Daily Archives: April 9, 2020

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April 9th The D. L. Moody Year Book

I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father I have sinned against heaven, and before thee.—Luke 15:18.

ONE of the greatest battles ever fought was being fought out then. Everything holy and heavenly was beckoning the prodigal home. The powers of darkness were trying to keep him from returning.

“You go back and they’ll all laugh at you. What’ll they say?” said the devil.

No doubt there was an angel hovering over him, watching for the decision, and when he said, “I will arise,” the angel bore it on high.

“Make another crown. Get another robe ready. There’s another sinner coming!”

That “I will” echoed and reëchoed, and there was joy in the presence of the angels. He is saved. His heart has got home already. The battle with pride and sin is over.[1]

 

[1] Moody, D. L. (1900). The D. L. Moody Year Book: A Living Daily Message from the Words of D. L. Moody. (E. M. Fitt, Ed.) (pp. 71–72). East Northfield, MA: The Bookstore.

April—9 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion

He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied.—Isaiah 53:11.

Is not this covenant promise of thy faithful God and Father peculiarly suited, my soul, for thine evening meditation, after the subject of the morning, in contemplating the first cry of Jesus upon the cross: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do?” And was not the cry answered in the case of the Jerusalem sinners at the day of Pentecost soon after, when, under the apostle Peter’s sermon, they were pricked to the heart, and cried out, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” (Acts 2:23, 27.) Ponder over the solemn expression, the travail of the Redeemer’s soul. Did Jesus really sustain in soul somewhat like those throes of nature with which a woman is exercised in her hour of extremity? Did he travail in birth for his redeemed? Pause, my soul, and very solemnly consider the subject. If the 13th psalm be supposed to contain prophetical allusions to Christ, we may on this subject discover somewhat which will be helpful: “The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me.” (Psalm 18:5.) We have similar expressions, Psalm 116:3. As, therefore, these strong terms are very highly descriptive of suffering, and of a peculiar kind, it may be well to inquire farther, whether there is any ground to make application of them in reference to this subject? Now it is worthy remark, that the curses pronounced by God at the fall, upon Adam and his wife, became distinct acts of suffering; and it should seem that he, who in after ages, was to take away sin and the curse from both, must do it by suffering for both, in order to deliver them from it. My soul, review them: Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow, and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it, cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life. Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread till thou return to the ground; for out of it wast thou taken; for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.” (Gen. 3:16 to 19.) Now that Jesus, in his own sacred person, literally and truly bore every tittle of this sentence as it referred to Adam, none who have read the history of the blessed Jesus in the gospel can for a moment question. So much in sorrow did Jesus eat his bread, that he, and he alone, by way of emphasis, must be peculiarly called “The man of sorrow, and acquainted with grief.” And he it was that was crowned with thorns, by way of eminency in affliction, and sweat and bloody sweat; and he said himself, “Thou hast brought me into the dust of death.” (Psalm 22:15.) But unless we can trace a similarity of Jesus bearing in his own sacred person somewhat in reference to the woman also, how shall we see the curse removed, and the sentence done away? Hence, if the travail of soul spoken of by the Lord, through the prophet, be intended to allude to the Lord Jesus bringing forth his sons to glory, (and wherefore it should not cannot be shown,) then have we a most gracious and beautiful representation folded up in this scripture; and the promise connected with it is equally delightful. And may we not interpret that scripture of another prophet by this illustration: “Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? Wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness? Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it; it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.” (Jer. 30:6, 7.) Precious Jesus! thou art indeed the Man, the God-man; thou didst travail for thy children; and while all faces are turned into paleness by reason of sin, thou, our glorious Jacob, our Israel, Jehovah’s servant, in the day, the great day of thy soul-travail, shalt be saved out of it, and shalt see of the travail of thy soul and be satisfied. Yea, Lord, thou wilt remember no more thine anguish, for joy that the dew of thy birth is as incalculable as the drops of the morning. Hail, almighty Lord! the trophies of thy redemption shall correspond to the greatness of thy name: “men shall be blessed in thee, and all nations shall call thee blessed.” Amen.[1]

 

[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, pp. 105–107). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

April 9, 2020 Evening Verse Of The Day

17  The first phrase, Frightened, he said, does not make clear whether the source of Jacob’s fear is the unexpected presence of God or his ignorance of that fact. But this ambiguity is cleared up by Jacob’s words, which seem, according to J. S. Kselman, to contain a tricolon of poetry:

How frightening is this place!

This can only be God’s abode,

and that—the gateway to heaven.

Jacob’s life is laced with fear. First, when God draws near he is frightened (28:17). Second, Jacob gives as his reason for stealing away from Laban in the night that he was afraid of Laban (31:31). Third, he is afraid of his brother, apprehensive of what Esau may do in the way of retaliation (32:7, 11). Afraid of God, afraid of one’s employer/father-in-law, and afraid of one’s brother!

Now it is true that Jacob says How frightening is this place, not “how frightened am I.” His fear is beyond him and outside him. It is the place (māqôm) that provokes the fear. But Jacob need not say “how frightened am I,” for the narrator has already said he was frightened (wayyîrāʾ). This is not, to be sure, the first instance of fright in Genesis. Adam experiences it (3:10), as did Abraham (15:1), Sarah (18:15), Lot (19:30), Abimelech’s servants (20:8), Hagar (21:17), and Isaac (26:7). What is unusual is that when Yahweh encountered Abraham or Isaac the result was never shock or terror (with the possible exception of 15:12b). They took theophanies in stride. Perhaps the best parallel to the emotions conveyed by this verse is that found in 3:10. Adam, after his sin of disobedience, hears God walking in the garden and is afraid. Jacob, after his scenario involving his brother and father, sees God standing by him and is afraid. Yet, in neither instance did God issue one word of rebuke.

It has been standard to interpret this Bethel narrative as a fusion of J and E. Thus J is found in vv. 10, 11a, 13–16, 19, 21b; E is found in vv. 11b–12, 17–18, 20–21a, 22. One of the main reasons for so dividing the text is the presence of “Yahweh” in those verses attributed to J (vv. 13, 16, 21b), while “El/Elohim” appears in those verses attributed to E (vv. 12, 17, 20, 22). Furthermore, vv. 16 and 17 are cited as an instance of repetition arising from the duplication of the story. That is, there are two explanations of Jacob’s response after the theophany: J’s in v. 16, and E’s in v. 17. But this may be a case of the presence of seeming repetitions when in fact there are none. Instead of reading vv. 16 and 17 as mutually exclusive, one may read them as a “progression in Jacob’s reaction from surprise and awe to fear, and together prepare the ground for the cultic action and naming of the place as Bethel, ‘house of God,’ which follow.”[1]


Ver. 17. How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.Reverential awe:—

  1. It must have been the freshness of Jacob’s sense of recent sin that made a spot so peaceful and so blessed seem to him a “dreadful” place. Everything takes its character from the conscience. Even a Bethel was awful, and the ladder of angels terrible, to a man who had just been deceiving his father and robbing his brother. The gates of our heaven are the places of our dread.
  2. Strange and paradoxical as is this union of the sense of beauty, holiness, and fear, there are seasons in every man’s life when it is the sign of a right state of mind. There is a shudder at sanctity which is a true mark of life. The danger of the want of reverence is far greater than the peril of its excess. Very few, in these light and levelling days, are too reverent. The characteristic of its age is the absence.

III. Our churches stand among us to teach reverence. There are degrees of God’s presence. He fills all space, but in certain spots He gives Himself or reveals Himself, and therefore we say He is there more than in other places. A church is such a place. To those who use it rightly it may be a “gate of heaven.” (J. Vaughan, M.A.)

The gate of heaven:—

  1. God’s house is always where the Lord’s presence is.
  2. No forms whatsoever for church organization, or Sunday service, are given in the Bible.
  3. Out-of-the-way places, unusual times, and unexpected assemblages of people, have been often chosen for extraordinary manifestations of the Lord’s presence.
  4. The Head of the Church has given blessings to all Christians alike, of every name, when they have fully kept His covenant.
  5. The Lord’s presence in God’s house makes it to be the gate of heaven.
  6. The figure used. Importance of gates to Eastern cities.
  7. The Lord’s presence, so near, so splendid, so significant, made Jacob seem to himself to be at the very portal of the celestial city. Practical thoughts:
  8. Learn to prize church privileges.
  9. Honour the Fourth Commandment.
  10. Have done with jargon—sectarian clash and presumption.
  11. Do not make the Lord’s house the gate of hell. God’s mercy never leaves a man where it found him. (C. S. Robinson, D.D.)

The house of God and the gate of heaven:—

  1. The place here specified.
  2. It was a place distinguished by favourable circumstances.
  3. It was a place of sacred instruction.

(1) Jacob was instructed by what God here exhibited to his view. This ladder represented—

(a) the mediation of Christ;

(b) the Providence of God;

(c) the ministry of angels.

(2) Jacob was also instructed by what God said to him.

