Daily Archives: May 17, 2020

Sunday Talks: Doug Collins Discusses China Confrontation and Mike Flynn Targeting… — The Last Refuge

Representative Doug Collins of Georgia appears for an interview with Maria Bartiromo to discuss holding China accountable and the ongoing revelations surrounding the Obama administration targeting of Michael Flynn and President Trump.

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Feds Buy Riot Gear, Increases Security Funding, Citing Pandemic — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

THE FEDERAL government has ramped up security and police-related spending in response to the coronavirus pandemic, including issuing contracts for riot gear, disclosures show.

The purchase orders include requests for disposable cuffs, gas masks, ballistic helmets, and riot gloves, along with law enforcement protective equipment for federal police assigned to protect Veterans Affairs facilities. The orders were expedited under a special authorization “in response to Covid-19 outbreak.”

The Veterans Affairs department, which manages nearly 1,500 health care care facilities around the country, has also extended special contracts for coronavirus-related security services.

Redcon Solutions Group, a private security company founded by Iraq War veterans, has won over $1.6 million in contracts to provide guards for “Covid-19 screening security guard services.” Similar contracts have gone out to private security firms to guard VA facilities in San Francisco, Des Moines, and Fayetteville, among others.

The increased security contracts appeared shortly after a recent Inspector General report noted an increase in absenteeism among VA employees and shortages among VA police. The IG report noted that there is “additional strain caused by the need for additional police presence for COVID-19-related screenings” of veterans at all VA health facilities and recommended the hiring of contract security services.

The VA police, as The Intercept previously reported, was not armed until 2011, when the Pentagon began providing military equipment to police forces around the country.

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Source: The Intercept

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Dear Christian: STOP IT!! — The Messed Up Church

There are lots of things that Christians believe that are not in the Bible. At all.

What’s the point of being a “Bible-believing Christian” if you believe a bunch of stuff that isn’t even in the Bible? And even worse, why would you believe ideas that go against what God’s Word teaches us?!

If the ideas listed below pertain to you…

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If God really wanted us to “Achieve our Dreams” and “Fulfill our Destiny,” wouldn’t the Bible clearly tell us that? Wouldn’t there be verses in the New Testament where we (the church) would be instructed to “Dream Big” or “Get out of your comfort zone” or “Follow the dream in your heart” or something like that? Did Jesus die on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins, or did He die on the cross so our dreams can come true?

If we were supposed to have an “Encounter with God” and experience His “Presence” wouldn’t the Bible tell us that? Wouldn’t there be verses in the New Testament where we (the church) would be instructed to “Encounter God” and “Soak in His Presence?” Wouldn’t there be lots of information about how to have these experiences? Instead, there is only instruction about having correct doctrine and living according to that doctrine.

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If we are supposed to listen to a guy talk about “life lessons,” “relationship skills,” and “practical advice for successful living” at a church worship service, wouldn’t there be Bible verses in the New Testament where we (the church) are taught that? How is that even a “worship service?” Is a motivational speech really the same thing as hearing from God’s Word?

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If we (the church) were supposed to “follow the vision” that our “vision-casting” pastor gives us, wouldn’t there be a bunch of Bible verses telling us about that? Wouldn’t there be at least one Bible verse about this??

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If we are supposed to give 10% of our income to our church because that is how we prove our faith to God, so that He will reward us with a great increase, why aren’t there any Bible verses in the New Testament where we (the church) are taught this guarantee for prosperity? Why does the New Testament say that our lives on earth will be difficult if we’ve been given this “tithe your way to wealth” plan? Why didn’t Jesus or any of the Apostles teach, and then demonstrate, this principle for financial prosperity?

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If unbelievers just need to hear how God is “crazy about them” because they’re “so awesome” in order to become Christians, wouldn’t the Bible clearly tell us that? Why doesn’t the Bible mention our deep need for self-esteem? Is the Gospel message really about how great we are, and that we just need to “know our true identity?” If we just need to realize how very special we are, why didn’t Jesus give us a pep talk instead of dying on the cross?

