405,268,000 times worldwide. Directed by Dallas Jenkins and distributed by Angel Studios, The Chosen is a multi-season television series about the life of Jesus and the disciples. Season 3 of The Chosen is currently being filmed. “The show has completely reignited my faith in Christ. The show has brought me closer to Christ. The show has made me focus less on religion and more on Jesus – and my kids who never watch anything faith-related now want to watch it and [are] loving it,” said one fan.

Amid charges of ceding U.S. sovereignty to the World Health Organization, 12 of the 13 amendments submitted by the Biden administration for a vote in the World Health Assembly this week in Geneva have been removed from consideration. The amendments were publicized only last month, and it was the advocacy of independent researcher James Roguski who alerted the public to the implications for U.S. sovereignty, prompting a groundswell of popular opposition, largely in the past week. Roguski, who has been monitoring the WHA proceedings, which began Sunday, said the withdrawal appears to be the result of “the massive response from people all over the world in opposition to the amendments to the International Health Regulations, along with legal actions in the U.K. (and a whole lot of prayer).”

The Maine Department of Education has removed a video introducing the concepts of sexual orientation and gender identity to kindergarten students from its website after it became the subject of an attack ad in the state’s upcoming gubernatorial election. Last week, the Maine Republican Party released an ad alleging that Democratic Gov. Janet Mills spent $2.8 million in taxpayer dollars on “radical school lessons.” The ad features a clip from a lesson aimed at kindergarten students. In the clip, teacher Kailina Mills described trans-identified individuals as people “the doctors made a mistake about when they were born.” She suggested that “when a baby is born, the doctors will tell the parents what gender they think that baby is.” After the teacher asserts that some people get older and “realize what the doctors said was not right,” the ad cuts back to a narrator asking, “Is this really what our kids should be learning in kindergarten, instead of math, science and reading?

A woman in West Virginia fatally shot a man who began firing an AR-15-style rifle into a crowd of people that had gathered for a party, authorities said. Dennis Butler, 37, was killed Wednesday night after he pulled out the rifle and began shooting at dozens of people attending the birthday-graduation party outside an apartment complex in the city of Charleston, police said in a statement. The woman, who was attending the party, drew a pistol and fired, killing Butler, the statement said. No one at the party was injured. “Instead of running from the threat, she engaged with the threat and saved several lives last night,” Chief of Detectives Tony Hazelett told news outlets Thursday. Butler was at the apartment complex earlier in the evening in a vehicle and had been warned to slow down because children were playing, police said. They said he left, but returned later, parked in front of the complex and began firing. After fatally shooting Butler, the woman waited along with several witnesses for police to arrive, and all have cooperated with the investigation. No charges were filed against the woman.

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)

This past Sunday, a devastating report was released about America’s largest Protestant denomination. According to the Guidepost Solutions’ Report of the Independent Investigation on the Southern Baptist Convention, not only has sexual abuse been a scourge within the denomination, but leading members actively obstructed efforts to expose the guilty, hindered attempts by victims to report the crimes, and worked to maintain the public image of the Convention at the expense of the truth. The document published online late Thursday by the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention. It contains a 205-page index of SBC ministers accused of sexual abuse. The committee submitted the list to the firm Guidepost Solutions as part of the investigation and released the list Thursday in its original but redacted form. 

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)

Two European leaders at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, described the record gas prices as part of a “painful” period of “transition” to alternative energy that should not be resisted. German vice-chancellor Robert Habeck, as Summit News reported, said Monday that governments should not seek to protect their citizens from the consequences. And Norwegian finance CEO Kjerstin Braathen described the energy crisis as a “transition” full of hardship but insisted the “pain” is “worth it.” Biden, meanwhile, said Monday that the pain at the pump was part of “an incredible transition” of the American economy away from oil and natural gas.

  • The ‘elites’ are using the Great Reset, clean energy and climate change as the basis for marginalizing the masses and moving us into a one-world government that they control. The timing of the monkeypox outbreak couldn’t be better for the WHO—which may soon be granted powers to manage laws on global health outbreaks, well-positioned to enforce draconian global lockdowns and vaccine passports.

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)

Top House Republicans are demanding answers from the FBI after court-ordered information came to light showing that the federal agency had collected the information of over 3 million Americans without a warrant. Limited authority to gather foreign intelligence information is granted by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and requires court approval. However, this power can grant an expanding circle of possible searches to the FBI and other intel agencies, who can use the same power against American citizens who had any interaction with targeted foreigners. Historically, insight into how FISA has been used against American citizens has been limited and hidden behind classified reports.

Civic/Religious Freedom: Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. (John 8:36)

A three-judge panel for the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Pennsylvania postal worker Gerald Groff in a decision released Wednesday. Groff, a former employee of the Quarryville Post Office in Lancaster County, had sought religious exemptions from working Sundays because of his faith. In issuing the ruling, Circuit Judge Patty Shwartz, an Obama appointee, wrote that if Groff were to receive exemptions from working on Sundays, the accommodations “would cause an undue hardship” for the postal service.

Abortion: Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart. (Jeremiah 1:5)

The mother of NBA superstar Steph Curry reveals in her new book that she scheduled an abortion when she was pregnant with him but ultimately canceled the appointment and continued the pregnancy. God, she says, interceded. Curry is generally considered the greatest shooter in the history of the game and owns the NBA career record for most 3-pointers. God had a plan for that child,” Sonya Curry told podcaster and pastor Luke Norsworthy. It would have been her second abortion, she said.

Pestilence (Covid and other diseases): For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. (Matthew 24:7)

The number of new Covid-19 cases in the U.S. has leveled off in recent days, averaging about 110.000 per day. Over the past two weeks, the number of cases is up 21% with hospitalizations up 23% and deaths up 20%. Since many cases go uncounted due to home testing, the true toll is higher than these figures show. Daily case reports are four times as high as they were in early April, but still a fraction of the numbers seen in January, when the initial Omicron surge was at its worst.

  • This surge began in the northeast and Midwest, where cases have now stabilized or are declining. Infections and hospitalizations are increasing quickly across much of the South and Southwest. Average daily case reports have more than doubled in the past two weeks in Arizona, South Carolina and West Virginia.

COVID-19 might be easing into a new status as a widely circulating and somewhat harsher version of the common cold, experts say — a virus that folks could contract repeatedly, even if they were recently infected. “[SARS-CoV-2] is destined to join four of its family members and become an endemic coronavirus that will repeatedly infect individuals throughout their lifetimes,” said Dr. Amesh Adalja, of Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, referring to the four circulating coronaviruses that cause the common cold.

Newly published research of nearly 30,000 people across 42 countries has found that asymptomatic carriers are about 68% less likely to pass the coronavirus on than those who get sick, DailyMail.com reported. The fear of asymptomatic spread was one of the primary reasons for the COVID-19 lockdowns and mask mandates. Some scientists claimed asymptomatic patients were just as infectious as the sick. But the study, published in the journal PLOS Medicine, found asymptomatic carriers were responsible for as little as 14% of cases.

Monkeypox:

More than 250 cases of monkeypox have been confirmed around the world over a two-week period, but a pandemic is unlikely, a World Health Organization expert said Monday. Ten cases were confirmed in the U.S. from May 13 to May 26, WHO said. The U.S. is one of 23 countries where monkeypox is not normally found to report cases over the time period – a total of 257 confirmed cases and another 117 to 127 suspected cases that were still being investigated. No deaths have been reported. Lewis said the vast majority of cases being seen in dozens of countries globally are in gay or bisexual men. Monkeypox virus is transmitted from one person to another by close contact with lesions, body fluids, respiratory droplets and contaminated materials such as bedding. The incubation period of monkeypox is usually from six to 13 days.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently revised its travel advisory from Level 1 to Level 2 due to the recent monkeypox outbreak around the world. An update posted to the agency’s website wrote: “Cases of monkeypox have been reported in Europe, North America, and Australia,” adding that cases were reported among homosexual males. “Some cases were also reported in people who live in the same household as an infected person.” “None of these people reported having recently been in central or west African countries where monkeypox usually occurs, including the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Nigeria, among others,” the advisory continues to say. Travelers should avoid close contact with sick people, namely those with skin lesions. They are advised to avoid contact with dead or living wild animals such as small mammals, rodents, and primates. The CDC also says that people should not eat or prepare meat from wild game in Africa.

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.

A medical study conducted with joint research from scientists at a number of prestigious health institutions shows that mRNA vaccines may actually impair the immune system’s ability to fight Covid-19 long-term. The study analyzed data collected from Moderna’s randomized control trial for its mRNA SARS-CoV-2 vaccine from July 2020 through March 2021. The study, posted on medRxiv.org, shows that vaccinated individuals had impaired ability to produce specific kinds of Covid-relevant antibodies versus those who were unvaccinated but had natural immunity from prior infections.

The question has dogged researchers studying coronavirus vaccines: How effective are shots against the persistent complications known as long Covid? A new study of 34,000 breakthrough cases found vaccination reduces the risk of lung and blood clot disorders but does little to protect against other long-term symptoms. It’s disappointing news as the pandemic drags on, but scientists caution the study did not take booster shots into account and did not review infections after the omicron variant’s arrival.

A recently released confidential document reveals that a startling 82% to 97% of in utero babies died after pregnant women were injected with the Pfizer vaccine. Public Health and Medical Professionals for Transparency (PHMPT) requested documents related to the vaccine licensing via a Freedom of Information Act Request, then sued the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In early January 2022, a federal judge ordered the FDA incrementally release the documents it claimed would take decades to process. PHMPT has posted Pfizer’s confidential documents as they have become available.

At the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday, Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel said his company is “in the process of throwing 30 million doses in the garbage because nobody wants them.” “We have a big demand problem,” he said, the Washington Examiner reported. Bancel said Moderna has contacted leaders in several countries to see if they want the vaccines, but there is no interest.

International:

Portugal has the second highest COVID vaccination level of any country in Europe, trailing only tiny Malta, with 94 percent of its citizens receiving at least one dose of the vaccine. Sixty-two percent have opted for boosters. But as of May 17, Portugal also has the highest case rate in Europe — a daily average of 2,290 new cases per million people. Globally, it boasts the second-highest new daily death toll among countries with more than one million inhabitants.

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 amount of misinformation and outright lies from officials about the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, last week was reprehensible if not criminal. And, of course, the mainstream media immediately splashed big headlines with the false information. Much of it was due to the school, the school’s security officer and the police covering up their lax performance. It now appears that the security officer was not in the school where he was supposed to be, a door had been propped open by a teacher, and the police did not confront the shooter, eighteen-year-old Salvador Ramos, in a shootout leaving two officers wounded.

Nineteen elementary-school children were murdered as well as two teachers. A tactical team of local and federal officers waited over an hour to enter the school, wrongfully concluding that it was a hostage situation. And it appears that it was an off-duty Texas Border Patrol agent who ultimately shot Ramos after receiving a text from his wife in the school pleading for him to help. He was getting a haircut at the time and, fortunately, the barber had a rifle that he could borrow.

Some community members who had gathered outside Robb Elementary School as the drama unfolded urged police officers to charge in. “Go in there! Go in there!” When they still didn’t move, parents tried to get in themselves. A top Texas law enforcement official said Friday what angry parents have said all along about the delayed police response to the mass shooting in Uvalde: “It was the wrong decision. Period,” said Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw.

Officials said Ramos had no known history of mental health issues, and it’s also not yet known if attempts at intervention were missed. However, Ramos told girls he would rape them, showed off a rifle he bought, and threatened to shoot up schools in livestreams on the social media app Yubo, according to several users who witnessed the threats in recent weeks. But thoseYubo users – all teens – said that they didn’t take him seriously until they saw the news that Ramos had gunned down 19 children and two adults at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, this week.

Gun Control: When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are safe; but when one stronger than he attacks him and overcomes him, he takes away his armor in which he trusted and divides his spoil. (Luke 11:21-22,ESV)

On an average day in the U.S., more than 35 people are murdered with a gun. No other affluent country in the world has a gun homicide rate nearly as high, with 41 gun homicides per million people. The next highest is Greenland with 21 and Israel with 11. The rest are all at 5 or below.

Tragedy: In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)

A stampede Saturday at a church charity event in southern Nigeria left 31 people dead and seven injured. The stampede at the program organized by the Kings Assembly Pentecostal church in Rivers state involved many people who were seeking assistance, according to Grace Iringe-Koko, a police spokeswoman. Such events are common in Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy, where more than 80 million people live in poverty, according to government statistics.

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 COVID-19 pandemic and the isolation it imposed took a dramatic toll on kids’ mental health, increasing the demand for services in an already overburdened system. As a result, many kids found themselves being “boarded” in emergency departments as they awaited care, according to a new study conducted at Boston Children’s Hospital. The average wait was nearly five days without specialized treatment. “This is a huge problem nationwide,” said Dr. Jennifer Havens. She is a professor and chair of child and adolescent psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine in New York City. “The demand for mental health services has dramatically increased due to COVID-19, and the capacity for inpatient psychiatric care for kids is marginal at best, so we are seeing a backlog for inpatient and outpatient mental health services,” said Havens

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 National Education Association (NEA) released a study conducted by GBAO Strategies that revealed a startling 55 percent of teachers planned to leave their profession ahead of schedule. Many educators who have 25 years or more under their belt are opting to retire, but even less seasoned ones are walking away and choosing different career paths. Widespread educator shortages pre-date the arrival of COVID-19, but the pandemic also served as the last straw for many, kicking off the trend of an early departure. The average national turnover rate was only 16 percent before COVID-19. However, in 2021, that number jumped to 25 percent.

  • Godless public schools have become indoctrination centers for the religion of secular humanism, resulting in the departure of many Christian teachers.

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 18-year-old student in the United Kingdom has been mobbed by classmates, branded a “heretic” and forced from her classes over her expression of her conservative views. The Daily Mail said the threat of violence erupted after the student, whose identity was not released, expressed disagreement with a member of Parliament speaking at the school about the transgender ideology. The student was subjected to a verbal ‘pile-on’ by up to 60 students after debating her views with a peer during a questions-and-answers session at the private school in the Home Counties.

A North Carolina preschool used flash cards featuring LGBTQ themes to teach kids colors, including one card depicting a pregnant man. “Schools should only be using age-appropriate materials, and these flashcards clearly do not meet that standard for a pre-school classroom,” Republican State Rep. Erin Paré said in a statement after being alerted to the cards by a constituent, according to North Carolina Speaker of the House Tim Moore.

Thanks to a company whistleblower, the State Farm insurance company was outed for trying to flood local libraries and schools with transgender stories for children. “The project’s goal,” the January email read, “is to increase representation of LGBTQ books and support our communities in having challenging, important, and empowering conversations with children Age 5+.” Turns out, parents don’t like the idea of an insurance company laying claim on their kids. And the outrage pouring into headquarters proves it, notes Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council.

  • Thanks to a strong backlash, State Farm has backed down from their LGBTQ+ book program.

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)

Del Rio Sector Border Patrol officials report that more than 4,700 migrants illegally crossed into Texas over the past weekend and, of those, at least 1,600 “got away” without being apprehended.

The Department of Homeland Security announced plans Friday to restart limited border wall construction, closing a “gap” in the barrier in Arizona that appears to have been left when President Biden stopped construction on his first day in office. The department didn’t say how much of the border the projects will encompass, though they are likely to be a tiny fraction of the more than 450 miles of wall construction that took place under President Trump. Still, the new construction contrasts with Mr. Biden’s campaign promise not to build “another foot” of the wall.

Travel: The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore. (Psalm 121:8)

Upwards of 6,000 global flights have been canceled since Friday with hundreds more fights delayed, according to flight tracking website FlightAware. Some 1,640 flights were canceled on Sunday alone, FlightAware data indicates, with more than 500 of those flying within, into or out of the US. On Monday morning there were already 1,228 cancellations.. “More than any time in our history, the various factors currently impacting our operation — weather and air traffic control, vendor staffing, increased COVID case rates contributing to higher-than-planned unscheduled absences in some work groups — are resulting in an operation that isn’t consistently up to the standards Delta has set for the industry in recent years,” said Delta’s Chief Customer Experience Officer Allison Ausband.

Supply Chain: He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. (2Corinthians 9:10)

The baby formula crisis may have many wondering why millions of babies in the USA depend on formula when breastfeeding is recommended for at least the first six months of life by major medical entities such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization. However, breastfeeding doesn’t work for everyone. Health experts said a range of medical issues, from metabolic disorders to infectious diseases, may limit the ability to breastfeed. Those born premature sometimes require formula in addition to breast milk to increase their weight.

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)

Poverty, conflict, drought, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic during Afghanistan’s takeover by the Taliban have led to increased hunger, a near-collapse of the health system, and the destruction of family livelihoods — all adding up to threaten mass child starvation. As hunger spreads, health clinics are filling up with malnourished children under 5 with symptoms such as pneumonia, acute diarrhea, and emaciation. An estimated 22.8 million Afghan people, more than half the country’s population, are facing potentially life-threatening levels of food insecurity and malnutrition this year. Half of all children under 5 — around 3.2 million — were expected to suffer from acute malnutrition. About 1 million are on the brink of starvation.

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. economy declined 1.5% on an annualized basis in the first quarter of 2022, according to revised data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Thursday. The contraction was partially attributed to the nation spending more on imports from other countries than it did on U.S. exports. The trade gap slashed first-quarter GDP by 3.2 percentage points. Also contributing to the weakness was a slower restocking of goods in stores and warehouses, which had built up their inventories in the previous quarter for the 2021 holiday shopping season, knocking nearly 1.1 percentage points off the January-March GDP. 

Price increases won’t fall back to targeted levels until 2024, a new economic forecast from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates. The CBO also predicted that the U.S. economy will grow at a faster-than-average clip and that the federal budget deficit will come down over the coming year.

In April, “food at home” prices jumped 11%, the largest 12-month increase since November 1980, according to data released by the Labor Department. With rising diesel and gasoline prices increasing transportation costs (and decreasing profits), producers and retailers must raise their prices — or offer less of their goods at the same price, economists say. The record-high prices for diesel fuel and gasoline raise costs for transporting goods from the farm to the table.

Here is a list of Memorial Day grocery categories seeing average price increases as of April 2022 versus year ago from Numerator: Chips: +20.3%; Beef: +20.1%; Frozen Appetizers: +15.5%; Hot dogs: +13.8%; Dips: +10.4%; Ice Cream & Novelties: +8.6%; Beer: +7.3%; Soft Drinks: +15.1%; Cheese: +5.9%; Packaged Rolls/Buns: +12.5%; Vegetables: +9.2%.

The 8.8 percent increase in food prices that Americans have already seen does not take into account the dramatic cost increases that farmers are now experiencing. This is because farmers pay their costs upfront and only recoup them at the point of sale, months later. Fuel and fertilizer together make up 55 percent of farming total costs. The price of diesel fuel has more than doubled, from $2.50 per gallon at the end of 2020 to more than $5 per gallon today. Farmers say the cost of fertilizer, an oil derivative, has tripled and in some cases quadrupled. These increases won’t manifest at grocery stores for months, but they are coming.

The national average for regular gasoline rose to a fresh record of $4.62 a gallon on Monday, 5/30, according to AAA. Last Memorial Day, gas prices averaged $3.05 a gallon. Seven states are now averaging $5-a-gallon gas. Diesel fuel is now $5.53 a gallon.

Fuel is the second-largest expense for airlines at around 30% of operating costs and has doubled in price from a year ago, according to the Energy Information Administration. And airlines have been taking advantage of strong consumer demand to pass on some of those additional costs with higher airfares, in some cases up to 3 times as much as pre-pandemic.

The typical compensation package for chief executives who run S&P 500 companies soared 17.1% last year to a median $14.5 million, far more than the 4.4% increase in wages and benefits netted by private-sector workers through 2021, which was the fastest on record going back to 2001. The raises for many rank-and-file workers failed to keep up with inflation, which reached 7% at the end of last year.

The Walt Disney Co.’s brand didn’t quite go from hero to zero last year, but consumers evidently became less enchanted with the entertainment giant as it tangled over LGBTQ+ politics with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. The 2022 Axios Harris Poll 100 released Tuesday found that Disney ranked 65 on the list of the “most visible brands in America,” plummeting 28 spots from the 2021 list.

Israel: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you. (Psalm 122:6)

At least 70,000 Israelis from all over the country proudly participated in the Flag Parade celebrating Jerusalem’s Day on Sunday night, ignoring Hamas’ threat to attack Israel. The Jerusalem Day celebrations, marking the victory during the 1967 Six-Day War and the reunification of Israel’s capital, include a parade in which tens of thousands of Israelis march with flags through the city’s center and then through the Old City while entering it through the Damascus Gate. The police deployed about 3,000 officers to secure the Jerusalem Day events and the traditional parade.

  • Police forces contended with a number of incidents of Arab rioting, stone-throwing incidents, and clashes in the Old City area. Vehicles were damaged and a number of police officers and civilians were slightly injured. The police arrested more than 60 suspects in connection with the various violent incidents.

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)

Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh’s death while covering a shootout in Jenin is tragic. Unfortunately, we may never know whether she was killed by Palestinian terrorists or errant Israeli gunfire. Israeli investigators did not get to examine her body, and the Palestinian Authority adamantly refuses to let the IDF inspect the bullet. That didn’t stop CNN from blaming Israel for killing and accusing the IDF of deliberately firing on her. Unfortunately, a closer look at CNN’s key source, Shatha Hanaysh, only raises more questions about its journalism integrity. Hanaysha is a 29-year-old Palestinian writer was with Abu Akleh when she was shot.

  • According to HonestReporting, Hanaysha “openly shares her extremist views on social media pages, including support for Palestinian terrorists who have carried out deadly attacks against Israeli civilians.” Posts include showering praise for Palestinian “martyrs” killed while attacking Israelis.

Israel is reportedly demanding that the Biden administration explain an intelligence leak to The New York Times Wednesday regarding the assassination Sunday of a top Iranian terrorist operative. Col. Hassan Sayyad Khodaei was reportedly shot five times in his car outside his home in Tehran by men on two motorcycles who then fled the scene and have yet to be caught. While the mullahs immediately blamed Israel and the United States, Jerusalem remained mum, as it has for other sudden deaths of senior Iranian officials such as scientists involved in Iran’s nuclear program. An unnamed intelligence official told the Times that Israeli officials had informed the administration that they were behind the targeted killing of Khodaei. Arutz 7 identified the official as being involved in a secretive communications channel between the allies dedicated to operations in Iran.

  • Left-leaning media and deep-state leftists in government circles are seeking every means possible to condemn and undermine Israel.

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 troops pushed farther into a key eastern Ukrainian city and fought street by street with Ukrainian forces Monday in a battle the mayor said has left Sievierodonetsk “completely ruined” and driven tens of thousands from their homes. Military analysts painted the battle as part of a race against time for the Kremlin, which they said wants to complete its capture of the industrial Donbas region before more Western arms arrive to bolster Ukraine’s defenses. Weapons from the West have already helped Kyiv’s forces thwart a Russian advance on the capital in the early weeks of the war. That failure forced Moscow to withdraw, regroup, and pursue a more limited objective of seizing the Donbas, where Moscow-backed separatists already held swaths of territory and have been fighting Ukrainian troops for eight years.

  • Relentless Russian artillery barrages have destroyed critical infrastructure and damaged 90% of the buildings, and power and communications have been largely cut to a city that was once home to 100,000 people.

Russia‘s top diplomat has again been forced to address persistent reports in the West that President Vladimir Putin is suffering from an undisclosed illness, denying the 69-year-old Mr. Putin faces any serious health issues and accusing those who question his stamina and judgment of having ulterior motives. Discussions about Putin‘s health are virtually taboo inside Russia, but outside analysts say his face has appeared puffy and his gait unsteady in recent videos and there appeared to be a suspicious tremor in at least one of his hands.

President Biden on Monday said the United States will not send rocket systems to Ukraine that could potentially reach into Russia, after reports that the administration was preparing to send long-range systems to the besieged European ally. The State Department said the White House had concerns that providing Ukraine with the Multiple Launch Rocket System could result in a situation in which Ukrainians fire rockets into Russian territory — which would spark a major escalation in the conflict.

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)

Armed assailants have killed about 50 people in a part of eastern Burkina Faso ravaged by Islamist violence, the region’s governor said on Thursday. The victims were traveling to a town in the nearby community of Pama, close to the borders with Benin and Togo. Islamist militants linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State have overrun swathes of Burkina Faso in recent years, part of a wider insurgency across West Africa’s semi-arid Sahel region. The violence has expanded and intensified in the past decade, killing thousands of civilians each year. The conflict is now spilling over into coastal West African countries like Benin and Togo.

A series of explosions shook Afghanistan last Wednesday, the Taliban said, including a blast inside a mosque in the capital, Kabul, that killed at least five worshippers and three bombings of minivans in the country’s north that killed nine passengers. The Islamic State group’s local affiliate claimed responsibility for the minivan bombings. The blast took place while people were inside the mosque for the evening prayers. The minivans were targeted in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif after explosive devices were placed inside the vehicles. The Islamic State in Khorasan Province, or IS-K opposes the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan.

Forbes and NBC News reported that the FBI foiled a recent ISIS plot to assassinate former President George W. Bush. The accounts are based on FBI search warrants and court documents unsealed in federal court in Ohio that include informants’ details about the alleged scheme. NBC identifies the suspect as Shihab Ahmed Shihab, an Iraqi citizen believed to have entered the country legally. The outlet says he is in custody, but no charges have yet been filed. Forbes describes him as “an alleged ISIS operative” in Columbus, Ohio, who has been in the US for two years. The alleged motive? Revenge for the Iraq war.

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 State of California is about to begin removing the first of four dams on the Klamath River — despite an extreme drought and a looming electricity generation crisis — to improve habitat for migratory salmon and satisfy Native American groups. President Biden’s administration reversed course after President Trump’s administration blocked the dam removal on California’s second-largest river, which was planned in 2016 after California and Oregon signed an agreement to demolish the dams but still required federal approval. Now, the demolition has been scheduled for 2023, awaiting only confirmation that dam removal itself would not harm fish.

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 large earthquake struck Thursday morning near the Peru-Bolivia border. The U.S. Geological Survey has rated the tremor at a preliminary 7.2 magnitude. The quake struck at a depth of 135 miles. The shaking began at 8:02 a.m. EDT Thursday morning,. The epicenter was located in southern Peru, about 8 miles west-northwest of the town of Azamgarh. La Paz, Bolivia, is located about 200 miles southeast of the epicenter. Citing local radio, the Associated Press reported that buildings shook in La Paz during the earthquake, but there were no reports of structural damage or deaths in the city.

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)

New Mexico’s largest wildfire in history has been traced to planned burns set by the U.S. Forest Service. The agency said Friday that one of the two fires, the Calf Canyon Fire, was ignited by a pile burn holdover from January that was dormant under the surface before reemerging in April. The Hermits Peak Fire was caused by an escaped prescribed burn. The fire reignited and escaped containment lines on April 19, merging with the Hermits Peak fire due to a wind event on April 22. The Hermits Peak Fire was caused by an escaped prescribed burn. Now, the Forest Service says the fires are 48% contained, spanning 314,228 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)

Historic Hurricane Agatha took aim at Mexico’s southern coast Monday, 5/30, with sustained winds of 110 mph, heavy storm surge and driving rains prompting fears of killer flooding and mudslides. Up to 20 inches of rain were forecast for some areas.

Animals around the world have been feeling the negative effects of climate change, but there’s one slithering creature that may be benefitting from it: rattlesnakes. Rattlesnakes can be found in every state in the continental U.S., but they are most commonly found in the southwest. A new study published in the journal Ecology and Evolution earlier this month suggests rattlesnakes could spend less time hibernating and more time being out in the wilderness as the planet warms.