  1. This was a place of covenant engagement between God and man.
  2. The names given to it.
  3. The house of God.

(1) In every such place God’s family are associated in one community.

(2) In every such place God is actually present.

(3) In every such place God’s favours are obtained by devout seekers (Luke 11:9–10).

  1. None other but the house of God.

(1) Not the house of amusement.

(2) Not the house of merchandise.

(3) Not the house of iniquity.

  1. The gate of heaven.

III. The reflections suggested by it. “How dreadful is this place!” The worship of God should be attended with habitual seriousness.

  1. With serious consideration.
  2. With serious watchfulness against all distractions.
  3. With serious concern to obtain present blessings from God.
  4. With serious intercession in behalf of others.
  5. With serious gratitude for favours received. (Sketches of Sermons.)

Moral aspect of the world:—

The world itself is a dreadful place.

  1. Because the visible things that are made display an eternal power and Godhead.
  2. Because the world evidences a design rising above, and superior to, the exhibition of a power capable of producing a mere physical universe.

III. Because of its occupancy by an intellectual being. Intellect employs itself in a variety of ways, but these may all be classed under—

  1. Regard of the external or physical world.
  2. The intellectual or spiritual.
  3. The author of both. Under one of these may be placed all the subjects which have engaged man from the commencement of the world.
  4. Because man is a moral being. I cannot think of an intellectual being as other than a moral one, because I cannot well conceive how a mind free and unconstrained can, while investigating the works of God, fail to have awakened some of those moral views and feelings, which to any mind are the legitimate concomitants. I have therefore adopted the distinction merely for the sake of the different position from which it enables us to regard man.
  5. Because man is a fallen being.
  6. Because of the forbearance of God and man’s consequent increased criminality.

VII. Because of God’s amazing condescension in seeking man’s restoration.

VIII. Because of the enormous expense at which the means of reconciliation were secured.

  1. Because of the awful consequences resulting from the neglect of these means. (F. Wright.)

Places of worship:—

  1. In what light are we to view places of worship?
  2. The house of God.

(1) It originates with God.

(2) It is the place where God chooses peculiarly to dwell.

(3) It is the grand repository of God’s eternal truth.

(4) It is the theatre of God’s greatest wonders.

(5) It is the scene of God’s richest mercies and greatest blessings.

(6) It is most honourable to God.

  1. The gate of heaven. It may be called so—

(1) Because it is ordinarily in places of worship, and in hearing the gospel, that men begin to think about God and saving their souls.

(2) Because it is there men enter actually on the way to heaven.

(3) Because it is there both worlds meet. In old times all meetings were held at the gates of the cities. And the house of God is the gate of heaven, the meeting place, the assembly of all the spiritual beings in existence.

  1. It is said, “This is none other than the house of God.” And I trust this house never will be for any other purpose. I never like to see a place of worship turned to any other use, except it be for a school, for a place of instruction, or for something analogous to a place of worship.
  2. What ought to be our sentiments and feelings as to the house of God—as to a place of worship.
  3. We should reverence it. So did Jacob. “How dreadful,” said he, “is this place!” The Hebrew is, “How solemn—how reverential is this place!” I never like to see people enter a place of worship heedlessly, lightly, merrily.
  4. We should delight to go up to the house of God.
  5. We should come full of expectation. The house of God is the scene of mercy, the region of grace, the very element of salvation.
  6. We should endeavour, by every means, to support places of worship to the best of our ability. (John Stephens.)

Public worship: how it is, and how it ought to be, attended:—

How Do persons usually attend the house of God?

  1. Thoughtlessly.
  2. Prayerlessly.
  3. Faithlessly.
  4. How ought people to come thither?
  5. With thought.
  6. With prayer.
  7. With faith. It is as faith is in lively and vigorous exercise that God is apprehended and felt to be really present. It is by faith we embrace the proffered mercies of the gospel. Concluding remarks:
  8. See the true reason why many profit so little from their means of grace.
  9. How abundantly you might profit by a more thoughtful, prayerful, and faithful use of your means. (W. Mudge, B.A.)

God’s home, heaven’s gate:—

There are four particular remarks which we have to make upon these words.

  1. First, we observe from them that intercourse with God, instead of producing levity of mind, produces serious impressions. The man who was not at all afraid to lie down in this place, surrounded with danger and enveloped in darkness, is filled with fear in the morning. At what? At the thought of a present Deity. Not that this was a slavish dread, like that which Belshazzar felt when he saw the handwriting upon the wall, and his countenance was changed in him, and the joints of his loins were loosed, and his knees smote together; but he was filled with what the apostle calls reverence or godly fear. Such the seraphim know—they cover their faces when they appear before God. Such Isaiah knew when he said, “Woe is me, for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of Hosts!” Such Peter felt when he said, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” Such Job felt when he said, “I heard of Thee by the hearing of the ear, but now mine eye seeth Thee; wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and in ashes.”
  2. Secondly, we observe from these words, that wherever God meets with His people, that place may be deservedly considered His house. How does this condemn bigotry! How seldom does God receive anything more than lip service and formality from those whose attachment to any particular place or usages induces them to say, The temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord are we. Nothing makes a people dear to God but their conformity to Him; and nothing makes a place of worship sacred but the Divine presence.
  3. The experience of Christians sometimes approximates towards heaven. Therefore said Jacob—not only, this is the house of God, but—this is the gate of heaven. There was nothing that was outwardly inviting; but oh, that land, the angels ascending and descending!—oh, his God above, standing, and looking down, and addressing him!—oh, such scenery!—oh, such language!—oh, such communion made Jacob think that, though he saw from the place it was not heaven, heaven could not be far off.
  4. Lastly, the house of God and the gate of heaven are related; there Jacob mentions them together, and mentions them in their proper order—this is the house of God—this is the gate of heaven. The one precedes the other—the one affords us the earnest and foretaste of the other. Philip Henry was accustomed to say at the close of his sabbath-day’s exercises, “Well, if this be not heaven, it is the way to it.” Those who call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, will enjoy an eternal sabbath. They who can now say, “I have loved the habitation of Thy house, and the place where Thine honour dwelleth,” shall serve Him day and night in His temple above, never more to go out. (W. Jay.)

Beautiful doors:—

Michael Angelo Buonarrotti said of the doors of the Baptistery at Florence, executed by Lorenzo Ghiberti, when asked what he thought of them, “They are so beautiful that they might stand at the gates of paradise.” (Old Testament Anecdotes.)

Entrance to heaven:—

Al Strut is a bridge extending from this world to the next, over the abyss of hell, which must be passed by every one who would enter the Mohammedan paradise. It is very narrow, the breadth being less than the thread of the famished spider, according to some writers; others compare it to the edge of a sword or of a razor. The deceased cross with a rapidity proportioned to their virtue. Some pass with the rapidity of lightning; others with the speed of a horse at full gallop; others still slower, on account of the weight of their sins; and many fall down from it, and are precipitated into hell. (Wheeler.)

Astronomical heavens:—

There is a saying of Hazlitt’s, bold, and at first seeming wondrous true: “In the days of Jacob there was a ladder between heaven and earth; but now the heavens have gone farther off, and have become astronomical.” (George Dawson.)[2]


[1] Hamilton, V. P. (1995). The Book of Genesis, Chapters 18–50 (pp. 244–245). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[2] Exell, J. S. (n.d.). The Biblical Illustrator: Genesis (Vol. 2, pp. 230–232). London: James Nisbet & Co.

April 9 Streams in the Desert

All these things are against me.” (Gen. 42:36.) “All things work together for good to them that love God.” (Rom. 8:28)

MANY people are wanting power. Now how is power produced? The other day we passed the great works where the trolley engines are supplied with electricity. We heard the hum and roar of the countless wheels, and we asked our friend,

“How do they make the power?”

“Why,” he said, “just by the revolution of those wheels and the friction they produce. The rubbing creates the electric current.”

And so, when God wants to bring more power into your life, He brings more pressure. He is generating spiritual force by hard rubbing. Some do not like it and try to run away from the pressure, instead of getting the power and using it to rise above the painful causes.

Opposition is essential to a true equilibrium of forces. The centripetal and centrifugal forces acting in opposition to each other keep our planet in her orbit. The one propelling, and the other repelling, so act and re-act, that instead of sweeping off into space in a pathway of desolation, she pursues her even orbit around her solar centre.

So God guides our lives. It is not enough to have an impelling force—we need just as much a repelling force, and so He holds us back by the testing ordeals of life, by the pressure of temptation and trial, by the things that seem against us, but really are furthering our way and establishing our goings.

Let us thank Him for both, let us take the weights as well as the wings, and thus divinely impelled, let us press on with faith and patience in our high and heavenly calling.

A. B. Simpson.

In a factory building there are wheels and gearings,

There are cranks and pulleys, beltings tight or slack—

Some are whirling swiftly, some are turning slowly,

Some are thrusting forward, some are pulling back;

Some are smooth and silent, some are rough and noisy,

Pounding, rattling, clanking, moving with a jerk;

In a wild confusion in a seeming chaos,

Lifting, pushing, driving—but they do their work.