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If we Christians can speak things into existence, using the power of our words, why don’t we just do it? Why do we have so many “experts” who must go into elaborate detail to explain it? Why are there 90 million books, seminars and sermons that teach this-shouldn’t they just “speak it into existence?” When did Christians stop noticing that this is actually witchcraft? Does the phrase “casting spells” ring a bell? Furthermore, if there is such a thing as the “Law of Attraction,” why isn’t it anywhere in the Bible? Why do Christians keep talking about this supposed “law” even though it’s a totally non-Christian idea? Is Oprah a new Apostle or something??

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If God really wanted to have an “intimate love relationship” with us, wouldn’t His Word say so? Furthermore, if God is longing for this “intimate love relationship” why are we constantly failing at it? Why is God constantly failing at it? Doesn’t an “intimate love relationship” between God and a man sound kinda weird and creepy (not to mention between God and a married woman).

If God is passionate about having an intimate love relationship with us, why doesn’t He answer our prayers the way we want Him to? And if we’re supposed to use the analogy of a marriage, what kind of spouse is constantly withholding stuff in order to establish a close, intimate relationship? Furthermore, if He wants us to totally depend on Him for every need so He can show us He’s really there, why doesn’t He just do it? Why all the confusion?

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If we are supposed to be in a constant state of hunger as we say “more Lord, more…” wouldn’t the Bible tell us that? Wouldn’t there be clear Bible verses teaching us to continually ask God for “more?” Why are there no Bible verses telling us to “always be desperate and hungry?”

If God needs to use big, emotional revivals to accomplish His will on earth wouldn’t He have told us to “fill stadiums” in the Bible? Why does the Bible (specifically, the New Testament) describe the establishment of the Church if gigantic revival meetings are so important?

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If the Bible is the totally sufficient Word of God why do we need so many new teachings? Why do so many people run towards the latest new “word from God?” Why is everybody and his brother writing books that make outlandish promises that go against the Bible?

If the Church is in desperate need of “new revelations” (for various reasons: to understand the end times, to have “Apostolic Alignment,” to attain the secrets of intimacy with God, etc.), doesn’t that prove the insufficiency of the Bible? Is it any wonder that so many Christians are not at peace: they believe there’s always something new and better around the corner that they better not miss… followed by something new and better that’s right around the next corner that they better not miss… (And none of this is from God!)

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Here are some more articles that might be of interest:

“Bible-Believing” Christian??

Frequently Abused and Misused Bible Verses

Assertions and Assumptions are NOT the Foundation of the Church

via Dear Christian: STOP IT!! — The Messed Up Church

10 Numbers That Show The U.S. Has Fallen Into A Horrifying Economic Depression — The Economic Collapse

The last recession was really, really bad, but it was never like this.  It is time for us to face reality, and that means admitting that the U.S. economy has plunged into a depression.  This is already the worst economic downturn that America has experienced since the Great Depression of the 1930s, and we are right in the middle of the largest spike in unemployment in all of U.S. history by a very wide margin.  Of course it was fear of COVID-19 that burst our economic bubble, and fear of this virus is going to be with us for a very long time to come.  So we need to brace ourselves for an extended economic crisis, and at this point even Time Magazine is openly referring to this new downturn as an “economic depression”.  Needless to say, there will be a tremendous amount of debate about how deep it will eventually become, but everyone should be able to agree that our nation hasn’t seen anything like this since before World War II.

In order to prove my point, let me share the following 10 numbers with you…

#1 According to a study that was just released by the National Bureau of Economic Research, more than 100,000 U.S. businesses have already permanently shut down during this pandemic, and that represents millions of jobs that are never coming back.

#2 The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta is now projecting that U.S. GDP will shrink by 42.8 percent during the second quarter…

A new GDP forecast from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta for the three months through June estimates an unprecedented drop of 42.8 percent. The bank describes the data as a “nowcast” or real-time, compared with the official government report of GDP, which is dated. The first-quarter preliminary data, which showed a 4.8 percent dip, included a limited period of impact from COVID-19.

