Daily Archives: July 16, 2020

July 16 Tomorrow

 

Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.
(Proverbs 27:1, NIV)

We spend so much of our lives worrying about yesterday and tomorrow. Yet one’s buried, and the other’s unborn. There’s not a thing you can do about either—except let them steal today right out of your hands. Don’t do it! David said, “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalms 118:24). Get out of the grandstand; you can win only as you play the game. Don’t die in the waiting room! Jesus said, “Until now, the Kingdom of Heaven has been forcefully advancing and forceful men lay hold of it” (Matthew 11:12, NIV).

Did you hear that? Seize this day with all its blessings and its challenges, and live every moment of it. There’s only one way to overcome your past—learn from it. Let the very thing that others thought would destroy you, develop you into the person God has called you to be. Don’t wait for “some day”—God is “a very present help” (Psalms 46:1). Never say, “I don’t have enough time.” You have exactly the same number of hours in your day as everybody else, including the people you most admire. There are two things you can count on God to do: First, to give you a clear understanding of His will and assignment for your life; second, to give you the time and the ability to carry it out.

 

What more could you ask for?[1]

 

[1] Gass, B. (1998). A Fresh Word For Today : 365 Insights For Daily Living (p. 197). Alachua, FL: Bridge-Logos Publishers.

July 16 God’s Hat Trick

 

Proverbs 16:9

A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.

Richard Storrs and Gordon Hall were students at the same theological seminary. One Saturday near the end of the semester, Hall was preparing to go to Braintree, Massachusetts, to preach, hoping that he might receive an invitation to become their pastor. That afternoon as he was splitting some wood, his hat fell beneath the axe and was destroyed. He didn’t have the money to replace it and the weather was bitter cold, so he asked his friend to take the assignment. Storrs preached and was offered the job. He accepted it, and he remained the minister of that parish until his dying day—a period of more than half a century!

Hall, although disappointed, sought other outlets for his talents. He went to India and became the first American missionary to Bombay. He was quite influential in the Indian missions movement. No one who believes in divine providence will for a moment doubt that God stationed Storrs at Braintree and Hall in India. By means of that ruined hat, the courses of two lives were changed. Nevertheless, in God’s divine will, the good news was proclaimed.[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2002). Sanctuary: finding moments of refuge in the presence of God (p. 207). Nashville, TN: Integrity Publishers.

July 16, 2020 Evening Verse Of The Day

The Confrontation

And when He had come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to Him as He was teaching, and said, “By what authority are You doing these things, and who gave You this authority?” (21:23)

It was still Wednesday morning of Passover week. After Jesus and the disciples had passed the fig tree He cursed the day before and found it completely withered (vv. 18–22; cf. Mark 11:20–21), He had come with them into the temple.

The group of chief priests and elders may have included the high priests Caiaphas and Annas, who served concurrently for several years (Luke 3:2). Because of the seriousness of their confrontation of Jesus, it is likely that at least the captain of the Temple, the second highest official, was present. The elders comprised a wide variety of religious leaders, which definitely included Pharisees (Matt. 21:45) and scribes (Luke 20:1), and possibly Sadducees, Herodians, and even some Zealots and Essenes. Although those groups had many differences from each other and were constantly disputing among themselves, they found common ground in opposing Jesus, because He threatened the authority of the entire religious establishment.

Every false religion has the common denominator of works righteousness, of salvation by human achievement, and is by nature offended by and opposed to the gospel of divine accomplishment by God in Christ. Although the religions of the world are divided by vast differences in theology and practice, they find common ground against the gospel of Jesus Christ, just as did the Jewish religionists in the Temple. They may presume to honor Christ as a prophet, a great teacher, or even as one among many gods, but they vehemently oppose the truth that He is the only Savior and that no person can come to God except through the merits of His sacrifice.

As He had the day before, when He so dramatically cleansed the Temple, Jesus now took center stage there again and was teaching as He walked about the courtyard (Mark 11:27). It seems certain that those whom He had driven out for making His Father’s house a den of robbers (Matt. 21:13) had not returned, and the entire spacious Court of the Gentiles was now available for those who came to worship. Many of them had probably followed Jesus there when they saw Him come into the city that morning.

We are not told what Jesus was teaching on this occasion, but He was likely reiterating some of the more important truths He had taught many times before. We can be sure that whatever He said was related to His kingdom, the subject with which His ministry began (Matt. 4:17) and ended (Acts 1:3). In His parallel account, Luke reports that Jesus was “teaching daily in the temple, … preaching the gospel” (Luke 19:47; 20:1), which was sometimes called “the gospel of the kingdom” (Matt. 9:35). Whatever His specific theme, “all the people were hanging upon His words” (Luke 19:48).