From the mightiest lever to the tiniest pinion,

All things move together for the purpose planned;

And behind the working is a mind controlling,

And a force directing, and a guiding hand.

So all things are working for the Lord’s beloved;

Some things might be hurtful if alone they stood;

Some might seem to hinder; some might draw us backward;

But they work together, and they work for good,

All the thwarted longings, all the stern denials,

All the contradictions, hard to understand.

And the force that holds them, speeds them and retards them,

Stops and starts and guides them—is our Father’s hand.

Annie Johnson Flint.[1]

 

[1] Cowman, L. B. (1925). Streams in the Desert (pp. 110–111). Los Angeles, CA: The Oriental Missionary Society.

April 9 The Interpreter: Spurgeon’s Devotional Bible

April 9.—Morning. [Or July 16.]
“Beware lest ye also be led away with the error of the wicked.”

WE cannot linger over Samson’s famous feat at Gaza, where he carried away the city gates upon his shoulders, but must come to the unhappy scene in which that great man fell a victim to his own follies, and was deprived of his power to judge and protect his countrymen. Delilah, the companion of his sin, was the instrument of his downfall.

Judges 16:6–20

6, 7 And Delilah said to Samson, Tell me, I pray thee, wherein thy great strength lieth, and wherewith thou mightest be bound to afflict thee. And Samson said unto her, If they bind me with seven green withs that were never dried, then shall I be weak, and be as another man.

Then the lords of the Philistines brought up to her seven green withs which had not been dried, and she bound him with them.

Now there were men lying in wait, abiding with her in the chamber. And she said unto him, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he brake the withs, as a thread of tow is broken when it toucheth the fire. So his strength was not known. (After this deliverance Samson had no excuse for further remaining in traitorous company. “Surely in vain is the net spread in the sight of any bird,” but this man was so infatuated that he plunged into the snare after he had once narrowly escaped from it. Sin is madness.)

10, 11 And Delilah said unto Samson, Behold, thou hast mocked me, and told me lies: now tell me, I pray thee, wherewith thou mightest be bound. And he said unto her, If they bind me fast with new ropes that never were occupied, then shall I be weak, and be as another man.

12 Delilah therefore took new ropes, and bound him therewith, and said unto him, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And there were liers in wait abiding in the chamber. And he brake them from off his arms like a thread.

A second time betrayed! A second time delivered! Will he not fly now from the deceiver’s house? Alas! No. You might sooner teach a moth to shun the candle than a man besotted by sin to escape from its wiles.

13 And Delilah said unto Samson, Hitherto thou hast mocked me and told me lies: tell me wherewith thou mightest be bound. And he said unto her, If thou weavest the seven locks of my head with the web.

14 And she fastened it with the pin, and said unto him, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awaked out of his sleep, and went away with the pin of the beam, and with the web.

This time he came dangerously near his secret. The whirlpool in which he was surging was sucking him down. Poor Samson! Who could save thee when thou wast determined to destroy thyself?

15 16, 17 And she said unto him, How canst thou say, I love thee, when thine heart is not with me? thou hast mocked me these three times, and hast not told me wherein thy great strength lieth. And it came to pass, when she pressed him daily with her words, and urged him, so that his soul was vexed unto death; That he told her all his heart, and said unto her, There hath not come a razor upon mine head; for I have been a Nazarite unto God from my mother’s womb: if I be shaven, then my strength will go from me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man. (His consecration was his strength, and when in renounced the unshorn locks, which were the symbol of his dedication, the Lord left him, and he reaped the due reward of his sinful indulgences. He sinned deliberately, and therefore was left to smart for it.)

18 And when Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called for the lords of the Philistines, saying, Come up this once, for he hath shewed me all his heart. Then the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and brought money in their hand. (Bad men and women are always ready to sell for gain those whom they loudly profess to love. They are never to be trusted.)

19, 20 And she made him sleep upon her knees; and she called for a man, and she caused him to shave off the seven locks of his head; and she began to afflict him, and his strength went from him. And she said, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the Lord was departed from him. (Vainly do we go forth without our God. We may have been valiant and mighty before, but if the Lord shall leave us we shall be captives to our foes. What a warning does this unhappy story present to us. May infinite mercy enable us to profit thereby.)

April 9.—Evening. [Or July 17.]
“Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him.”

Judges 16:21–31

BUT the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, (according to the Arabic Version, they applied fire to them), and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; (the strongest they could find, and the most painful to the wearer;) and he did grind in the prison house. (The great champion was degraded to do a woman’s work, work which when performed for others was considered to be the meanest servitude. Milton pictures the fallen hero as describing himself thus

“Made of my enemies the scorn and gaze;

To grind in brazen fetters under task

With this Heaven-gifted strength. O glorious strength,

Put to the labour of a beast, debased

Lower than bond slave! Promise was that;

Should Israel from Philistian yoke deliver;

Ask for this great deliverer now, and find him

Eyeless in Gaza at the mill with slaves.”)

22 Howbeit the hair of his head began to grow again after he was shaven. (God’s grace casts not off his servants: grace though reduced to the lowest ebb returns again, even as Samson’s hair grew, and his strength returned. It is one of the wonders of divine love that it holds on to its object even when he proves unworthy of it.)

23 Then the lords of the Philistines gathered them together for to offer a great sacrifice unto Dagon their god, and to rejoice: for they said, Our god hath delivered Samson our enemy into our hand.

24 And when the people saw him, they praised their god: for they said, Our god hath delivered into our hands our enemy, and the destroyer of our country, which slew many of us. (Thus they blasphemed Jehovah by magnifying Baal. They do, however, teach us one lesson, too often forgotten, namely, to ascribe all our victories to God.)

25 And it came to pass, when their hearts were merry, that they said, Call for Samson, that he may make us sport. And they called for Samson out of the prison house; and he made them sport: and they set him between the pillars.

26 And Samson said unto the lad that held him by the hand, Suffer me that I may feel the pillars whereupon the house standeth, that I may lean upon them. (The poor blind prisoner made rare mirth for the assembled lords, and they could do no other than let him rest a while, while they refilled their cups, and meditated fresh insults.)

27 Now the house was full of men and women; and all the lords of the Philistines were there; and there were upon the roof about three thousand men and women, that beheld while Samson made sport.

28 And Samson called unto the Lord, and said, O Lord God, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes. (How touching is that sweetest of prayers, “Remember me,” whether it be Samson or the dying thief who uses it. The Lord indeed did remember him.)

29 And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars upon which the house stood, and on which it was borne up, of the one with his right hand, and of the other with his left.

30 And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life.

Milton shall again expound for us—

Those two massy pillars

With horrible convulsion to and fro

He tugg’d, he shook, till down they came and drew

The whole roof after them, with burst of thunder,

Upon the heads of all who sat beneath,

Lords, ladies, captains, counsellers, or priests,

Their choice nobility and flower, not only

Of this but each Philistian city round.

* * * * * *

O dearly-bought revenge, yet glorious!

Living or dying thou hast fulfill’d

The work for which thou wast foretold

To Israel, and now ly’st victorious

Among thy slain, self-killed,

Not willingly, but tangled in the fold

Of dire necessity, whose law in death conjoin’d

Thee with thy slaughter’d foes.”

Thus the Lord God of Israel silenced the boastings of his enemies, as he will do in the last great day.

31 Then his brethren and all the house of his father came down, and took him, and brought him up, and buried him between Zorah and Eshtaol in the burying-place of Manoah his father. And he judged Israel twenty years.[1]

 

[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (1964). The Interpreter: Spurgeon’s Devotional Bible (pp. 205–206). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

AG Bill Barr Discusses Justice Dept. Aspects to COVID-19 Crisis… — The Last Refuge

U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr appears for an interview by Laura Ingraham about COVID-19, and what the Justice Department is doing. The second part of this interview will be broadcast tonight.

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South Korean Scientists Warn: COVID-19 Can Spontaneously “Reactivate” In Cured Patients | ZeroHedge News

Yesterday, we reported on some new research that has just been published in the the Lancet, a journal of non-peer-reviewed research that is nonetheless viewed as an extremely credible resource. The report, published by scientists at a university in Shanghai, claimed that some COVID-19 patients showed few, or, even more alarming, no COVID-19 antibodies in their blood after recovering from the illness.

And now, another report highlighting the extremely concerning susceptibility that humans have to this virus has been released. Researchers in Seoul have found several cases wherein patients who’ve recovered from COVID-19 have seen the disease “reactivate”, possibly because the virus was still lying dormant inside them, and had been reawakened, somehow.

The Straits Times reported that about 51 patients who had been “cured” in South Korea have tested positive again, the Korean Centers for Disease Control said during a media briefing. Rather than being infected again, the virus may have been reactivated in these people, given they tested positive again shortly after being released from quarantine, and likely didn’t have time to reacquire the virus and see it go active, said Mr Jeong Eun-kyeong, the KCDC’s director-general.