Signs of the Times Update: May 23, 2022

May 23, 2022

Signs of the Times Update: May 23, 2022

“Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” (Colossians 3:13)

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)

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has instructed Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi, an outspokenly pro-abortion Democrat, not to present herself for Holy Communion in his diocese. .“You are not to present yourself for Holy Communion and, should you do so, you are not to be admitted to Holy Communion, until such time as you [publicly] repudiate your advocacy for the legitimacy of abortion and confess and receive absolution of this grave sin in the sacrament of Penance,” Cordileone wrote to Pelosi

A federal judge in Louisiana on Friday blocked the Biden administration from lifting the Title 42 order, which immigration officers have used to expel migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, including asylum-seekers. Twenty-four states sought the injunction to prevent the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from repealing Title 42, which the Biden administration had promised to remove, beginning Monday. District Judge Robert R. Summerhays in Lafayette, Louisiana, who was appointed by then-President Donald Trump, said the removal of Title 42 would cause “irreparable harm” because U.S. border states would subsequently have to spend money on health care, law enforcement, education and other services for migrants.

Judge Daniel Traynor of the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota issued an order last week that placed a temporary block on the enforcement of a Biden administration mandate requiring an alliance of Christian employers to pay for or provide health plans that cover gender transition surgeries. The Christian Employers Alliance, an organization that provides support to Christian businesses and nonprofits, filed suit against the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Health & Human Services, seeking to block the enforcement of the mandate that requires coverage of trans-affirming counseling and medical services that violate the beliefs of its members. In issuing the order, Judge Traynor, a Trump appointee, wrote, “The Plaintiffs and their members face a very real irreparable harm if they are either forced to comply or if they refuse to comply.”

A board made up of the Navy’s own officers has ruled against the military branch in a fight over a lieutenant who refused to take the experimental COVID shot, and had his career threatened as a result. The board concluded that Lt. Bill Moseley did not commit misconduct by refusing the injection mandated by the military for the China virus. “Although this [is] only one case of thousands and we have many more clients facing prosecution by the military,” lawyer R. Davis Younts said in a statement, “we are encouraged that the truth was revealed in this board, and we hope this ground-breaking case sends a strong message to the Department of Defense.”

The revolt of the “mama bears” protesting COVID policies, Critical Race Theory and other far-left ideologies in schools was evident in four districts in the Fort Worth, Texas, area over the weekend. All 13 candidates backed by conservative political action committees won their races Saturday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

The sky turned a bloody shade of red in China on Saturday, sparking panic among residents, and now some are pointing to Biblical prophecies about the end times and return of Jesus to Earth. However, the Bible says the moon would become blood red (Joel 2:30-31, Revelation 6:12) and the dragon (devil) also (Revelation 12:3), but not the entire sky. The above verses instead say that the sun would be blackened.

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)

One-hundred-seven congregations in Florida have announced that they are leaving the United Methodist Church denomination for the newly launched Global Methodist Church (GMC), a theologically conservative alternative to the UMC. According to the Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA-Florida), the 107 congregations make up about 20 percent of the 560 United Methodist Churches in the Florida Conference. “This broad group of churches include both large and small congregations along with Anglo, African American, Latino, Korean, and other ethnic communities of faith,” the group said. “We are not leaving The United Methodist Church. The United Methodist Church has left us,” Jay Therrell, President of the WCA – Florida, said in a statement.

  • “After a decades-long rise of theological liberalism… our churches long for the day of being able to unite with like-minded Christians who focus on sharing the Good News of Jesus and help people to be transformed by His salvation,” Therrell said.

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)

Officials from the Biden Administration are working to give the World Health Organization the power to unilaterally declare a health emergency in any country, thereby giving them emergency powers. The upcoming vote in Geneva over the Biden Administration’s amendments would cede U.S. sovereignty to the WHO over national healthcare decisions in what she described as ‘the biggest global power grab that we have seen in our lifetimes,'” says former Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.

  • This would mean that WHO could institute lockdowns and vaccine passports in any country that signs the treaty, which the Biden administration intends to do so. The vote in Geneva is this week, 5/23-26.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday that the military alliance stands ready to seize a historic moment and move quickly on allowing Finland and Sweden to join its ranks, after the two countries submitted their membership requests. The official applications were handed over by Finland’s and Sweden’s ambassadors to NATO on Tuesday, 5/17.

While President Biden was in Tokyo, he announced the launching of a new Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) with 12 other countries in the region, who together are signing up as the first members of the economic partnership focusing on the Asia-Pacific. “This framework is a commitment to working with our close friends and partners in the region on challenges that matter most to ensuring economic competitiveness in the 21st century,” Biden said. The new collective will not include China or 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)

A majority of Christian pastors in the United States do not hold a biblical worldview, according to surprising new research from pollster George Barna, who says the data shows a spiritual awakening is “needed just as desperately in our pulpits as in the pews.” The survey, released Thursday by the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University, shows that only 37 percent of pastors in the U.S. hold a biblical worldview. Among senior/lead pastors, 41 percent possess a biblical worldview – the highest percentage within the sub-groups of pastors. Less than one-third of associate/assistant pastors (28 percent), teaching pastors (13 percent) and children’s/youth pastors (12 percent) hold a biblical worldview, the data found. The survey’s findings were based on 54 questions in eight categories related to a biblical worldview.

  • “This is another strong piece of evidence that the culture is influencing the American church more than Christian churches are influencing the culture,” said Barna, director of research at the university’s Cultural Research Center.

A U.S. Department of Homeland Security memo obtained by Axios shows that the DHS is concerned about violence and attacks by pro-abortion extremists should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade. In the May 13 memo, the department warns that violent threats directed at Supreme Court justices and others involved in the abortion debate, such as politicians, members of the clergy and healthcare providers “are likely to persist and may increase leading up to and following the issuing in the Court’s official ruling” in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health. Some social media posts spoke of “burning down or storming the U.S. Supreme Court and murdering Justices and their clerks, members of Congress, and lawful demonstrators.”

Thirteen years after a federal investigation blasted the U.S. Census Bureau for hiring criminals to enter American homes to gather statistics for the decennial count, a new audit reveals the disturbing practice continues. In fact, more than a decade after the problem was exposed workers for the 2020 count were not properly vetted and many with criminal records had direct interactions with the public. The most recent probe, conducted by the Department of Commerce Inspector General, found that “dozens of employees who worked on address canvassing in advance of the 2020 census had major issues flagged on their investigations, which typically means employees are automatically disqualified from their federal jobs.”

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 House overwhelmingly supported sending $40 billion in aid to Ukraine on Tuesday, 368-57, prompting a harsh reaction from critics given the multiple crises that are going unaddressed at home. Conservatives took issue with the 149 Republicans who joined every single Democrat in passing the bill while inflation continues to soar, the border crisis is ongoing, and our nation’s most vulnerable population—infants—can’t get the food they need. The amount even exceeded what President Biden had asked for by $7 billion. While on his Asian tour, President Biden signed the aid bill.

Surveillance State: So they watched Him, and sent spies who pretended to be righteous, that they might seize on His words, in order to deliver Him to the power and the authority of the governor. (Luke 20:20)

The Department of Homeland Security has “paused” its new disinformation board just weeks after it was announced, according to a report. The Washington Post, citing “multiple employees,” said the department is trying to figure out what to do with the board after a bungled rollout and complaints of overreach and comparisons to Big Brother’s Truth Ministry. Nina Jankowicz, the board’s embattled director, had drafted a resignation letter, but she has been asked to stay on while the department figures out what to do with the board, the Post reported. 

American’s information could end up in the hands of Immigration and Customs Enforcement when you apply for a driver’s license, drive on the roads or sign up for utilities, a new report has found. ICE has built a surveillance infrastructure that gives the agency access to data on most people living in the U.S. and has gone well beyond its immigration enforcement duties to become a broader domestic surveillance agency, according to an investigation released by Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy & Technology.

Censorship/Cancel Culture: For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth. (Romans 1:18)

Lorie Smith left the corporate world in 2012 to form her own website design firm, 303 Creative, which soon flourished. But in 2016 she was asked to create a design conveying a same-sex marriage message that violated her deeply held Christian faith. Smith declined to do so and when it became clear a Colorado public accommodation law would be used to force her to create messages that she and other Coloradans did not support, or face harsh penalties, she decided she had to challenge the statute. So she turned to the federal court system to uphold her First Amendment freedoms and six years later the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in her case later this year. Now Smith fears for her life as she awaits the slow-turning of the wheels of justice—thanks to continuous terrifying harassment, including death threats, from activists seeking to suppress her Christian beliefs.

A judge has ruled that the explicit sex content of a couple of controversial books are “obscene” and unsuitable for children. The ruling comes out of Virginia Beach, Virginia, where the circuit court judge has declared “Gender Queer” and “A Court of Mist and Fury” “obscene” for unrestricted viewing by minors. “It doesn’t mean the books are banned,” said Virginia State Delegate Tim Anderson in a statement broadcast by station WJLA. “It doesn’t mean we’re burning books or infringing on free speech. What it means is that there is extreme sexual graphic content in both of those books not suitable for minors without the parent consent.” The result adds to the weight of arguments in which parents and activists hope to have such controversial publications taken out of public-school libraries.

A lawsuit has been filed by First Liberty Institute against Alaska Airlines for its aggressive reaction to how two flight attendants expressed concerns about how the company’s pro-LGBT agenda would impact their Christian rights. First Liberty said the airline dismissed the two “because they asked questions in a company forum about the company’s support for the ‘Equality Act.'” “Alaska Airlines ‘canceled’ Lacey and Marli because of their religious beliefs, flagrantly disregarding federal civil rights laws that protect people of faith from discrimination,” said Stephanie Taub, senior counsel for First Liberty. “It is a blatant violation of state and federal civil rights laws to discriminate against someone in the workplace because of their religious beliefs and expression.”

A federal appeals court ruling has cleared the way for a controversial Texas law that will allow any state resident banned from social media platforms for their political views to sue. Two trade groups representing Facebook parent Meta Platforms, Alphabet’s Google and Twitter have sued Texas over the law. The social media companies say they don’t target conservatives, only harmful content such as hate speech and extremism that violates their rules. On Tuesday, Elon Musk, who has a deal in place to buy Twitter, said he would reverse that platform’s permanent ban on ex-President Donald Trump.

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 so-called blasphemy murder of a Christian student in Sokoto, Nigeria, on May 12 was attended by scores of armed, uniformed policemen who did not intervene, according to eyewitnesses who spoke to The Epoch Times. One eyewitness, who asked for anonymity to escape government retaliation, said that at least 50 uniformed policemen, including six officers of the Department of State Security, were on the scene of the stoning of 22-year-old Deborah Emmanuel, but none acted to defend her. Emmanuel was accused by fellow students of blasphemy in a WhatsApp message on May 11, and was swarmed by 180 protestors calling for her death for the crime of blasphemy.

For the first time, the federal government has assessed and acknowledged the harm done to Native American children at boarding schools it backed or ran throughout most of the 19th and 20th centuries. A report released Wednesday by the Interior Department said the children were subjected to sexual abuse, whippings, manual labor, and severe malnourishment. The report listed 408 such schools and said about 50 burial sites have been found so far. At least 500 Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian children died at the schools, per and the Interior Department said the toll could climb into the thousands as its investigation progresses.

Abortion: Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart. (Jeremiah 1:5)

Oklahoma legislature has passed a ban on abortions, protecting babies starting at conception. The measure is a Texas-style law that includes a private right of action as enforcement — but instead of protecting babies at six weeks when their heartbeat can be detected, it starts protecting unborn children at conception when their life begins. The Texas abortion ban has been in effect for over 260 days and has saved as many as 17,000 babies from abortions, notes LifeNews.com.

  • The Oklahoma law banning most abortions is an “extreme” and “absurd” attack on “fundamental rights,” new White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre claimed Thursday evening. And yet, nowhere in the constitution does it says abortion is a right.

Despite the leak of a majority Supreme Court ruling in favor of overturning the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion, decisions in highly sensitive or policitzed cases often see release at the end of the court’s term in June or July, and this may still hold true for the potential landmark abortion case.

A majority of U.S. voters — 57% — say they want strict limits on when abortion should be legal, and 24% say abortion should be illegal except in the cases of rape, incest, or the life of the mother is at stake. Only 11.6% of Americans believe abortion should be legal up until the moment of birth, including partial birth. Those are some of the findings of a national poll on abortion conducted by A Convention of States Action, in partnership with The Trafalgar Group.

The Roe v. Wade decision by the Supreme Court in 1973 was never codified, that is, made law by Congress. Democrats introduced the Freedom of Choice Act in January 1993 and within six months, it was amended, passed out of committee, and teed up for passage in the House and Senate before heading to President Bill Clinton’s desk for his signature. Then Democratic support for the bill buckled and splintered. Some supporters said it didn’t include enough protections for teenagers and the poor. Others said it at least advanced the cause. The measure died. It would be the last time Democrats pushed such legislation that far. “After that, they kind of dropped it,” said Michele Swers, a Georgetown University law professor.

  • In large part, experts say, the right to an abortion has never been codified into law because there was a sense among supportive lawmakers and advocates that Roe was decided and upheld by the Supreme Court — that passing a law to protect the right was not needed. Now Democrats are rushing ahead in Congress to pass such a law, rendering the Supreme Court decision moot.
  • Democrats would have needed 60 yes votes to move forward with a measure to enshrine the right to have an abortion in federal law. Only 49 senators voted in favor of a motion to advance the bill Wednesday. All 50 Republicans and one Democrat, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), voted against the measure.
  • Overturning Roe v. Wade leaves it up to individual states to allow or restrict abortions within their borders.

The U.S. Department of Justice will provide extra security to the U.S. Supreme Court justices and their families as pro-abortion protests and threats of violence grow, a department spokesperson said Wednesday. The order came from Attorney General Merrick Garland in response to demands that his office stop illegal intimidation and protests outside the justices’ homes after news broke last week about a leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft ruling that overturns Roe v. Wade.

Abortion activists firebombed a pro-life group’s office in Madison, Wisconsin. A leftist radical threw Molotov cocktails into Wisconsin Family Action’s office in the capital city. The pro-abortion terrorists responsible also vandalized the building and left a threatening message saying, “If abortions aren’t safe, then you aren’t either.” Now, a radical pro-abortion group named Jane’s Revenge is saying it was responsible and is threatening increasingly violent attacks that extend beyond Wisconsin if its demands are not met, writing, “Wisconsin is the first flashpoint, but we are all over the US, and we will issue no further warnings.

Three Texas churches were vandalized by pro-choice activists. A message was painted on the doors of the church’s main entrance and side door reading: “Pro-Choice is Pro-Life.” Two Catholic churches in a nearby town of Katy, Texas, were also vandalized. At St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church, the vandals attempted to remove the tabernacle, which contains the sacred presence of Christ and the Eucharist, according to Harris. At St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, someone attempted to desecrate the Eucharist.

Starbucks announced Wednesday, 5/18, that they would not only pay travel expenses for their ‘partners’ (employees) to have an abortion, but also for sex-change operations. “Regardless of where you live or what you believe, partners enrolled in Starbucks healthcare will now be offered reimbursement for eligible travel expenses when accessing abortion or gender-affirming procedures when those services are not available within 100 miles of a partner’s home.” Every cup of their coffee helps to pay for these abominations.

Suicide/Assisted Suicide: No man has power to retain the spirit, or power over the day of death. (Ecclesiastes 8:8 ESV)

In 2015, Canada’s Supreme Court struck down a 22-year ban on assisted suicide. The next year, its parliament passed legislation allowing “MAID,” or Medical Assistance in Dying for those who suffer from terminal illness and whose death was “reasonably foreseeable.” Five years later, the “reasonably foreseeable” language was dropped, as was the requirement of terminal illness, reports Breaking Point. Today, ending one’s life with “medical assistance” simply requires a physician and a witness to agree that physical or mental suffering is such as “cannot be relieved under conditions that you (the patient) consider acceptable.” Next year, that will expand to include anyone with a mental illness, like PTSD or depression. There’s also talk about further expanding the practice to include minors.

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-10 cases in the U.S. have increased by 53% over the past two weeks, with hospitalizations up 30% but deaths down -16%. Cases are rising in nearly every U.S. state, but the Northeast and Midwest have been especially hard hit. In much of those two regions, daily case reports are higher today than they were at the peak of last summer’s Delta surge. Hospitalizations are also increasing, but deaths from this surge are much less than for Delta.

  • The full impact of this surge is believed to be even greater than these numbers suggest. Since many infections go uncounted in official case reports due to self-testing or non-testing, the cases currently announced each day likely capture only a portion of the true toll.

Scientists say that you can be reinfected repeatedly with the omicron variant, even within months. The virus shows no signs of disappearing any time soon, and elusive variants are popping up that can dodge the body’s defenses, causing several infections per year. People who have already been infected with the first omicron variant have reported second infections with the newer versions of the variant — BA.2 or BA.2.12.1 in the United States, or BA.4 and BA.5 in South Africa.

The White House COVID-19 coordinator said fast-moving variants pose a “huge challenge” as infections spike but he is confident the combination of immunity and widespread use of an antiviral pill is keeping many people out of the hospital. COVID-19 coordinator Ashish Jha said U.S. doctors are writing 20,000 prescriptions for Paxlovid, the promising treatment from Pfizer, each day — a fourfold increase over the last month. “I think that is actually a really important reason why, despite this very substantial increase in infections, we have not seen a commensurate increase in deaths,” Ja said.

A paper published Wednesday, 5/18, in the journal “Nature” showed that a case of omicron in unvaccinated people provides very little immunity against other variants of the virus that causes COVID-19. Instead, the findings showed people infected with omicron only get protection against infections from omicron subvariants, not infections from other strains of the virus. So far, there have been five main variants, alpha, beta, gamma, delta and omicron. 

The White House’s new Covid response coordinator, Dr. Ashish Jha, issued a stern warning that appeared to surprise others in the administration. He said that in the fall and winter, the U.S. could potentially see 100 million new Covid-19 infections if Congress doesn’t approve federal funding to fight the pandemic. He said that this projection was based on a range of internal and external model. However, it came as a surprise to some public health experts and even to some top Biden administration officials. Confidential sources told CNN that the grim forecast was not discussed with key officials intimately involved in the administration’s work to fight Covid before Jha’s TV interview over the weekend.

A peer-reviewed journal article in Cureus called the “Correlation Between Mask Compliance and COVID-19 Outcomes in Europe” has come to the stunning conclusion that the higher the mask compliance rates, the higher the Covid case rates. This is the exact opposite of what researchers should find if masks indeed “worked.” “These findings indicate that countries with high levels of mask compliance did not perform better than those with low mask usage,” the author Beny Spira, a professor at Sao Paolo, writes.

Since the early days of the pandemic, loss of smell and taste have been tied to COVID-19 infection. But a new study shows those telltale traits are much less likely with the omicron variant than the earlier alpha and delta versions of the coronavirus. For the study, the researchers analyzed U.S. National Institutes of Health data on more than 3.5 million COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.

Monkeypox

A handful of cases of monkeypox have now been reported or are suspected in Britain, Portugal, Spain and the United States. The outbreaks are raising alarm because the viral disease, which spreads through close contact and was first found in monkeys, mostly occurs in west and central Africa, and only very occasionally spreads elsewhere. Monkeypox is a virus that causes fever symptoms as well as a distinctive bumpy rash. It is usually mild, although there are two main strains: the Congo strain, which is more severe – with up to 10% mortality – and the West African strain, which has a fatality rate in about 1% of cases. The UK cases have been reported as the West African strain. The World Health Organization on Friday said it was stepping up efforts to understand and combat monkeypox as nearly a dozen countries are investigating “atypical” outbreaks.

  • Belgium has become the first country in the world to introduce a mandatory 21-day self-isolate quarantine for those who contract monkeypox after several cases were found, with a White House official warning Sunday that more U.S. cases are likely.
  • A third U.S. state—Florida—has a suspected case of monkeypox. Health officials say the case in Broward County (home of Fort Lauderdale) is related to international travel, but they aren’t providing details beyond that.
  • The recent outbreak of the monkeypox virus in North America and Europe is primarily spreading through sex, according to World Health Organization officials on Monday, while confirming about 200 cases so far.

International:

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un criticized officials over slow medicine deliveries and mobilized the military to respond to a surge in suspected COVID-19 infections, as his nation struggled to contain a fever that has reportedly killed dozens and sickened nearly a million others in a span of three days. North Korean health authorities said Monday that eight more people died and an additional 392,920 were newly found to have feverish symptoms, reports the AP. That brings the death toll to 50 and illnesses to more than 1.2 million, respectively. It’s a sharp jump from six dead and 350,000 sick reported last Friday, a day after the North said that it found its first COVID-19 patients since the pandemic began. Kim has acknowledged that the fast-spreading fever, highly likely driven by COVID-19, is causing “great upheaval” in the country, and outside experts say the true scale of the outbreak is likely much bigger than what’s been described in the state-controlled media.

  • Most of the country’s 26 million people are believed to be unvaccinated against the coronavirus and its public health care system has been in shambles for decades. South Korea’s President Yoon Suk Yeol said in Parliament on Monday that the South was willing to send vaccines, medicine, equipment, and health personnel to the North if it’s willing to accept.

Vaccines: He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. (Psalm 91:1-2)

The Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for kids younger than 5 is 80 percent effective, data shows, potentially leading to approval soon for vaccinating these little children. The company said they plan to finish filing their data on the three-shot regimen with the Food and Drug Administration this week.

A new generation of COVID-19 vaccines are expected this fall or winter, said Dr. Ashish Jha, the White House’s new coronavirus response coordinator. He and others are talking with Congress to ensure funding is available so everyone who wants them can have them. “We do not have the resources to do that right now,” he said, as Congress grapples with more funding for Ukraine.

A peer-reviewed paper published by the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that immunity against the omicron coronavirus variant fades rapidly after a second and third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. The research by Danish scientists published in JAMA Network Open on Friday found antibody responses fell within weeks after second and third Pfizer doses, Forbes reported. The proportion of antibodies dropped from 76% four weeks after the second shot to 19% at weeks 12 to 14. The antibodies dropped even faster after the third dose, the booster shot.

A veteran rheumatologist says about 40% of the approximately 3,000 vaccinated patients in his practice have reported a vaccine-related injury. And 5% of the vaccinated patients are still injured, according to Dr. Robert Jackson in an interview with Steve Kirsch, executive director of the Vaccine Safety Research Foundation. Jackson said he has seen 12 patients die following COVID vaccination, which is consistent with a study published in the British Journal of Medicine,. Normally, he sees only one or two deaths annually in his practice’s patient base of 5,000.

The White House walked back a tweet stating that claimed “there was no vaccine available” when President Biden took office, issuing a follow-up tweet on Friday night saying that it “misstated” the availability of COVID-19 vaccines in January 2021. The original tweet drew fierce criticism from other Twitter users, who pointed out that there was indeed a COVID-19 vaccine available when Biden took office on Jan. 20, 2021. President Biden even shared a picture of himself receiving his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 21, 2020.

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)

BBC News recently documented a process that lets you “pay with your hand.” The report profiles Patrick Paumen, who has had a computer chip implanted in his hand that contains computer code similar to that in a debit-card system that allows him to swipe his hand over a contactless reader, and the necessary funds are debited from his bank account and transferred to the retailer. Something like this could indeed become the “Mark of the Beast” if it became a requirement to buy or sell. It will very enticing to do so, literally a choice between apparent starvation and life. But that’s just physical life. It’s our eternal life that matters most.

  • Revelation 14:9-10 warns that submitting to the mark forfeits our spiritual life in heaven: “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand,  he also will drink the wine of God’s wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger, and he will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. 

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 teenage gunman, wearing tactical gear and a livestreaming camera, killed 10 people and wounded three more Saturday in a hate-fueled shooting rampage at a busy supermarket in Buffalo, New York. Eleven of the 13 people who were shot were Black, Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said. The suspect, who was taken into custody at the scene, is white. The FBI is investigating the shooting as a hate crime and racially motivated violent extremism. The suspect, identified by authorities as Payton Gendron, 18, of Conklin, New York, traveled several hours across the state to carry out the attack in a black neighborhood, authorities said.

  • Police said the teen had been taken into custody last June based on a report that he might be planning to shoot people around the time of his high school graduation. Gendron would have continued his rampage if he had not been stopped by officers outside the store, Buffalo Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said. Gendron left behind a 180-page antisemitic and white supremacist manifesto.

Ten people have been taken into custody after 17 were shot in Milwaukee Friday evening near the Bucks-Celtics playoff basketball game, police said Saturday. Nine firearms were recovered from the scene, after dozens were seen fleeing, Milwaukee police said. The shooting victims are expected to survive. They ranged in ages from 15 to 47. Several fights were broken up as the game was ending. Milwaukee was hit with a wave of violence Friday. By 9 p.m., police had responded to five separate shootings across the city, which left a total of three people dead and two injured.

A man who opened fire during a lunch reception at a Southern California church on Sunday was detained by parishioners, according to a sheriff’s official who called their intervention an act of “exceptional heroism and bravery.” One person was killed and four others were critically wounded in the afternoon shooting at Geneva Presbyterian Church in the city of Laguna Woods in Orange County. David Chou, 68, of Las Vegas, was taken into custody Sunday after opening fire on parishioners of Irvine Taiwanese Presbyterian Church, which meets at the Presbyterian Church. The Orange County sheriff said Monday that officers found notes Chou, a Chinese immigrant, wrote about his hatred of Taiwanese people. The government of mainland China claims sovereignty over the island of Taiwan, which exercises democratic self-rule.

A New York City police officer was shot in the arm Tuesday night by a man who was out on the streets despite an extensive criminal background, city officials said. Officer Dennis Vargas, 32, was shot by the suspect, identified as 25-year-old Rameek Smith, after a brief foot chase that ended in a shootout. During a press conference addressing the shooting, New York City Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell described Smith as a “dangerous criminal who should not have been on the streets of the Bronx or anywhere else.” New York City Mayor Eric Adams echoed the sentiment and slammed a system that allowed “a perpetrator with multiple arrests” to acquire and carry a weapon on the streets of his city.

  • Adams, who was sworn in earlier this year, harshly criticized lenient sentencing decisions, many of which have been pushed by anti-police groups in the city.

Tragedy: In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)

Road fatalities in the U.S. increased more than 10% last year compared with a year earlier, reaching 42,915, according to estimates released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It was the highest number of deaths on the nation’s roads since 2005 and the largest annual percentage increase since at least 1975.

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 U.S. appeals court ruled Wednesday that California’s ban on the sale of semiautomatic weapons to adults under 21 is unconstitutional. The 2-1 ruling by a panel of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals said Wednesday the law violates the Second Amendment right to bear arms and a San Diego judge should have blocked what it called “an almost total ban on semiautomatic centerfire rifles” for young adults. “America would not exist without the heroism of the young adults who fought and died in our revolutionary army,” Judge Ryan Nelson wrote. “Today we reaffirm that our Constitution still protects the right that enabled their sacrifice: the right of young adults to keep and bear arms.”

Law Enforcement: Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. (Matthew 5:9)

The National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), the world’s largest organization of law enforcement officers, has counted 101 officers shot in the line of duty as of April 1, including 17 fatally, so far in 2022. That marks a 43% increase compared to the number of officers shot at the same time period in 2021 and a 63% increase compared to 2020. “We are in the midst of a real crisis. The violence directed at law enforcement officers is unlike anything I’ve seen in my 36 years of law enforcement,” National FOP President Patrick Yoes said Friday.

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.

At least 135 teachers and teachers’ aides have been arrested between January 1 and May 13 of this year on child sex-related crimes in the U.S., ranging from child pornography to raping students, according to a Fox News Digital analysis. That works out to about an arrest a day on average. Arrests that weren’t publicized were not counted in the analysis, meaning the true number may well be higher. The vast majority of the arrested educators were men. 