The primary question the Jewish leaders now had for Jesus was the same as it had been from the beginning, “By what authority are You doing these things, and who gave You this authority?” (cf. John 2:18). By these things, they probably meant everything Jesus had been teaching and doing, but they particularly had in mind His abrupt and, in their eyes, utterly presumptuous cleansing of the Temple the day before. Except for His similar act at the beginning of His ministry, He had never done anything that more clearly, forcefully, and publicly devastated the religious establishment. While it was happening, they were powerless to stop Him and apparently were even speechless. But now that they had recovered from the initial shock, they were on the offensive and were demanding an explanation.

Rabbinical candidates originally had been ordained by a leading rabbi whom they respected and under whose teaching they served a kind of apprenticeship. And just as the teachings of the leading rabbis varied greatly, so did their ordinations. Because of widespread abuses, and probably also to centralize rabbinical authority, the Sanhedrin, or high Jewish council, had taken over all responsibility for ordination.

At his ordination a man was declared to be rabbi, elder, and judge, and was given corresponding authority to teach, to express his wisdom, and to make decisions and render verdicts in religious as well as many civil matters. During the service various discourses and readings were given and hymns sung. Once ordained, the man had official recognition as a credentialed teacher of Israel.

Jesus had had no such ordination and therefore had no such recognition. By what authority, then, the leaders asked, did He not only teach and preach but even heal the sick, cast out demons, and raise the dead? Most especially, why had He presumed to take upon Himself—an untrained, unrecognized, self-appointed rabbi—the task of casting the merchants and moneychangers out of the Temple? Although not themselves religious leaders, those men were operating their businesses under the auspices of the Temple authorities. “Who gave You … authority to throw them out?” those authorities asked Jesus.

Although they did not recognize the source and legitimacy of Jesus’ power, they never questioned that He had it. That His authority was unprecedentedly powerful was incontestable. No one had ever healed as many sick people, cast out as many demons, or raised people from the dead as Jesus had done. The miracles were so obvious, numerous, and well attested that the religious leaders never doubted that Jesus performed them, having seen many of them with their own eyes.

Those leaders knew that power such as Jesus displayed had to be of supernatural origin, and they knew He claimed it was from God, whom He repeatedly called His heavenly Father. When He forgave a paralytic’s sins, some of the scribes present “said to themselves, ‘This fellow blasphemes.’ ” Knowing what they were thinking, Jesus accused them of having evil hearts and proceeded to heal the man’s paralysis in order to show His critics that He, the Son of Man, had “authority on earth to forgive sins” (Matt. 9:2–6). The crowd of common people who witnessed what He did made the only sensible response: “They were filled with awe, and glorified God, who had given such authority to men” (v. 8). But the scribes refused to accept the obvious. No amount of evidence could penetrate their confirmed unbelief. And like the Pharisees on an earlier occasion (Matt. 12:24), the Temple authorities who now confronted Jesus no doubt preferred to believe that His power came from Satan rather than God.

The chief priests and elders in the Temple also knew, as the multitudes often acknowledged in amazement, that Jesus taught authoritatively, with a clarity, definitiveness, and certainty that was completely lacking in the pronouncements and interpretations of the scribes (Matt. 7:29; Mark 1:22). As in many liberal church circles today, a key qualification for acceptance was lack of dogmatism. Virtually every doctrine was open to reinterpretation and revision, and absolutes were shunned as presumptuous. Human wisdom had long since replaced divine revelation, and Old Testament Scripture was cited primarily to support their humanly-devised religious traditions. When Scripture conflicted with tradition, tradition prevailed (Matt. 16:6). In the minds of most Jewish religious leaders, there were many authorities but none that was exclusively authoritative, not even Scripture.

Yet Jesus’ ministry was nothing if not authoritative. He demonstrated authority to grant those who believe in Him the right to become children of God (John 1:12). His heavenly Father “gave Him authority to execute judgment” (5:27) and “authority over all mankind” to give eternal life to those His Father has given Him (17:2). He had authority over His own life, “to lay it down,” and over His own resurrection, “to take [His life] up again.” (10:18).

In all the things He said and did, Jesus never sought approval or support from the recognized Jewish authorities. He completely ignored their system for ordaining rabbis and approving doctrines. He did not ask approval for His teachings, His healings, or His casting out of demons, and certainly not for His forgiving sins.