#3 On Friday we learned that U.S. retail sales were down 16.4 percent during the month of April, and that is a new all-time record.

#4 U.S. factory output was down 13.7 percent last month, and that was the worst number ever recorded for that category.

#5 U.S. industrial production fell 11.2 percent last month, and that represented the worst number in 101 years.

#6 On Thursday, we learned that the number of Americans that have filed initial claims for unemployment benefits during this pandemic has risen by another 2.9 million, and that brings the grand total for this entire crisis to 36.5 million.  To put that number in perspective, at the lowest point of the Great Depression of the 1930s only about 15 million Americans were unemployed.

#7 According to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the real rate of unemployment in the U.S. is now 30.7 percent.

#8 According to a survey Fed officials just conducted, almost 40 percent of Americans with a household income of less than $40,000 a year say that they have lost a job during this crisis.

#9 One study has concluded that 42 percent of the job losses during this pandemic will end up being permanent.

#10 According to a professor of economics at Columbia University, the U.S. homeless population could rise by up to 45 percent by the end of this calendar year.

We have never seen economic numbers this horrifying, and more awful economic numbers are coming in the months ahead.

At this point, things are so bad that even Fed Chair Jerome Powell is openly admitting that he doesn’t really know how long this new economic downturn will last…

“This economy will recover…We’ll get through this. It may take a while. It may take a period of time. It could stretch through the end of next year,” Powell said during a rare televised interview that aired on “60 Minutes” Sunday night. “We really don’t know. We hope that it will be shorter than that, but no one really knows.”

In the months ahead, there are a few sectors that you will want to keep a particularly close eye on, and one of them is the commercial real estate market.  The following comes from Zero Hedge

Fast forward to today, coronavirus outbreak, and the ensuing lockdown, has essentially frozen the commercial real estate market. Buildings that were once used for restaurants, offices, hotels, spas, and or anything else that is classified non-essential have seen soaring vacancies.

This is single handily sending the commercial property market into chaos. As vacancies soar, tremendous downward pressure is being put on almost every asset class tied to commercial real estate.

The latest TREPP remittance data compiled by Morgan Stanley showed a quarter of all commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) could be on the verge of default.

I am personally convinced that we are on the precipice of the greatest commercial real estate implosion in American history.

As the dominoes tumble, it is going to send wave after wave of devastation through the financial industry, and it is going to make the subprime mortgage meltdown of 2008 look like child’s play.

But at least bankruptcy lawyers will have plenty of work.  Last week we learned that J.C. Penney filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and of course the bankruptcies that we have seen so far will just be the tip of the iceberg.

I think that politicians all over America are going to deeply regret overreacting to COVID-19, because nobody is going to be able to put the pieces back together now that our economic bubble has burst.

Sadly, very few people understood how shaky our debt-fueled economic “boom” was, and ultimately it didn’t take that much to push us into a new economic depression.

And now every additional crisis that comes along is just going to escalate our economic troubles.  This is going to be one very long nightmare, and there will be no waking up from it any time soon.

Even before COVID-19 came along, homelessness had become a massive problem in many of our major cities, and now tent cities are rapidly multiplying in size.

There is going to be so much economic pain in the months ahead, and it could have all been avoided if we had made much different choices as a nation.

But we didn’t, and so now we all get to pay the price.

via 10 Numbers That Show The U.S. Has Fallen Into A Horrifying Economic Depression — The Economic Collapse

Democratic governors hit with flurry of legal challenges to coronavirus lockdowns — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

The raging public debate over statewide coronavirus lockdowns is running parallel to a series of legal battles in state capitals — and the lockdown skeptics got a big boost this week.

The decision by Wisconsin’s Supreme Court on Wednesday to toss Gov. Tony Evers’ statewide shelter-in-place order set off a scramble in cities across the state to impose their own local restrictions. Elsewhere, bars and restaurants shut down by the order declared themselves open for business.