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)

An estimated $350 million in undisclosed royalties were paid to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and hundreds of its scientists between 2010 and 2020, including the agency’s recently departed director, Dr. Francis Collins, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, according to a nonprofit government watchdog. “We now know that there are 1,675 scientists that received payments during that period, at least one payment. In fiscal year 2014, for instance, $36 million was paid out and that is on average $21,100 per scientist… Francis Collins, the immediate past director of NIH, received 14 payments. Dr. Anthony Fauci received 23 payments” said Adam Andrzejewski, CEO of Open the Books. “We believe there is an unholy conflict of interest inherent at NIH,” he said.

An estimated $163 billion from pandemic unemployment benefits was stolen or misspent and the money may never be recovered. When millions of Americans found themselves suddenly out of work in the pandemic, state and federal officials raced to deliver a historic amount of generous unemployment aid. But numerous mistakes opened the door for a nationwide wave of crime and identity theft, harming victims who struggle to navigate the maze of bureaucracy needed to recover the funds, a federal watchdog says.

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)

After a month of crippling ransomware attacks, Costa Rica has declared a state of emergency. The measure usually is reserved to deal with natural disasters or the COVID-19 pandemic. But in this case, it would free the government to react more nimbly to the crisis. The declaration refers to the attacks Costa Rica is suffering at the hands of “cybercriminals” and “cyberterrorists.” President Rodrigo Chaves, who was sworn in Sunday, made the emergency declaration one of his first acts. It was issued Wednesday, but Chaves has not named the members of the National Emergency Commission. The Russian-speaking Conti gang has claimed responsibility for the cyberattack. Last week, the US State Department offered a $10 million reward for information leading to the identification or location of Conti leaders.

For the first time in the U.S., a higher education institution is shuttering, in part, due to a ransomware attack. Lincoln College, an Illinois school that qualifies as a predominantly Black institution and which opened in 1865 as the namesake school of Abraham Lincoln, is closing Friday after also struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Lincoln College was a victim of a cyberattack in December 2021 that thwarted admissions activities and hindered access to all institutional data… systems required for recruitment, retention, and fundraising efforts were inoperable.”

  • Gizmodo Media Group calls ransomware attacks on educational institutions, which can cost millions, “a nationwide epidemic.”

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)

Investigative journalism outlet Project Veritas released secretly recorded footage of a senior engineer at Twitter saying the company is “commie” and that staff selectively “censor” those on the political right. “Twitter does not believe in free speech …more like very socialist.” Continuing, Murugesan was recorded saying that many of his “colleagues are like super left, left, left, left, left” politically.

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 number of people receiving counseling or therapy has seen a sharp jump since the start of 2020. A recent survey showed that 22.3 million Americans recently received counseling or therapy from mental-health professionals. All too often, thought, people suffer in silence, ashamed to admit their problem, experts say. But as Christians, we aren’t made to go through hard things alone. Galatians 6:2 instructs Christians to “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ.”

Drugs: And they did not repent of their murders, nor of their sorceries [Greek: pharmakeia, i.e. pharmacy, drugs].

The nation’s drug overdose epidemic worsened in 2021 as deaths surpassed 100,000 in the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics figures released Wednesday show a record 107,622 drug overdose deaths in 2021, a 14.9% increase from 93,655 overdose deaths the year before. While prescription painkillers and heroin drove the nation’s overdose epidemic last decade, the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl is now responsible for most overdose deaths, climbing to 71,238 last year up from 57,834 in 2020, according to the CDC.

  • Illicit versions of fentanyl have increasingly been manufactured in clandestine labs overseas, sold on the black market and mixed with other street drugs. The street version is different from legal fentanyl, a powerful pain medicine vetted by the Food and Drug Administration and prescribed in medical settings to treat intense pain in cancer patients.

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)

Florida Governor Ron Desantis on Monday signed a bill that will ban “picketing and protesting” outside a home when it takes effect Oct. 1. “Sending unruly mobs to private residences, like we have seen with the angry crowds in front of the homes of Supreme Court justices, is inappropriate,” said DeSantis in a statement, referring to the protests that have taken place over the high court’s apparent plan to overturn Roe v. Wade. “This bill will provide protection to those living in residential communities.”

Iranian state media reported Friday that police had arrested at least 22 demonstrators who were protesting sudden price hikes of subsidized staple foods, 15 of them in Dezful. A firefighter was injured in clashes with demonstrators in a nearby city, Andimeshk. The unrest follows Iran’s announcement earlier in the week that the cost of cooking oil, chicken, eggs and milk would rise by as much as 300%, as food prices surge across the Middle East due to global supply chain snarls and Russia’s invasion of major food exporter Ukraine.

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.

In the ultimate absurdity, an abortion-rights advocate told Congress last Wednesday that men can get pregnant and undergo abortions because a person can choose the gender to which they wish to identify. Aimee Arrambide, executive director of the abortion advocacy group Avow Texas, was asked by Rep. Dan Bishop, R-N.C., to define a woman. “I believe that everyone can identify for themselves,” Arrambide said, and also declined to answer whether she opposes late-term abortion, including an abortion in the final minutes of a woman’s term, saying only, “”I trust all people to determine what they can and can’t do with their bodies.”

Summit Ministries, in conjunction with McLaughlin & Associates, has shared the results from a poll of 1,000 general election voters that revealed that, although most Americans oppose allowing surgeons to perform sex-change operations on children and teenagers suffering from gender dysphoria and teaching young children about sexual orientation and gender identity in schools, many are afraid to speak about such hot-button issues due to fear of retribution. The poll also found that a majority of respondents do not believe transgenderism is a “healthy human condition.” While 78% said that minors suffering from gender confusion should “be required to wait until they are legal adults” before undergoing life-altering surgeries, such as removing breast tissue and genital mutilation, just 9% said gender-confused children “should be encouraged to undergo permanent gender alteration.”

Last week, a school board in Wisconsin filed a Title IX sexual harassment claim against three eighth graders because they refused to use “they/them” pronouns when referring to a single individual.  The school district didn’t care that the use of plural pronouns is grammatically incorrect when referring to a single individual, all that mattered was the individual in question claimed a transgender identity and demanded to be referred to in the plural. So now according to this school district, failing to succumb to the pronoun demands of the transgendered constitutes sexual harassment.

A Colorado mom says a public school’s LGBT group suggested her 12-year-old daughter might be transgender after inviting the girl to what she thought was an after-school art club. Erin Lee said that when her daughter showed up at the purported art club, a speaker from the LGBT advocacy group SPLASH Youth of Northern Colorado told the kids that “if they’re not fully comfortable in their body, then they are transgender.” SPLASH and the school said that meetings of the Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) club are secret, according to Lee.

The Daily Herald said the Lake County promotion of “LGBTA+ Pride Month” in Waukegan in June will have all the festivities: “music and performances, food trucks, a beer and beverage tent, craft and artisan vendors, a resource fair, games and entertainment for children, multiple drag shows, a dance tent and more.” It’s sponsored by, among others, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Government is now ‘grooming’ kids to be sexualized sinners.

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)

Early voting in Georgia broke records this week despite last year’s adoption of election integrity measures that critics derided as “voter suppression” and President Joe Biden called a “blatant attack” on the Constitution and compared it to Jim Crow-era racism. More than 710,000 people had voted early in Georgia’s primary election as of May 19, according to the secretary of state’s office, which is 149 percent higher than at the same point in 2020, when elections officials encouraged vote-by-mail and early voting to reduce crowding at polling stations amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Refugees: Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels. (Hebrews 13:2)

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has resulted in the largest refugee crisis in Europe since World War II, with over 10 million people displaced. Thousands of Jewish families have had to flee, but in some instances, elderly Holocaust Survivors have been trapped in homes alone. The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem has been assisting at all stages of this crisis, including helping to bring thousands of Jews to safety in Israel.

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)

Just over 234,000 migrants were intercepted at the southern border by U.S. border agents in April, breaking the previous month’s 22-year high of 221,000. April marks the fourth time during Biden’s presidency that monthly border encounters with migrants has been over 200,000. Meanwhile, deportations have plummeted under the Biden administration. In FY 2021, just 59,011 were deported, down from 185,884 in FY 2020 and 267,258 in FY 2019.

The first jury trial under Texas’s Operation Lone Star border program wrapped up in Kinney County, Texas, on May 9. The defendant, Honduran native Lester Hidalgo Aguilar, was found guilty of criminal trespass on a local ranch and sentenced to the maximum jail time of one year. The judge declined to apply an accompanying fine, which could have been up to $4,000, but said Aguilar should pay court costs ($290). Aguilar’s trial was a litmus test for the Operation Lone Star arrests, which began around July last year as Gov. Greg Abbott directed state troopers to arrest trespassers on state or private land. Until now, almost all defendants have pleaded guilty or no contest to trespass or other misdemeanor charges, and have reached a plea deal of time served and no fine.

Arizona has started its own busing campaign to deliver newly arrived illegal immigrants straight to Washington, following in the footsteps of Texas, which pioneered the policy last month. Gov. Doug Ducey announced the move as part of a broader border security crackdown that includes deploying more National Guard troops and working with ranchers and other landowners to try to secure their property from the onslaught of migrants. The first bus carrying twenty illegal immigrants arrived in D.C. last Wednesday, with more to come.

  • Texas has transported more than 900 illegal immigrants to Washington D.C., in an effort to get the attention of federal lawmakers and persuade the Biden administration to take action in securing the southern border, Gov. Gregg Abbott said.

Immigrant rights groups demanded Wednesday that President Biden launch an investigation into his administration’s decision-making on granting deportation amnesties, saying predominantly Black and Latino countries are being treated worse than White countries. More than 150 groups signed a letter to Mr. Biden saying they see “racial bias” in how the government has granted Temporary Protected Status, a humanitarian program that offers deportation amnesties to immigrants already in the U.S. when their home nations face catastrophes.

A divided Supreme Court ruled 5–4 on May 16 against a longtime illegal alien who falsely claimed to be a U.S. citizen on a driver’s license application. The new ruling suggests that federal law isn’t sympathetic to individuals who falsely hold themselves out as U.S. citizens. Four conservative members of the court—Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Brett Kavanaugh—joined Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s opinion.

Supply Chain/Shortages: He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. (2Corinthians 9:10)

Pallets of baby formula are being sent to migrant holding facilities at the border amid a shortage that has seen many parents unable to find it at their local stores, representative Kat Cammack, R-Fla.. “Meanwhile, in our own district at home, we cannot find baby formula,” she posted to Facebook. The Florida lawmaker said a concerned border patrol agent told her that she “‘would not believe the shipment I just brought in.” He sent an image of pallets full of baby formula.

The Food and Drug Administration on Monday, 5/16, announced two dramatic moves intended to ease the ongoing baby formula shortage.  The regulatory agency said it will permit the sale of imported baby formula, and allow domestic companies to distribute product intended for sale overseas. On Tuesday, Nestlé announced it would fly in Gerber formula from the Netherlands and Switzerland to help make up for the shortfall. The FDA also said it will allow Abbott, a major formula producer, to reopen a Michigan production facility that was shut down earlier this year due to a recall. President Biden on Wednesday invoked the Defense Production Act to help manufacturers obtain the ingredients needed to ramp up supply.

  • The first international shipment of specialty baby formula has arrived in the United States by a military plane, enough for more than a million and a half bottles. The first flight of “Operation Fly Formula” landed in Indianapolis weighing more than 78, 000 pounds, as part of the Biden administration’s ongoing efforts to address the baby formula shortage. The prescription formula will be distributed to areas around the country where there is the most acute need but none of the first shipment would land on store shelves. The shipment is exclusively for babies intolerant of protein in cow milk.

The baby formula industry was already coping with shortages before an Abbott Nutrition factory in Sturgis, Mich., shut down. The company shut the factory after four babies — all of whom had drunk formula made there — contracted a rare bacterial infection; two of the babies died. It remains unclear whether the formula caused the infections. The baby formula business has something in common with many other U.S. industries: It is highly concentrated. Three companies — Abbott, Gerber and Reckitt — make nearly all of the formula that Americans use. Abbott is the largest of the three, with roughly 40 percent of the market.

  • Two children had to be hospitalized at a Tennessee children’s hospital due to the ongoing national shortage of baby formula, a physician at the hospital said. Both children required a special, amino acid-based formula because they have short bowel syndrome — a condition meaning they are unable to efficiently digest food because they have fewer intestines.

India has banned exports of wheat effective immediately, citing a risk to its food security, partly due to the war in Ukraine. A notice in the government gazette by the Directorate of Foreign Trade, dated Friday, said a spike in global prices for wheat was threatening the food security of India and neighboring and vulnerable countries. A key aim is to control rising domestic prices. Global wheat prices have risen by more than 40% since the beginning of the year.

The pandemic has created shortages for many goods, including cars, semiconductors and furniture. The main reasons: Factories and ports are coping with virus outbreaks and worker shortages at the same time that consumer demand for physical goods has surged, because of government stimulus programs and a shift away from spending on services (like restaurant meals). As a result, much of the global supply chain is overloaded.

Energy Supplies: He cuts down cedars, or he chooses a cypress tree or an oak and lets it grow strong among the trees of the forest. He plants a cedar and the rain nourishes it. Then it becomes fuel for a man. He takes a part of it and warms himself; he kindles a fire and bakes bread. (Isaiah 44:14-15)

The Biden administration has announced it will ax three planned oil and gas lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska’s Cook Inlet, effectively halting the potential to sell drilling leases in coastal waters this year, several media outlets report. The announcement came as gasoline prices nationwide reached a record high last week. But the decision does fall in line with Biden’s campaign promise to tackle climate change more aggressively.

The solar industry has sounded the alarm that a Commerce Department investigation into whether China is skirting U.S. tariffs on components for solar panels by funneling the parts through other countries could seriously jeopardize clean-energy projects across the U.S. Around 80% of imported solar panels are made in four Southeast Asia countries — Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam — according to the American Clean Power Association. The Biden administration believes China could be avoiding trade laws by providing those nearby countries with components that should otherwise be subject to U.S. tariffs.

Texas residents are being asked to conserve power after six power plants tripped offline. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which manages the majority of the state’s power grid, wrote Friday that the incident resulted in the loss of approximately 2,900 megawatts of electricity. The operator highlighted that unseasonably hot weather is driving “record demand” across the Lone Star State.

Oil giant Saudi Aramco said Sunday its profits soared more than 80% in the first three months of the year, as the state-backed company cashes in on the volatility in global energy markets and surging oil prices following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The bumper first-quarter earnings by the firm formally known as the Saudi Arabian Oil Co., which overtook Apple as the world’s most valuable company last week, show a record net income of $39.5 billion, up from $21.7 billion during the same period last year. The Saudi government owns 98% of the company.

Authorities in Sri Lanka closed schools and asked nonessential workers to stay home Friday due to a severe fuel shortage. The government is implementing daily four-hour power cuts nationwide because there isn’t enough fuel for power stations. Thousands of people have waited in lines at gas stations across the country for days at a time. The island in the Indian Ocean is on the brink of bankruptcy due to rampant inflation, and is struggling to import necessities.

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. is on pace to recover all 22 million jobs wiped out in the COVID-19 recession as early as July, but the milestone will obscure sharp differences among industries and an economy transformed by the crisis. Industries that have thrived during the pandemic such as ecommerce, technology and professional services already have reached or topped their pre-COVID-19 payrolls. Computer programming is 10.3% above its February 2020 staffing level. Courier services are up by 29.6%. Sectors clobbered by the crisis, including restaurants, theaters and spectator sports, will take longer to heal as COVID-19 fades, experts say. Jobs reliant on in-person shopping and previous business routines may never return to their prior peaks as COVID-19-related shifts become ingrained, experts say.

The consumer price index dropped to an annual rate of 8.3% in April, down from 8.5% in March, as a short-lived drop in gasoline prices offset a continuing run-up in food, rent and other costs, the Labor Department said Wednesday. April’s pullback in the annual reading was the first since last August and halted five straight months of fresh 40-year highs. However, economists had expected a larger decrease.

  • The Labor Department reported last Wednesday that average hourly earnings for all employees declined 2.6% in April from the same month a year ago when factoring in the impact of rising consumer prices.

U.S. gas prices hit an all-time record high Tuesday, 5/10, and then again Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. Experts don’t expect the pain at the pump to ease any time soon. The average price for regular gas in the U.S. was $4.52 per gallon on Tuesday, 5/17, according to AAA. Diesel prices also hit a record $5.57 per gallon. But nowhere is it more expensive than in Mono County, California. Prices in this picturesque area, located five hours north of Los Angeles and five hours east of San Francisco, topped $6.75 this week, the highest county average nationwide, with some stations charging as much as $7.19 in mid-May.

Some gas stations across the country are already bracing for the Next Big Thing involving surging fuel prices, namely the price per gallon potentially exceeding $10.  For other stations, however, there might be no product left to sell at the pumps. Throughout eastern Washington, the Tri-Cities region of Kennewick, Pasco, and West Richland, customers are reportedly pulling up to pumps … only to find no gas available for purchase.

Target reported a stunning 52% drop in profit for the first quarter, badly missing Wall Street’s forecasts, causing a drop in its stock of 25%. The company blamed higher expenses due to continued supply chain disruptions. Consumers also are holding back on nonessential purchases because of rampant inflation. Walmart also posted poor earnings and a weak outlook due to rising shipping and labor expenses, sending the stock market into a steep 1,100 drop in the Dow on Wednesday. On Thursday, Kohl’s Corp., which has about 1,100 stores nationwide, said its first-quarter results have been “below expectations,” according to a company presentation, with first-quarter net sales down 5.4%.

Americans report less confidence in the economy than they did at the start of the Covid pandemic, when the unemployment rate was four times as high as it is now. The index is down to -39 now from a high of +41 before the pandemic. Their feelings toward the economy are almost as low as they were during the depths of the Great Recession in 2008, which hit -72. The University of Michigan’s long-followed consumer sentiment index is also down from about 100 prior to the pandemic to 60, nearly as low as the 52 in 2008.

The median price of a home in April was a record $391,200, rising 14.8% from a year ago, according to a report from the National Association of Realtors. Sales of existing homes, which include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, dropped 2.4% from the prior month and 5.9% from a year ago. “Higher home prices and sharply higher mortgage rates have reduced buyer activity,” said Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist. The 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaged 5.25% in the week ending May 19, down from 5.30% the week before, according to Freddie Mac. It is still well above the 3% average from this time last year.

The dramatic rise in home prices and mortgage rates in the early months of 2022 has had a relatively limited effect on wealthy buyers and sellers, but has had a severe impact on lower-income Americans. Average payments on mortgages are now 38 percent higher than a year ago. The sharply rising mortgage rates, compounded by an inventory shortfall, are driving many prospective buyers out of the market, experts say.

Arizona is in a severe housing and homelessness crisis.  Evictions are at record levels: 5,000 people are being evicted per month in the Phoenix metro area alone.  Rents have more than doubled in just the past few years throughout many areas of the state.  A public schoolteacher with two children had to move out of her home earlier this year when her rent increased by $1,000 per month.  And near the State Capitol, there are scores of tents where the homeless have encamped with temperatures already broaching 100. Last year, .600 unsheltered homeless people died in the Phoenix metro area alone.

The U.S. Postal Service is expected to increase prices in July, raising the cost of a Forever stamp from 58 cents to 60 cents. And that may not be the only price hike in the near future. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said May 5 he expected the Postal Service to continue to raise prices “at an uncomfortable rate” until the agency becomes self-sufficient.

International:

The hard economic figures indicate President Biden’s effort to crush the Russian economy in response to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine isn’t working. The ruble hit a four-year high this week. In March, Biden touted the sanctions and other measures to punish Russia economically. “You need 200 rubles to equal $1 today. Two hundred,” he said. The president said the “totality of our economic sanctions and controls are crushing, crushing the Russian economy.” Now, it takes about 62 rubles to equal $1.

Israel: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you. (Psalm 122:6)

Israeli police arrested five suspects in Jerusalem in the wake of a rash of deadly ISIS-inspired terror attacks this spring. The suspects are suspected of belonging to the Islamic State (ISIS) terror organization. Last month, ISIS claimed responsibility for an attack in which terrorists killed Shirel Abukarat and Yezen Falah, two Border Police officers. The attackers were armed with at least three handguns and six knives and were eliminated by security forces.

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)

Russia used advanced anti-aircraft missiles to target Israeli jets carrying out airstrikes in Syria, marking a major departure from a previous policy of essentially allowing the Israeli Air Force free reign to operate in the area. While never officially confirming nor denying the air strikes, Israel has bombed numerous Iranian assets and targets in Syria in recent years. Russia, which has partnered with embattled Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, has de facto control over Syrian airspace and until now has not interfered in IAF bombing missions.

A female journalist for Al Jazeera was shot and killed while covering an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank town of Jenin early Wednesday. The broadcaster and a reporter who was wounded in the incident blamed Israeli forces, while Israel claimed there was evidence the two were hit by Palestinian gunfire. Shireen Abu Akleh, a well-known Palestinian reporter for the broadcaster’s Arabic language channel who’s also a US citizen, was shot and died soon afterward. Ali Samoudi, another Palestinian journalist, was hospitalized in stable condition after being shot in the back.

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 intended to seize all of Ukraine after beginning his unprovoked invasion, according to a Ukrainian official citing discovered documents. The director of Ukraine’s State Bureau of Investigation — basing his assertions on documents left behind by fleeing Russian soldiers. These documents “give a clear understanding that Russia was preparing to seize all the territory of Ukraine,” Oleksiy Sukhachev said.

A Russian diplomat in Geneva resigned with a public blast at Putin, calling invasion a “crime against the Ukrainian people.” In an extraordinary public resignation statement on LinkedIn and elsewhere, Boris Bondarev, a counsellor in Russia’s delegation to the UN in Geneva, called the Ukraine invasion an “aggressive war” and said he was “ashamed” of it.

The battle that turned Mariupol into a worldwide symbol of defiance and suffering drew toward a close as Russia said Wednesday that nearly 1,000 last-ditch Ukrainian fighters who held out inside a pulverized steel plant had surrendered, the AP reports. The Ukrainian fighters who emerged from the ruined Azovstal steelworks face an uncertain fate after being ordered by their military to abandon the last stronghold of resistance in the now-flattened port city.

Russia has lost around a third of the ground forces it deployed to Ukraine and its offensive in the Donbas region “has lost momentum and fallen significantly behind schedule,” British military intelligence said on Sunday. “Despite small-scale initial advances, Russia has failed to achieve substantial territorial gains over the past month whilst sustaining consistently high levels of attrition,” the British defense ministry said.

Russia’s withdrawal of troops from a Ukrainian region that they encircled at the beginning of the war is proving their “inability to capture key Ukrainian cities,” the UK’s Ministry of Defense said Thursday. In an intelligence update, the Ministry said, “Ukrainian forces are continuing to counterattack to the north of Kharkiv, recapturing several towns and villages towards the Russian border.” Russia has “reportedly withdrawn units from the region to reorganize and replenish its forces following heavy losses,” the Ministry continued. 

Two or more Russian battalions were picked off attempting to cross a pontoon bridge on the Donets River in the most significant loss since the beginning of the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine, The Telegraph reported on Thursday. The shocking losses at the riverbank potentially included more than 100 vehicles and close to 1,000 troops, according to Forbes. The subsequent shelling from Ukrainian forces destroyed more than 70 T-72 and T-80 tanks, BMPs, MT-LB armored tractors, a tugboat and the pontoon span. Ukraine also says they have shot down 200 Russian military aircraft.

The Armed Forces of Belarus will deploy special forces to the border of Ukraine because “the United States and its allies continue to increase their military presence at the state borders,” according to the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces Viktor Gulevich. It said the Ukrainians had created a force of 20,000 close to the Belarus border, which “requires a response from us.” “The appearance in the waters of the Mediterranean and Baltic Seas of a group carrying sea and air-based cruise missiles, an increase in the aviation group in the countries of Poland and the Baltic states indicate a growing threat to the Republic of Belarus,” the statement said.

Elsewhere:

President Joe Biden says that the United States would intervene militarily if China were to invade Taiwan, in one of the most forceful and overt statements in support of Taiwan in decades. Speaking at a news conference in Japan, Biden said “yes” when a reporter asked whether he’s “willing to get involved militarily to defend Taiwan if it comes to that.” Confirming the president’s position, the reporter again asked: “You are?” “That’s the commitment we made,” Biden declared.

  • The White House quickly downplayed Biden’s comments, saying they don’t reflect a change in U.S. policy. It’s the third time in recent months – including during a CNN town hall in October – that Biden has said the U.S. would protect Taiwan from a Chinese attack, only to have the White House walk back those remarks

Finland leadership announced support Thursday for expedited NATO membership despite dire Kremlin warnings of “retaliatory steps.” The decision by President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin is strongly supported by lawmakers and citizens of Finland, though a few steps remain before the application process can begin. Neighboring Sweden is expected to decide on joining NATO in coming days. Finland and Sweden “must be aware of the responsibility and consequences” of joining NATO, Russia’s foreign ministry said in a statement Thursday, adding that Russia “will be forced” to take retaliatory steps, regarding it a ‘threat’ to have bordering countries join NATO.

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)

U.S. prosecutors released official charges Tuesday accusing Joly Germine, 29, of conspiring to take hostages when the 400 Mawozo gang kidnapped 17 Christian missionaries last year, 16 of whom were American. Most of the group, which included five children, was held near Port-au-Prince for 61 days. Germine was extradited to the United States last week on firearms trafficking charges. Germine, also known as “Yonyon,” was in a Haitian prison when the missionaries were kidnapped last October, but the Justice Department claims he directed the gang’s activities and ransom negotiations. It is unclear whether any ransoms were paid.

President Biden has approved a request by the Pentagon to redeploy U.S. troops to Somalia in an effort to counter the terrorist group al-Shabaab, a senior administration official said on Monday. The move reverses a decision by President Donald Trump to withdraw all US troops from the country in 2020. The US will reposition US forces in east Africa and move to restore a US military presence in Somalia in consultation with the Somali government, the official told reporters on Monday. The official said “under 500” troops will be sent back into the country.

The Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS will hold its first ministerial meeting in Marrakech on Wednesday, at the joint invitation of Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. The meeting aims to address ISIS’s growing threat in Africa and efforts to combat this threat in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. Blinken will not be able to attend the meeting after he tested positive for COVID-19 last week, but his staff will be there.

  • The Islamic State’s regional affiliates in Africa are carrying out lethal attacks at a tempo far surpassing that of the parent organization that once ruled large swaths of Iraq and Syria, Morocco’s chief diplomat said Wednesday at a meeting of the global alliance.

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)

In early May, a groundbreaking study from the University of California, San Francisco of 171 pregnant women in the USA found more than 9 in 10 had measurable amounts of 19 different chemicals and pesticides in their bodies. Researchers said many of those substances pass through the placenta and into developing fetuses, adding evidence to a National Institutes of Health report that warned babies are born “pre-polluted” with chemicals. The full extent of health effects from such exposures is unknown, but scientists worry they could contribute to rising U.S. rates of autoimmune diseases, developmental disorders such as autism and reproductive harms, such as the mysterious decline of sperm counts in men.

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)

Wildfires are on a furious pace early this year — from a California hilltop where mansions with multimillion-dollar Pacific Ocean views were torched to remote New Mexico mountains charred by a month-old monster blaze. The two places could not be more different, but the elements in common are the same: wind-driven flames have torn through vegetation that is extraordinarily dry from years-long drought. Nationwide, 24,302 wildfires have burned 1,286,250 acres, up from 548,542 acres at this same time last year.

The U.S. government committed a record-setting amount of money to fighting wildfires this year during what promises to be a busy season, but it’s unclear whether enough firefighters will be available amid a nationwide labor crunch. Fire season is off to a busy start as drought fuels danger from the Great Plains to Northern California. Federal officials are scrambling to hire roughly 16,900 fire personnel, including hotshots, smokejumpers and helitack crews, which are groups of firefighters that are flown in on helicopters to wildfires. Last year, fire officials were unable to fill an unprecedented 1,800 requests for wildland firefighting crew.