Jesus had both dunamis (power) and exousia (authority). Dunamis refers to ability, and exousia to right. Jesus not only had great power but the right to exercise that power, because both His power and His authority were from His heavenly Father. “Just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life,” Jesus said, “even so the Son also gives life to whom He wishes,” and “just as the Father has life in Himself, even so He gave to the Son also to have life in Himself” (John 5:21, 26). “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me” (6:38; cf. v. 44, 57; 7:16, 28; 8:18, 54).

And because Jesus had the Father’s power and authority, He sought no human authority, accreditation, ordination, or credentials. By so doing, He pitted Himself directly against the Jewish religious system and incurred its unrelenting wrath. Its leaders were appalled and scandalized that He not only failed to consult the Sanhedrin and the Temple authorities but had the audacity to condemn them.

In asking Jesus to identify His authority, those leaders probably hoped He would say, as He had many times before, that He worked under the direct power and authority of God, His heavenly Father. That would give them another opportunity to charge Him with blasphemy, and perhaps to succeed in putting Him to death for it, as they had tried to do before without success (John 5:18; 10:31).[1]


23 Jesus’ teaching takes place in the “temple courts,” probably in one of the porticos surrounding the Court of the Gentiles. The chief priests were high temple functionaries, elevated members of the priestly aristocracy who were part of the Sanhedrin (see comments at 2:4); the elders were in this case probably nonpriestly members of the Sanhedrin, heads of the most influential lay families (cf. Jeremias, Jerusalem, 222ff.). In other words, representative members of the Sanhedrin, described in terms of their clerical status rather than their theological positions (e.g., Sadducees and Pharisees), approached Jesus and challenged his authority to do “these things”—namely, the cleansing of the temple, the miraculous healings, and perhaps also his teaching (v. 23). Their first question was not narrowly theological but concerned Jesus’ authority; yet their concern in asking who gave him this authority (cf. Ac 4:7) sprang less from a desire to identify him than from a desire to stifle and perhaps ensnare him.[2]


23 “The temple” (i.e. the Court of the Gentiles; see pp. 770–71) is the scene for all the remaining teaching and action until 24:1. The colonnades around the great courtyard offered ample shaded space for people to gather round a preacher. “As he was teaching” indicates that this was Jesus’ normal practice during these days before the festival, even though Matthew’s record of specific teaching will not begin until v. 28. We are therefore to assume a substantial crowd around Jesus when this official approach is made, so that the following dialogue takes place in public (as v. 26, “we are afraid of the crowd,” confirms).

We have heard of the “chief priests and elders” (together with the scribes) in 16:21 as the body who will bring about Jesus’ death. At this point Mark and Luke again give the full list of the component groups of the Sanhedrin, but Matthew abbreviates by mentioning only the two groups who were to take the “political” lead in responding to the threat Jesus posed to their official status as guardians of the temple and of the community affairs of Jerusalem. In chapters 26 and 27 he will regularly (except for 26:57) single out these two groups as the opponents of Jesus, though in 27:41 all three groups will again be mentioned as mocking him on the cross. Matthew, unlike the other evangelists, often gives the full title “elders of the people” (cf. 26:3, 47; 27:1), perhaps in order to emphasize their role in representing the whole people of God, just as it is only Matthew who in 27:25 will attribute the demand for Jesus’ death to “all the people,” using as here the term laos which spoke especially of the communal privilege of the chosen people.

The challenge as to Jesus’ “authority” is a more explicit expression of the suspicion which led the leaders in Galilee to ask for a “sign” (12:38; 16:1; see comments on 12:38). Jesus’ actions imply a personal authority greater than that of a mere village preacher from Galilee. In particular, his action in the temple implies a claim to authority greater than that of the priests who were responsible for its affairs. They had given him no such authority, so who had?[3]


The Challenge to Jesus (21:23)

As Jesus teaches in the temple, two groups approach him. ‘The chief priests’ (hoi archiereis) were ‘high functionaries of the Temple, former high priests, and members of priestly families—mostly Sadduceean.’ ‘The elders of the people’ (hoi presbyteroi tou laou) came from the lay nobility and were closely aligned with the priests. Mark 11:27 and Luke 20:1 (par. to 21:23) state that scribes (hoi grammateis) were also present. The three groups sat together on the Sanhedrin.