And legal challenges are continuing to pile-up across the country — even as governors who extend their state’s shelter-in-place orders begin peeling back some restrictions. The plaintiffs are business owners, aggrieved private citizens, pastors and in some cases, state legislators and legislatures.

The targets? Almost always Democratic governors or their top health appointees.

Already, more than a dozen states across the country have faced lawsuits over their lockdown mandates — although it’s not clear whether any will be as successful as the litigation filed by Wisconsin’s Republican-led Legislature.

In Michigan, Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration on Friday defended her unilateral extension of the state’s emergency declaration and its stay-at-home order against a lawsuit brought, as in Wisconsin, by the GOP-controlled Legislature after it voted to deny her an extension last month.

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Source: Politico

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The Virus Isn’t the Only Test for the Church — The Aquila Report

Every government has ironically exposed our folly in putting too much reliance upon politics for solutions. Governments are all lumbering and ham-handed so that they are rightly criticized by those wanting either opened economies or reliable immunity.

 

No church leader today could have predicted the severe test that COVID-19 has brought to the church. But the greatest test is yet to come.

Sparring Twitter hashtags reveal the lines of division emerging in society. Will it be the same in the church? Even now church members are starting to divide over #stayhome or #endthelockdown.

This test is difficult because the dividing issues are so personal.

Dying relatives. Loved ones in front line health care.

Or the destruction of a life’s work, along with meagre savings, jobs, homes and livelihoods, all disintegrating in real-time.

Every government has ironically exposed our folly in putting too much reliance upon politics for solutions. Governments are all lumbering and ham-handed so that they are rightly criticized by those wanting either opened economies or reliable immunity.

These are the challenges that the world faces, and people are handling it as would be expected. Responses have been tragic and comic for the most part.

But what about the church? Specifically, what about your church, your local church?

The great test of Christian unity is upon us, not in some global way (although that may be true as well), but in the most local way, as churches respond to these two divisive, yet intensely personal approaches.

We’ve Seen This Before

When the apostle Paul wrote to the Roman church, he addressed these kinds of divisive issues (Rom 14:1–12). He might have been talking about food and feast days, but it was just as divisive as #stayhome and #endthelockdown. 

So what did Paul say to the church that had two deeply felt, but opposing opinions festering together like an unlanced boil? To everyone’s surprise, his counsel was, “Welcome!”

Now such an answer doesn’t seem to be very satisfying to the personally felt, strongly reasoned opinion you might have. But it is an answer that is grounded in the sovereign authority of God. 

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Repentance – What Does it Look Like? — The Aquila Report

The effect of sin is devastating.  As children of God, unconfessed sin has a way of getting inside our hearts so that we feel guilty – thankfully. But not every child of God immediately admits their sin in repentance.  Then it becomes difficult to pray, and the desire to open the Bible evaporates, and they end up going to church and to the Lord’s Table because you don’t want to draw attention to themselves, and God seems so far away – until they return to the right way through sincere repentance.

 

It’s embarrassing but true: all around us we see people seriously messing up, ourselves included. It happened to people in the Bible too. If Noah could get drunk and lie naked, if Abraham could lie about his wife being his sister, if Moses could kill the Egyptian, if David could commit adultery with Bathsheba and then kill her husband to cover his tracks, if Peter could deny the Lord three times in a row, then on what grounds would we think we are above similar sins? We too yield to the lusts of the flesh; murder (abortion or suicide), drunkenness (think also of drug abuse), adultery, consumerism, hedonism, wasting one’s time or talents or resources, and so many more sins appear among godly people who regularly attend church.

Effect

The effect of sin is devastating.  As children of God, unconfessed sin has a way of getting inside our hearts so that we feel guilty – thankfully. But not every child of God immediately admits their sin in repentance.  Then it becomes difficult to pray, and the desire to open the Bible evaporates, and they end up going to church and to the Lord’s Table because you don’t want to draw attention to themselves, and God seems so far away – until they return to the right way through sincere repentance. (See David’s experience of the effect of sin after his affair with Bathsheba in 2 Samuel 11 & 12.)