“While we are putting more weight on reactivation as the possible cause, we are conducting a comprehensive study on this,” Mr Jeong said.

“There have been many cases when a patient during treatment will test negative one day and positive another.” A patient is deemed fully recovered when two tests conducted with a 24-hour interval show negative results.

Despite having one of the earliest outbreaks, South Korea has only recorded 200 deaths and reported falling new daily numbers since cases peaked at 1,189 on Feb. 29. The KCDC reported just 39 new cases on Thursday for a total of 10,423. One of the world’s most expansive testing programs and a tech-driven approach to tracing infections has helped the country contain its epidemic without lockdowns or shuttering businesses.

Fear of re-infection in recovered patients is also growing in China, following a string of reports claiming some patients had tested positive again – or even died from the disease – after supposedly recovering and leaving hospital.

As of now, scientists are still trying to understand this phenomenon, and nothing is set in stone.

But we fact that there’s a growing body of evidence to suggest that many people just can’t build up an immunity to this drug doesn’t bode well for prospects of a universally effective vaccine.

Source: South Korean Scientists Warn: COVID-19 Can Spontaneously “Reactivate” In Cured Patients

Pentagon Denies ABC News Report Military Intelligence Knew About Coronavirus in November | Harbingers Daily

The Pentagon late on Wednesday said an ABC News report that said a military intelligence unit wrote a report on the coronavirus in November is not accurate.

Col (Dr.) R. Shane Day, the director of the National Center for Medical Intelligence at the Defense Intelligence Agency, said in a statement that as a matter of practice, the NCMI does not comment publicly on specific intelligence matters. He said”


However, in the interest of transparency during this current public health crisis, we can confirm that media reporting about the existence/release of a National Center for Medical Intelligence Coronavirus-related product/assessment in November of 2019 is not correct. No such NCMI product exists.


A defense official added on background that the NCMI and the DIA spent considerable time over the last 24 hours examining every possible product that could have been identified as related to this topic and have found no such product.

The exclusive ABC News report, published Wednesday morning, said the NCMI warned the military and the White House about the spread of the virus in China as far back as late November:


As far back as late November, U.S. intelligence officials were warning that a contagion was sweeping through China’s Wuhan region, changing the patterns of life and business and posing a threat to the population, according to four sources briefed on the secret reporting.


ABC News’s report said concerns about what is now known to be the coronavirus pandemic “were detailed in a November intelligence report” by the NCMI, according to “two officials familiar with the document’s contents.”

It said the report analyzed “wire and computer intercepts, coupled with satellite images,” and raised alarms because an “out-of-control disease” would pose a serious threat to U.S. forces in Asia.

One of ABC News’s sources said analysts concluded it could be a “cataclysmic event” and that it was “then briefed multiple times” to the DIA, the Pentagon’s Joint Staff, and the White House.

The sources said there were repeated briefings through December for policy-makers and decision-makers across the federal government as well as the National Security Council at the White House.

Those briefings culminated with a detailed explanation of the problem that appeared in the President’s Daily Brief of intelligence matters in early January, the sources claimed.

ABC News said the NCMI report was made “available widely” to people authorized to access intelligence community alerts, and that after it was released, other intelligence community bulletins began circulating through confidential channels across the government around Thanksgiving.

Esper was asked Sunday on ABC News’s This Week if the Pentagon received an intelligence assessment on the coronavirus in November. Esper said he did not recall, but that he would have known if such an assessment was briefed to the National Security Council in December.

“I’m not aware of that,” he said.

President Trump was also asked about the alleged report during a press conference at the White House on Wednesday, and when he learned of such intelligence and whether he could have acted sooner.

“When I learned about the gravity of it was sometime just prior to closing the country to China. And when we closed up the flights coming in from China and various other elements — and then, as you know, we closed up to Europe,” he said.

“So, I don’t know exactly, but I’d like to see the information,” he said.

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Who’s Being Divisive? A Lesson On Scripture Twisting To Silence Those Who Call Out Error

The Outspoken TULIP

Titus 3 9 thru 11

Sometimes you’ve just got to laugh at the ways people use God’s Word to advance unbiblical ideas. I thought I’d heard all the Scriptures people employ in efforts to shame those who call out false teachers and/or expose erroneous doctrine, but someone recently broadsided  me with a passage I generally use to support calling out enemies of the truth. Look at the passage that she hurled at me:

But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless.10 As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him,11 knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned. ~~Titus 3:9-11 (ESV)

The application, of course, was that I am warped and self-condemned because I warn against teachers and teachings that compromise the Gospel. By warning against…

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COVID-19: Anxious About Money? — Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation

It’s the virus . . . and it’s the money.

Please don’t take that as indifference to the medical dangers. The dangers are real and threaten old and young alike. But money also lurks behind so much of our anxiety, and right now our money is under threat, too. The economy is in upheaval, retirement accounts are way down, family members are out of work and no work is in sight. And if it is true that most of us have an emergency fund of $500 or less, we are in trouble.

I spoke with three people by phone yesterday. One followed Jesus, one appreciated Jesus but not Jesus’ church, and one called from a medical office to cancel my appointment. Each one was freaked out by uncertain finances and asked me to pray. Desperation can do that. It can drive us deeper into independence, or it can remind us that we have much less control than we thought, and need help from the One who is in control. These three recognized that, and wanted Jesus and his help.

These conversations sent me to Jesus’ words about money (Matt 16:19–34). Here are some that stand out.

“Are you not much more valuable than they [the birds of the air]?” This question is at the heart of Jesus’ teaching on worry, and he is expecting you to respond. Do you believe that you are more valuable to Jesus than the birds? Or, put another way, do you believe that he loves you? Of course, you know the correct answer but sometimes that answer doesn’t seem to make much difference. The words “I love you. . .and you are of great worth to me. . .” sound good, but they don’t pay the bills.

In order to get your heart in the right place, you need practice both to hear his question and to give an honest answer. So practice. Pose the question to yourself throughout the day and before you give the “correct” answer, consider why it carries so little weight. Then imagine—see by faith—that you are fully secure in your Father’s affection and care. Would that make a difference? Yes, that would make a difference. Imagine life today with a little more confidence that your Father knows you and loves you more than he does the birds.

“Your heavenly father knows that you need them [life’s essentials].” Since you are especially valuable to your Father, he knows and remembers what you need. Your needs are impressed on his heart.

This should ring true because even human fathers know what we need. I felt independent at an early age. I always had jobs, bought what I needed, and assumed that college would be my own responsibility. But independence is a myth. I remember times when my car would die, and cars never die when it is convenient. I remember my father showing up, at weird hours of the night, arranging for a tow truck, and sorting out details that I didn’t anticipate. Without ever a complaint. Happy to do it. He was alert to my needs. And I was probably nineteen before I knew that he had been paying for my car insurance.

Your heavenly Father knows of your financial needs and worries. “Knows” means that he is active, right now, sorting out the details. This gives you the freedom to focus on other matters.

“Seek first his kingdom.” Jesus is saying something like this: since your Father concerns himself with tomorrow, give your attention to today—you are a critical partner in your Father’s mission and there is much to do. Your fears always wander toward the future and are filled with doomsday predictions. Yet, you never imagine a future with God in it. As a result, your predictions are inaccurate. So leave the future to your Father, and come back to this day. Pray for his will to be done today. Pray that you would love God and neighbor today. The mission he gives you is never paused by life’s circumstances, including being homebound. It still includes confession, faith, love, prayer, forgiving and seeking forgiveness of others, saying “no” to temptations, and finishing a project you said you would finish. Tomorrow will have its troubles. Jesus even says this. Instead of worrying, seek his grace for those troubles tomorrow.

Now, how will you pray today?

Lord, my needs feel pressing and loud in my heart today but I trust that you know and care. Thank you that I am not alone in this. I will never understand why you care for me, but I believe that you do. Even though I still don’t know how you will provide, I want to focus on your plans for me today. Please help.

via COVID-19: Anxious About Money? — Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation

Franklin Graham Shares His Prayer Moment with Trump and His Efforts to ‘Lift up Christ’ During COVID-19 Crisis — Faithwire

By Andrea Garrett

Samaritan’s Purse, the ministry founded by Franklin Graham, opened a 68-bed field hospital in New York’s Central Park on April 1 to help treat the overflow of COVID-19 patients streaming into Manhattan’s Mt. Sinai Hospital.

On Thursday’s 700 Club, Graham told CBN’s Pat Robertson that there’s a lot of despair and hopelessness in New York right now, even though the number of patients entering hospitals is dropping.

Currently, there are 53 patients being treated by the Samaritan’s Purse team, including eight or nine on ventilators in ICU.

“We have chaplains who pray with every patient who comes in. The doctors and nurses pray. Our chaplains pray. And as Christians, of course, we want people to know that God loves them, He hasn’t forgotten them. And we want to lift up Christ in the middle of this,” Graham said.

President Trump has praised Samaritan’s Purse for the work it’s doing in New York. Graham spoke with the president on the phone this week and said he had an opportunity to pray for the first family.