  • The amount the federal government spends on wildfire suppression has steadily risen over decades as wildfires became larger and more intense, reaching a record-setting $4.38 billion in 2021. A year ago, monster infernos such as California’s Dixie and Caldor fires burned more than a million acres, destroyed towns and more than 2,300 structures and cost $900 million and thousands of firefighters to suppress.

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 U.S. West has worsened with several more mostly dry weeks. The percentage of the area in extreme to exceptional drought increased to 401.6% in the past week, up from 22.1% three months ago.

Four rainy seasons in a row have failed in the northern Kenya. Back in September 2021, the government declared the drought to be a national disaster – that was after only two consecutive failed rainy seasons. Since then, the short rains and the long rains have both failed again. Water is increasingly hard to find; cattle are dying and even camels are struggling to survive. Half a million Kenyans are at risk of starvation, according to the World Food Program. Meanwhile, prolonged hunger and malnutrition have made people prone to diseases, their weakened bodies unable to resist infections.

  • In this Muslim-dominated part of Kenya, Christians are usually left out when government food relief is distributed.

All 4,000 inhabitants of a small town in Canada’s Northwest Territories have been ordered to evacuate as parts of the country struggle with some of the worst flooding in decades. Chief April Martel of the Kátł’odeeche First Nation ordered her entire community to leave Hay River after breakaway ice sent floodwaters surging into the center of the town on Wednesday. Ice jamming those channels had blocked water and a weekend of rain and snow in the river’s basin added more and more water into that system.

At least three people were killed and homes and businesses in dozens of communities were damaged when storms packing hurricane-force winds and at least one tornado tore through parts of the Midwest and Northern Plains last Thursday. “We have had many storms before, but the amount of communities that have been affected, we just haven’t seen before,” South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said during a news conference Friday morning. Noem said at least 28 counties in the state were reporting damage.

A large tornado struck the northern Michigan town of Gaylord last Friday afternoon, heavily damaging businesses and killing two people. At least 44 others were injured as the twister tossed large debris and reduced numerous buildings to rubble. At least one large building collapsed while several cars were flipped and damaged. An RV and mobile trailer park were also heavily damaged. “There have been trailers picked up and turned over on top of each other. Just a very large debris field,” Otsego County Fire Chief Chris Martin said.

“Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” (Colossians 3:13)

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)

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has instructed Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi, an outspokenly pro-abortion Democrat, not to present herself for Holy Communion in his diocese. .“You are not to present yourself for Holy Communion and, should you do so, you are not to be admitted to Holy Communion, until such time as you [publicly] repudiate your advocacy for the legitimacy of abortion and confess and receive absolution of this grave sin in the sacrament of Penance,” Cordileone wrote to Pelosi

A federal judge in Louisiana on Friday blocked the Biden administration from lifting the Title 42 order, which immigration officers have used to expel migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, including asylum-seekers. Twenty-four states sought the injunction to prevent the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from repealing Title 42, which the Biden administration had promised to remove, beginning Monday. District Judge Robert R. Summerhays in Lafayette, Louisiana, who was appointed by then-President Donald Trump, said the removal of Title 42 would cause “irreparable harm” because U.S. border states would subsequently have to spend money on health care, law enforcement, education and other services for migrants.

Judge Daniel Traynor of the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota issued an order last week that placed a temporary block on the enforcement of a Biden administration mandate requiring an alliance of Christian employers to pay for or provide health plans that cover gender transition surgeries. The Christian Employers Alliance, an organization that provides support to Christian businesses and nonprofits, filed suit against the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Health & Human Services, seeking to block the enforcement of the mandate that requires coverage of trans-affirming counseling and medical services that violate the beliefs of its members. In issuing the order, Judge Traynor, a Trump appointee, wrote, “The Plaintiffs and their members face a very real irreparable harm if they are either forced to comply or if they refuse to comply.”

A board made up of the Navy’s own officers has ruled against the military branch in a fight over a lieutenant who refused to take the experimental COVID shot, and had his career threatened as a result. The board concluded that Lt. Bill Moseley did not commit misconduct by refusing the injection mandated by the military for the China virus. “Although this [is] only one case of thousands and we have many more clients facing prosecution by the military,” lawyer R. Davis Younts said in a statement, “we are encouraged that the truth was revealed in this board, and we hope this ground-breaking case sends a strong message to the Department of Defense.”

The revolt of the “mama bears” protesting COVID policies, Critical Race Theory and other far-left ideologies in schools was evident in four districts in the Fort Worth, Texas, area over the weekend. All 13 candidates backed by conservative political action committees won their races Saturday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

The sky turned a bloody shade of red in China on Saturday, sparking panic among residents, and now some are pointing to Biblical prophecies about the end times and return of Jesus to Earth. However, the Bible says the moon would become blood red (Joel 2:30-31, Revelation 6:12) and the dragon (devil) also (Revelation 12:3), but not the entire sky. The above verses instead say that the sun would be blackened.

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)

One-hundred-seven congregations in Florida have announced that they are leaving the United Methodist Church denomination for the newly launched Global Methodist Church (GMC), a theologically conservative alternative to the UMC. According to the Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA-Florida), the 107 congregations make up about 20 percent of the 560 United Methodist Churches in the Florida Conference. “This broad group of churches include both large and small congregations along with Anglo, African American, Latino, Korean, and other ethnic communities of faith,” the group said. “We are not leaving The United Methodist Church. The United Methodist Church has left us,” Jay Therrell, President of the WCA – Florida, said in a statement.

  • “After a decades-long rise of theological liberalism… our churches long for the day of being able to unite with like-minded Christians who focus on sharing the Good News of Jesus and help people to be transformed by His salvation,” Therrell said.

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)

Officials from the Biden Administration are working to give the World Health Organization the power to unilaterally declare a health emergency in any country, thereby giving them emergency powers. The upcoming vote in Geneva over the Biden Administration’s amendments would cede U.S. sovereignty to the WHO over national healthcare decisions in what she described as ‘the biggest global power grab that we have seen in our lifetimes,'” says former Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.

  • This would mean that WHO could institute lockdowns and vaccine passports in any country that signs the treaty, which the Biden administration intends to do so. The vote in Geneva is this week, 5/23-26.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday that the military alliance stands ready to seize a historic moment and move quickly on allowing Finland and Sweden to join its ranks, after the two countries submitted their membership requests. The official applications were handed over by Finland’s and Sweden’s ambassadors to NATO on Tuesday, 5/17.

While President Biden was in Tokyo, he announced the launching of a new Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) with 12 other countries in the region, who together are signing up as the first members of the economic partnership focusing on the Asia-Pacific. “This framework is a commitment to working with our close friends and partners in the region on challenges that matter most to ensuring economic competitiveness in the 21st century,” Biden said. The new collective will not include China or 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)

A majority of Christian pastors in the United States do not hold a biblical worldview, according to surprising new research from pollster George Barna, who says the data shows a spiritual awakening is “needed just as desperately in our pulpits as in the pews.” The survey, released Thursday by the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University, shows that only 37 percent of pastors in the U.S. hold a biblical worldview. Among senior/lead pastors, 41 percent possess a biblical worldview – the highest percentage within the sub-groups of pastors. Less than one-third of associate/assistant pastors (28 percent), teaching pastors (13 percent) and children’s/youth pastors (12 percent) hold a biblical worldview, the data found. The survey’s findings were based on 54 questions in eight categories related to a biblical worldview.

  • “This is another strong piece of evidence that the culture is influencing the American church more than Christian churches are influencing the culture,” said Barna, director of research at the university’s Cultural Research Center.

A U.S. Department of Homeland Security memo obtained by Axios shows that the DHS is concerned about violence and attacks by pro-abortion extremists should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade. In the May 13 memo, the department warns that violent threats directed at Supreme Court justices and others involved in the abortion debate, such as politicians, members of the clergy and healthcare providers “are likely to persist and may increase leading up to and following the issuing in the Court’s official ruling” in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health. Some social media posts spoke of “burning down or storming the U.S. Supreme Court and murdering Justices and their clerks, members of Congress, and lawful demonstrators.”

Thirteen years after a federal investigation blasted the U.S. Census Bureau for hiring criminals to enter American homes to gather statistics for the decennial count, a new audit reveals the disturbing practice continues. In fact, more than a decade after the problem was exposed workers for the 2020 count were not properly vetted and many with criminal records had direct interactions with the public. The most recent probe, conducted by the Department of Commerce Inspector General, found that “dozens of employees who worked on address canvassing in advance of the 2020 census had major issues flagged on their investigations, which typically means employees are automatically disqualified from their federal jobs.”

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 House overwhelmingly supported sending $40 billion in aid to Ukraine on Tuesday, 368-57, prompting a harsh reaction from critics given the multiple crises that are going unaddressed at home. Conservatives took issue with the 149 Republicans who joined every single Democrat in passing the bill while inflation continues to soar, the border crisis is ongoing, and our nation’s most vulnerable population—infants—can’t get the food they need. The amount even exceeded what President Biden had asked for by $7 billion. While on his Asian tour, President Biden signed the aid bill.

Surveillance State: So they watched Him, and sent spies who pretended to be righteous, that they might seize on His words, in order to deliver Him to the power and the authority of the governor. (Luke 20:20)

The Department of Homeland Security has “paused” its new disinformation board just weeks after it was announced, according to a report. The Washington Post, citing “multiple employees,” said the department is trying to figure out what to do with the board after a bungled rollout and complaints of overreach and comparisons to Big Brother’s Truth Ministry. Nina Jankowicz, the board’s embattled director, had drafted a resignation letter, but she has been asked to stay on while the department figures out what to do with the board, the Post reported. 

American’s information could end up in the hands of Immigration and Customs Enforcement when you apply for a driver’s license, drive on the roads or sign up for utilities, a new report has found. ICE has built a surveillance infrastructure that gives the agency access to data on most people living in the U.S. and has gone well beyond its immigration enforcement duties to become a broader domestic surveillance agency, according to an investigation released by Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy & Technology.

Censorship/Cancel Culture: For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth. (Romans 1:18)

Lorie Smith left the corporate world in 2012 to form her own website design firm, 303 Creative, which soon flourished. But in 2016 she was asked to create a design conveying a same-sex marriage message that violated her deeply held Christian faith. Smith declined to do so and when it became clear a Colorado public accommodation law would be used to force her to create messages that she and other Coloradans did not support, or face harsh penalties, she decided she had to challenge the statute. So she turned to the federal court system to uphold her First Amendment freedoms and six years later the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in her case later this year. Now Smith fears for her life as she awaits the slow-turning of the wheels of justice—thanks to continuous terrifying harassment, including death threats, from activists seeking to suppress her Christian beliefs.

A judge has ruled that the explicit sex content of a couple of controversial books are “obscene” and unsuitable for children. The ruling comes out of Virginia Beach, Virginia, where the circuit court judge has declared “Gender Queer” and “A Court of Mist and Fury” “obscene” for unrestricted viewing by minors. “It doesn’t mean the books are banned,” said Virginia State Delegate Tim Anderson in a statement broadcast by station WJLA. “It doesn’t mean we’re burning books or infringing on free speech. What it means is that there is extreme sexual graphic content in both of those books not suitable for minors without the parent consent.” The result adds to the weight of arguments in which parents and activists hope to have such controversial publications taken out of public-school libraries.

A lawsuit has been filed by First Liberty Institute against Alaska Airlines for its aggressive reaction to how two flight attendants expressed concerns about how the company’s pro-LGBT agenda would impact their Christian rights. First Liberty said the airline dismissed the two “because they asked questions in a company forum about the company’s support for the ‘Equality Act.'” “Alaska Airlines ‘canceled’ Lacey and Marli because of their religious beliefs, flagrantly disregarding federal civil rights laws that protect people of faith from discrimination,” said Stephanie Taub, senior counsel for First Liberty. “It is a blatant violation of state and federal civil rights laws to discriminate against someone in the workplace because of their religious beliefs and expression.”

A federal appeals court ruling has cleared the way for a controversial Texas law that will allow any state resident banned from social media platforms for their political views to sue. Two trade groups representing Facebook parent Meta Platforms, Alphabet’s Google and Twitter have sued Texas over the law. The social media companies say they don’t target conservatives, only harmful content such as hate speech and extremism that violates their rules. On Tuesday, Elon Musk, who has a deal in place to buy Twitter, said he would reverse that platform’s permanent ban on ex-President Donald Trump.

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 so-called blasphemy murder of a Christian student in Sokoto, Nigeria, on May 12 was attended by scores of armed, uniformed policemen who did not intervene, according to eyewitnesses who spoke to The Epoch Times. One eyewitness, who asked for anonymity to escape government retaliation, said that at least 50 uniformed policemen, including six officers of the Department of State Security, were on the scene of the stoning of 22-year-old Deborah Emmanuel, but none acted to defend her. Emmanuel was accused by fellow students of blasphemy in a WhatsApp message on May 11, and was swarmed by 180 protestors calling for her death for the crime of blasphemy.

For the first time, the federal government has assessed and acknowledged the harm done to Native American children at boarding schools it backed or ran throughout most of the 19th and 20th centuries. A report released Wednesday by the Interior Department said the children were subjected to sexual abuse, whippings, manual labor, and severe malnourishment. The report listed 408 such schools and said about 50 burial sites have been found so far. At least 500 Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian children died at the schools, per and the Interior Department said the toll could climb into the thousands as its investigation progresses.

Abortion: Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart. (Jeremiah 1:5)

Oklahoma legislature has passed a ban on abortions, protecting babies starting at conception. The measure is a Texas-style law that includes a private right of action as enforcement — but instead of protecting babies at six weeks when their heartbeat can be detected, it starts protecting unborn children at conception when their life begins. The Texas abortion ban has been in effect for over 260 days and has saved as many as 17,000 babies from abortions, notes LifeNews.com.

  • The Oklahoma law banning most abortions is an “extreme” and “absurd” attack on “fundamental rights,” new White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre claimed Thursday evening. And yet, nowhere in the constitution does it says abortion is a right.

Despite the leak of a majority Supreme Court ruling in favor of overturning the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion, decisions in highly sensitive or policitzed cases often see release at the end of the court’s term in June or July, and this may still hold true for the potential landmark abortion case.

A majority of U.S. voters — 57% — say they want strict limits on when abortion should be legal, and 24% say abortion should be illegal except in the cases of rape, incest, or the life of the mother is at stake. Only 11.6% of Americans believe abortion should be legal up until the moment of birth, including partial birth. Those are some of the findings of a national poll on abortion conducted by A Convention of States Action, in partnership with The Trafalgar Group.

The Roe v. Wade decision by the Supreme Court in 1973 was never codified, that is, made law by Congress. Democrats introduced the Freedom of Choice Act in January 1993 and within six months, it was amended, passed out of committee, and teed up for passage in the House and Senate before heading to President Bill Clinton’s desk for his signature. Then Democratic support for the bill buckled and splintered. Some supporters said it didn’t include enough protections for teenagers and the poor. Others said it at least advanced the cause. The measure died. It would be the last time Democrats pushed such legislation that far. “After that, they kind of dropped it,” said Michele Swers, a Georgetown University law professor.

  • In large part, experts say, the right to an abortion has never been codified into law because there was a sense among supportive lawmakers and advocates that Roe was decided and upheld by the Supreme Court — that passing a law to protect the right was not needed. Now Democrats are rushing ahead in Congress to pass such a law, rendering the Supreme Court decision moot.
  • Democrats would have needed 60 yes votes to move forward with a measure to enshrine the right to have an abortion in federal law. Only 49 senators voted in favor of a motion to advance the bill Wednesday. All 50 Republicans and one Democrat, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), voted against the measure.
  • Overturning Roe v. Wade leaves it up to individual states to allow or restrict abortions within their borders.

The U.S. Department of Justice will provide extra security to the U.S. Supreme Court justices and their families as pro-abortion protests and threats of violence grow, a department spokesperson said Wednesday. The order came from Attorney General Merrick Garland in response to demands that his office stop illegal intimidation and protests outside the justices’ homes after news broke last week about a leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft ruling that overturns Roe v. Wade.

Abortion activists firebombed a pro-life group’s office in Madison, Wisconsin. A leftist radical threw Molotov cocktails into Wisconsin Family Action’s office in the capital city. The pro-abortion terrorists responsible also vandalized the building and left a threatening message saying, “If abortions aren’t safe, then you aren’t either.” Now, a radical pro-abortion group named Jane’s Revenge is saying it was responsible and is threatening increasingly violent attacks that extend beyond Wisconsin if its demands are not met, writing, “Wisconsin is the first flashpoint, but we are all over the US, and we will issue no further warnings.

Three Texas churches were vandalized by pro-choice activists. A message was painted on the doors of the church’s main entrance and side door reading: “Pro-Choice is Pro-Life.” Two Catholic churches in a nearby town of Katy, Texas, were also vandalized. At St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church, the vandals attempted to remove the tabernacle, which contains the sacred presence of Christ and the Eucharist, according to Harris. At St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, someone attempted to desecrate the Eucharist.

Starbucks announced Wednesday, 5/18, that they would not only pay travel expenses for their ‘partners’ (employees) to have an abortion, but also for sex-change operations. “Regardless of where you live or what you believe, partners enrolled in Starbucks healthcare will now be offered reimbursement for eligible travel expenses when accessing abortion or gender-affirming procedures when those services are not available within 100 miles of a partner’s home.” Every cup of their coffee helps to pay for these abominations.

Suicide/Assisted Suicide: No man has power to retain the spirit, or power over the day of death. (Ecclesiastes 8:8 ESV)

In 2015, Canada’s Supreme Court struck down a 22-year ban on assisted suicide. The next year, its parliament passed legislation allowing “MAID,” or Medical Assistance in Dying for those who suffer from terminal illness and whose death was “reasonably foreseeable.” Five years later, the “reasonably foreseeable” language was dropped, as was the requirement of terminal illness, reports Breaking Point. Today, ending one’s life with “medical assistance” simply requires a physician and a witness to agree that physical or mental suffering is such as “cannot be relieved under conditions that you (the patient) consider acceptable.” Next year, that will expand to include anyone with a mental illness, like PTSD or depression. There’s also talk about further expanding the practice to include minors.

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-10 cases in the U.S. have increased by 53% over the past two weeks, with hospitalizations up 30% but deaths down -16%. Cases are rising in nearly every U.S. state, but the Northeast and Midwest have been especially hard hit. In much of those two regions, daily case reports are higher today than they were at the peak of last summer’s Delta surge. Hospitalizations are also increasing, but deaths from this surge are much less than for Delta.

  • The full impact of this surge is believed to be even greater than these numbers suggest. Since many infections go uncounted in official case reports due to self-testing or non-testing, the cases currently announced each day likely capture only a portion of the true toll.

Scientists say that you can be reinfected repeatedly with the omicron variant, even within months. The virus shows no signs of disappearing any time soon, and elusive variants are popping up that can dodge the body’s defenses, causing several infections per year. People who have already been infected with the first omicron variant have reported second infections with the newer versions of the variant — BA.2 or BA.2.12.1 in the United States, or BA.4 and BA.5 in South Africa.

The White House COVID-19 coordinator said fast-moving variants pose a “huge challenge” as infections spike but he is confident the combination of immunity and widespread use of an antiviral pill is keeping many people out of the hospital. COVID-19 coordinator Ashish Jha said U.S. doctors are writing 20,000 prescriptions for Paxlovid, the promising treatment from Pfizer, each day — a fourfold increase over the last month. “I think that is actually a really important reason why, despite this very substantial increase in infections, we have not seen a commensurate increase in deaths,” Ja said.

A paper published Wednesday, 5/18, in the journal “Nature” showed that a case of omicron in unvaccinated people provides very little immunity against other variants of the virus that causes COVID-19. Instead, the findings showed people infected with omicron only get protection against infections from omicron subvariants, not infections from other strains of the virus. So far, there have been five main variants, alpha, beta, gamma, delta and omicron. 

The White House’s new Covid response coordinator, Dr. Ashish Jha, issued a stern warning that appeared to surprise others in the administration. He said that in the fall and winter, the U.S. could potentially see 100 million new Covid-19 infections if Congress doesn’t approve federal funding to fight the pandemic. He said that this projection was based on a range of internal and external model. However, it came as a surprise to some public health experts and even to some top Biden administration officials. Confidential sources told CNN that the grim forecast was not discussed with key officials intimately involved in the administration’s work to fight Covid before Jha’s TV interview over the weekend.

A peer-reviewed journal article in Cureus called the “Correlation Between Mask Compliance and COVID-19 Outcomes in Europe” has come to the stunning conclusion that the higher the mask compliance rates, the higher the Covid case rates. This is the exact opposite of what researchers should find if masks indeed “worked.” “These findings indicate that countries with high levels of mask compliance did not perform better than those with low mask usage,” the author Beny Spira, a professor at Sao Paolo, writes.

Since the early days of the pandemic, loss of smell and taste have been tied to COVID-19 infection. But a new study shows those telltale traits are much less likely with the omicron variant than the earlier alpha and delta versions of the coronavirus. For the study, the researchers analyzed U.S. National Institutes of Health data on more than 3.5 million COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.

Monkeypox

A handful of cases of monkeypox have now been reported or are suspected in Britain, Portugal, Spain and the United States. The outbreaks are raising alarm because the viral disease, which spreads through close contact and was first found in monkeys, mostly occurs in west and central Africa, and only very occasionally spreads elsewhere. Monkeypox is a virus that causes fever symptoms as well as a distinctive bumpy rash. It is usually mild, although there are two main strains: the Congo strain, which is more severe – with up to 10% mortality – and the West African strain, which has a fatality rate in about 1% of cases. The UK cases have been reported as the West African strain. The World Health Organization on Friday said it was stepping up efforts to understand and combat monkeypox as nearly a dozen countries are investigating “atypical” outbreaks.

  • Belgium has become the first country in the world to introduce a mandatory 21-day self-isolate quarantine for those who contract monkeypox after several cases were found, with a White House official warning Sunday that more U.S. cases are likely.
  • A third U.S. state—Florida—has a suspected case of monkeypox. Health officials say the case in Broward County (home of Fort Lauderdale) is related to international travel, but they aren’t providing details beyond that.
  • The recent outbreak of the monkeypox virus in North America and Europe is primarily spreading through sex, according to World Health Organization officials on Monday, while confirming about 200 cases so far.

International:

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un criticized officials over slow medicine deliveries and mobilized the military to respond to a surge in suspected COVID-19 infections, as his nation struggled to contain a fever that has reportedly killed dozens and sickened nearly a million others in a span of three days. North Korean health authorities said Monday that eight more people died and an additional 392,920 were newly found to have feverish symptoms, reports the AP. That brings the death toll to 50 and illnesses to more than 1.2 million, respectively. It’s a sharp jump from six dead and 350,000 sick reported last Friday, a day after the North said that it found its first COVID-19 patients since the pandemic began. Kim has acknowledged that the fast-spreading fever, highly likely driven by COVID-19, is causing “great upheaval” in the country, and outside experts say the true scale of the outbreak is likely much bigger than what’s been described in the state-controlled media.

  • Most of the country’s 26 million people are believed to be unvaccinated against the coronavirus and its public health care system has been in shambles for decades. South Korea’s President Yoon Suk Yeol said in Parliament on Monday that the South was willing to send vaccines, medicine, equipment, and health personnel to the North if it’s willing to accept.

Vaccines: He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. (Psalm 91:1-2)

The Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for kids younger than 5 is 80 percent effective, data shows, potentially leading to approval soon for vaccinating these little children. The company said they plan to finish filing their data on the three-shot regimen with the Food and Drug Administration this week.

A new generation of COVID-19 vaccines are expected this fall or winter, said Dr. Ashish Jha, the White House’s new coronavirus response coordinator. He and others are talking with Congress to ensure funding is available so everyone who wants them can have them. “We do not have the resources to do that right now,” he said, as Congress grapples with more funding for Ukraine.

A peer-reviewed paper published by the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that immunity against the omicron coronavirus variant fades rapidly after a second and third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. The research by Danish scientists published in JAMA Network Open on Friday found antibody responses fell within weeks after second and third Pfizer doses, Forbes reported. The proportion of antibodies dropped from 76% four weeks after the second shot to 19% at weeks 12 to 14. The antibodies dropped even faster after the third dose, the booster shot.

A veteran rheumatologist says about 40% of the approximately 3,000 vaccinated patients in his practice have reported a vaccine-related injury. And 5% of the vaccinated patients are still injured, according to Dr. Robert Jackson in an interview with Steve Kirsch, executive director of the Vaccine Safety Research Foundation. Jackson said he has seen 12 patients die following COVID vaccination, which is consistent with a study published in the British Journal of Medicine,. Normally, he sees only one or two deaths annually in his practice’s patient base of 5,000.

The White House walked back a tweet stating that claimed “there was no vaccine available” when President Biden took office, issuing a follow-up tweet on Friday night saying that it “misstated” the availability of COVID-19 vaccines in January 2021. The original tweet drew fierce criticism from other Twitter users, who pointed out that there was indeed a COVID-19 vaccine available when Biden took office on Jan. 20, 2021. President Biden even shared a picture of himself receiving his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 21, 2020.

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)

BBC News recently documented a process that lets you “pay with your hand.” The report profiles Patrick Paumen, who has had a computer chip implanted in his hand that contains computer code similar to that in a debit-card system that allows him to swipe his hand over a contactless reader, and the necessary funds are debited from his bank account and transferred to the retailer. Something like this could indeed become the “Mark of the Beast” if it became a requirement to buy or sell. It will very enticing to do so, literally a choice between apparent starvation and life. But that’s just physical life. It’s our eternal life that matters most.

  • Revelation 14:9-10 warns that submitting to the mark forfeits our spiritual life in heaven: “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand,  he also will drink the wine of God’s wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger, and he will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. 

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 teenage gunman, wearing tactical gear and a livestreaming camera, killed 10 people and wounded three more Saturday in a hate-fueled shooting rampage at a busy supermarket in Buffalo, New York. Eleven of the 13 people who were shot were Black, Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said. The suspect, who was taken into custody at the scene, is white. The FBI is investigating the shooting as a hate crime and racially motivated violent extremism. The suspect, identified by authorities as Payton Gendron, 18, of Conklin, New York, traveled several hours across the state to carry out the attack in a black neighborhood, authorities said.

  • Police said the teen had been taken into custody last June based on a report that he might be planning to shoot people around the time of his high school graduation. Gendron would have continued his rampage if he had not been stopped by officers outside the store, Buffalo Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said. Gendron left behind a 180-page antisemitic and white supremacist manifesto.

Ten people have been taken into custody after 17 were shot in Milwaukee Friday evening near the Bucks-Celtics playoff basketball game, police said Saturday. Nine firearms were recovered from the scene, after dozens were seen fleeing, Milwaukee police said. The shooting victims are expected to survive. They ranged in ages from 15 to 47. Several fights were broken up as the game was ending. Milwaukee was hit with a wave of violence Friday. By 9 p.m., police had responded to five separate shootings across the city, which left a total of three people dead and two injured.

A man who opened fire during a lunch reception at a Southern California church on Sunday was detained by parishioners, according to a sheriff’s official who called their intervention an act of “exceptional heroism and bravery.” One person was killed and four others were critically wounded in the afternoon shooting at Geneva Presbyterian Church in the city of Laguna Woods in Orange County. David Chou, 68, of Las Vegas, was taken into custody Sunday after opening fire on parishioners of Irvine Taiwanese Presbyterian Church, which meets at the Presbyterian Church. The Orange County sheriff said Monday that officers found notes Chou, a Chinese immigrant, wrote about his hatred of Taiwanese people. The government of mainland China claims sovereignty over the island of Taiwan, which exercises democratic self-rule.