For that’s the gospel of the perseverance of the saints: even when His people fall into terrible sins, God will not desert His own! Rather, He works upon them through His Holy Spirit so that repentance comes about – eventually.  That’s our God: He does not forsake the work His hand has begun.

Dying of the Old Nature

What, though, does repentance actually look like?

Scripture speaks often about repentance. It consists of two parts, the dying of the old nature and the coming to life of the new. The dying of the old nature in turn is built on three aspects: it is

  1. to grieve with heartfelt sorrow that we have offended God by our sin, and
  2. more and more to hate sin and
  3. flee from it.

David speaks of his repentance from his affair with Bathsheba in Psalm 51:

“For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment.” (Psalm 51:3-4) And, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.” (Psalm 51:10-12)

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Faith, Feelings, and Facts — The Aquila Report

“It is the grand design of Satan to lessen our opinion of God’s goodness… He seeks to hide God’s goodness, and to represent him as a God that delights in our destruction and damnation, rather than in our salvation.”

 

God is slandered daily. Satan, who is a liar and the father of lies, makes sure of it. One of his favorite lies to spread about God is that he doesn’t love us, that he wants nothing more than for us to suffer and die. Satan wants us to think that God is more like the elder brother than the father of the parable of the prodigal son. As Thomas Manton said,

“It is the grand design of Satan to lessen our opinion of God’s goodness… He seeks to hide God’s goodness, and to represent him as a God that delights in our destruction and damnation, rather than in our salvation.”

Regrettably, we are easily deceived by this pernicious lie. We are susceptible to it when we are made aware of our own sinfulness or drowning in a sea of our own guilt. We sense that God will not forgive us because of who we are; or because of what we have done; or because we have committed the same sin countless times. The puritan John Ball noted that Satan…

“…will not spare to suggest to the contrite and humbled soul, that God cannot or will not forgive his transgressions, which have been most heinous for quality, many for number, and in which he has long lived and continued.”

We may also be prone to believe Satan’s lie when we reap what we have sown. We may be incarcerated, divorced, sick or unemployed solely due to what we have done.  Experiencing God’s providential retribution not only increases our sense of guilt and shame, but may create doubt regarding the mercy and kindness of God.  We might wonder: “How could God forgive me, when I cannot even forgive myself?”

Still further, we may be inclined to believe Satan’s lie when we witness or experience God’s wrath upon this rebellious world. The Westminster Shorter Catechism rightly teaches that all the miseries in this life and death itself are part of God’s wrath and curse for sin. The undeniable fact that we will all suffer—to one degree or another—and then die seems to suggest that God is not for us, but against us. How can God be kind, loving and forgiving towards sinners when they all experience his wrath and curse for sin?

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What the Coronavirus is Saying to Today’s EXPONENTIAL Laodicean Church Age and World! — The Ignorant Fishermen Blog