“I wanted to pray for him and Melania and Barron,” Graham said. “This has been difficult for the president. I don’t know when he sleeps. He’s been working all hours of the day and night. And I’m just concerned about him and his health. And I certainly wanted to pray for him and his family. That’s very important. He’s the leader of our nation, and he’s done an incredible job of keeping us informed. And mobilizing the government – I don’t think anybody could have mobilized the government as quickly as he had done it,” he said.

Graham said he believes during this unprecedented Holy Week, God is using the COVID-19 crisis to wake up a sleeping world.

“We’ve never seen this in our lifetime,” he said. “The whole world shut down. And we as Christians, of course, believe that this may be just some of the beginnings of the return of Christ. I believe Christ could return at any time. Whether He’s going to return in my lifetime, or my grandchildren’s, I don’t know.”

Graham went on to say now is an opportunity for Christians to share the love of Christ with the world.

“For the non-believing world – they’re beginning to ask questions. They’re beginning to ask Christians, ‘what do you think this is?’ And it’s a great opportunity for Christians to witness,” he went on. “We need to be sharing the good news of the Gospel. That’s what Easter is about, it’s about ‘God so loving the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.’ Jesus Christ came not to condemn the world, but to save the world.”

via Franklin Graham Shares His Prayer Moment with Trump and His Efforts to ‘Lift up Christ’ During COVID-19 Crisis — Faithwire

Democrats ban drive-in church services while abortion clinics, liquor stores, drive-ins open — Capstone Report

Is this a police state? It sure looks like it as Democrats exploit the Pandemic to oppress Christians.

Unlike many of my friends in the Evangelical Dark Web, I believe the state has the power to restrict church services during a time of national emergency. We don’t drive to church when the roads are closed. We don’t hold services after mandatory evacuations during a hurricane’s landfall. However, these types of restrictions apply to everyone. Equally. That’s no longer happening when it comes to Democrats attacking churches.

Todd Starnes detailed two explosive and depressing stories.

First, Democrats in the State of Kentucky are waging war on religious liberty. (See what happens when Christians let Democrats win elections? Remember that in November.) The Democratic mayor of Louisville and the Democratic Governor of Kentucky are preventing drive-in church services. However, these same Democrats are enabling other drive-in and drive-up service.

According to Starnes, “’How come drive-in church services are being cancelled this week in Louisville to ‘flatten the curve,’ but drive-thrus and drive-up ice cream stores are open as well as liquor stores and abortion clinics,’ one person wrote on social media.”

Starnes went on to report, “The EMW Women’s Surgical Center, which advertises itself as the state’s only licensed abortion clinic, is open for business at this very moment. I’d say the risk of death in an abortion clinic is far greater than attending a drive-in Easter Sunday church service.”

Second, police in Greenville, Mississippi fined a church for holding a drive-in service. A friend sent this story our way: “The police in Greenville, MS went to Temple Baptist Church this evening and gave everyone there a ticket for $500 because they had a drive-in service. Everyone was in their cars with the windows up listening to pastor Arthur Scott preached on the radio. What is harmful about people being in their cars listening to preaching with their windows up? Christians do you all see what is going on?”

Unfortunately, we do see what is going on—and it is not good.

Democrats are using power to oppress Christians and suppress Christianity.

When restaurants, abortion clinics and liquor stores are open, but a church can’t even have people sitting in their cars—with windows rolled up—there is something evil going on here.

What do you think will happen if Democrats win the election in November?

You can expect even more oppression and even more suppression.

The church I attend here in Alabama is hosting its services online. That’s the path I prefer during this time. However, what I prefer and what I think best is not the issue. The issue is the unequal treatment of churches relative to secular business.

Democrats are making it clear material needs trump spiritual needs. Democrats hold that man lives by bread alone.

Democrats are exploiting the Pandemic to punish Christians.

It will only get worse if they win more elections.

Remember that in November.

via Democrats ban drive-in church services while abortion clinics, liquor stores, drive-ins open — Capstone Report

‘Father, forgive them’ — Evangelical Magazine

Can you picture the scene? Jesus shares the Last Supper with his disciples. He walks with them through the Kidron Valley, up the Mount of Olives and into the Garden of Gethsemane. He says to his disciples: ‘My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.’ He goes a little further, this time alone, and falls on his face. ‘O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.’ An angel comes to him from heaven, strengthening him. His sweat became like great drops of blood falling to the ground.

After over an hour of prayer, there was a commotion in the garden – Judas, the betrayer. With him were troops and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees. They were carrying lanterns, torches, and weapons.

Peter wants to fight them off, but Jesus won’t let him. ‘Shall I not drink the cup which My Father has given Me?’

Jesus is dragged to the High Priest, then to the Jewish Ruling Council. Outside, his disciples have scattered. Peter denies him. The Council condemn Jesus to death, and send him to Pilate, to carry out the sentence.

By now, Judas is full of remorse. But it’s too late. Unable to reverse his betrayal, he throws down the bribes the priests had given him and hangs himself.

Meanwhile, Jesus is questioned by Pilate, who finds no fault in him. He’s sent to Herod where he’s treated with contempt. Pilate again says he can found no fault with Jesus, but the priests refuse to accept his verdict. So Pilate has Jesus flogged and hopes that will be enough. It’s not. Pilate hopes the crowd will come to his rescue, but they too cry out that Jesus should be crucified. Eventually, Pilate gives the sentence demanded.

By now it’s morning. The site of crucifixion is already prepared, ready for two thieves and rebels. Jesus is made to carry his cross, and there, nails are driven through his hands. Slowly the crossbeam is hoisted up onto the vertical post, and his feet too are nailed.

And there he hangs – silent, as a lamb is before its shearers. But soon his lips are seen to move. Is he crying for pity? No. What then? Is he pronouncing vengeance on his crucifiers? No. He is praying. Praying for his enemies – ‘Father, forgive them: for they know not what they do’.

It’s a remarkable story. But what does it teach us? What can we learn?

A shocking prayer

We should be shocked that Jesus says, ‘Father, forgive them’, but not for the reasons you expect. We should be shocked because Jesus had never said that before. Normally he forgave others himself. To the paralytic, he said, ‘Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven’. To the woman who washed his feet with her tears in the house of Simon, he said, ‘Your sins are forgiven’. So why should he now ask the Father to forgive?

Part of the answer is that on the cross, the wrath of God is beginning to be poured out. He’s approaching the point where he’s going to be forsaken by his Father as the sins of the world are placed on him. He’s about to die. If there’s ever a moment where Jesus’ humanity comes to the fore, it’s here. Jesus is still divine, of course, but his divinity is fading into the background more here than at any other time, and his words reflect that. It’s a human prayer from the Son of God.

A gracious prayer

Who was the prayer for? It applied to the soldiers. Battle-hardened and cruel, they knew Jesus was different from the criminals they usually faced, but they didn’t know he was the Messiah. But Jesus’ prayer was for them.

Jesus’ prayer was for Pilate, too. He was a coward, interested only in what kept him in power. He acted out of selfishness and weakness. He knew that Jesus was innocent, but he didn’t know who Jesus was, and he also acted in ignorance.

His prayer was also for the priests. They were confident in their knowledge of the Old Testament and their superior judgment. But they too acted in ignorance. The rulers of this age didn’t know the wisdom of God – because if they had known, they would not have crucified the Lord of Glory (1 Corinthians 2:8). So Jesus’ prayer was for them too.

It’s remarkable grace, isn’t it?

A big prayer

But was Christ only praying for the soldiers and Pilate and the priests? No. In praying for this incredible mix of people – rich and poor, powerful and weak, Jews and Gentiles, religious and secular, Jesus shows how he prays for us all.

If Jesus prayed for his murderers to be forgiven, who is beyond his mercy? When Jesus’ enemies cried, ‘Crucify!’ Jesus replied, ‘Forgive!’ A man who does that is willing to forgive anyone who comes to him in faith – even sinners like us.

That may explain why Jesus just said, ‘Father forgive them’. He wanted everyone who heard his words to seek his forgiveness. His general prayer allows any of us to apply it to our own need for forgiveness. Charles Spurgeon said that he loved this prayer ‘because of the indistinctness of it’. He loved it because Jesus prayed for ‘them’ without ever saying who ‘them’ was.

So when Jesus said ‘Father, forgive them,’ he gave hope to every sinner who would ever come to him and pray for mercy. We too are among the ‘them’ that Jesus prayed for God to forgive. Spurgeon said, ‘Now into that pronoun “them” I feel that I can crawl. Can you get in there? Oh, by a humble faith, appropriate the cross of Christ by trusting in it; and get into that big little word “them”!’

An answered prayer

Was Jesus’ prayer answered? It was for at least one of the soldiers. Later, when Jesus said, ‘Father, into your hands I commit my spirit’, the centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, ‘Surely this was a righteous man’ (Luke 23:46-47). Jesus’ death was for him the dawning of amazing grace.