A New York City police officer was shot in the arm Tuesday night by a man who was out on the streets despite an extensive criminal background, city officials said. Officer Dennis Vargas, 32, was shot by the suspect, identified as 25-year-old Rameek Smith, after a brief foot chase that ended in a shootout. During a press conference addressing the shooting, New York City Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell described Smith as a “dangerous criminal who should not have been on the streets of the Bronx or anywhere else.” New York City Mayor Eric Adams echoed the sentiment and slammed a system that allowed “a perpetrator with multiple arrests” to acquire and carry a weapon on the streets of his city.

  • Adams, who was sworn in earlier this year, harshly criticized lenient sentencing decisions, many of which have been pushed by anti-police groups in the city.

Tragedy: In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)

Road fatalities in the U.S. increased more than 10% last year compared with a year earlier, reaching 42,915, according to estimates released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It was the highest number of deaths on the nation’s roads since 2005 and the largest annual percentage increase since at least 1975.

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 U.S. appeals court ruled Wednesday that California’s ban on the sale of semiautomatic weapons to adults under 21 is unconstitutional. The 2-1 ruling by a panel of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals said Wednesday the law violates the Second Amendment right to bear arms and a San Diego judge should have blocked what it called “an almost total ban on semiautomatic centerfire rifles” for young adults. “America would not exist without the heroism of the young adults who fought and died in our revolutionary army,” Judge Ryan Nelson wrote. “Today we reaffirm that our Constitution still protects the right that enabled their sacrifice: the right of young adults to keep and bear arms.”

Law Enforcement: Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. (Matthew 5:9)

The National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), the world’s largest organization of law enforcement officers, has counted 101 officers shot in the line of duty as of April 1, including 17 fatally, so far in 2022. That marks a 43% increase compared to the number of officers shot at the same time period in 2021 and a 63% increase compared to 2020. “We are in the midst of a real crisis. The violence directed at law enforcement officers is unlike anything I’ve seen in my 36 years of law enforcement,” National FOP President Patrick Yoes said Friday.

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.

At least 135 teachers and teachers’ aides have been arrested between January 1 and May 13 of this year on child sex-related crimes in the U.S., ranging from child pornography to raping students, according to a Fox News Digital analysis. That works out to about an arrest a day on average. Arrests that weren’t publicized were not counted in the analysis, meaning the true number may well be higher. The vast majority of the arrested educators were men. 

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)

An estimated $350 million in undisclosed royalties were paid to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and hundreds of its scientists between 2010 and 2020, including the agency’s recently departed director, Dr. Francis Collins, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, according to a nonprofit government watchdog. “We now know that there are 1,675 scientists that received payments during that period, at least one payment. In fiscal year 2014, for instance, $36 million was paid out and that is on average $21,100 per scientist… Francis Collins, the immediate past director of NIH, received 14 payments. Dr. Anthony Fauci received 23 payments” said Adam Andrzejewski, CEO of Open the Books. “We believe there is an unholy conflict of interest inherent at NIH,” he said.

An estimated $163 billion from pandemic unemployment benefits was stolen or misspent and the money may never be recovered. When millions of Americans found themselves suddenly out of work in the pandemic, state and federal officials raced to deliver a historic amount of generous unemployment aid. But numerous mistakes opened the door for a nationwide wave of crime and identity theft, harming victims who struggle to navigate the maze of bureaucracy needed to recover the funds, a federal watchdog says.

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)

After a month of crippling ransomware attacks, Costa Rica has declared a state of emergency. The measure usually is reserved to deal with natural disasters or the COVID-19 pandemic. But in this case, it would free the government to react more nimbly to the crisis. The declaration refers to the attacks Costa Rica is suffering at the hands of “cybercriminals” and “cyberterrorists.” President Rodrigo Chaves, who was sworn in Sunday, made the emergency declaration one of his first acts. It was issued Wednesday, but Chaves has not named the members of the National Emergency Commission. The Russian-speaking Conti gang has claimed responsibility for the cyberattack. Last week, the US State Department offered a $10 million reward for information leading to the identification or location of Conti leaders.

For the first time in the U.S., a higher education institution is shuttering, in part, due to a ransomware attack. Lincoln College, an Illinois school that qualifies as a predominantly Black institution and which opened in 1865 as the namesake school of Abraham Lincoln, is closing Friday after also struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Lincoln College was a victim of a cyberattack in December 2021 that thwarted admissions activities and hindered access to all institutional data… systems required for recruitment, retention, and fundraising efforts were inoperable.”

  • Gizmodo Media Group calls ransomware attacks on educational institutions, which can cost millions, “a nationwide epidemic.”

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)

Investigative journalism outlet Project Veritas released secretly recorded footage of a senior engineer at Twitter saying the company is “commie” and that staff selectively “censor” those on the political right. “Twitter does not believe in free speech …more like very socialist.” Continuing, Murugesan was recorded saying that many of his “colleagues are like super left, left, left, left, left” politically.

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 number of people receiving counseling or therapy has seen a sharp jump since the start of 2020. A recent survey showed that 22.3 million Americans recently received counseling or therapy from mental-health professionals. All too often, thought, people suffer in silence, ashamed to admit their problem, experts say. But as Christians, we aren’t made to go through hard things alone. Galatians 6:2 instructs Christians to “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ.”

Drugs: And they did not repent of their murders, nor of their sorceries [Greek: pharmakeia, i.e. pharmacy, drugs].

The nation’s drug overdose epidemic worsened in 2021 as deaths surpassed 100,000 in the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics figures released Wednesday show a record 107,622 drug overdose deaths in 2021, a 14.9% increase from 93,655 overdose deaths the year before. While prescription painkillers and heroin drove the nation’s overdose epidemic last decade, the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl is now responsible for most overdose deaths, climbing to 71,238 last year up from 57,834 in 2020, according to the CDC.

  • Illicit versions of fentanyl have increasingly been manufactured in clandestine labs overseas, sold on the black market and mixed with other street drugs. The street version is different from legal fentanyl, a powerful pain medicine vetted by the Food and Drug Administration and prescribed in medical settings to treat intense pain in cancer patients.

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)

Florida Governor Ron Desantis on Monday signed a bill that will ban “picketing and protesting” outside a home when it takes effect Oct. 1. “Sending unruly mobs to private residences, like we have seen with the angry crowds in front of the homes of Supreme Court justices, is inappropriate,” said DeSantis in a statement, referring to the protests that have taken place over the high court’s apparent plan to overturn Roe v. Wade. “This bill will provide protection to those living in residential communities.”

Iranian state media reported Friday that police had arrested at least 22 demonstrators who were protesting sudden price hikes of subsidized staple foods, 15 of them in Dezful. A firefighter was injured in clashes with demonstrators in a nearby city, Andimeshk. The unrest follows Iran’s announcement earlier in the week that the cost of cooking oil, chicken, eggs and milk would rise by as much as 300%, as food prices surge across the Middle East due to global supply chain snarls and Russia’s invasion of major food exporter Ukraine.

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.

In the ultimate absurdity, an abortion-rights advocate told Congress last Wednesday that men can get pregnant and undergo abortions because a person can choose the gender to which they wish to identify. Aimee Arrambide, executive director of the abortion advocacy group Avow Texas, was asked by Rep. Dan Bishop, R-N.C., to define a woman. “I believe that everyone can identify for themselves,” Arrambide said, and also declined to answer whether she opposes late-term abortion, including an abortion in the final minutes of a woman’s term, saying only, “”I trust all people to determine what they can and can’t do with their bodies.”

Summit Ministries, in conjunction with McLaughlin & Associates, has shared the results from a poll of 1,000 general election voters that revealed that, although most Americans oppose allowing surgeons to perform sex-change operations on children and teenagers suffering from gender dysphoria and teaching young children about sexual orientation and gender identity in schools, many are afraid to speak about such hot-button issues due to fear of retribution. The poll also found that a majority of respondents do not believe transgenderism is a “healthy human condition.” While 78% said that minors suffering from gender confusion should “be required to wait until they are legal adults” before undergoing life-altering surgeries, such as removing breast tissue and genital mutilation, just 9% said gender-confused children “should be encouraged to undergo permanent gender alteration.”

Last week, a school board in Wisconsin filed a Title IX sexual harassment claim against three eighth graders because they refused to use “they/them” pronouns when referring to a single individual.  The school district didn’t care that the use of plural pronouns is grammatically incorrect when referring to a single individual, all that mattered was the individual in question claimed a transgender identity and demanded to be referred to in the plural. So now according to this school district, failing to succumb to the pronoun demands of the transgendered constitutes sexual harassment.

A Colorado mom says a public school’s LGBT group suggested her 12-year-old daughter might be transgender after inviting the girl to what she thought was an after-school art club. Erin Lee said that when her daughter showed up at the purported art club, a speaker from the LGBT advocacy group SPLASH Youth of Northern Colorado told the kids that “if they’re not fully comfortable in their body, then they are transgender.” SPLASH and the school said that meetings of the Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) club are secret, according to Lee.

The Daily Herald said the Lake County promotion of “LGBTA+ Pride Month” in Waukegan in June will have all the festivities: “music and performances, food trucks, a beer and beverage tent, craft and artisan vendors, a resource fair, games and entertainment for children, multiple drag shows, a dance tent and more.” It’s sponsored by, among others, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Government is now ‘grooming’ kids to be sexualized sinners.

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)

Early voting in Georgia broke records this week despite last year’s adoption of election integrity measures that critics derided as “voter suppression” and President Joe Biden called a “blatant attack” on the Constitution and compared it to Jim Crow-era racism. More than 710,000 people had voted early in Georgia’s primary election as of May 19, according to the secretary of state’s office, which is 149 percent higher than at the same point in 2020, when elections officials encouraged vote-by-mail and early voting to reduce crowding at polling stations amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Refugees: Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels. (Hebrews 13:2)

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has resulted in the largest refugee crisis in Europe since World War II, with over 10 million people displaced. Thousands of Jewish families have had to flee, but in some instances, elderly Holocaust Survivors have been trapped in homes alone. The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem has been assisting at all stages of this crisis, including helping to bring thousands of Jews to safety in Israel.

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)

Just over 234,000 migrants were intercepted at the southern border by U.S. border agents in April, breaking the previous month’s 22-year high of 221,000. April marks the fourth time during Biden’s presidency that monthly border encounters with migrants has been over 200,000. Meanwhile, deportations have plummeted under the Biden administration. In FY 2021, just 59,011 were deported, down from 185,884 in FY 2020 and 267,258 in FY 2019.

The first jury trial under Texas’s Operation Lone Star border program wrapped up in Kinney County, Texas, on May 9. The defendant, Honduran native Lester Hidalgo Aguilar, was found guilty of criminal trespass on a local ranch and sentenced to the maximum jail time of one year. The judge declined to apply an accompanying fine, which could have been up to $4,000, but said Aguilar should pay court costs ($290). Aguilar’s trial was a litmus test for the Operation Lone Star arrests, which began around July last year as Gov. Greg Abbott directed state troopers to arrest trespassers on state or private land. Until now, almost all defendants have pleaded guilty or no contest to trespass or other misdemeanor charges, and have reached a plea deal of time served and no fine.

Arizona has started its own busing campaign to deliver newly arrived illegal immigrants straight to Washington, following in the footsteps of Texas, which pioneered the policy last month. Gov. Doug Ducey announced the move as part of a broader border security crackdown that includes deploying more National Guard troops and working with ranchers and other landowners to try to secure their property from the onslaught of migrants. The first bus carrying twenty illegal immigrants arrived in D.C. last Wednesday, with more to come.

  • Texas has transported more than 900 illegal immigrants to Washington D.C., in an effort to get the attention of federal lawmakers and persuade the Biden administration to take action in securing the southern border, Gov. Gregg Abbott said.

Immigrant rights groups demanded Wednesday that President Biden launch an investigation into his administration’s decision-making on granting deportation amnesties, saying predominantly Black and Latino countries are being treated worse than White countries. More than 150 groups signed a letter to Mr. Biden saying they see “racial bias” in how the government has granted Temporary Protected Status, a humanitarian program that offers deportation amnesties to immigrants already in the U.S. when their home nations face catastrophes.

A divided Supreme Court ruled 5–4 on May 16 against a longtime illegal alien who falsely claimed to be a U.S. citizen on a driver’s license application. The new ruling suggests that federal law isn’t sympathetic to individuals who falsely hold themselves out as U.S. citizens. Four conservative members of the court—Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Brett Kavanaugh—joined Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s opinion.

Supply Chain/Shortages: He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. (2Corinthians 9:10)

Pallets of baby formula are being sent to migrant holding facilities at the border amid a shortage that has seen many parents unable to find it at their local stores, representative Kat Cammack, R-Fla.. “Meanwhile, in our own district at home, we cannot find baby formula,” she posted to Facebook. The Florida lawmaker said a concerned border patrol agent told her that she “‘would not believe the shipment I just brought in.” He sent an image of pallets full of baby formula.

The Food and Drug Administration on Monday, 5/16, announced two dramatic moves intended to ease the ongoing baby formula shortage.  The regulatory agency said it will permit the sale of imported baby formula, and allow domestic companies to distribute product intended for sale overseas. On Tuesday, Nestlé announced it would fly in Gerber formula from the Netherlands and Switzerland to help make up for the shortfall. The FDA also said it will allow Abbott, a major formula producer, to reopen a Michigan production facility that was shut down earlier this year due to a recall. President Biden on Wednesday invoked the Defense Production Act to help manufacturers obtain the ingredients needed to ramp up supply.

  • The first international shipment of specialty baby formula has arrived in the United States by a military plane, enough for more than a million and a half bottles. The first flight of “Operation Fly Formula” landed in Indianapolis weighing more than 78, 000 pounds, as part of the Biden administration’s ongoing efforts to address the baby formula shortage. The prescription formula will be distributed to areas around the country where there is the most acute need but none of the first shipment would land on store shelves. The shipment is exclusively for babies intolerant of protein in cow milk.

The baby formula industry was already coping with shortages before an Abbott Nutrition factory in Sturgis, Mich., shut down. The company shut the factory after four babies — all of whom had drunk formula made there — contracted a rare bacterial infection; two of the babies died. It remains unclear whether the formula caused the infections. The baby formula business has something in common with many other U.S. industries: It is highly concentrated. Three companies — Abbott, Gerber and Reckitt — make nearly all of the formula that Americans use. Abbott is the largest of the three, with roughly 40 percent of the market.

  • Two children had to be hospitalized at a Tennessee children’s hospital due to the ongoing national shortage of baby formula, a physician at the hospital said. Both children required a special, amino acid-based formula because they have short bowel syndrome — a condition meaning they are unable to efficiently digest food because they have fewer intestines.

India has banned exports of wheat effective immediately, citing a risk to its food security, partly due to the war in Ukraine. A notice in the government gazette by the Directorate of Foreign Trade, dated Friday, said a spike in global prices for wheat was threatening the food security of India and neighboring and vulnerable countries. A key aim is to control rising domestic prices. Global wheat prices have risen by more than 40% since the beginning of the year.

The pandemic has created shortages for many goods, including cars, semiconductors and furniture. The main reasons: Factories and ports are coping with virus outbreaks and worker shortages at the same time that consumer demand for physical goods has surged, because of government stimulus programs and a shift away from spending on services (like restaurant meals). As a result, much of the global supply chain is overloaded.

Energy Supplies: He cuts down cedars, or he chooses a cypress tree or an oak and lets it grow strong among the trees of the forest. He plants a cedar and the rain nourishes it. Then it becomes fuel for a man. He takes a part of it and warms himself; he kindles a fire and bakes bread. (Isaiah 44:14-15)

The Biden administration has announced it will ax three planned oil and gas lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska’s Cook Inlet, effectively halting the potential to sell drilling leases in coastal waters this year, several media outlets report. The announcement came as gasoline prices nationwide reached a record high last week. But the decision does fall in line with Biden’s campaign promise to tackle climate change more aggressively.

The solar industry has sounded the alarm that a Commerce Department investigation into whether China is skirting U.S. tariffs on components for solar panels by funneling the parts through other countries could seriously jeopardize clean-energy projects across the U.S. Around 80% of imported solar panels are made in four Southeast Asia countries — Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam — according to the American Clean Power Association. The Biden administration believes China could be avoiding trade laws by providing those nearby countries with components that should otherwise be subject to U.S. tariffs.

Texas residents are being asked to conserve power after six power plants tripped offline. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which manages the majority of the state’s power grid, wrote Friday that the incident resulted in the loss of approximately 2,900 megawatts of electricity. The operator highlighted that unseasonably hot weather is driving “record demand” across the Lone Star State.

Oil giant Saudi Aramco said Sunday its profits soared more than 80% in the first three months of the year, as the state-backed company cashes in on the volatility in global energy markets and surging oil prices following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The bumper first-quarter earnings by the firm formally known as the Saudi Arabian Oil Co., which overtook Apple as the world’s most valuable company last week, show a record net income of $39.5 billion, up from $21.7 billion during the same period last year. The Saudi government owns 98% of the company.

Authorities in Sri Lanka closed schools and asked nonessential workers to stay home Friday due to a severe fuel shortage. The government is implementing daily four-hour power cuts nationwide because there isn’t enough fuel for power stations. Thousands of people have waited in lines at gas stations across the country for days at a time. The island in the Indian Ocean is on the brink of bankruptcy due to rampant inflation, and is struggling to import necessities.

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. is on pace to recover all 22 million jobs wiped out in the COVID-19 recession as early as July, but the milestone will obscure sharp differences among industries and an economy transformed by the crisis. Industries that have thrived during the pandemic such as ecommerce, technology and professional services already have reached or topped their pre-COVID-19 payrolls. Computer programming is 10.3% above its February 2020 staffing level. Courier services are up by 29.6%. Sectors clobbered by the crisis, including restaurants, theaters and spectator sports, will take longer to heal as COVID-19 fades, experts say. Jobs reliant on in-person shopping and previous business routines may never return to their prior peaks as COVID-19-related shifts become ingrained, experts say.

The consumer price index dropped to an annual rate of 8.3% in April, down from 8.5% in March, as a short-lived drop in gasoline prices offset a continuing run-up in food, rent and other costs, the Labor Department said Wednesday. April’s pullback in the annual reading was the first since last August and halted five straight months of fresh 40-year highs. However, economists had expected a larger decrease.

  • The Labor Department reported last Wednesday that average hourly earnings for all employees declined 2.6% in April from the same month a year ago when factoring in the impact of rising consumer prices.

U.S. gas prices hit an all-time record high Tuesday, 5/10, and then again Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. Experts don’t expect the pain at the pump to ease any time soon. The average price for regular gas in the U.S. was $4.52 per gallon on Tuesday, 5/17, according to AAA. Diesel prices also hit a record $5.57 per gallon. But nowhere is it more expensive than in Mono County, California. Prices in this picturesque area, located five hours north of Los Angeles and five hours east of San Francisco, topped $6.75 this week, the highest county average nationwide, with some stations charging as much as $7.19 in mid-May.

Some gas stations across the country are already bracing for the Next Big Thing involving surging fuel prices, namely the price per gallon potentially exceeding $10.  For other stations, however, there might be no product left to sell at the pumps. Throughout eastern Washington, the Tri-Cities region of Kennewick, Pasco, and West Richland, customers are reportedly pulling up to pumps … only to find no gas available for purchase.

Target reported a stunning 52% drop in profit for the first quarter, badly missing Wall Street’s forecasts, causing a drop in its stock of 25%. The company blamed higher expenses due to continued supply chain disruptions. Consumers also are holding back on nonessential purchases because of rampant inflation. Walmart also posted poor earnings and a weak outlook due to rising shipping and labor expenses, sending the stock market into a steep 1,100 drop in the Dow on Wednesday. On Thursday, Kohl’s Corp., which has about 1,100 stores nationwide, said its first-quarter results have been “below expectations,” according to a company presentation, with first-quarter net sales down 5.4%.

Americans report less confidence in the economy than they did at the start of the Covid pandemic, when the unemployment rate was four times as high as it is now. The index is down to -39 now from a high of +41 before the pandemic. Their feelings toward the economy are almost as low as they were during the depths of the Great Recession in 2008, which hit -72. The University of Michigan’s long-followed consumer sentiment index is also down from about 100 prior to the pandemic to 60, nearly as low as the 52 in 2008.

The median price of a home in April was a record $391,200, rising 14.8% from a year ago, according to a report from the National Association of Realtors. Sales of existing homes, which include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, dropped 2.4% from the prior month and 5.9% from a year ago. “Higher home prices and sharply higher mortgage rates have reduced buyer activity,” said Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist. The 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaged 5.25% in the week ending May 19, down from 5.30% the week before, according to Freddie Mac. It is still well above the 3% average from this time last year.

The dramatic rise in home prices and mortgage rates in the early months of 2022 has had a relatively limited effect on wealthy buyers and sellers, but has had a severe impact on lower-income Americans. Average payments on mortgages are now 38 percent higher than a year ago. The sharply rising mortgage rates, compounded by an inventory shortfall, are driving many prospective buyers out of the market, experts say.

Arizona is in a severe housing and homelessness crisis.  Evictions are at record levels: 5,000 people are being evicted per month in the Phoenix metro area alone.  Rents have more than doubled in just the past few years throughout many areas of the state.  A public schoolteacher with two children had to move out of her home earlier this year when her rent increased by $1,000 per month.  And near the State Capitol, there are scores of tents where the homeless have encamped with temperatures already broaching 100. Last year, .600 unsheltered homeless people died in the Phoenix metro area alone.

The U.S. Postal Service is expected to increase prices in July, raising the cost of a Forever stamp from 58 cents to 60 cents. And that may not be the only price hike in the near future. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said May 5 he expected the Postal Service to continue to raise prices “at an uncomfortable rate” until the agency becomes self-sufficient.

International:

The hard economic figures indicate President Biden’s effort to crush the Russian economy in response to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine isn’t working. The ruble hit a four-year high this week. In March, Biden touted the sanctions and other measures to punish Russia economically. “You need 200 rubles to equal $1 today. Two hundred,” he said. The president said the “totality of our economic sanctions and controls are crushing, crushing the Russian economy.” Now, it takes about 62 rubles to equal $1.

Israel: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you. (Psalm 122:6)

Israeli police arrested five suspects in Jerusalem in the wake of a rash of deadly ISIS-inspired terror attacks this spring. The suspects are suspected of belonging to the Islamic State (ISIS) terror organization. Last month, ISIS claimed responsibility for an attack in which terrorists killed Shirel Abukarat and Yezen Falah, two Border Police officers. The attackers were armed with at least three handguns and six knives and were eliminated by security forces.

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)

Russia used advanced anti-aircraft missiles to target Israeli jets carrying out airstrikes in Syria, marking a major departure from a previous policy of essentially allowing the Israeli Air Force free reign to operate in the area. While never officially confirming nor denying the air strikes, Israel has bombed numerous Iranian assets and targets in Syria in recent years. Russia, which has partnered with embattled Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, has de facto control over Syrian airspace and until now has not interfered in IAF bombing missions.

A female journalist for Al Jazeera was shot and killed while covering an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank town of Jenin early Wednesday. The broadcaster and a reporter who was wounded in the incident blamed Israeli forces, while Israel claimed there was evidence the two were hit by Palestinian gunfire. Shireen Abu Akleh, a well-known Palestinian reporter for the broadcaster’s Arabic language channel who’s also a US citizen, was shot and died soon afterward. Ali Samoudi, another Palestinian journalist, was hospitalized in stable condition after being shot in the back.

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 intended to seize all of Ukraine after beginning his unprovoked invasion, according to a Ukrainian official citing discovered documents. The director of Ukraine’s State Bureau of Investigation — basing his assertions on documents left behind by fleeing Russian soldiers. These documents “give a clear understanding that Russia was preparing to seize all the territory of Ukraine,” Oleksiy Sukhachev said.

A Russian diplomat in Geneva resigned with a public blast at Putin, calling invasion a “crime against the Ukrainian people.” In an extraordinary public resignation statement on LinkedIn and elsewhere, Boris Bondarev, a counsellor in Russia’s delegation to the UN in Geneva, called the Ukraine invasion an “aggressive war” and said he was “ashamed” of it.

The battle that turned Mariupol into a worldwide symbol of defiance and suffering drew toward a close as Russia said Wednesday that nearly 1,000 last-ditch Ukrainian fighters who held out inside a pulverized steel plant had surrendered, the AP reports. The Ukrainian fighters who emerged from the ruined Azovstal steelworks face an uncertain fate after being ordered by their military to abandon the last stronghold of resistance in the now-flattened port city.

Russia has lost around a third of the ground forces it deployed to Ukraine and its offensive in the Donbas region “has lost momentum and fallen significantly behind schedule,” British military intelligence said on Sunday. “Despite small-scale initial advances, Russia has failed to achieve substantial territorial gains over the past month whilst sustaining consistently high levels of attrition,” the British defense ministry said.

Russia’s withdrawal of troops from a Ukrainian region that they encircled at the beginning of the war is proving their “inability to capture key Ukrainian cities,” the UK’s Ministry of Defense said Thursday. In an intelligence update, the Ministry said, “Ukrainian forces are continuing to counterattack to the north of Kharkiv, recapturing several towns and villages towards the Russian border.” Russia has “reportedly withdrawn units from the region to reorganize and replenish its forces following heavy losses,” the Ministry continued. 

Two or more Russian battalions were picked off attempting to cross a pontoon bridge on the Donets River in the most significant loss since the beginning of the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine, The Telegraph reported on Thursday. The shocking losses at the riverbank potentially included more than 100 vehicles and close to 1,000 troops, according to Forbes. The subsequent shelling from Ukrainian forces destroyed more than 70 T-72 and T-80 tanks, BMPs, MT-LB armored tractors, a tugboat and the pontoon span. Ukraine also says they have shot down 200 Russian military aircraft.

The Armed Forces of Belarus will deploy special forces to the border of Ukraine because “the United States and its allies continue to increase their military presence at the state borders,” according to the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces Viktor Gulevich. It said the Ukrainians had created a force of 20,000 close to the Belarus border, which “requires a response from us.” “The appearance in the waters of the Mediterranean and Baltic Seas of a group carrying sea and air-based cruise missiles, an increase in the aviation group in the countries of Poland and the Baltic states indicate a growing threat to the Republic of Belarus,” the statement said.

Elsewhere:

President Joe Biden says that the United States would intervene militarily if China were to invade Taiwan, in one of the most forceful and overt statements in support of Taiwan in decades. Speaking at a news conference in Japan, Biden said “yes” when a reporter asked whether he’s “willing to get involved militarily to defend Taiwan if it comes to that.” Confirming the president’s position, the reporter again asked: “You are?” “That’s the commitment we made,” Biden declared.

  • The White House quickly downplayed Biden’s comments, saying they don’t reflect a change in U.S. policy. It’s the third time in recent months – including during a CNN town hall in October – that Biden has said the U.S. would protect Taiwan from a Chinese attack, only to have the White House walk back those remarks

Finland leadership announced support Thursday for expedited NATO membership despite dire Kremlin warnings of “retaliatory steps.” The decision by President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin is strongly supported by lawmakers and citizens of Finland, though a few steps remain before the application process can begin. Neighboring Sweden is expected to decide on joining NATO in coming days. Finland and Sweden “must be aware of the responsibility and consequences” of joining NATO, Russia’s foreign ministry said in a statement Thursday, adding that Russia “will be forced” to take retaliatory steps, regarding it a ‘threat’ to have bordering countries join NATO.

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)

U.S. prosecutors released official charges Tuesday accusing Joly Germine, 29, of conspiring to take hostages when the 400 Mawozo gang kidnapped 17 Christian missionaries last year, 16 of whom were American. Most of the group, which included five children, was held near Port-au-Prince for 61 days. Germine was extradited to the United States last week on firearms trafficking charges. Germine, also known as “Yonyon,” was in a Haitian prison when the missionaries were kidnapped last October, but the Justice Department claims he directed the gang’s activities and ransom negotiations. It is unclear whether any ransoms were paid.