Dear friends, do you have ears to hear during this time of isolation and confinement under the Coronavirus (Isa. 55:7; 59:7-8; 65:2, Matt. 13; Rev. 3:20; 22:17, 20)? The way to see today properly and in perspective is to see things from today’s biblical – Laodicean church age – ETERNAL perspective (Rev. 3:14-21)! In light of the Coronavirus; Almighty God is seeking to get us to slow way down and listen to His still small voice, which is found in His Holy Word (Acts 17:24-31; Rev. 3:20; 22:17, 20). We as a nation and world have been moving at EXPONENTIAL speeds – socially and culturally – via the high tech world and abandoning and exchanging TRUTH and RIGHTNESS for lawlessness at the same EXPONENTIAL speeds (Gen. 6; Isa. 5:20, Rom. 1:18-32, 2 Cor. 4:3-4, Eph. 2:1-2)! Dear friends, be NOT deceived! Today, we are UNTHANKFUL to the bone and because of our day’s EXPONENTIAL technological advances; we absolutely deceive ourselves and actually believe and think that we DO NOT need our ETERNAL RIGHTEOUS Creator, and we are “good to go” as we trust our fallen lawless selves (Prov. 12:15; 14:12; 16:25; 30:12, Rom. 6:21, Gal. 6:7) This EXPONENTIAL speed’s journey is heading this fallen HIGH-TECH EXPONENTIAL world straight into the Day of the Lord (Isa. 24, Matt. 24. Rev. 6-19)! America is EXPONENTIALLY divided and fractured more than ever and each side deeply rooted and entrenched to their core in their ideology. I personally see total anarchy and civil war in our very near future. The American Left is relentless and each day they are dismantling our nation by playing off and using the fears of lawless Americans. We are at the absolute breaking point as a Republic and Almighty God is shouting out, “Slow down and consider your ways, for My Day is at hand (Rev. 6-19)!” And we know how that will go, Total UNREPENTANCE, the Rapture, then Day of the Lord! INDEED, the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!

Today, we are UNTHANKFUL to the bone and because of our day’s EXPONENTIAL technological advances; we absolutely deceive ourselves and actually believe and think that we DO NOT need our ETERNAL RIGHTEOUS Creator, and we are “good to go” as we trust our fallen lawless selves!

 

Dear friends, the Laodicea Church Age is the church age that falls at the end of the Age of Grace (Rev. 3:14-22)! The Church Age began at Pentecost (Acts 2) and will end with the Rapture of the Church. After the Rapture of the Church, the apostate, lifeless and christless church which is left will last 3 1/2 more years until the Mark of the Beast is implemented by Satan under his antichrist after the execution, resuscitation and ascension of the Two Witnesses (Matt. 24:15-19, 2 Thes. 2:3-12, Rev. 11; 13; 14:7-12; 17-18:2). When the Rapture takes place at the beginning of the seven-year tribulation, all believers (Jew and Gentile) in Jesus Messiah will be removed and all that will be left on planet earth will be millions upon millions of apostate “Christians” who have NEVER had a saving relationship to Jesus Christ in Spirit and TRUTH, but played delusion church without and saving relationship the TRUE Christ of Holy Scriptures (Matt. 7:21-23, John 1:12; 3:3-7, Romans 10:2-4, Eph. 2:8-9)!

This final church age will end with the Rapture but the apostate church which is left will last 3 1/2 more years until the Mark of the Beast!

 

This church age (The Laodicean Church Age) also appears in the EXPONENTIAL technological zenith of man, which through the works of their hands have created a technological society which has NO NEED of their ETERNAL Creator and Savior and have the ingrained mindset that they “need of nothing” spiritually, especially our ETERNAL RIGHTEOUS Creator (Rev. 3:14-22)! Evolution has replaced CREATION, man has replaced ALMIGHTY GOD, lawlessness has replaced RIGHTEOUSNESS, deeds and works have replaced SAVING GRACE, materialism and godless pleasures have replaced a SAVING RELATIONSHIP to Almighty God and the JOY of THE LORD. How many today call themselves “Christians” and even go to “church” and do not follow, obey or recognize the HOLY God of the Scripture and His Savior Jesus Christ! This is the Laodicean mind; a life without Almighty God in RIGHTEOUSNESS and a feel-good, self accommodating, self-gratifying and self-satisfying goodness which can NEVER deliver one’s soul in the Day of Judgment (Matt. 7:21-23, Rom. 10:2-4, Heb. 9:27, Rev. 3:16-20; 20:11-14)! Jesus is the One who came to give life and LIFE MORE ABUNDANTLY in RIGHTEOUSNESS (John 10:10-11)! He is the missing PIECE of our life and when He is received we will find that He is ALL and ALL to His fallen creation (John 5:39-40; 6:35, 51; 8:32-36; 10:10-11; 11:25; 14:6; 1 Cor. 1:29-31, 2 Cor. 5:17-21; Eph. 1-2; Rev. 21:22:1-5).