At Pentecost, Peter says those who were saved were among those responsible for crucifying Jesus (Acts 2:36, 41). And in Acts 6:7 we discover that ‘a great many of the priests’ were also converted. Jesus’ prayer was being answered.

As Philip Ryken points out, at the very moment Jesus prays, the priests and soldiers were taunting Jesus for not being able to save himself. ‘What sort of king gets killed?’ they thought. ‘What sort of Christ gets crucified?’ If Jesus could not save himself, how could he save anyone at all?

But as he was praying for forgiveness, Jesus was also providing the means of our forgiveness. The Father need only look to where Jesus was praying – on the cross, under God’s wrath, suffering the penalty that our sins deserve. Even as he prayed, the merits of Jesus’ blood were also crying out.

It was only because Jesus refused to save himself that he could save sinners who need forgiveness. Our salvation was won by his precious blood and his kingly intercession.

For the centurion, Jesus’ prayer was answered. For thousands of Jews at Pentecost, and a great many priests, Jesus’ prayer was answered. He interceded for their souls, and his Father heard his prayer. What about you? Have you come to God through him?

Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them (Hebrews 7:25).

via ‘Father, forgive them’ — Evangelical Magazine

HUGE! MN Senator and Doctor: Hospitals Get Paid More to List Patients as COVID-19 and Three Times as Much if the Patient Goes on Ventilator (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Last night Senator Dr. Scott Jensen from Minnesota went on The Ingraham Angle to discuss how the AMA is encouraging American doctors to overcount coronavirus deaths across the US.

This was after Dr. Scott Jensen, a Minnesota physician and Republican state senator, told a local station he received a 7-page document coaching him to fill out death certificates with a COVID-19 diagnosis without a lab test to confirm the patient actually had the virus.

Dr. Jensen also disclosed that hospitals are paid more if they list patients with a COVID-19 diagnosis.
And hospitals get paid THREE TIMES AS MUCH if the patient then goes on a ventilator.

Senator Dr. Scott Jensen: Right now Medicare is determining that if you have a COVID-19 admission to the hospital you get $13,000. If that COVID-19 patient goes on a ventilator you get $39,000, three times as much. Nobody can tell me after 35 years in the world of medicine that sometimes those kinds of things impact on what we do.

Via Ingraham Angle:

via HUGE! MN Senator and Doctor: Hospitals Get Paid More to List Patients as COVID-19 and Three Times as Much if the Patient Goes on Ventilator (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

“EVENT 201” A SIMULATION of A GLOBAL PANDEMIC Which Took Place on October 18, 2019: COINCIDENCE? YOU DECIDE

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

Yes, the Corona Virus Outbreak DID have its own simulation event in October of 2019. Surprised?

Under the “fictional” video of Event 201:   Event 201 Pandemic Exercise: Highlights Reel:

EVENT 201 IS A FICTIONAL EXERCISE AND DISEASE
 

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BARR: “No Basis” For FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane Investigation… More Concerning is a ‘Whole Pattern of Events to Sabotage the Presidency’ (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

US Attorney General Bill Barr told Fox News host Laura Ingraham there was ‘no basis’ for the FBI’s ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ investigation into then-candidate Donald Trump.

Recall, FBI counter-intel chief Peter Strzok opened a CI investigation into Trump’s campaign in July of 2016 dubbed ‘Crossfire Hurricane,’ based on bogus claims his camp was working with the Russians.

Barr said what happened to Trump was one of the greatest travesties in American history.

Even more alarming was the pattern of events after the campaign to sabotage Trump’s presidency.

“I think what happened to him [Trump] was one of the greatest travesties in American history, and without any basis they started this investigation of his campaign, and even more concerning, actually is what happened after the campaign, a whole pattern of events while he was president to sabotage the presidency,” said Barr.

WATCH:

Last May Barr appointed US Attorney from Connecticut John Durham to investigate the origins of Spygate.

According to reports, Durham is focusing on former CIA Director John Brennan’s role in Spygate and his lies to Congress.

Hillary’s phony Russia dossier was not only used by the FBI to obtain a FISA warrant on Carter Page, it was also used in the Intelligence Community’s report.

James Comey told the FBI in an email chain in December of 2016 that CIA Director John Brennan insisted on including the dossier in the IC assessment, but the CIA is claiming that it was James Comey who made the recommendation and it was Brennan and DNI chief James Clapper who objected.

Brennan also may have perjured himself during a May 2017 testimony about the dossier.

Recall, in a May 2017 testimony, John Brennan vehemently denied the phony dossier made its way into the IC assessment that was released in January 2017 that concluded Russia interfered in the 2016 election “to help Trump’s chances of victory.”

Brennan also swore to Congress that he didn’t know who commissioned the phony dossier even though it was widely known by senior DOJ, FBI and NatSec officials that Hillary Clinton paid for the document.

The Durham investigation is supposed to wind down some time between June and September, according to reports.

via BARR: “No Basis” For FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane Investigation… More Concerning is a ‘Whole Pattern of Events to Sabotage the Presidency’ (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

April 9, 2020 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

22. The negatives used in this verse are emphatic, indicating permanent prohibitions. Do not bring out a load out of your houses. Part of the houses of craftsmen would be given over to their workshop. They would bring out into the street, or carry to the local market, items they wished to sell. ‘Do not’ do any work on the Sabbath is a citation from the Decalogue (Exod. 20:10; Deut. 5:14), as also is the following:

But keep the Sabbath day holy. By keeping it holy (<√qādaš, 1:5; 6:4) was meant setting it apart for the service of the Lord as a day sacred to him (Exod. 20:10; 31:5; 35:2; Lev. 24:8). This had been clearly set out at Sinai as I commanded your forefathers (cf. 11:4), and so the practice was one of longstanding and basic to the covenant constitution. As such, the people ought to have been careful to give attention to it. The reference to the Lord ‘commanding’ Sabbath observance may indicate that it is the form of the commandments found in Deuteronomy that lies behind this statement. Unlike Exodus, Deut. 5:12 has the phrase ‘as the Lord your God has commanded you’ and Deut. 5:15 ends, ‘Therefore the Lord your God has commanded you to observe the Sabbath day.’ The use of ‘command’ may relate to the need for direct revelation before the nature of this observance is obvious to fallen mankind.[1]


Ver. 22. But hallow ye the Sabbath day.—Cheating God out of Sunday:

An old Christian, living at Salem, was much annoyed by the conduct of some of his neighbours who persisted in working on the Sabbath. One Sabbath, as he was going to Church, his Sabbath-breaking neighbours called out to him sneeringly from the hayfield, “Well, father, we have cheated the Lord out of two Sundays anyway!” “I don’t know that,” replied the old gentleman, “I don’t know; the account is not yet settled.”

The design of the Sabbath:—

The true spirit of the Sabbath appointment is, not that we should condense the religion of the week into the Sabbath, but that we should carry forth from the Sabbath its hallowed impulses and feelings into the other days of the week, to elevate and sustain us amid its wearisome secularities and depressing cares. The Lord has given us the Sabbath, not to relieve us of out religion, but so to revive our religion on that day as to impel its healthy tide into the remotest nook and corner of everyday duty. (Andrew Thomson.)[2]


[1] Mackay, J. L. (2004). Jeremiah: An Introduction and Commentary: Chapters 1–20 (Vol. 1, pp. 526–527). Fearn, Ross-shire, Scotland: Mentor.

[2] Exell, J. S. (1905). The Biblical Illustrator: Jeremiah (Vol. 1, p. 408). New York; Chicago; Toronto; London; Edinburgh: Fleming H. Revell Company; Francis Griffiths.

April 9, 2020 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

Efforts to push a further $250 billion of coronavirus aid for small
businesses through the U.S. Congress were stalling on Wednesday as top
Democrats said they would back the measure only if it was coupled with a
similar amount for hospitals and local governments.

U.S. Senate Republicans and Democrats said they planned on Thursday to
offer competing plans to beef up emergency loans to small businesses
struggling with the fallout from the coronavirus outbreak, with neither
likely to clear an initial procedural hurdle.

The U.S. Federal Reserve on Thursday rolled out a broad, $2.3 trillion
effort to bolster local governments and small and mid-sized businesses in
its latest move to keep the U.S. economy intact as the country battles the
coronavirus pandemic.

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits in the last three
weeks has blown past 15 million, with weekly new claims topping 6 million
for the second straight time last week amid tough measures to control the
novel coronavirus outbreak that have abruptly ground the country to halt.
Initial claims for state unemployment benefits slipped 261,000 to a
seasonally adjusted 6.606 million for the week ended April 4.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson had a good night and is getting better four
days after being admitted to hospital with COVID-19, but he remains in
intensive care as his government reviews the most stringent shutdown in
Britain’s peacetime history.

Hungry, scared and tired, scores of sex workers in Mexico City have been
forced to live on the streets as fear of contracting the coronavirus keeps
clients away and the government shuttered the hotels where many of them
lived and worked.