President Biden has approved a request by the Pentagon to redeploy U.S. troops to Somalia in an effort to counter the terrorist group al-Shabaab, a senior administration official said on Monday. The move reverses a decision by President Donald Trump to withdraw all US troops from the country in 2020. The US will reposition US forces in east Africa and move to restore a US military presence in Somalia in consultation with the Somali government, the official told reporters on Monday. The official said “under 500” troops will be sent back into the country.

The Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS will hold its first ministerial meeting in Marrakech on Wednesday, at the joint invitation of Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. The meeting aims to address ISIS’s growing threat in Africa and efforts to combat this threat in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. Blinken will not be able to attend the meeting after he tested positive for COVID-19 last week, but his staff will be there.

  • The Islamic State’s regional affiliates in Africa are carrying out lethal attacks at a tempo far surpassing that of the parent organization that once ruled large swaths of Iraq and Syria, Morocco’s chief diplomat said Wednesday at a meeting of the global alliance.

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)

In early May, a groundbreaking study from the University of California, San Francisco of 171 pregnant women in the USA found more than 9 in 10 had measurable amounts of 19 different chemicals and pesticides in their bodies. Researchers said many of those substances pass through the placenta and into developing fetuses, adding evidence to a National Institutes of Health report that warned babies are born “pre-polluted” with chemicals. The full extent of health effects from such exposures is unknown, but scientists worry they could contribute to rising U.S. rates of autoimmune diseases, developmental disorders such as autism and reproductive harms, such as the mysterious decline of sperm counts in men.

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)

Wildfires are on a furious pace early this year — from a California hilltop where mansions with multimillion-dollar Pacific Ocean views were torched to remote New Mexico mountains charred by a month-old monster blaze. The two places could not be more different, but the elements in common are the same: wind-driven flames have torn through vegetation that is extraordinarily dry from years-long drought. Nationwide, 24,302 wildfires have burned 1,286,250 acres, up from 548,542 acres at this same time last year.

The U.S. government committed a record-setting amount of money to fighting wildfires this year during what promises to be a busy season, but it’s unclear whether enough firefighters will be available amid a nationwide labor crunch. Fire season is off to a busy start as drought fuels danger from the Great Plains to Northern California. Federal officials are scrambling to hire roughly 16,900 fire personnel, including hotshots, smokejumpers and helitack crews, which are groups of firefighters that are flown in on helicopters to wildfires. Last year, fire officials were unable to fill an unprecedented 1,800 requests for wildland firefighting crew.

  • The amount the federal government spends on wildfire suppression has steadily risen over decades as wildfires became larger and more intense, reaching a record-setting $4.38 billion in 2021. A year ago, monster infernos such as California’s Dixie and Caldor fires burned more than a million acres, destroyed towns and more than 2,300 structures and cost $900 million and thousands of firefighters to suppress.

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 U.S. West has worsened with several more mostly dry weeks. The percentage of the area in extreme to exceptional drought increased to 401.6% in the past week, up from 22.1% three months ago.

Four rainy seasons in a row have failed in the northern Kenya. Back in September 2021, the government declared the drought to be a national disaster – that was after only two consecutive failed rainy seasons. Since then, the short rains and the long rains have both failed again. Water is increasingly hard to find; cattle are dying and even camels are struggling to survive. Half a million Kenyans are at risk of starvation, according to the World Food Program. Meanwhile, prolonged hunger and malnutrition have made people prone to diseases, their weakened bodies unable to resist infections.

  • In this Muslim-dominated part of Kenya, Christians are usually left out when government food relief is distributed.

All 4,000 inhabitants of a small town in Canada’s Northwest Territories have been ordered to evacuate as parts of the country struggle with some of the worst flooding in decades. Chief April Martel of the Kátł’odeeche First Nation ordered her entire community to leave Hay River after breakaway ice sent floodwaters surging into the center of the town on Wednesday. Ice jamming those channels had blocked water and a weekend of rain and snow in the river’s basin added more and more water into that system.

At least three people were killed and homes and businesses in dozens of communities were damaged when storms packing hurricane-force winds and at least one tornado tore through parts of the Midwest and Northern Plains last Thursday. “We have had many storms before, but the amount of communities that have been affected, we just haven’t seen before,” South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said during a news conference Friday morning. Noem said at least 28 counties in the state were reporting damage.

A large tornado struck the northern Michigan town of Gaylord last Friday afternoon, heavily damaging businesses and killing two people. At least 44 others were injured as the twister tossed large debris and reduced numerous buildings to rubble. At least one large building collapsed while several cars were flipped and damaged. An RV and mobile trailer park were also heavily damaged. “There have been trailers picked up and turned over on top of each other. Just a very large debris field,” Otsego County Fire Chief Chris Martin said.

Signs of the Times Update: May 9, 2022

May 9, 2022

We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone. See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people. (1Thessalonians 5:14-15)

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 40,000 prayer events took place around the United States for the National Day of Prayer on May 6. These events are largely the result of the efforts of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, birthed from the vision of the National Prayer Committee nearly 40 years ago.

Oklahoma’s Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a Texas-style abortion ban Tuesday that prohibits abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy, part of a nationwide push in GOP-led states hopeful that the conservative U.S. Supreme Court will uphold new restrictions. Stitt’s signing of the bill comes on the heels of a leaked draft opinion from the nation’s high court that it is considering weakening or overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nearly 50 years ago.

Responding to a viewer’s question in a 2018 “Ask Me Anything” video, Columbian social media star Erika “Kika” Nieto shared her views on marriage while expressing tolerance for all other views. A court considered the video to contain “hate speech” and thus ordered its removal from YouTube. However, the Colombian Supreme Court has now overturned that decision and dismissed the lawsuit. Kika has been cleared of any wrongdoing.

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 WHO’s Intergovernmental Negotiating Body (INB) had its first hearing this month in” a shocking, global grab for power and control through an international treaty,” reports Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel. Their plan to gain control through a pandemic treaty proposes strengthened WHO at the center with increased global coordination. It also calls for global control over supply chains, global vaccine passports, and a reform of “international control” of “travel and travel restrictions.” And of course, “increased financing” for this new plan. “People promoting the WHO treaty would like to strip sovereign nations of their ability to close their own borders and give that power to WHO,” Staver says.

Klaus Schwab of the World Economic Forum and UN General Secretary Antonio Guterres recently signed an agreement to accelerate Agenda 2030, The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was approved in September 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly. It is a is a system of total, worldwide centralization of power influencing everything from governments to economies. Part of how they want to implement this is through a concept called the “sharing economy” in which people own less and less property. As the WEF says, you will own nothing. “Given how unnatural this quality of life is, it shouldn’t be surprising then why the globalists are waging an all-out war against free speech on the Internet: they don’t want too much resistance to spread. Hence their ongoing freakout against Elon Musk buying Twitter,” notes Infowars.com

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’s historic pick to become White House press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, is married to a CNN correspondent, raising new questions about the personal nexus between cable outlets and the political sphere. Ms. Jean-Pierre, 44, will take over for Jen Psaki on May 13, who said she looks forward to time off but has been linked to a job at MSNBC. Ms. Jean-Pierre is the first Black and first openly gay press secretary and lives with her partner, CNN national correspondent Suzanne Malveaux, and their 7-year-old daughter. Her appointment has been hailed as trail-blazing while others raised questions about a conflict of interest for the cable network.

Censorship: For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth. (Romans 1:18)

With Elon Musk buying Twitter, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell returned to Twitter on last Sunday after being banned last year, but was quickly suspended again a short time later. Lindell, a prominent supporter of former President Donald Trump who has upheld the view that the 2020 election was rigged, tweeted only about reopening his Twitter account and said nothing consequential but was banned anyway. Now many are waiting to see how Musk responds.

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)

Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers on Saturday ordered all Afghan women to wear head-to-toe clothing in public – a sharp, hardline pivot that confirmed the worst fears of rights activists and was bound to further complicate the militant group’s dealings with an already distrustful international community.

The pastor of an Evangelical church in French Guyana was shot to death and his church burned down the day after he met with a delegation from the National Council of Evangelicals in France that was visiting to discuss the implementation of a law on “separatism,” according to a report. At least seven other people, including two sons of Pastor Kalloe, were injured in the shooting and two others were taken to a hospital in critical condition.

Abortion: Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart. (Jeremiah 1:5)

Women have been getting around Texas’ strict abortion law by ordering abortion pills from out of state or overseas. So could women across the country do the same if the Supreme Court overturns the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision ensuring abortion rights nationwide as expected. Medication abortion using the two drugs mifepristone and misoprostol, which can be taken at home, is viewed as a way to circumvent” abortion bans. Aid Access, an online service that mails the medications to patients within the first 10 weeks of pregnancy, reported that orders were up 2,900% on Tuesday from a day earlier.

  • Abortion by pill is now used in at least 54% of terminated pregnancies in the United States. The number has grown rapidly since the process became easier to access in 2016 and during the COVID-19 pandemic

Pro-abortion protesters outside the Supreme Court attacked four pro-life Christian activists who showed up to counter-protest. To protect them, police surrounded the four pastors, forming a line between them and the pro-abortion protesters. “The police came in after I was punched,” said Priests for Life director Bryan Kemper. “I’ve been in D.C. 30 years. And I’ve never seen anything like this in 30 years,” said Rev. Patrick Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition.

Days after the leak of a draft opinion indicating the Supreme Court is prepared to overturn Roe v. Wade, left-wing activist groups are calling for protests at the home of “six extremist” Supreme Court justices. Under the moniker Ruth Sent Us, the activists have published the purported home addresses of Justices Amy Coney Barrett, John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Brett Kavanaugh, Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch. The group is planning protests at the homes on May 11.

  • After pro-abortion groups disclosed the addresses of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and Brett Kavanaugh, protesters marched to their homes with signs and sounding chants of “codify Roe.” The protesters also were chanting “abortion rights are human rights.” Pro-lifers argue abortion violates the rights of the unborn.
  • Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito is paying a price for authoring a draft opinion that was leaked last week in which he and four other justices appear to be on the verge of overturning the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion. For the sake of safety, Alito has reportedly been moved to a location that will not be revealed because of the protesters.
  • The leader of the Wisconsin pro-life group who was allegedly targeted in an arson attack on Mother’s Day says stronger leadership from the White House is needed as protests outside Supreme Court justices’ homes risk the threat of violence.
  • A reporter for Rewire News Group called for “more” violence against pro-life Americans over the weekend as she appeared to celebrate reports of vandalism against the headquarters of a pro-life group in Wisconsin. “More of this. May these people never know a moment of peace or safety until they rot in the ground,” Caroline Reilly wrote in a now-deleted tweet Sunday evening.
  • Pro-abortion activists interrupted Catholic masses on Mother’s Day across the nation, disrupting services in New York City, Virginia and other locations.

Violence broke out in Los Angeles Tuesday night as abortion rights protesters lobbed “rocks and bottles” at Los Angeles police officers and appeared to smash a Department of Homeland Security cruiser’s window, sparking a citywide tactical alert. Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Los Angeles Tuesday evening in response to a leaked Supreme Court draft decision detailing the nation’s highest court alleged decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Thousands have taken to streets across the country in response to the leaked draft decision, including in New York City at Foley Square and outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

  • Violence and abortion seem to go hand-in-hand.

A number of Republican legislators and governors have called for special sessions in their states to pass further pro-life laws, in anticipation of a reversal of Roe v. Wade through the Dobbs v. Jackson case currently before the Supreme Court. “Leaders in conservative states like South Dakota, Arkansas, Georgia and Indiana have talked about calling special legislative sessions to ban the procedure as soon as the Supreme Court rules.

If pro-life Americans need another reason to quit using Amazon, here’s one: The company is giving money to employees to abort their unborn babies. Reuters reports that the online marketplace company told its employees Monday that it will give them up to $4,000 a year for travel expenses for elective abortions. The new benefit also applies to other “non-life-threatening medical treatments,” according to the report. Amazon joins Citigroup, Apple, Yelp, Levi Strauss and other companies that are giving their pregnant female employees money to abort their unborn babies.

Pestilence (Covid and other diseases): For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. (Matthew 24:7)

New cases of Covid-19 in the U.S. increased by 50% over the past two weeks, with hospitalizations up 21% and deaths up 1% (deaths can lag cases by up to 14 days). Cases are increasing in all but seven states and territories, and in more than a dozen, the daily case average is twice as high today as it was two weeks ago. Some places have seen recent case counts approach or surpass the levels seen during last year’s Delta surge.

  • New cases in Missouri are up 319% with Maine up 188% over the past two weeks. The only three states that show declines are Colorado at – 22%, Alaska at -4% and Oklahoma at -1%.

Nearly 15 million deaths worldwide were related to the impact of Covid-19 as health systems, hospitals were overwhelmed, the World Health Organization estimates. That number is more than double the official tally of 6.2 million Covid deaths because it also includes excess deaths from other causes that are largely attributable to overburdened health systems as the coronavirus surged and overwhelmed hospitals. Most of the fatalities were in Southeast Asia, Europe and the Americas, the report found.

Amid a variety of reports of an unusual increase in cardiac events among young people, a peer-reviewed MIT study of data in highly vaccinated Israel found COVID vaccines were “significantly associated” with a 25% spike in emergency medical services for heart problems in 16-39-year-olds.

Almost 13 million children have tested positive for Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Studies suggest that between 2% and 10% of those children will develop long Covid, but the number may be larger. Many parents may not know their child has long Covid, or the child’s pediatrician hasn’t recognized it as such. In adults, some research puts the number around 30% of cases.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning Americans to watch out for phony at-home, over the counter COVID-19 tests that look a lot like the real things. The phonies “are made to look like authorized tests so the users will think they are the real, FDA-authorized test,” the FDA said. The counterfeit test kits may put you at risk of unknowingly spreading the disease or not seeking appropriate medical treatment, the agency cautions. A spike in severe adverse events among pregnant women coinciding with the vaccine rollout in 2021 that is seen in Department of Defense data and the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System database run by the FDA and the CDC, reports WND.com.

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 latest release of Pfizer COVID vaccine trial documents by the FDA shows the company deliberately excluded pregnant women from the trials, yet health associations and officials have urged expectant mothers to get the shots anyway, insisting they were safe and effective. The recommendation of the shots for pregnant women was based on a study in France of 44 rats over a period of 42 days, the documents show.

The FDA is limiting use of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine over rare blood clot concerns. The Food and Drug Administration said use of the shot should be limited to people 18 and older who do not have access to other vaccines or would refuse other shots. The agency said ongoing worries about a rare and potentially life-threatening side effect involving blood clots that was previously identified warranted the action.

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)

There are so many missing and murdered Indigenous women it has its own acronym: MMIW, reports the USA Today. It keeps happening, despite new laws and federal vows to do more. President Biden to described it as an “epidemic” and Secretary of Interior Deb Haaland labeled it a crisis while calling for more federal action. Indigenous communities have higher rates of poverty, substance and domestic abuse, as well as other social ills that contribute to Indigenous women having a lower life expectancy rate than other groups. Those same factors can also affect the urgency with which cases are handled. Time and again worried loved ones have said their concerns were dismissed by police too busy to search for “another drunk Indian.”

  • A historical distrust of police doesn’t make it any easier to solve cases that may not even be reported. Chronic underfunding of tribal police forces and a quagmire of conflicting jurisdictions for law enforcement agencies further add to the intractable problem. 

Divine Protection:  He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.” (Psalm 91:1-2)

Since Russia invaded Ukraine in February, demand for nuclear shelters in Europe has skyrocketed, including higher-end units selling for as much as $8 million each. Inquiries on units have dramatically increased in the past several months, and are continuing as Russian officials, including President Vladimir Putin, insinuate the possibility of using nuclear weapons in the conflict. In addition to living space, the units also provide filtered air systems that can eliminate biological or chemical weapons containing anthrax, sarin gas or mustard gas.

  • Doomsday preppers seek to preserve their lives by their own powers instead of putting their trust in God. For Christians, “to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21)

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)

Rosa, a 76-year-old grandmother from Liverpool, England, was arrested while walking and praying during a COVID-19 lockdown in February 2021. Due to court backlogs, she is still awaiting trial. During the first lockdown, she diligently followed the rules and took walks during her allotted period of exercise every day. And while she was walking, she was praying. Silently. In the privacy of her own mind, with headphones in. She walked near an abortion clinic as she prayed about the issue that was on her mind. She was masked, socially distanced, alone, and silent. A policeman stopped her and asked why she was out of her house at a time where reasons to be outside were very limited. “I’m walking and praying,” she answered. But Rosa wasn’t praying in a place of worship, the policeman explained, before arresting her. She was there to “protest”, he said later when the fine was issued. She didn’t have a “reasonable excuse” to be outdoors.

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.

As cities try to go back to the hustle and bustle of pre-pandemic life, one hurdle remains: crime. Crime rates have spiked across the nation since the onset of the pandemic, and many downtown areas are still struggling to quell crime and bring people back in. The FBI last year reported a nearly 30% increase in murders in 2020, the largest single-year increase since the bureau started keeping records. While violent crimes have surged recently, the levels remain well below the rates documented in the 1980s and 1990s. Violent crimes in the U.S. peaked around 1991 at a rate of about 758 violent crimes per 100,000 people, according to FBI data. In 2020, that rate was around 398.

A group of smash and grab robbers targeted a Virginia eyeglass store outside of Washington, D.C., stealing more than $20,000 in merchandise, according to police. Detectives are following up on leads and are aware of similar incidents throughout the National Capital Region,” Capt. Frederick Chambers, Commander of the Criminal Investigations Division of the Fairfax County Police Department, said in a press release on the matter Thursday. Police released video footage of the scene showing four Black males between the ages of 17 to 23 wearing gloves, masks, and hoods or hats while stealing from a MyEyeDr. store in Alexandria.

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)

Millions of low-income Americans will be able to get high-speed internet service for no more than $30 a month under a partnership the Biden administration has reached with major internet providers. Twenty internet providers, including AT&T, Comcast and Verizon, have agreed to increase their internet speeds or cut the price of their services for eligible households, the White House announced Monday. “High-speed internet is not a luxury any longer. It’s a necessity,” President Biden said. The announcement is part of the administration’s push to expand access to fast, affordable internet service in rural areas and on tribal lands.

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)

At least 10 more states across the United States are reporting similar cases of severe acute hepatitis—liver disease of unknown origin—after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a national health alert regarding a mysterious cluster of the virus on April 21. The cases involve previously healthy children between the ages of 1 month to 16 years old, many of whom are suddenly developing hepatitis and displaying gastrointestinal symptoms including abdominal pain, diarrhea, and vomiting, as well as jaundice, or yellowing of the skin and eyes.

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.

According to The Washington Times, Taco Bell has launched a “Drag Brunch Tour” that will make its way to five cities across America. The tour will feature drag queens performing at the various Taco Bell Cantina locations. According to a news release on Taco Bell’s website, each “Drag Brunch” will be hosted by professional cross-dresser Kay Sedia. Local drag queens will also perform in each city. The first event of the tour was held on Sunday in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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)

After losing his business and enduring harassment for 18 months, the Delaware computer repairman who exposed the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop filed a multimillion-dollar defamation lawsuit on Tuesday against CNN, the Daily Beast, Politico, and Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff, saying they falsely accused him of spreading Russian propaganda during the last presidential election. “After fighting to reveal the truth, all I want now is for the rest of the country to know that there was a collective and orchestrated effort by social and mainstream media to block a real story with real consequences for the nation,” John Paul Mac Isaac, 45, told the New York Post. “This was collusion led by 51 former pillars in the intelligence community and backed by words and actions of a politically motivated DOJ and FBI,” he said. “I want this lawsuit to reveal that collusion and, more importantly, who gave the marching orders.” This collusion is what helped to defeat Trump.

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 United State Health and Human Services department is preparing as many as 19,000 beds for migrant children arriving at the Southwest border without their parents to be ready by the end of this fiscal year. The number of beds in shelters almost doubled since President Joe Biden took office, up to about 11,500 beds. The department hopes to have 19,000 beds ready by October, the end of fiscal year 2022 and is prepared to seek additional funding from Congress for more beds if needed. HHS seeks to have capacity that they can dial up and down as required.

The majority (56%) of Hispanic voters in the U.S. think President Joe Biden’s administration ought to close the southern border amid a spike in illegal activity, according to a new poll from The Trafalgar Group. Just 34% want the borders to remain open while 10% were undecided.

Food Shortages: The field is wasted, the land mourns; For the grain is ruined, the new wine is dried up, the oil fails. Be ashamed, you farmers, wail, you vinedressers, for the wheat and the barley; because the harvest of the field has perished. The vine has dried up, and the fig tree has withered; The pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree—all the trees of the field are withered; surely joy has withered away from the sons of men. (Joel 1:10-12)

When farmers in the United States returned to their fields in April, officially kicking off the 2022 growing season, they implemented significant changes in their crop plantings. Due to soaring fertilizer costs and chemical shortages, and protracted drought conditions, farmers are now planting different and smaller quantities of certain crops which could lead to widespread food shortages later this year.

A representative of the United Nations World Food Program warned on Sunday that Russia is blocking close to 4.5 million tons in grain exports from Ukraine, The Guardian reported. “Foodstuffs have to reach those in Ukraine who are trapped and in need. But at the same time, there is the need to provide other parts of the world with foodstuffs they are expecting from Ukraine in order to alleviate a global food crisis. Right now, we must concern ourselves with the fact that there are some people who will starve, that there are countries which will be unable to afford grain for their people, and that this whole war situation could lead to a global hunger crisis,” Martin Frick said.

Parents of infants across the U.S. are taking to social media pleading for media coverage and political action while posting pictures of empty store shelves, as the country’s baby formula shortage continues to get worse. The problem has gone beyond finding particular formulas that individual babies can tolerate. Several parents expressed trouble finding formula at all, and delivery is no longer reliable. The baby formula shortage began with ongoing supply chain issues but has escalated in recent weeks due to recalls by formula manufacturer Abbott Laboratories following the deaths of two infants who reportedly consumed formula made at the company’s plant in Sturgis, Michigan.

The world’s largest palm-oil producing nation last week announced a wide-reaching export ban on crude palm oil and its refined products, including cooking oil. Indonesian President Joko Widodo said he wanted to ensure the availability of food products at home after global food prices soared following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The move raised the global prices of vegetable oil, palm, and soybean, among others.

Supply Chain:  He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. (2Corinthians 9:10)

Global shipping was just starting to recover from the chaos of the pandemic. Now port congestion and delays are back and could be around for a while. Covid lockdowns in China have wreaked havoc at Shanghai, the world’s biggest container port, and are now causing problems at other major ports around the world. Shipment delays between China and major U.S. and European ports have quadrupled since late March, when China shut down the city of Shanghai.

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)

California power regulators are warning of power shortages and possible blackouts this summer as the state’s electrical grid faces increasing strain from drought and extreme heat. Increasingly more intense wildfires are another threat to the grid because they damage power lines. Arizona authorities also warned the public over the weekend to expect power difficulties this summer

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 unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.6%, the Labor Department said Friday. Employers added 428,000 jobs in April, extending a streak of booming payroll gains despite a recent uptick in COVID-19 cases, persistent worker shortages. The nation has recouped 20.8 million, or 95%, of the 22 million jobs lost early in the health crisis, leaving it 1.2 million jobs short of its pre-pandemic level.

The Federal Reserve raised interest rates by the most since 2000 on Wednesday as part of efforts to fight 40-year-high inflation. Officials serving on the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) agreed to hike the benchmark fed funds rate by 50 basis points, bringing it to a target range of 0.75 percent to 1 percent. Investors widely expected the Fed’s decision, as financial markets are also anticipating another 50-basis-point rate hike in June. The Fed will also begin trimming the more than $9 trillion balance sheet. The institution confirmed that it will start selling $47.5 billion in assets. After three months, the central bank would increase it to $95 billion, a measure that might reduce liquidity from money markets for several years.

A record 4.5 million workers quit their jobs in March, new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed Tuesday. The number of quits increased most significantly in the professional and business services sector, as well as construction. “As employers require workers to return to offices, quits are ticking upwards. A major reason for quitting is to find a remote opportunity,” wrote ZipRecruiter chief economist Julia Pollak on Twitter.

  • Meanwhile, available jobs also rose, climbing to 11.5 million, the highest level since the data series began in December 2000. That means there were 1.9 job openings for every unemployed worker in March. Retail and manufacturing job postings rose, while government jobs and positions in transportation, warehousing and utilities decreased.

U.S. labor productivity tumbled by 7.5% in the first quarter of 2022 – the largest decline in worker output per hour since 1947, according to Labor Department data released Thursday. The report also showed that unit labor costs, or how much workers are paid per unit of output, surged by 11.6% during the quarter. That reflects a 3.2% increase in hourly compensation and a 7.5% decrease in productivity.

Mortgage rates rose this week, continuing an upward trend that has pushed rates more than two percentage points higher this year. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 5.27% in the week ending May 5, up from 5.10% the week before, according to Freddie Mac. It is the highest since 2009 and well above the 2.96% average from this time last year.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average and Nasdaq Composite suffered the worst one-day losses since 2020 last week. U.S. stocks also fell sharply on Monday, pushing the S&P 500 below 4000 for the first time in over a year as traders anticipate a new load of bad news on inflation and earnings. The Dow Jones index fell about 654 points, nearly 2%. The S&P 500 dropped 3.2%, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite lost about 4.3%.

Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed a $1.2 billion tax relief bill on May 6 to help Floridians—especially families with children—fight what he called “Biden-flation headwinds.” “This is actually the largest tax relief in the history of the state of Florida,” DeSantis said. “The tax relief you’re going to see is breaks for really critical needs like gas, diapers, disaster supplies, tools for skilled trades, and recreational activities. Families are going to be able to save for things that really matter for them.” Signing HB 7071 —which covers a wide array of tax holidays—will “make an impact to help mitigate the harm that’s been caused by this inflationary spiral,” he said.

Israel: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you. (Psalm 122:6)

An Israeli Border Police officer was stabbed during a terrorist attack near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem on Sunday evening. The perpetrator was neutralized and evacuated to a hospital in critical condition. According to Mako, the assailant is a Palestinian from the Ramallah area who was illegally present in Jerusalem.

Four days after the deadly attack in the ultra-Orthodox city of Elad in central Israel, the two axe-wielding terrorists were caught and arrested in a joint operation by the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), the IDF and the Israel Police. Three fathers — Yonatan Habakuk, Boaz Gol and Oren Ben Yiftach — were murdered on Thursday evening by the young terrorists, at the conclusion of Israel’s Independence Day, leaving their wives and a total of 16 children. The escaped terrorists, 19-year-old As’ad Yussef Assad al-Rafa’i and 20-year-old Sabhi Abu Shakir — both of Rummanah, a small village near Jenin — were found in a wooded area between Rosh HaAyin and Nahshonim, less than a kilometer from where the attack took place.

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)

Mossad, the Israeli intelligence service, has foiled a plot to kill an Israeli diplomat, a U.S. general, and a journalist, detaining an Iranian man ordered to orchestrate the hits, The Jerusalem Post reported Saturday. The Mossad noted that Iran was reportedly willing to pay more than $1 million for the hits organized by a member of the Quds Force’s Unit 840 in Europe. The foiled plot shows the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and its Quds Force are a threat to more than just Israel worldwide. Israeli defense officials warn the foiled plots are part of a larger list of plots. Reports in Turkey, Britain, and the United States have revealed Iran’s ties to international crime organizations as proxies to conduct its terror around the world.

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)

Monday, 5/9, was the annual Victory Day in Russia, and the world paid close attention to Vladimir Putin’s address to his nation. But coverage is emphasizing what the Russian leader didn’t say in regard to his invasion of Ukraine, rather than what he did. Putin did not announce plans to intensify the war against Ukraine or order a mobilization of men to fight as Ukrainian officials had feared. There were no declarations of victory in Ukraine. Putin did not mention Ukraine by name in his speech and offered no indication of how long the war might continue. He repeated his rationale that Russia’s invasion was purely defensive, and he continued to insist that Russia is fighting Nazism.