In Matthew 16:21 Jesus prophesied that he would suffer at the hands of the chief priests and the elders (together with the scribes). Yet the chief priests confront Jesus for the first times in 21:15 and 21:23; and the elders do so for the first time in 21:23. That they do so here and now is not in the least surprising. Neither group witnessed Jesus’ cursing of the fig tree (21:18–19). It is his actions in the temple on which they focus—just what chief priests and their lay allies would be expected to do. ‘By what authority are you doing these things [tauta]?’ they ask. The plural tauta suggests that the question encompasses all that Jesus has said and done in the temple: his expulsion of the merchants and money changers (vv. 12–13), his miraculous works (v. 14), his acceptance of the children’s praise (vv. 15–16) and his present teaching (v. 23). ‘And who gave you this authority [tēn exousian tautēn]?’—i.e. authority as exercised in these words and deeds. Verse 15 reported the chief priests’ indignation over Jesus’ marvelous works and the children’s acclaim. In all probability it is especially his action in verses 12–13 that prompts the interrogation of verse 23. The concern most directly voiced in the questions is this: ‘What gives you the right to take such action, and so severely to disrupt the workings of the temple, when you have no priestly credentials?’ Behind the questions is also anxiety over the stability and security of the temple, especially since Jesus takes this action so close to Passover.7 Perhaps the remainder of the passage will bring further concerns to light.[4]


21:23 By what authority are you doing these things? The challenge issued by the chief priests and elders sets the stage for the rest of chapters 21–22. The question of authority is at the heart of the conflict between Jesus and various groups of Jewish leaders that challenge him. But Jesus will confound them and evade their “traps” (22:15, 23, 34). His wisdom amazes those listening (22:22, 33), and his final riddle silences their interrogations (22:46). We can outline this as follows:

  1. Jesus’ authority is challenged by chief priests and elders (21:23–27).
  2. Jesus tells three parables to challenge the Jewish leaders: they will miss out on the kingdom because they reject him (21:28–22:14).
  3. Pharisees and Herodians test Jesus on the imperial tax (22:15–22).
  4. Sadducees test Jesus on resurrection (22:23–33).
  5. Pharisees test Jesus on Torah (22:34–40).
  6. Jesus confounds the Jewish leaders with a riddle (22:41–46).[5]

Ver. 23.—When he was come into the temple. The conversation recorded here belongs to the Tuesday of the Holy Week, and took place in the courts of the temple, at this time filled with pilgrims from all parts of the world, who hung upon Christ’s words, and beheld his doings with wonder and awe. This sight roused to fury the envy and anger of the authorities, and they sent forth sections of their cleverest men to undermine his authority in the eyes of the people, or to force from him statements on which they might found criminal accusation against him. The chief priests and the elders of the people. According to the other evangelists, there were also scribes, teachers of the Law, united with them in this deputation, which thus comprised all the elements of the Sanhedrin. This seems to have been the first time that the council took formal notice of Jesus’ claims and actions, and demanded from him personally an account of himself. They had been quick enough in inquiring into the Baptist’s credentials, when he suddenly appeared on the banks of Jordan (see John 1:19, etc.); but they had studiously, till quite lately, avoided any regular investigation of the pretensions of Jesus. In the face of late proceedings, this could no longer be delayed. A crisis had arrived; their own peculiar province was publicly invaded, and their authority attacked; the opponent must be withstood by the action of the constituted court. As he was teaching. Jesus did not confine himself to beneficent acts; he used the opportunity of the gathering of crowds around him to preach unto them the gospel (Luke 20:1), to teach truths which came with double force from One who had done such marvellous things. By what authority doest thou these things? They refer to the triumphal entry, the reception of the homage offered, the healing of the blind and lame, the teaching as with the authority of a rabbi, and especially to the cleansing of the temple. No one could presume to teach without a proper commission: where was his authorization? They were the guardians and rulers of the temple: what right had he to interfere with their management, and to use the sacred precincts for his own purposes? These and such like questions were in their mind when they addressed him thus. Wilfully ignoring the many proofs they had of Christ’s Divine mission (which one of them, Nicodemus, had long before been constrained to own, John 3:2), they raised the question now as a novel and unanswered one. Who gave thee this authority? They resolve the general inquiry into the personal one—Who was it that conferred upon you this authority which you presume to exercise? Was it some earthly ruler, or was it God himself? Perhaps they mean to insinuate that Satan was the master whose power he wielded—an accusation already often made. They thought thus to place Christ in an embarrassing position, from which he could not emerge without affording the opportunity which they desired. The trap was cleverly set, and, as they deemed, unavoidable. If he was forced to confess that he spoke and acted without any proper authorization, he would be humiliated in the eyes of the people, and might be officially silenced by the strong hand. If he asserted himself to be the Messiah and the bearer of a Divine commission, they would at once bring against him a charge of blasphemy (ch. 26:65).[6]