 Jesus is the One who came to give life and LIFE MORE ABUNDANTLY in RIGHTEOUSNESS! He is the missing PIECE of our life and when He is received we will find that He is ALL and ALL to His fallen creation!

 

This Laodicean Church Age is like the rich man who had bigger plans for bigger barns, greater security, and comfort without a saving relationship to His ETERNAL RIGHTEOUS Creator (Luke 12:16-21)! What he refused to learn throughout his vain temporal life is that deadmen take absolutely nothing with them when they die (Gen. 3:17-19, Job. 1:21, Eccl. 1-12, Matt. 7:24-27, John 11:25, 1 Tim. 6:7, 1 John 4:10, Rev. 20:11-15). He was quite comfortable with his material things and sought diligently more comfort in expanding his vain life (Eccl. 1-12)! This man had ZERO ETERNAL REALITY and perspectives and was quite comfortable living out his vain life without His ETERNAL RIGHTEOUS Creator (Rom. 1:18-32, Prov. 14:12)!  No wonder the LORD of ETERNAL LIFE called him a FOOL! “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment – Heb. 9:27″. There is no shortage of fools in our day and tragically many of them will die in their sins because they refuse to hear the saving message in LOVE from Almighty God, “Repent and be made right with Almighty God your Creator in SPIRIT and TRUTH (John 6:63)!”

There is no shortage of fools in our day and tragically many of them will die in their sins because they refuse to hear the saving message in LOVE from God, “Repent and be made right with Almighty God your Creator in SPIRIT and TRUTH!”

 

The ETERNAL Lamb, Savior, and Propitiation of the world called him a fool, and his unbelief, darkened mind, and delusional thinking came to pass and fell; and ETERNALLY GREAT was his fall (Matt. 7:24-27, Luke 12:16-21, Rev. 20:11-15)! My friends, can you not see that this is our day here in America today and in the world! Technological comforts EXPONENTIALLY abound for all in every facet of life! Whether you have a lot or little it is a good bet that one has internet, cell phones, flat-screen TVs, a house or apartment to live in, a car to drive. government assistance for food, housing, medical coverage etc., bountiful supplies of all types of food and supermarkets, technology, luxury, comfort, and ease! Societal advancements in living, housing, travel, medicine, and life expectancy are taken for granted and have made us for the most part unthankful, greedy, selfless, unhappy, unsatisfied, and complacent!

Our good friends at Prophecy Update have put out this great 12-minute video on the Laodicean Church and we wanted to share it with you! Enjoy to the glory of God!

Even so, come Lord Jesus! For the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!

DJP I.F.

via What the Coronavirus is Saying to Today’s EXPONENTIAL Laodicean Church Age and World! — The Ignorant Fishermen Blog

President Trump Discusses Unmasking of Flynn and Obama’s Political Surveillance – ie. “Obamagate”… — The Last Refuge

Maria Bartiromo broadcasts a taped interview with President Trump discussing the topic of Obamagate and how the IC, FBI and DOJ was weaponized against the Trump campaign and incoming administration.

This interview is interesting as to how much President Trump is aware of what took place.

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During the Obama administration the NSA database was continually used to conduct surveillance. This is the critical point that leads to understanding the origin of “Spygate”, or “Obamagate” as it unfolded in the Spring and Summer of 2016.

Initially in December 2015 there were 17 republican candidates that all could be potential targets for political surveillance and opposition research. However, when Donald Trump won New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina the field was significantly whittled. Trump, Cruz, Rubio, Kasich and Carson remained.

On Super Tuesday, March 2, 2016, Donald Trump won seven states (VT, AR, VA, GA, AL, TN, MA) it was then clear that Trump was the GOP frontrunner with momentum to become the presumptive nominee. On March 5th, Trump won Kentucky and Louisiana; and on March 8th Trump won Michigan, Mississippi and Hawaii.