  • Anti-war protesters doused Russia’s ambassador to Poland with red paint while he tried to lay flowers at a cemetery for Soviet soldiers on Monday. Ambassador Sergey Andreev led an entourage to the Warsaw cemetery to commemorate “Victory Day” in World War II, which Russia celebrates on May 9. Andreev’s group was soon surrounded with protesters demanding an end to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

The Russian offensive in eastern Ukraine has made limited progress: small gains from forces pressing south from Izyium and a virtual stalemate pushing to the north from around Mariupol, a senior Pentagon official said Monday. The official characterized the Russian attack as “incremental and somewhat anemic.” The Russians have been trying to orchestrate their artillery, air and ground forces in eastern Ukraine with little success, said the official.

  • The Ukrainians have countered with artillery strikes of their own. The Pentagon has sent 90 M777 howitzer cannons to Ukraine, 85 of which have arrived, with more than 100,000 artillery shells. More than 300 Ukrainian soldiers have completed training on the operation of the howitzer cannons.

President Biden and leaders of the Group of Seven nations vowed to phase out, or altogether ban, the import of Russian oil in response to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, they said after a video meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Sixty people are feared dead after a Russian airstrike destroyed a Ukrainian school in the eastern village of Bilohorivka, local officials said Sunday. It’s the latest in a series of brutal attacks on targets in Ukraine’s Donbas region, which is now the epicenter of Russia’s military campaign. The school in Bilohorivka was sheltering about 90 people at the time of the strike, officials said.

In Ukraine, Russian generals are being killed at a rate the country’s military hasn’t seen since the most intense fighting of World War II, and officials say American intelligence has helped target some of them. Ukrainian officials say around a dozen Russian generals have been killed since the invasion began on Feb. 24. Senior U.S. officials say Ukraine has been provided with real-time battlefield intelligence, including troop movements and the frequently shifting locations of mobile Russian military headquarters.

The U.S. says it shared intelligence with Ukraine about the location of the Russian missile cruiser Moskva prior to the strike that sank the warship, an incident that was a high-profile failure for Russia’s military. The Biden administration has ramped up intelligence sharing with Ukraine alongside the shipment of arms and missiles to help it repel Russia’s invasion.

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)

Islamic extremist rebels killed at least seven people in an attack in northeast Borno state in Nigeria. The rebels attacked Kautukari village in the Chibok area of Borno on Tuesday evening. The attack happened at the same time that U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was in the state to meet with survivors of jihadi violence. “They came in large number with superior firepower (and) took over the community,” said Hassan Chibok, a community leader. Troops from a nearby military base were deployed to repel the attack but “the damage had been done,” Chibok said, adding that “casualties are up to 10.”

Al Qaeda-linked militants overran an African Union peacekeepers’ camp in the center of Somalia, a security source and the group said on Tuesday, in what appears to be one of the al Shabaab group’s biggest attacks this year. A resident said three civilians died in crossfire during the attack, while the number of African Union soldiers killed or captured was unclear. Somalia is preparing to hold long-delayed presidential elections with political rivalries having split the security services, distracting them from the fight against the al Shabaab insurgency.

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)

U.S. infrastructure is aging, and that includes our dams. The AP analysis found the nation’s dams are in even worse condition than previously thought. An Associated Press analysis tallied more than 2,200 high-hazard dams in poor or unsatisfactory condition across the U.S. — up substantially from a similar AP review conducted three years ago. The actual number is likely even higher because some states don’t track such data and many federal agencies refuse to release details about their dams’ conditions.

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)

Last week, new water restrictions issued for millions of residents of Southern California highlighted the need to make agriculture more efficient—and a new statewide composting mandate is providing the solution. California leads the nation in food production, which requires a lot of water, and recently they became the second state in the nation after Vermont to make large-scale composting a requirement by law. City composting programs produce thousands of truckloads of finished compost that go onto farms, orchards, and vineyards, creating a natural sponge that attracts and retains moisture. More than 200 cities across the country, and many universities, have followed San Francisco’s lead and implemented curbside collection of food scraps for composting. The new composting law requires California cities to reduce landfilling of compostable materials by 75 percent by 2025. Food waste makes up nearly 20% of the material in our landfills.

Recycling has seen rising costs and lower buy-in from cities in recent years after China in 2018 stopped importing many recycled materials and local options dwindled, leaving cities skeptical as they faced rising costs for selling paper and plastic goods. Nationally, about two-thirds of waste collected goes to landfills, but 70-90% of material is actually recyclable, researchers estimate. Last year, Americans recycled at most 6% of their plastic waste, according to a separate report released last Wednesday by a pair of environmental groups. It’s a number that’s even worse than it used to be – 8.7% in 2018.

  • The U.S. counts exported plastic waste as “recycled” even though 25% to 75% is “inadequately managed in receiving countries.” Left to its own devices, plastic degrades over time and becomes microplastics that contaminate the environment and human bodies. Research shows every person will consume about 44 pounds of microplastics in their lifetime.

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)

A two-week eruption of Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano shows no signs of stopping. Kilauea has been erupting since September in starts and stops, but recently the flow of lava has become steadier.

Wildfires: The first angel sounded: And hail and fire followed, mingled with blood, and they were thrown to the earth. And a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up. (Revelation 8:7)

Firefighters slowed the advance of the Hermit’s Peak wildfire, 12 miles northwest of Las Vegas, New Mexico. It is the largest wildfire in the U.S. at 176,272 acres as of last 5/9 after heavy winds finally relented. President Biden approved a disaster declaration that brings new financial resources to remote stretches of New Mexico devastated by the fire since early April. At least 356 structures have been destroyed. The fire is 43% contained as of 5/9.

In parts of Texas, smoke fills the sky. Wildfires are burning out of control; the brush is dry and all it takes is a single spark to create the next fire that could rage out of control. No home or neighborhood is safe from this reality in Amarillo. Extreme temperatures are another factor. Record-breaking, triple-digit heat is only making matters worse. Temperatures in Amarillo this time of year are supposed to be at a comfortable 78 degrees. However, since Friday, they have been soaring into the triple digits.

Wildfire season in Arizona began early, and is likely to be intense. With the large Crooks and Tunnel fires winding down, another new one blasted past 10,000 acres in just two days. The San Rafael fire is burning 22 miles southeast of Patagonia, which is fifty miles south of Tucson. About 80 people have been evacuated and the Red Cross has set up a shelter at the United Methodist Community Church in Patagonia.

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)

There are already widespread impacts in California’s third year of extreme dry conditions. The entire state – some 40 million people and 164,000 square miles – is in a drought emergency. Major reservoirs have reached record lows resulting in less hydropower for some regions, water use is being restricted, farmers are being paid not to grow crops and hundreds of fish are dying in dried-up stream beds. Last summer was the hottest on record in the state according to the National Weather Service. A sweltering August heat wave was blamed for hundreds of deaths in California and the Pacific Northwest.

  • California’s two largest reservoirs — Shasta Lake and Lake Oroville – are plunging at an alarming rate. Years of low rainfall and snowpack and more intense heat waves have fed directly to the state’s multiyear, unrelenting drought conditions, rapidly draining statewide reservoirs. And according to last week’s report from the U.S. Drought Monitor, the two major reservoirs are at “critically low levels” at the point of the year when they should be the highest.

The days are ticking down to the start of this year’s Atlantic hurricane season on June 1, and forecasters are worried about the increasing ferocity seen in recent years.. Nearly half of those most powerful storms — Charley, Laura, Ida and Michael — made landfall in the U.S. in just the last 18 years. As rising global temperatures continue heating up the Gulf and other tropical waters, it’s a phenomenon some experts expect to see more often. Already this year, water temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico are warmer than normal. And a rejuvenated La Nina current in the Pacific Ocean could mean more favorable conditions for hurricanes.

Major damage is being seen after tornadoes roared through parts of central Oklahoma and Texas last Wednesday, and flooding forced evacuations in Arkansas Thursday morning. So far, no serious injuries have been reported. Officials were evacuating residents near Fayetteville, Arkansas, Thursday morning as homes and vehicles were flooded. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for the city of 85,000 as floodwaters rose. The flooding extended into parts of Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri. In Okmulgee County, Oklahoma. Over twelve inches of rain fell in some areas over two days.

Signs of the Times Update: May 2, 2022

May 2, 2022

Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6:31-34)

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)

On Tuesday, April 12, 15 women came together to share their abortion regret testimonies outside Jackson Women’s Health Organization, also known as the Pink House due to its bright pink exterior. It is the last remaining abortion facility in Mississippi, and is at the center of the Supreme Court case Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which concerns Mississippi’s legislation limiting abortion to the first 15 weeks of pregnancy. Wearing black t-shirts reading “Ask Me My Story” in white letters, the women shared their personal abortion stories on the sidewalk, interacted with men and women entering the facility, and dialogued with facility employees. As a result of these conversations, four women canceled their abortion appointments and one employee committed to quitting her job at the facility.

Arizonans will now have access to their churches, religious organizations, and clergy during a public crisis. Governor Ducey’s signature on HB 2507 and HB 2449 ensures religious Arizonans and organizations are not discriminated against during a public emergency. If other essential services are available to the public, religious organizations will be as well. By signing HB 2507 the Governor acknowledges the fact that religious organizations provide essential services that are vital to the health and welfare of the public. They not only meet the spiritual needs of our communities, but they also support social services, health care, and economic activity.

A federal appeals court has given orders to dismiss all challenges to the unique enforcement mechanism of Texas’s pro-life Heartbeat Act, which empowers private citizens to file civil lawsuits against abortionists. The U.S. 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday remanded the primary lawsuit opposing the enforcement method of the Heartbeat Act (SB 8) back to district court Judge Robert Pitman, with orders to dismiss all challenges. Tuesday’s decision finalizes a March ruling by the Texas Supreme Court to uphold the pro-life law against a lawsuit which had suggested that state officials had a role in enforcing the measure. The Lone Star State’s hotly contested Heartbeat Act bans abortions after a baby’s heartbeat can be detected (usually around six weeks gestation).

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt (R) has signed a bill banning non-binary gender marks on birth certificates. “I believe that people are created by God to be male or female. Period,” the governor said. The ban on non-binary certificates, which Stitt signed into law on Tuesday, is reportedly the first of its kind in the U.S. The bill, SB 1100, limits biological sex on birth certificates to just male and female. Stitt’s signing of the law makes permanent his executive order that blocked the state’s Department of Health from issuing a non-binary birth certificate last year, CBN News reports. At the time, an Oklahoma-born Oregon resident sued the agency after it initially denied their request for a non-binary birth certificate.

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed HB2161 into law Friday to uphold the rights of parents to raise their children without undue interference from government, especially in the public-school system. “HB 2161 would not have been necessary had school and healthcare officials consistently respected the role of parents and abided by current law acknowledging a parent’s right to direct the education and wellbeing of their children,” notes Cathi Herrod, President of the Center for Arizona Policy. The new law will now protect children from activist school officials, who often don’t even notify parents of their progressive indoctrination of their children.

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that a program of the city of Boston that allows outside groups to fly flags at city hall must permit the flying of flag with a cross that a camp referred to as a “Christian flag.” The question before the court was whether flying the flag as part of a government program was considered government speech if the flag belonged to a private organization, in this case, Camp Constitution. The Supreme Court ruled that it is not. Boston argued that flying the flag was government speech because it was the city’s flag pole and is normally used to fly the flag of Boston when it is not used for this program.

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)

An internal report released by a Florida megachurch alleges that its founders, who resigned earlier this month, were abusive and mentally troubled. The 12,000-member Celebration Church, located in Jacksonville, was founded by pastor Stovall Weems and his wife, Kerri, in 1988. The Weemses, who resigned on April 15, filed a lawsuit against the church in February to settle dueling claims of financial fraud. According to a 22-page report by the Nelson Mullins law firm, “the single word used most frequently to describe Stovall Weems was ‘narcissist.’ The report found that since 2019, the Weems’ leadership has been “inconsistent and unbiblical.” The report added that their leadership was “marked by rampant spiritual and emotional abuse, including manipulation, a profound sense of self-importance and selfishness, superiority and entitlement, overbearing and unreasonable demands on employees’ time, a lack of accountability or humility, and demands of absolute loyalty.”

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 suing a Pennsylvania elementary school after the Northern York County School Board voted not to allow an After School Satan Club. The Satanic Temple’s general counsel Mathew Kezhaya explained that the aim of the litigation is to determine if the board discriminated against the Satanic Temple since other after school clubs were allowed instead of theirs. Kezhaya noted that the lawsuit could take up to 18 months or even two years to be completed and could be even longer if the case makes it to the Supreme Court. Under the first amendment, Kezhaya contended that The Satanic Temple’s after school club should be given the same access as the other clubs.

  • If we truly believe in free speech, then this Satanic club should not be excluded as long as they don’t force anyone to become a member.

The Satanic Temple’s website includes a theme song with the following lyrics: “Satan’s not an evil guy, he wants you to learn and question why, he wants you to have fun and be yourself, and by the way, there is no hell. Science is important, so we understand the world, Satan looks for truth, let’s help him, boys and girls… Everyone is different, and that’s ok with Satan, he’ll always treat you equal, whether you’re black, white, or gay.”

  • Very appealing to the youth of today who see Christianity as hateful and discriminatory because of the lack of love displayed by so many Christians despite the fact that Jesus told us to love everyone (Matthew 22:37-40), even our enemies (Matthew 5:44), and that we’re all sinners (Romans 3:23) saved only by the grace of God (Ephesians 2:1-9).

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 third nation just bowed to Vaccine Passports after the World Health Organization (WHO) launched its new global push. Now about 2.8 billion people (out of 7.7 billion total) are subject to government-controlled medical restrictions before traveling. Australia joined Africa and India in mandating these Vaccine Passports, which include testing results. Their governments will be able to share the digital medical data of their citizens and of anyone traveling to their countries. Now Vaccine Passports are being pushed in South America too. U.S. adult travelers must show proof of vaccine to enter Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Guyana.

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 Department of Homeland Security is establishing a board to counter “disinformation.” DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testified to a House panel on Wednesday that the board will be tasked with countering disinformation regarding homeland security, particularly related to Russia and illegal immigration. Politico reported Nina Jankowicz, who previously served as a disinformation fellow at the Wilson Center, a Washington think tank, will head the board as executive director. Mayorkas told the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Wednesday that “the goal” of the new board “is to bring the resources of the department together to address this threat” of disinformation.

  • More likely is that is Board will stifle free speech, especially anything counter to the liberal-progressive narrative that has already proven false in several areas.

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 military regime … tortured the people, burnt their houses, bombed their villages, raped their women and children, sucked the people out of their livelihoods and killed thousands of innocent civilians…” With these words, Christian leaders in north-east India sum up the terrible suffering in neighboring Myanmar since the military coup of February 2021. Many of the victims are Christians from Myanmar’s ethnic minorities. Thousands have fled their homeland into nearby countries.

Antisemitic incidents reported in the United States reached an “all-time high” in 2021, increasing to levels never before seen in the Anti-Defamation League’s recorded history, the agency said Tuesday. There was an average of more than seven antisemitic incidents per day in 2021, the ADL found, 2,717 last year – a 34% increase from the 2,026 incidents recorded in 2020. Incidents of antisemitic assaults saw the biggest increase – skyrocketing by 167% from 33 in 2020 to 88 in 2021, the audit found.

When he heard that anti-Israel protesters were going to be rallying outside Israel’s consulate and Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Midtown Manhattan on April 20, Matthew Greenman from nearby Westchester County in New York decided to do something to show his support for the Jewish state, despite being on crutches. For his efforts, Greenman was not only called a “terrorist,” but was assaulted and injured in a case currently being investigated by the New York City Police Department’s Hate Crimes Unit.

Abortion: Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart. (Jeremiah 1:5)

The prestigious Wall Street Journal has chosen a side in the abortion wars. On April 26, WSJ published an editorial titled “Abortion and the Supreme Court. The editors urged the Justices to use the Mississippi case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health to overturn Roe v. Wade, which (with the accompanying Doe v. Bolton ruling) legalized abortion in all 50 states up until fetal viability. In 1992, the Supreme Court passed up an opportunity to overturn Roe, instead upholding its primary holdings in Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

The U.S. Senate tied Wednesday evening on a vote to formally disapprove of the Biden administration’s decision to restore the abortion industry’s access to Title X family planning funds, allowing the policy to stand for the time being. The 49-49 vote saw moderate Democrat Joe Manchin cross the aisle to support the measure, and pro-abortion Republicans Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski joined Democrats in voting against it (two additional Democrats, Chris Murphy and Ron Wyden, were absent).

  • In October 2021, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) formally rescinded former President Donald Trump’s Protect Life Rule, which required “clear financial and physical separation between Title X-funded projects and programs or facilities where abortion is a method of family planning,” and banned “referral for abortion as a method of family planning.” The Trump rule reduced Planned Parenthood’s annual funding by almost $60 million.

The University of New Mexico has agreed to pay $365,000 to the family of a woman who died during an abortion at a facility recommended by the school. Keisha Atkins, then 23, died in 2017 at the Southwestern Women’s Options abortion facility in Albuquerque four days after reporting to the clinic for a “four-day late-term abortion procedure that was to be done by eighty-year-old abortion facility owner Curtis Boyd,” according to pro-life organization Operation Rescue.

Operation Rescue has obtained a Computer Aided Dispatch print out from the Reno, Nevada, Police Department that notes it is Planned Parenthood’s policy to not notify a parent when a minor daughter is the victim of a sex crime. The 911 call was placed on August 2, 2021, by Katherine Schopp, who is a nurse practitioner with Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, the affiliate that operates the Reno Planned Parenthood abortion facility. Schopp reported that a minor between the ages of 10 and 17 was the victim of a sexual assault by an adult male.

Suicide/Assisted Suicide: No man has power to retain the spirit, or power over the day of death. (Ecclesiastes 8:8 ESV)

In just the last 10 months, 10 sailors aboard the U.S.S. George Washington have committed suicide. The U.S. military, already plagued by an increase in active-duty suicides, reported a heartbreaking 16% increase in suicides in 2020, according to the Department of Defense (DOD) 2020 Annual Suicide Report. That’s the highest number of active-duty suicides in at least five years. Last week, Liberty Counsel filed a declaration in Navy SEAL 1 v. Austin revealing shocking evidence of suicides among military members due to the Biden vaccine mandate. A platoon mate of Plaintiff Lance Corporal 2 of the U.S. Marine Corps committed suicide just before Christmas. A military informant says that the suicide was a result of the pressure and the punishment this Marine faced for his religious objection to the shots.

In the U.S., suicide increased by 30% between 2000 and 2018 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s pre-COVID-19. By 2020, in the midst of the COVID pandemic, suicide was the runner-up cause of death for ages 10-14.

Pestilence (Covid and other diseases): For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. (Matthew 24:7)

New Covid-19 cases in the U.S. have increased by 51% over the past two weeks, while hospitalizations are up 16%, but deaths are down 29% (however, deaths lag cases by up to two weeks). Early evidence is that the current subvariants are less severe and deadly. The number of new cases announced is still at its lowest level since last summer, and hospitalizations, despite recent growth, are nearly as low as they have been at any point in the pandemic.

  • The rising case reports are believed to be a significant undercount since many Americans are using at-home tests, many institutions have cut back on surveillance testing, and states have closed mass testing sites.
  • More than half a dozen states, ranging from Indiana (+221%) to West Virginia (+196%) to Hawaii (+146%) have seen reports of new cases double in the past two weeks. In much of the Northeast, hospitalizations have increased by 40 percent or more.
  • Only four states show declines in cases over the past two weeks: Arizona (-15%), Colorado (-6%), Oklahoma (-2%) and Texas (-1%). Washington D.C. is down 25% after being one the first to see a new surge of cases.

After more than two years, the United States may be out of the so-called COVID-19 pandemic phase, according to top White House adviser Anthony Fauci. Fauci, who has been the federal government’s public face for its COVID-19 response and rules, told PBS Newshour Tuesday that “we are certainly right now in this country out of the pandemic phase.” After making that statement, Fauci then continued to push for people to get COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots which “might be” an “every year” occurrence, adding that it “might be longer, in order to keep that level low.”

  • The next day, however, Fauci told CBS News his words had been misconstrued, and that “we certainly cannot say the pandemic is over. It is not over.”

New government data, released Tuesday, looked at blood drawn for medical purposes during that timeframe and found antibodies to the virus that causes COVID-19 in nearly 60% of people, up from one-third just three months earlier. In adults under 50, 37% had antibodies in December, compared to 64% in February; in those 50-64, antibody presence rose from 29% to 50%, and in adults 65-and-older it climbed from 19% to 33%. The increase was highest among the youngest. In children, the antibody rate rose from about 45% to 75%.

  • A previous infection provides some protection against a subsequent one, though it’s not clear how long that protection lasts, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said

Emerging research suggests that a small portion of people who now live with long Covid may have showed no Covid-19 symptoms at all when they were initially infected – or their symptoms were mild or unusual. One paper posted last year to the server MedRxiv, featured an analysis of more than 1,400 medical records in California for people who tested positive for Covid-19. It found that roughly 32% of those reporting long-haul symptoms more than 60 days following a Covid-19 diagnosis in which no symptoms were present at the time of their initial Covid-19 test.

Just one day after the Food and Drug Administration revived its war against COVID-19 treatment ivermectin, disingenuously calling it a “horse dewormer,” Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed a law allowing residents to access the treatment without a prescription. The FDA’s renewed attacks this week developed when it said the word ivermectin was trending on the newly liberated Twitterverse under Elon Musk. But on Wednesday, a report from Liberty Counsel confirmed that Lee signed into law a plan making the antiviral drug … available for the treatment of COVID-19 without a prescription.”

International:

COVID-19 cases are skyrocketing in South Africa, as they did in the earliest days of the omicron outbreak. It’s too soon to know whether that will have any implications for the United States, but omicron exploded here right after Thanksgiving, only a few weeks after it took off there. The viruses now spreading in South Africa are variants of omicron, dubbed BA.4 and BA.5. The original omicron variant, called BA.1, now represents only about 3% of cases in the United States, according to Centers for Disease Control data. It was pushed out by BA.2, which accounts for 68% of current infections, and BA.2.12.1, which is approaching 30% of cases nationwide, after arising in New York state.

Taiwan, which had been living mostly free of COVID-19, is now facing its worst outbreak since the beginning of the pandemic with over 11,000 new cases reported Thursday. Cases have been on the upswing since late March. In April, the island’s central authorities announced they would no longer maintain a “zero-COVID” policy like the Chinese government’s in which they would centrally quarantine positive cases. Instead, the government is asking people to quarantine at home if they test positive, unless they show moderate to severe symptoms.

Bird Flu:

A Colorado prison inmate who had direct exposure to poultry infected with avian flu is the first person in the U.S. to test positive with the current strain with mild symptoms of fatigue. He was working at a commercial farm with infected poultry as part of a correctional pre-release employment program. “This case does not change the human risk assessment for the general public, which CDC considers to be low,” the CDC said in a statement.

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.

In a stunning admission by the liberal New York Times, senior writer David Leonhardt reports, “Why hasn’t the F.D.A. approved a Covid-19 vaccine for children under 5? Government officials have given two conflicting answers in recent days — one that places responsibility on vaccine manufacturers, another that casts the lack of approval as a deliberate federal policy. It’s the latest instance of what has been a recurring problem during the pandemic. Public health officials have sent confusing messages about Covid policy. They have done so on masks, tests, adult vaccines and basic Covid statistics. Sometimes, the confusion has been intentional: Officials haven’t trusted Americans with the truth. Other times, the confusion has been an accidental byproduct of a messy public-health bureaucracy where no one person has responsibility for delivering clear messages to the public.”

For most of the pandemic, unvaccinated people accounted for the vast majority of fatalities from covid-19. But during the omicron surge in January and February, 42 percent of the people who died of Covid had been previously vaccinated, reports CNN in another liberal new site owning up to the truth. “A key explanation for the rise in deaths among the vaccinated is that covid-19 fatalities are again concentrated among the elderly, who are overwhelmingly immunized, but vaccines are less effective and their potency wanes over time in older age groups.”

Three-hundred-eighty-two employees at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have not received a COVID-19 vaccine, Roger Andoh, a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) officer at the agency, told The Epoch Times. Another nine employees have just had one dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, meaning they do not qualify as fully vaccinated per the CDC’s guidelines. Together, that represents 3.2 percent of the CDC’s workforce. The data are current as of April 12. Three other health agencies inside the HHS involved in promoting COVID-19 vaccination have still not provided the data requested. They are the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the National Institutes of Health.

Liberty Counsel reports about one service member they are defending in court: “Corey* has the military in his DNA. His grandfather served in the Army, and Corey’s father, aunt and uncle all attended U.S. Air Force Academy. Corey was awarded one of the highest commendations from the U, S, Air Force Academy as the top cadet out of 1,070 classmates, achieving top marks in physical fitness, academics and leadership. Corey believes it is his duty to serve God and country. But Joe Biden is making him choose God or country. Corey was ordered to take the COVID vaccine by DOD Secretary Lloyd Austin. But all the shots used aborted fetal cell lines in testing and/or development. As a committed Christian, Corey will not be directly or indirectly associated with abortion. Corey’s chaplain recommended his religious accommodation request be approved, but the committee denied Corey’s lawful right to religious accommodation anyway.

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)

Law enforcement in Wisconsin launched a homicide investigation into a 14-year-old boy after discovering the body of a 10-year-old girl near a walking trail Monday. Police arrested a juvenile suspect who knew Iliana Peters, who went by the name Lily, they announced Tuesday evening. The teen arrested in connection with the death of Lily appeared by video in court Wednesday where a judge ordered him held on $1 million bail.

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)

Across the U.S., more kids are getting their hands on guns and using them in an escalating number of murders, suicides and accidental shootings, experts and data say. By March 31, there were at least 1,352 incidents where teenagers under 19 were injured or killed by gunfire this year, figures from the Gun Violence Archive show. The total in 2021 was 5,543 incidents. Firearms-related homicide was the top cause of death for those ages 1-24 beginning in 2017. In 2020, gun-involved homicides by children under 18 were up to 1,704 incidents from 1,225 in 2019 – a 39% year-over-year increase of 479 shootings.

Tragedy: In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)

A medical mystery was uncovered by a New Jersey man who was able to connect over 100 people diagnosed with uncommon cancers or tumors to a single Woodbridge high school. Al Lupiano revealed that he had a brain growth 20 years ago prior to his wife having one as well as his sibling who passed away in February at 44 years of age. All three attended the exact same high school in Woodbridge. Lupiano swore “I will not rest until I have answers.” Since then he discovered that at least 110 students of that high school also had uncommon cancerous growths. The 50-year-old Lupiano claims that the illnesses can be traced back to a close-by plant that handled uranium for the very first atomic bomb under the Manhattan Project. The plant is now closed but formerly imported uranium ore that was imported for use in the nation’s early atomic energy program and shipped to other sites for processing, as reported by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Law Enforcement: Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. (Matthew 5:9)

Minneapolis and its police department engaged in “a pattern or practice of race discrimination,” Minnesota human rights officials said in a report Wednesday stemming from an investigation launched one week after the Memorial Day 2020 killing of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer. State Human Rights Commissioner Rebecca Lucero, at a news conference, lambasted the organizational culture of a department marred by “flawed training which emphasized a paramilitary approach to policing,” a lack of accountability and the failure of police leaders to address racial disparities. The report cited “racial disparities in how MPD officers use force, stop, search, arrest, and cite people of color” and officers’ “use of covert social media to surveil Black individuals and Black organizations, unrelated to criminal activity.”

A fired Philadelphia police officer was charged with murder for killing a 12-year-old who was essentially face down on the sidewalk. Edsaul Mendoza, 26, is charged with first-degree murder, third-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter and another charge for shooting Thomas “T.J.” Siderio on March 1. Siderio “likely” fired at Mendoza’s unmarked police vehicle before the officer chased him, District Attorney Larry Krasner said Monday. The boy had discarded the gun and was “essentially face down on the sidewalk” when Mendoza fired the fatal shot, Krasner said.