Matthew 21:23. By what authority doest thou these things? As the other schemes and open attempts to attack Christ had not succeeded, the priests and scribes now attempt, by indirect methods, if they may possibly cause him to desist from the practice of teaching. They do not debate with him as to the doctrine itself, whether it was true or not—for already had they often enough attacked him in vain on that question—but they raise a dispute as to his calling and commission. And, indeed, there were plausible grounds; for since a man ought not, of his own accord, to intermeddle either with the honour of priesthood, or with the prophetical office, but ought to wait for the calling of God, much less would any man be at liberty to claim for himself the title of Messiah, unless it were evident that he had been chosen by God; for he must have been appointed, not only by the voice of God, but likewise by an oath, as it is written, (Psalm 110:4; Heb. 7:21.)

But when the divine majesty of Christ had been attested by so many miracles, they act maliciously and wickedly in inquiring whence he came, as if they had been ignorant of all that he had done. For what could be more unreasonable than that, after seeing the hand of God openly displayed in curing the lame and blind, they should doubt if he were a private individual who had rashly assumed this authority? Besides, more than enough of evidence had been already laid before them, that Christ was sent from heaven, so that nothing was farther from their wish than to approve of the performances of Christ, after having learned that God was the Author of them. They therefore insist on this, that he is not a lawful minister of God, because he had not been chosen by their votes, as if the power had dwelt solely with them. But though they had been the lawful guardians of the Church, still it was monstrous to rise up against God. We now understand why Christ did not make a direct reply to them. It was because they wickedly and shamelessly interrogated him about a matter which was well known.[7]


23. The chief priests and elders together with the scribes made up the Sanhedrin, which was responsible for maintaining order in civil and religious affairs. This was, then, a high-level deputation. These things are presumably Jesus’ actions in vv. 1–13, but underlying the question are the ummistakable claims which those actions involved, which had led to the explicitly Messianic reaction of the crowd (vv. 9, 15) to which they had already objected.[8]


21:23 “the chief priests and elders of the people” Notice in verse 15 they are called “chief priests” and “scribes.” These three groups made up the Sanhedrin. Whether they were an official or unofficial delegation is uncertain, but they represented the Jewish leadership.

“while He was teaching” Jesus taught under Solomon’s portico in the Court of the Gentiles within the Temple area. He was still trying to reach the Jewish leadership.

“ ‘By what authority are You doing these things’ ” This was the central question! “These things” could refer to the cleansing of the Temple (cf. vv. 12–16), Jesus’ rejection of oral tradition, or His public miracles. They could not deny the miraculous acts, so they attacked the source of His authority. Apparently the religious leaders of Jesus’ day thought Jesus was an extremely powerful demon possessed person (cf. 12:24; Mark 3:22; Luke 11:15; Jn. 7:20; 8:48, 52; 10:20–21).[9]


23. Now when he had entered the temple and was teaching there, the chief priests and the elders of the people came up to him with the question, By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority? Jesus was teaching, no doubt, in one of the “porches,” “porticos” or “halls” of the temple. These porches were beautiful and huge. They were covered colonnades that ran all around the inside of the wall of the vast temple complex. Or, to put it differently, these halls were bounded on the outside by the temple wall, on the inside by the Court of the Gentiles. Most splendid and widest of them all was “the Royal Porch” (Stoa Basilica)—built where according to tradition the palace of Solomon used to be—consisting of four rows of columns, 162 in all, forming three vast halls, on the south side of the temple complex. Famous also was Solomon’s Porch on the east side (John 10:23: Acts 3:11; 5:12).

While Jesus was teaching and “preaching the gospel” (Luke 20:1) in one of these places, “the chief priests and elders” (thus Matthew), “the chief priests and the scribes and the elders” (Mark 11:27; cf. Luke 20:1), came up to Jesus. See on 2:4 and 16:21 for a description of these three groups. Again, as in 21:15, it is impossible to say definitely whether these groups were acting on their own initiative or as a delegation sent by the Sanhedrin, though in the present instance—because they ask Jesus about his authority—the latter seems probable. Their question is clear. They want to know by what authority Jesus was doing these things, that is, who had given him this right. They were saying, “Show us your credentials!” It was an attempt to embarrass Jesus. If he admitted that he had no credentials the people could be expected to lose respect for him. On the other hand, if he considered himself authorized to do the things he had been doing, was he not arrogating to himself rights that belonged only to God? Could he not then be accused of being guilty of blasphemous behavior? By not assaulting him directly, for example by having him arrested, they reveal that they are afraid of him because of his following.