The next day, March 9th, NSA security alerts warned internal oversight personnel that something sketchy was going on.

This timing is not coincidental. As FISA Judge Rosemary Collyer later wrote in her report, “many of these non-compliant queries involved the use of the same identifiersover different date ranges.” Put another way: attributes belonging to a specific individual(s) were being targeted and queried, unlawfully. Given what was later discovered, it seems obvious the primary search target, over multiple date ranges, was Donald Trump.

There were tens-of-thousands of unauthorized search queries; and as Judge Collyer stated in her report, there is no reason to believe the 85% non compliant rate was any different from the abuse of the NSA database going back to 2012.

As you will see below the NSA database was how political surveillance was being conducted during Obama’s second term in office. However, when the system was flagged, and when NSA Director Mike Rogers shut down “contractor” access to the system, the system users needed to develop another way to get access.

Mike Rogers shuts down access on April 18, 2016. On April 19, 2016, Fusion-GPS founder Glenn Simpson’s wife, Mary Jacoby visits the White House. Immediately thereafter, the DNC and Clinton campaign contract Fusion GPS… who then hire Christopher Steele.

Knowing it was federal “contractors”, outside government with access to the system, doing the unauthorized searches, the question becomes: who were the contractors?

The possibilities are quite vast. Essentially anyone the FBI or intelligence apparatus was using could have participated. Crowdstrike was a known FBI contractor; they were also contracted by the DNC. Shawn Henry was the former head of the FBI office in DC and is now the President of Crowdstrike Services; a rather dubious contractor for the government and a politically connected data security and forensic company.

Henry testified to congress that Crowdstrike was an FBI contractor providing intelligence:

Additionally, James Comey’s special friend Daniel Richman was an unpaid FBI “special employee” with security accessto the database. Nellie Ohr began working for Fusion-GPS on the Trump project in November 2015 and she was a CIA contractor; and it’s entirely likely Glenn Simpson or people within his Fusion-GPS network were also contractors for the intelligence community.

Remember the Sharyl Attkisson computer intrusions? It’s all part of this same network; Attkisson even names Shawn Henry as a defendant in her ongoing lawsuit.

All of the aforementioned names, and so many more, held a political agenda in 2016.

It seems likely if the NSA flags were never triggered then the contracted system users would have continued exploiting the NSA database for political opposition research; which would then be funneled to the Clinton team. However, once the unauthorized flags were triggered, the system users (including those inside the official intelligence apparatus) needed to find another back-door to continue… Again, the timing becomes transparent.

Immediately after NSA flags were raised March 9th; the same intelligence agencies began using confidential human sources (CHS’s) to run into the Trump campaign. By activating intelligence assets like Joseph Mifsud and Stefan Halper the IC (CIA, FBI) and system users had now created an authorized way to continue the same political surveillance operations.

When Donald Trump hired Paul Manafort on March 28, 2016, it was a perfect scenario for those doing the surveillance. Manafort was a known entity to the FBI and was previously under investigation. Paul Manafort’s entry into the Trump orbit was perfect for Glenn Simpson to sell his prior research on Manafort as a Trump-Russia collusion script two weeks later.

The shift from “unauthorized exploitation of the NSA database” to legally authorized exploitation of the NSA database was now in place. This was how they continued the political surveillance. This is the confluence of events that originated “spygate”, or what officially blossomed into the FBI investigation known as “Crossfire Hurricane” on July 31.

If the NSA flags were never raised; and if Director Rogers had never initiated the compliance audit; and if the political contractors were never blocked from access to the database; they would never have needed to create a legal back-door, a justification to retain the surveillance. The political operatives/contractors would have just continued the targeted metadata exploitation.

Once they created the surveillance door, Fusion-GPS was then needed to get the FBI known commodity of Chris Steele activated as a pipeline. Into that pipeline all system users pushed opposition research.

via President Trump Discusses Unmasking of Flynn and Obama’s Political Surveillance – ie. “Obamagate”… — The Last Refuge