The Canadian death toll from the coronavirus outbreak is likely to be
between 11,000 and 22,000 by the end of the pandemic, health officials said
on Thursday, outlining the two most likely scenarios.

Greece will transfer about 60 unaccompanied children from overcrowded
migrant camps to Luxembourg and Germany next week as worries mount about
the coronavirus pandemic.

Oil prices rose on Thursday on expectations the world’s leading crude
producers will at a meeting later in the day overcome obstacles that have
so far prevented a deal to cut output in response to a collapse in global
demand. Brent crude LCOc1 futures were up 2%, or 65 cents, at $33.49 a
barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude CLc1 futures were up 3%,
or 76 cents, at $25.85 a barrel.

The impact of the novel coronavirus on Hong Kong’s tourism sector is
unprecedented and the city can hope to start seeing things returning to
normal by July, in part by trying to develop new markets.

U.S. producer prices fell in March, with the cost of goods dropping by the
most since 2015, and further declines are likely as the novel coronavirus
weighs on demand for energy products.

OPEC and Russia will discuss record oil output cuts on Thursday to support
prices hammered by the coronavirus crisis but talks are complicated by
internal disagreements and the reluctance of the United States to join any
action.

China took new measures on Wednesday to try to prevent asymptomatic “silent
carriers” of the new coronavirus from causing a second wave of infections,
as the country reported another modest rise in confirmed cases.

France’s competition authority ruled on Thursday that Google must pay
French publishing companies and news agencies for re-using their content.

AP Top Stories

New research indicates that the coronavirus began to circulate in the New
York area by mid-February, weeks before the first confirmed case, and that
travelers brought in the virus mainly from Europe, not Asia.

Pakistan’s army said Thursday it had shot down a small Indian surveillance
drone in Kashmir, as tensions rose over continued cross-border shelling in
the disputed territory.

The former wife of Anne McClain, a NASA astronaut, was charged with making
false statements to federal authorities, the Justice Department said. In
her initial complaint, Summer Worden claimed that McClain, whom she married
in 2014 and later filed for divorced, had improperly accessed her bank
account.

A proposed emergency ordinance introduced by San Francisco’s Board of
Supervisors would require the city to house its entire homeless population
in 7,000 hotel rooms amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Trump administration plans to open 2.3 million acres of land for
hunting and fishing at more than 100 national wildlife refuges and fish
hatcheries under a proposal unveiled Wednesday that is aimed at giving
Americans more recreational access on public lands.

Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner is leading an effort to develop a
national coronavirus surveillance system in order to track patient data
almost in real time, Politico reported on Tuesday based on conversations
with four people involved in the ongoing effort.

The coronavirus death count in New York City, already unfathomable, is
expected to surge in the coming days as officials begin including people
who have been dropping dead at home without an official diagnosis. On
Tuesday alone, 256 people were pronounced dead at home across the five
boroughs.

In an unprecedented move, the Italian government has declared its seaports
“unsafe” due to the coronavirus pandemic, and will not authorize the
landing of migrant rescue boats until the end of the emergency.

Jews marked the start of a “strange” Passover holiday on Wednesday as the
coronavirus pandemic prevented the large family gatherings usually
organized for the traditional Seder meal.

BBC

Disney’s new video streaming service has reached more than 50 million
subscribers since its launch five months ago. When Disney Plus last
announced viewing figures in February it had reached 26.5 million
subscribers. Since then, this has almost doubled as more people are online
and stuck at home due to virus clampdowns.

Sub-Saharan Africa will this year suffer its first recession for 25 years
as a consequence of the coronavirus outbreak, a World Bank report predicts.
The bank says that the region’s economy could shrink by as much as 5.1%.

Europe’s Christians are facing an extraordinary Easter under lockdown, with
traditionally large congregations replaced by livestreamed services.

WND

Dozens of patients from a nursing home in Southern California were
evacuated to other centers Wednesday after employees stopped showing up for
work, officials say.

After he announced he was suspending his presidential campaign, Bernie
Sanders’ press secretary expressed relief that she could finally drop the
word “democratic” from the term “democratic socialism.” The mask comes off.

In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy has put out a call for volunteers who know
how to code the decades-old computer programming language called COBOL
because many of the state’s systems still run on older mainframes. In
Kansas, Gov. Laura Kelly said the state’s Departments of Labor was in the
process of modernizing from COBOL but then the virus interfered. “So
they’re operating on really old stuff,” she said.

Some universities are not only packing up students’ belongings without
telling them first, but demanding that students pay them to get their own
stuff back following short-notice evictions that were portrayed as
temporary,


Mid-Day Snapshot · Apr. 9, 2020

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West Wingers marginalized trade advisor Peter Navarro for being a China hawk.


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CBS News broadcast a heartbreaking video that was as credible as Jussie Smollett.



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Headlines – 4/9/2020

Gantz: Unity government, ‘but not at any cost’; Likud: He reversed his positions

As Gantz’s Time Runs Out, Netanyahu No Longer in a Rush to Form Emergency Gov’t

‘Seder in place’: New York Jews observe Passover amid pandemic

Under Passover lockdown, thousands take to balconies to sing ‘Mah Nishtana’

Donald Trump’s blessing for Passover: “this year is going to be different”

Quarantined drag queens land TV show in Israel

Syrian regime blamed for sarin gas attacks in landmark report

Saudi Arabia announces Yemen cease-fire after calls to stop fighting during coronavirus pandemic

Coronavirus: Iran appeals for $5bn IMF loan as deaths pass 4,000

El Salvador gangs enforce coronavirus lockdown with threats of violence, report says

Popular tourist attraction in China mobbed by visitors after coronavirus restrictions ease

Coronavirus pandemic pushes US and China closer to cold war

Kushner’s team seeks national coronavirus surveillance system

NJ Town Resorts to Talking Drones to Enforce Social Distancing

Airlines to Cut Summer Flights Up to 90% With Rebound Remote

Worst recession in decades piles pressure on EU to agree new relief package

Euro zone fails to reach a deal on new coronavirus stimulus after 16 hours of talks

Coronavirus: ‘Drop in global trade to be worse than 2008 crisis’

Trump Forced by Oil War Into Unthinkable Push for Higher Prices

Dow surges 780 points on COVID-19 recovery efforts as oil prices spike

Hedge fund: World is ‘very much trapped in the mother of all global financial bubbles’

Fed will keep rates near zero until economy has ‘weathered’ coronavirus impact, minutes show

Trump says would like to reopen U.S. economy with a ‘big bang’

Coronavirus putting world on track for new Great Depression, says WTO

Coronavirus could push half a billion people into poverty, Oxfam warns

Nearly 1/3 of the U.S. tenants did not pay rent the first week of April

A massive wave of evictions is coming. Temporary bans won’t help.

COVID-19 crisis heaps pressure on nation’s food banks

Farmers are panic-buying to keep America’s 95 million cows fed

The coronavirus crisis is devastating the news industry

Twitter CEO Donates $1 Billion to Coronavirus Relief, Aiming to Help ‘Disarm this Pandemic’

Insurers to lawmakers: Health insurance policies ‘were not designed’ for pandemics

Some doctors fear ventilators could actually be harming virus patients

CDC quietly deletes hydroxychloroquine guidance as study hyped by Trump comes into question

Chief health care officer: ‘By December, we are going to go through this again’

Lockdowns can’t end until Covid-19 vaccine found, study says

AG Barr On Bill Gates Wanting ‘Digital’ Vaccine ‘Certificates’: I’m ‘Very Concerned About’ Slippery Slope

Anthony Fauci sets stage for mandatory – lucrative! – vaccine

Dr. Fauci Says He Doesn’t Think Americans Should Ever Shake Hands Again to Prevent Spread of Coronavirus

Dr. Fauci says US should be able to reopen schools in fall

Coronavirus Leaves Class Of 2020 Reeling With Emotion: Prom, Graduation ‘All Ruined Because Of This Virus’

Virus may spark ‘devastating’ global condom shortage

Trudeau to fund abortion as part of $159 million pledge to fight COVID-19 overseas

Pot Use Reached All-Time High in March Amid Lockdown Measures

‘Democracy cannot be a casualty of COVID-19’: N.J. governor moves primary election date

After chaos in Wisconsin, fight intensifies over how to carry out presidential election amid pandemic

Elizabeth Warren Mobilizing for Universal Vote-by-Mail: ‘It’s Easy’

Sanders quits Democratic race for president; Biden is party’s apparent nominee

Bernie Sanders’s Allies Aim to Keep Shaking Up Democratic Party

Bernie Sanders’ socialist fantasies lost their appeal when coronavirus hit

Hulk Hogan: ‘God Has Taken Away Everything We Worship’

Fact Check: Yes, Texas’ governor has deemed religious services essential amid pandemic

America’s Oldest Mega-Church Just Hired Its New Pastor on Zoom

China Bans Churches from Streaming Services, Even during Pandemic

Pope Francis Says Coronavirus Is One of ‘Nature’s Responses’ to Humans Ignoring Climate Change

Scientists create mutant enzyme that recycles plastic bottles in hours

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Sigave, Wallis and Futuna

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 33,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

Nevados De Chillan volcano in Chile erupts to24,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 24,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 23,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 19,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Semeru volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Dukono volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

China: Authorities force Christians into unemployment for ‘cult’ affiliation

At least 50 Nigerian Christians killed by Fulani attacks in March, NGO reports


Apostasy Watch

Which poses the bigger threat: Government or Coronavirus?