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)

Russia is struggling under an unprecedented wave of hacking attacks, puncturing the myth of Moscow’s unassailable cyber-superiority. Prolific Russian ransomware groups had pledged to step up attacks on American infrastructure if Russian technology was hobbled in retribution for the invasion of Ukraine. But in the third month of the war, Russia, not the United States, is dealing with a cyber-assault involving government activity, political voluntarism and criminal action coming from Ukraine supporters around the world.

Big Tech: But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase. (Daniel 12:4)

Google claims that it has disabled a feature within its document editor that was correcting language to make it ‘more inclusive’, but only while it refines the tool to make it work more effectively. Google Docs was testing ‘inclusive warnings’, which act like a language checker, suggesting that users refrain from using terms such as ‘policeman’ or ‘landlord’, because they are gendered, and words like ‘fierce’ and ‘annoyed’ for being threatening. Critics compared the move to the Ministry of Truth from Orwell’s 1984, which policed language and made sure that its Newspeak was implemented everywhere. Now, following the backlash, Google is pausing the tool.

Jack Dorsey, the co-founder and former CEO of Twitter, threw his support behind Elon Musk’s deal to take the social media platform private. “In principle, I don’t believe anyone should own or run Twitter,” Dorsey said late Monday. “It wants to be a public good at a protocol level, not a company. Solving for the problem of it being a company, however, Elon is the singular solution I trust.” Dorsey said that Twitter has always been “my biggest regret,” and taking it back from “Wall Street” was the “correct first step” for the popular platform.

  • A central concern expressed by Twitter employees was that Musk would try to break down safeguards to protect everyday users that workers had built over many years. Unfortunately, those ‘protections’ often censored viable viewpoints that run contrary to the liberal-progressive faith, thus stifling free speech.

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)

Harvard University set out to uncover and record “every discoverable connection between Harvard and slavery,” reports the Boston Globe. The result—the product of three years of work by faculty and student researchers—is a 130-page report that makes clear that the connections were there, and persisted for centuries. The report found that Harvard presidents, faculty, and staff owned more than 70 slaves from the school’s founding in 1636 to 1783 (when the state’s Supreme Judicial Court declared it unconstitutional). Harvard President Lawrence Bacow, who commissioned the report, has vowed to spend $100 million to: strengthening ties with historically Black colleges; invest in education among descendant communities; identify and support the direct descendants of those enslaved at Harvard; and create a “permanent and imposing physical memorial, convening space, or both.”

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)

Noting aspirin’s risk of dangerous bleeding, the nation’s leading panel of preventive health experts has reversed course and now recommends that most people should not take a daily low-dose aspirin to prevent a heart attack or stroke. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force updated its guidelines Tuesday to recommend against initiating daily low-dose aspirin in people 60 and older. The choice for people between 40 and 59 would be between themselves and their doctor, but the task force warns that the “net benefit of aspirin use in this group is small.”

About 10,000 families are facing unpaid bills totaling over $50 million after a health care ministry they were a part of said they were shutting down. According to Christianity Today, Sharity Ministries filed for bankruptcy and started the liquidation process in 2021.

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 new law in Arizona, signed recently by Gov. Doug Ducey, is breaking ground on advancing medical treatments that are new and promising, but not fully vetted. The Goldwater Institute explained the legislation “opens the door to cutting-edge treatments that are otherwise blocked by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.” The institute worked on the legislation, and called it Right to Try 2.0, as an earlier Right to Try plan already was developed and adopted. “Patients in need of lifesaving treatment received new hope,” the organization reported.

Fueled by Covid-19 relief measures and renewed federal investment, enrollment in Obamacare plans, Medicaid expansion and Basic Health Plan policies has soared to an estimated 35.8 million as of early 2022, up from 27.1 million in 2020, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. This includes an estimated 13.6 million people enrolled in policies purchased on the Obamacare exchanges and more than 21 million people in Medicaid expansion coverage, including 16.8 million who were not eligible prior to the landmark health reform law. Meanwhile, the uninsured rate fell to 8.8% in the fourth quarter of last year, down from 10.3% in the same period of 2020.

  • These numbers could start declining as early as this summer if the nation’s public health emergency is not renewed again. That will allow states to resume disenrolling Medicaid beneficiaries who no longer qualify for coverage, a practice that was halted during the pandemic.

You can dramatically increase your lifespan just by taking a walk. New evidence reveals that the old rule of 10,000 steps daily is outdated, and if you are over 60 you really need only 7,000 steps per day to slash your mortality risk by 50%. A meta-analysis published in the Lancet medical journal examined 15 studies involving nearly 50,000 adults and found that seniors had a decreasing mortality rate when they walked between 6,000 and 8,000 steps daily, with an average of 7,000 steps to reap the health benefits. The researchers found that even boosting your daily step count to 5,000 for folks 60 and over and 7,000 for younger individuals slashed mortality risk by 40%.

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)

During a Teachers of the Year event at the White House, U.S. President Biden told teachers that their students effectively belong to them and not “somebody” else when they are in their classrooms. “They are not somebody else’s children. They’re yours when you’re in the classroom,” Biden said. “And you’ve heard me say it many times, about our children, but it’s true, they’re all our children,” Biden said in his address to the teachers on Wednesday.

  • “No, Joe, they are not ‘somebody else’s children.’ They are OUR children,” stated pro-family organization American Principles Project.
  • “Wake up, parents,” replied school choice advocate Corey A. DeAngelis, adding a quote from political commentator Michael Malice who said that “Socialists regard your property as their property, but even more nefariously regard your children as their property.”
  • The parents of a Chicago teen who took his own life are calling for accountability after claiming the school he attended withheld information on the relentless cyberbullying he faced from classmates.
    • Whether it’s bullying or transitioning, parents need to and have a right to know what’s going on with their children. It should be a criminal offense to not tell parents anything affecting their children.

U.S. public schools have become secular humanism indoctrination centers: A former Indianapolis curriculum coordinator and public-school teacher says “grooming” is the “perfect word” to describe what happens in classrooms. Tony Kinnett, previously put on leave and then fired for exposing critical race theory in schools, explained how “grooming” occurs in classrooms. He said it can occur with both racial and sexual topics. Grooming is “ideological manipulation” that includes “isolating children from their parents and replacing them with hyper-activist teachers and counselors,” Kinnett wrote on April 15 in an opinion piece for the Daily Caller. He gave examples, including “collective shaming” and mandatory “counseling workshops” in which “students sit through lectures on the virtue of the latest progressive talking points.”

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)

Sandy, Oregon mayor and Republican gubernatorial candidate Stan Pulliam is devastated after an alleged Antifa group disrupted his “Fund the Police” rally in Portland on Saturday. “Less than 15 minutes in, we’re greeted by Antifa, showing up with firecrackers that they’re throwing at us, paint, feces all over our campaign [signs], our campaign bus completely destroyed.” He also weighed in on claims that Antifa is fictitious, saying that certain naysayers denied that the development took place. “We have video footage evidence that’s all over Twitter, all over social media, the local news has picked it up… and they’re claiming it didn’t even happen.”

Tens of thousands of people marched Sunday in cities around Europe for May Day protests to honor workers and pressure governments into doing more for their citizens. Rising inflation and fears of food shortages from the war in Ukraine were feeding discontent around the world. In France, protesters shouted slogans against newly reelected President Emmanuel Macron. Tensions erupted in Paris as some demonstrators smashed windows at banks, a fast-food restaurant and a real estate agency. French police moved in, firing rounds of tear gas. Eight police officers were injured.

  • In Turkey, police moved in quickly in Istanbul to encircle protesters near the barred-off Taksim Square, where 34 people were killed in 1977 during a May Day event. Turkish police detained 164 people for demonstrating without permits and resisting police at the square’
  • In Italy, after a two-year pandemic lull, an outdoor mega concert was being held in Rome after rallies and protests in cities across the country. Italy’s three main labor unions held their main rally in the hilltop town of Assisi, a frequent destination for peace protests.

Lust/Fornication:  But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. (James 1:14-15)

On Monday, the president of a school board in southwest Ohio immediately quit his job after a group posted a now-viral video online accusing the official of arranging to meet what he thought was an 11-year-old girl in Indiana. John Gray, Goshen Local Schools board president, drove three hours and crossed state lines in order to meet with the child after the pair had phone calls detailing their hypothetical sexual escapades.

  • Sexual predators are often found in positions which gets them close to children.

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.

They started in colleges, but trans closets—rooms stocked with transgender clothes and accessories for students to change into after arriving to school and back out of before going home—are being discovered in public schools with some indication they are being kept a secret from parents. In a recent TikTok video, a California teacher implies that the trans closet he started at the high school where he works is meant to be kept from parents. “The goal of the transition closet is for our students to wear the clothes that their parents approve of, come to school and then swap out into the clothes that fit who they truly are,” the teacher 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)

Filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza believes that evidence presented in his new documentary, “2000 Mules,” proves that large-scale, illegal vote trafficking occurred in the 2020 election. D’Souza told The Epoch Times: “2000 Mules will settle the issue beyond a shadow of a doubt by using two powerful, independent modes of investigation. The evidence is so conclusive, so decisive, that it leaves nothing to argue about.” The film opens in 300 theaters on May 2 and May 4. D’Souza said an investigative team used cellphone tracking and video footage to prove that 2,000 unauthorized intermediaries called “mules” collected thousands of absentee ballots from voters and deposited them in drop boxes for money, which is illegal in all 50 states.

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 federal judge has ruled against the Biden administration, preventing them from ending a Trump-era public health policy that impacts illegal immigration which was set to expire in late May. Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt revealed Monday afternoon that a federal judge issued a limiting order stopping President Biden from ending Title 42, a Trump-era policy licensing U.S. Border Patrol to turn away migrants at the border over COVID-19 issues. “In a lawsuit originally filed by Missouri, Louisiana, and Arizona, our Office just obtained a temporary restraining order to keep Title 42 in place. This is a huge victory for border security,” Schmitt said.

  • The Biden administration said on Tuesday that it intends to comply with a Louisiana judge’s expected order to block the end of Trump-era Title 42 border policy.

President Biden’s administration has released a plan to deal with the expected surge in illegal immigration across the U.S.–Mexico border once the emergency Title 42 policy is terminated in May. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas laid out the plan in a 20-page memorandum Wednesday, outlining a series of “pillars” that officials are already putting into place. In addition to deploying more resources such as agents to the border, the Department of Homeland Security is working to process illegal immigrants more quickly and expelling those who are not allowed to stay under federal law, according to the memo. The government is also “bolstering the capacity” of non-governmental groups (NGOs) to receive illegal immigrants after they’re released by federal agents and disrupting criminal groups and smugglers who seek to smuggle people and/or drugs into the United States.

  • Mayorkas claimed that, overall, the administration is “sending a clear message” that the end of Title 42, the emergency order that enables quick expulsion of many illegal aliens, “does not mean that the U.S. border is open.”

The number of illegal immigrants living in the United States increased by approximately a million in the first year of the Biden administration, and cost the American taxpayer an additional $9.4 billion, according to a new analysis by a conservative group. The study was written by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) which advocates for lower levels of immigration. The study estimates that there are approximately 15.5 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, up from 14.5 million in 2020. Other estimates have typically put that number at around 11 million for years, but immigration hawks have expressed skepticism that the number has stayed flat given the increased activity at the border. FAIR’s analysis also conducted a fiscal cost study, finding that illegal immigrants are imposing a net fiscal burden of at least $143.1 billion – an increase of $9.4 billion over 2020.

  • The report says the states with the most illegal immigrants are California (3.3 million), Texas (2.2 million), Florida (1.2 million) and New York (1.1 million.) The states with the fewest illegal immigrants are North Dakota and West Virginia, with 6,000 each.

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)

Over the past six months, a string of food processing plants has been set ablaze across the United States amid soaring food prices and historic inflation. And now, the FBI’s Cyber Division has issued a warning about potential cyberattacks on agricultural cooperatives and food plants amid increasing media coverage of recent fires and explosions at food processing plants across the United States. “Ransomware actors may be more likely to attack agricultural cooperatives during critical planting and harvest seasons, disrupting operations, causing financial loss, and negatively impacting the food supply chain,” the notice said The agency also warned that, “A significant disruption of grain production could impact the entire food chain, since grain is not only consumed by humans but also used for animal feed.

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)

Renewable electricity met 100% of California’s electricity demand for the first time ever on Saturday, most of it from large amounts of solar power now produced along Interstate 10, an hour east of the Coachella Valley. Energy demand statewide hit 18,672 megawatts at 2:45 p.m. local time, and 37,172 megawatts were available to meet it. Of that, 101% of the power provided came from renewables.

Attorneys general from 16 states and the District of Columbia and two environmental activist groups allege that the Postal Service relied on faulty assumptions and miscalculations to justify spending as much as $11.3 billion on gas-powered vehicles that get 8.6 miles per gallon, which is only marginally better than the 30-year-old vehicles in use. The lawsuits ask federal courts to prevent the agency from purchasing the trucks until it reanalyzes their environmental impact. The suits ask federal courts to prevent the agency from purchasing the trucks until it reanalyzes their environmental impact.

Greed: Then [Jesus] said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” (Luke 12:15) The greedy stir up conflict, but those who trust in the LORD will prosper. (Proverbs 28:25)

Skyrocketing inflation has been pinned on supply chain bottlenecks, worker pay increases and surging consumer demand – all symptoms of an economy still emerging from the pandemic-induced downturn. But left-leaning think tanks and lawmakers are increasingly pointing to what they say is an even bigger culprit: corporate greed. Companies, they allege, are jacking up prices by more than is required to offset their rising wholesale costs, padding their profits while using supply snags as cover. Conservative economists say such arguments cast an unfair shadow over basic laws of supply and demand. Thirty-eight states prohibit raising prices excessively during disasters or emergencies. But federal law does not bar a company from charging consumers whatever it likes as long it doesn’t collude with its competitors to boost prices.

  • As with most things in this fallen world, the truth probably lies between the two viewpoints.

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)

Inflation and rising housing costs are making it difficult for low-income families to survive. So last week, Colorado Governor Jared Polis announced that residents of the state will receive a $400 rebate come summertime. Single tax filers will receive $400, while married folks filing jointly will receive $800. The rebate is available to anyone who files a 2021 state tax return by May 31, 2022 and is a full-time resident of the state. All told, that means over 3 million people could be in line for that money, which should arrive in the mail in August or September. And those eligible for a rebate will get it automatically.

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 is poised this week to accelerate its most drastic steps in three decades to attack inflation by making it costlier to borrow — for a car, a home, a business deal, a credit card purchase — all of which will compound Americans’ financial strains and likely weaken the economy. After its latest rate-setting meeting ends Wednesday, the Fed will almost certainly announce that it’s raising its benchmark short-term interest rate by a half-percentage point — the sharpest rate hike since 2000.

The U.S. economy declined for the first time since the second quarter of 2020. The nation’s gross domestic product, the value of all goods and services produced in the U.S., shrank at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.4% in the January-March period, the Commerce Department said Thursday. It marks the economy’s worst quarterly showing since the depths of the pandemic in spring 2020 and follows gains of 6.9% in the fourth quarter and 5.7% for all of last year. The trade deficit widened and companies pulled back stockpiling, more than offsetting solid consumer spending and business investment. Consumer spending, which makes up 70% of economic activity, grew 2.7% following a 2.5% rise late last year.

  • Exports fell 5.9% as U.S. manufacturers continued to grapple with supply snarls, and foreign countries struggled with COVID-19 flare-ups. Meanwhile, imports surged 17.7% as American consumers continued their aggressive spending.
  • While in-store sales rose, March is the first month to show decline in online sales since the pandemic began, according to Mastercard SpendingPulse.

An inflation gauge closely tracked by the Federal Reserve jumped 6.6% in March compared with a year ago, the highest 12-month reading of the personal consumption index in four decades. Excluding the especially volatile food and energy categories from the PCE, core prices rose 5.2% in March from a year earlier. That was slightly below the 5.3% year-over-year increase in February, and it was the first time that 12-month figure has declined since February 2021.

The cost of a gallon of diesel fuel in the U.S. topped $5.25 a gallon Saturday, up 7 cents in a single day and 18 cents in a week, AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report shows. Diesel fuel is crucial to the American economy, powering big-rig trucks, locomotives and ships that bring the vast majority of goods to market. Higher diesel prices can easily translate into higher prices for food in supermarkets and for just about anything else sold in stores. As diesel prices skyrocket, gasoline prices have moderated, falling more than 2 cents a gallon for the week to an average of $4.12 a gallon.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has contributed to a historic shock to commodity markets that will keep global prices high through the end of 2024, according to the World Bank. The spike in energy prices over the past two years is the biggest since the 1973 oil crisis, while the jump in food prices is the most since 2008, the World Bank said Tuesday in its commodity markets outlook report. After nearly doubling last year, energy prices are expected to jump more than 50% this year before easing in 2023 and 2024, the World Bank said. Food prices will soar by 22.9% this year, highlighted by a 40% rise in wheat prices, according to the report. 

It’s not just gas prices at the pump that are rising. The cost of natural gas has spiked this year, too. The benchmark price for U.S. natural gas has risen to its highest level since 2008. In certain regions of the country, “a double-digit percentage increase is not out of the question” if high prices persist, says Eugene Kim, a research director focusing on natural gas with energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie. 

Homes ranging in price from $100,000 to $250,000, the typical cost for an entry-level home, have seen nearly a 28% decrease in inventory from a year ago, says the National Association of Realtors. And smaller homes are also in short supply. In 1999, 37% of newly-built single-family homes were smaller than 1,800 square feet. By 2020, that share had fallen to 25%.

President Biden this week revived the possibility of wiping out millions of Americans’ student loan debt with the stroke of a pen. Although Biden has so far canceled just a fraction of the debt that he promised to erase on the campaign trail, the president floated the possibility this week of eliminating $10,000 per borrower. Erasing $10,000 per borrower would require the government to cancel about $321 billion in federally backed loans, according to an analysis published by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York last week.

  • Progressives within the Democratic party continue to put the issue front and center, urging the President to cancel $50,000 for each of the 43 million federal student loan borrowers – something he has shot down repeatedly, including on Thursday.

International:

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s efforts to support the ruble are paying off. Russia’s currency hit a two-year high against the US dollar Friday. The ruble gained ground after the country said it managed to pay back creditors with dollars as Russia tries to avoid a default. The country’s finance ministry said in a statement that it made a $565 million Eurobond that was due this year, as well as an $84 million Eurobond that was set to mature in 2024. Both payments were made in U.. S dollars, the finance ministry claimed, as required by the bond’s contract stipulations.

Israel: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you. (Psalm 122:6)

In rare support of Israel, the UN’s top Mideast envoy corroborated Israel’s account of recent Temple Mount violence during a briefing for the UN Security Council on Monday. “On 15 April, during the early morning hours, a large number of Palestinians gathered at the Al Aqsa compound. Some Palestinians threw stones, fireworks and other heavy objects toward Israeli Security Forces,” said UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Tor Wennesland. He added that “several dozen Palestinians entered a mosque in the compound, with some continuing to throw stones and fireworks toward ISF. Following a standoff with those inside, Israeli police entered the mosque and arrested those barricaded inside. During the clashes, some damage was caused to the structure of the mosque.”

  • The Norwegian diplomat substantiated Israel’s account of the violence by stressing that Israeli forces only entered the Al Aqsa Mosque after the rioting Palestinians had “barricaded” themselves inside. And in a rare acknowledgement by any international diplomat, Wennesland also praised Israeli officials for “reiterating [their] commitment to upholding the status quo and ensuring that only Muslims would be allowed to pray on the holy esplanade.”

A 23-year-old Israeli security guard was shot dead by Palestinian terrorists Friday night at the entrance to the city of Ariel in Samaria. Vyacheslav Golev (Vladi), a resident of Beit Shemesh, was standing guard together with his fiancée, Victoria Fligelman, also a security guard, when two terrorists passed by in a vehicle and fired at close range. The Hamas terror group called the attack a “heroic operation.”

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)

Israel’s first ambassador to Bahrain says the Abraham Accords have led to significant and historic peace with Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Morocco and Sudan. Eitan Na’eh, the ambassador to Bahrain, said since the accords were made official in 2020, the agreement has made peace “possible.” “They are a significant – in fact, historic – change to the course of events in the Middle East,” Na’eh told CBN News during an exclusive interview in Bahrain’s capital. “They are an effort to take a road that has not been taken before. Establish relations with Israel and Arab countries that’s proving to the rest of the Arab countries, to the rest of the world, to the rest of the region that it is possible.”

The Israeli Air Force’s latest airstrike in the vicinity of Damascus on Tuesday night killed nine military personnel and injured more than eight others, including five Syrians and four Iranian-backed militiamen whose nationality remains unknown, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. The IAF strike destroyed Iranian-backed militia positions in Rif Dimashq. The Israeli attacks also destroyed weapons and ammunition warehouses in Al-Sumeriyan and Jabal areas near Damascus International Airport, and outposts in military barracks in Sahnaya and Al-Kiswah.

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)

While Russian forces have continued strikes across Ukraine in its bid to seize the Donbas after refocusing its resources, its progress has been slower than expected, according to Western officials. A senior U.S. Defense official said Friday that Ukraine’s strong defensive efforts have stalled Russia’s advance by “at least several days.” The British military also said in a tweet on Friday: “Due to strong Ukrainian resistance, Russian territorial gains have been limited and achieved at significant cost to Russian forces.”

  • More than a quarter of troops that Russia sent to fight in Ukraine are now believed to be “combat ineffective,” the UK announced Monday.

Moscow’s top diplomat is warning that NATO is risking nuclear war over its decision to supply heavy weapons to Ukraine in order to “wear down” the Russian army. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the West of fighting a proxy war with Russia in Ukraine as part of a plan to bully Russia on the international stage. It has resulted in East-West tensions more severe than during the Cuban missile crisis at the height of the Cold War, he said. Lavrov warned that the threat of a nuclear conflict “should not be underestimated” as his country unleashed attacks against rail and fuel installations far from the front lines of Moscow’s new eastern offensive.

  • The United States and its allies promised to send more heavy weaponry to Ukraine during talks at a German air base on Tuesday, brushing off a threat from Moscow that their support for Kyiv could lead to nuclear war. President Biden asked Congress on Thursday to authorize $33 billion in military, economic and humanitarian aid for Ukraine. The request calls for $20 billion in military assistance for Ukraine, $8.5 billion in economic assistance, and $3 billion in humanitarian aid.

Russia cut off natural gas to Poland and Bulgaria in Wednesday in significant escalation of tensions with the West over Ukraine. Gazprom said it shut off the gas supply to Poland’s PGNiG gas company — which confirmed Wednesday the supply had been halted — and Bulgaria’s Bulgargaz because they had not complied with Russia’s mandate to pay in rubles, Russia’s currency which has fallen drastically in value on world markets.

Credible evidence shows that Russia executed Ukrainians trying to surrender in the Donetsk region, a U.S. official told the U.N. Security Council. U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice Beth Van Schaack said, “We now have credible information that a Russian military unit operating in the vicinity of Donetsk executed Ukrainians who were attempting to surrender, rather than take them into custody,”

The mass evacuation of Mariupol began Monday, 5/2, with Ukrainian authorities hoping thousands more residents would escape the devastated city that once was home to almost 500,000 people. Buses were rolling toward Zaporizhzhia, about 140 miles west of Mariupol. People were also encouraged to join the exodus in their own cars. The Ukraine military said civilians were already arriving in Zaporizhzhia, a city of about 750,000 people, and were being provided hot meals, physical and psychological examinations and medicines. According to some estimates, about 100,000 people may still be trapped in the port city, with little access to food, water and utilities

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called for a “correspondingly powerful reaction” Thursday night after Russian missiles slammed into Kyiv while UN chief Antonio Guterres was visiting the capital. “This says a lot about Russia’s true attitude to global institutions, about the efforts of the Russian leadership to humiliate the UN and everything that the organization represents,” Zelensky said. Authorities said the missiles struck two high-rise buildings, killing at least one person and injuring 10. Guterres pledged to boost support and cash assistance to Ukrainians.

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 powerful explosion killed more than 50 worshippers after Friday prayers at a Kabul mosque, its leader said, the latest in a series of attacks on civilian targets in Afghanistan during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The attack came as worshippers at the Sunni mosque gathered after Friday prayers for a congregation known as Zikr – an act of religious remembrance practiced by some Muslims but seen as heretical by some hardline Sunni groups. Sayed Fazil Agha, the head of the mosque, said someone they believed was a suicide bomber joined them in the ceremony and detonated explosives.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken confirmed Tuesday there is an “ongoing threat” against past and present American officials by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, just weeks after reports revealed the State Department is paying millions of dollars to protect former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from threats. “Is it true the IRGC is actively trying to murder former senior officials of the United States,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) asked Blinken during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing. “I’m not sure what I can say in an open setting,” Blinken started to say. “Let me say generically, there is an ongoing threat against American officials both present and past.”

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)

Cattle ranching is responsible for the great majority of deforestation in the Amazon, a vital carbon sink that scientists say must be preserved to avert catastrophic warming. A Washington Post analysis found that the world’s biggest beef producer, JBS, has yet to fully disentangle itself from ties to illegal deforestation, despite steps taken to protect the environment. The destruction lies at the base of a supply chain that directly connects cattle ranches accused of environmental crimes to factories authorized by the U.S. government to export beef to the United States.

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)

Massive global wildfires helped fuel historic forest losses in 2021 as more than 97,500 square miles of tree cover was destroyed. Fires accounted for more than a third of the world’s tree-cover losses last year — the largest share on record — according to a satellite-based survey by the University of Maryland and Global Forest Watch. Other threats driving the problem include insect infestations and land clearance for agriculture. The loss of over 97,500 square miles of tree cover, which is roughly the size of Oregon, underscores the challenge ahead for world leaders who promised to halt deforestation by 2030.

A retired chief is dead, and more than a dozen firefighters were injured battling wildfire across Nebraska last week. John Trumble was the second current or former fire chief to die while battling wildfires in Nebraska this month. Darren Krull, a volunteer chief in Elwood, was killed April 7 when two vehicles collided due to poor visibility in a wildfire. The deaths occurred in neighboring counties in the southwestern part of the state. Lack of snow and rain has left behind an abundance of fire fuels. Besides dried-out grasses that are normal for this time of year, shrubs and trees are also dry. At the same time, winds have whipped through parts of the state. A gust of 61 mph was recorded Friday in Red Willow County, where Trumble died.

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 West is in the grips of a climate change-fueled mega-drought, and Lake Mead – the largest manmade reservoir in the country and a source of water for millions of people – has fallen to an unprecedented low. The lake’s plummeting water level has exposed one of the reservoir’s original water intake valves for the first time, officials say. Water officials in Southern California are now demanding that residents and businesses limit outdoor watering to one day a week, after a disappointing winter with very little rain and snow. It’s the first time they’ve implemented such a strict rule. “This is a crisis. This is unprecedented,” said Adel Hagekhalil, general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

Lake Powell, the country’s second-largest reservoir, is also drying up. Over the past several years, the Glen Canyon Dam has lost about 16 percent of its capacity to generate power. The water levels at Lake Powell have dropped around 100 feet in the last three years. The situation is critical: if water levels at the lake were to drop another 32 feet, all hydroelectricity production would be halted at the reservoir’s Glen Canyon Dam.

A punishing month-long heatwave across Asia is pushing temperatures in India and Pakistan above 110 degrees, with some areas hitting as high as 115 degrees. The unusually early heatwave is raising concerns that such weather conditions could become the new normal. Temperatures above 105 degrees can be extremely dangerous, especially in humid weather, said the National Weather Service.