God Help Us All: Dr. Fauci Knows Exactly What He’s Doing

Louisville Mayor: Drive-in, parking lot Easter services not allowed in Louisville

Wilmington N.C.: Drive In Easter Services Not Allowed Under Executive Order

Texas Judge Confirms Fine and Jail Time For Churches Who Don’t Post Written Action Plan On Their Doors

Calif. pastor resigns from city council before hosting communion attended by hundreds

UK street preacher issued police notice with new coronavirus laws: ‘It’s religious discrimination’

COVID-19: Business loses license, 9 others under investigation in San Benito County

LGBT activist arrested protesting Christians treating coronavirus patients in NYC

Coronavirus: Former Crystal Cathedral pastor dies from COVID-19

8 in 10 Pastors Say Current Events Are a Sign of Jesus’ Return

Dallas-area Food Banks Are Seeing Unprecedented Demand

Google Searches for ‘Prayer’ Skyrocket in Wake of Coronavirus Cancelations, Quarantines

Bible publishers reporting jump in sales amid coronavirus fears

Vatican Praises China For Their “Humanitarian Initiative” During the Coronavirus Pandemic


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RenewAmerica Newsletter for April 7, 2020

April 7, 2020
CLIFF KINCAID — When FDR waged World War II, he could mobilize the entire country. President Trump faces an assortment of enemies, here and abroad, in confronting the coronavirus. These include China, source of the virus; Russia, which is driving American oil producers out of business through overproduction of cheap oil; a toxic anti-American media culture; and a Democratic Party that wants to undermine Trump through investigations and make him (and the country) fail…. (more)

April 7, 2020
BONNIE CHERNIN — There is another pandemic, one that is not under the microscope. It’s been going on daily while national attention has been focused on the constant news coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic. As more testing becomes available, we will have a better idea of where we are, but the numbers remain fluid. Amid conflicting statistics, travel bans, job losses, a volatile stock market, and unofficial curfews, another pandemic continues to kill…. (more)

April 7, 2020
LLOYD MARCUS — Some people are stunned that government using computer models to predict high coronavirus deaths has many Americans willing to gift Democrats and fake news media these leftists’ lifelong dream of ending the U.S. Constitution. Panic-stricken citizens want everyone who is non-compliant to immediate dictatorial government demands thrown into jail…. (more)

April 7, 2020
BRYAN FISCHER — President Trump emphasized over the weekend that it’s time for America to hang out the “Open For Business” sign again. “We have to get back to work. We have to open our country again,” the president said repeatedly and emphatically at a coronavirus press conference at the White House…. (more)


April 7, 2020
DAILY SIGNAL — President Donald Trump has warned that the week ahead could be the worst yet in the COVID-19 crisis, but he and other administration officials also shared a positive note Sunday, using terms such as “glimmers of progress” and “light at the end of the tunnel.”… (more)

April 7, 2020
MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ completely distorts Trump’s coronavirus response, as well as his own lapses
DAVID HARSANYI — This morning, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough claimed that, unlike the Trump administration, “Everybody saw this coming in early January.” If Scarborough knew that a deadly, once-in-a-century pandemic was about to descend on the nation in early January – – I assume he considers himself part of “everyone” – – why on God’s earth didn’t he warn his susceptible viewers that they should begin social distancing?… (more)

April 7, 2020
DAILY SIGNAL — In times of crisis, Americans don’t look just to the government to save the day. In certain intellectual circles in the United States it’s become fashionable to decry free markets, laying every economic woe of any American at the feet of “late stage capitalism,” the buzzword used to decry any business practice that seems designed to promote big business over the little guy…. (more)

April 5, 2020
CoronaVirusHomeschooling.com offers daily resources amid school shutdown
ART MOORE — It’s the third week that public school buildings across the nation have been closed, and many parents fear their children are falling behind as some districts struggle to keep up via the internet…. (more)

April 5, 2020
‘Let’s take care of the crisis at hand right now’
WORLDNETDAILY — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s plan for “oversight” of the federal government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic is merely a new weapon in the Democratic Party’s ongoing war against Trump, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy charged Friday…. (more)

April 5, 2020
YOUTUBE — FDA has approved malaria drug chloroquine as an emergency COVID-19 treatment; insight from Fox News contributor medical Dr. Marc Siegel…. (more)


April 4, 2020
DAILY SIGNAL — Michael Lindell, the inventor and CEO of MyPillow, stood outside the White House on Monday as a guest during the daily coronavirus task force briefing, at which he announced that his company had begun mass production of face masks…. (more)


April 4, 2020
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON — A current global myth alleges that America under the Trump administration is not leading the world fight against the coronavirus in its accustomed role as the post-war global leader. Yet the U.S. was the first major nation to issue a travel ban on flights from China, with Donald Trump making that announcement on January 31. That was a bold act. It likely saved thousands endangered by Chinese perfidy and soon became a global model. None of the ban’s loud critics are today demanding it be rescinded…. (more)

April 4, 2020
NEWSMAX — Michael Reagan and Christopher Cox, whose father and grandfather served as past U.S. presidents, told Newsmax TV Friday night that President Donald Trump is doing the right thing as he grapples with the coronavirus pandemic…. (more)

April 3, 2020
NEWSMAX — The United States’ economic situation will continue to be painful throughout upcoming weeks because of the damages caused by the coronavirus pandemic, but conditions may start to turn around in the next four to eight weeks, top White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Friday…. (more)


April 3, 2020
JERRY NEWCOMBE — The religious right is anti-science. The religious right supports Donald Trump, and he welcomes their support. Therefore, America is doing much worse in our fight with the coronavirus than we could be. If Trump had not chosen to ally himself with those anti-science Bible-thumpers, the whole world would be better off. So posits an op-ed by Katherine Stewart in the New York Times (3/27/20)…. (more)


April 3, 2020
NEWSMAX — China has concealed the extent of the coronavirus outbreak in its country, under-reporting both total cases and deaths it’s suffered from the disease, the U.S. intelligence community concluded in a classified report to the White House, according to three U.S. officials…. (more)

April 3, 2020
Dr. Stephen Smith calls hydroxychloroquine treatment ‘absolute game changer’
ART MOORE — Calling it an “absolute game changer,” renowned infectious disease specialist Dr. Stephen Smith said Wednesday he has seen 100% success in his treatment of 72 seriously ill COVID-19 patients with the drugs touted by the White House, hydroxchloroquine and azithromycin…. (more)


April 3, 2020
FDA has OK’d emergency use of hydroxychloroquine based on successful trials
WORLDNETDAILY — The chief medical officer who advised Nevada Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak to issue an emergency order banning the use of the anti-malarial drugs hydroxychloroquine and cholorquine in his state to treat the coronavirus doesn’t have a medical license to practice in the United States…. (more)

April 2, 2020
DAILIY SIGNAL — President Donald Trump said it’s difficult to know what the real number of COVID-19 cases in China is, but stressed the U.S. has a strong relationship with the country where the pandemic originated…. (more)

March 31, 2020
DAILY SIGNAL — Sam Sorbo wears a lot of hats: actress, radio show host, writer, wife, and homeschool mom. Famously known for her role in the 1995 TV show “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys,” Sorbo has stayed very busy over the past 25 years…. (more)

March 31, 2020
Scientific work conducted just a few miles from coronavirus epicenter
WORLDNETDAILY — Just three miles from a wild animal market identified as the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, Chinese government researchers were carrying out scientific research on 2,000 new viruses, including deadly bat coronaviruses. Veteran Washington Times national security reporter Bill Gertz reported several Chinese state media outlets spotlighted the virus research, including Wuhan researcher Tian Junhua, noted for his leadership in bat virus work…. (more)


March 31, 2020
‘It is a criminal regime, which arrogantly shrugs off its criminal responsibility by blaming the U.S.’
WORLDNETDAILY — China, President Xi Jinping and others have been named in a complaint filed at the International Criminal Court by Freedom Watch founder Larry Klayman over the coronavirus outbreak, alleging the communists developed the coronavirus and it escaped from their labs…. (more)

March 31, 2020
NEWSMAX — Mark Meadows has finished his self-quarantine after a coronavirus scare and is joining President Donald Trump’s team as his chief of staff Tuesday, during a tumultuous time…. (more)


March 31, 2020
PJ MEDIA — It’s troubling to see how quickly disinformation about the government’s response to the coronavirus has spread. Democrats and the mainstream media have willingly spread false information in the hopes of damaging Trump politically before the election in November…. (more)