But what do they mean by “these things”? They must have been referring to recent or present activities, that is, to things he had done on Sunday or on Monday, or to what he was doing on this Tuesday. Among commentators there is general agreement that the cleansing of the temple was included in “these things.” This opinion is undoubtedly correct (cf. John 2:18). But was this the only thing to which these enemies of Jesus referred? There is a wide difference of opinion among commentators. Some would include Sunday’s royal entry into Jerusalem. Others say, “No,” for the ovation he received at that time was not his own doing. Over against this stands the fact that he did not at all oppose the hosannas of his disciples and of the children (see 20:16; Luke 19:39). The royal entry may therefore have been included in “these things.” And if we bear in mind the fact that Christ’s enemies ascribed his miracles to the power of Beelzebub operative within him, even the deeds of kindness to the blind and the lame may have been included. However, the context in Luke would seem to indicate that it was especially the teaching in the temple and the preaching of the gospel there that must have irked the Jewish leaders. To say, with some, that the chief priests, elders, etc., could not have had this in mind because “any rabbi had a right to teach” misses the point: these Jewish dignitaries certainly did not want “the gospel” preached there![10]


21:23. Jesus returned to the temple since this was the place in Jerusalem where people came to hear the Scriptures taught. And teach he did. But Jesus also returned to do battle, knowing that his opponents were waiting for him.

The chief priests and the elders of the people interrupted his teaching to challenge his authority. Both groups belonged to the Sanhedrin, the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the Jewish government. These things that Jesus was doing included his purging of the temple on the previous day, but they may also have included other events (the triumphal entry, his acceptance of praise as the “Son of David,” his teaching in the temple, and his miraculous healings). They asked him to state the authority by which he did these things and the source of his authority (who gave you this authority?).[11]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1985). Matthew (Vol. 3, pp. 284–287). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Carson, D. A. (2010). Matthew. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Matthew–Mark (Revised Edition) (Vol. 9, p. 504). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] France, R. T. (2007). The Gospel of Matthew (pp. 797–798). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publication Co.

[4] Chamblin, J. K. (2010). Matthew: A Mentor Commentary (pp. 1030–1031). Ross-shire, Great Britain: Mentor.

[5] Brown, J. K. (2015). Matthew. (M. L. Strauss & J. H. Walton, Eds.) (pp. 250–251). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[6] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). St. Matthew (Vol. 2, pp. 320–321). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[7] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentary on a Harmony of the Evangelists Matthew, Mark, and Luke (Vol. 3, pp. 21–22). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[8] France, R. T. (1985). Matthew: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 1, pp. 308–309). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[9] Utley, R. J. (2000). The First Christian Primer: Matthew (Vol. Volume 9, p. 176). Marshall, TX: Bible Lessons International.

[10] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Gospel According to Matthew (Vol. 9, pp. 776–777). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[11] Weber, S. K. (2000). Matthew (Vol. 1, pp. 343–344). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

July—16 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion

 

He shall drink of the brook in the way; therefore shall he lift up the head.—Psalm 110:7.

The brook of Kedron was a black brook, (for so the word Kedron signifies,) into which all the filth from the sacrifices was thrown. It was the brook over which the Son of God passed in the night that he entered the garden of Gethsemane. Now, as the whole psalm from which this portion is taken, refers to the person of Jesus, nothing can be more plain than that David, by the spirit of prophecy, is here describing the deep sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. By drinking of this black brook, it is intended to convey “the cup of trembling” put into the Lord Jesus’s hands, when he sustained all the sins and filth of his people, and in consequence, as their Surety, all the Father’s wrath against sin. Hence the Lord said, “The cup that my Father giveth me, shall I not drink it?” My soul! pause and ask thyself, doth not this sweet but solemn verse give thee precious instruction, when thou considerest that all thy filth, and all thy defilements, were imputed, by the Father himself, unto the person of thy glorious Surety? Is it not blessed thus to see, that by Christ’s drinking “of the brook in the way,” he took all thy transgressions, and was made both “sin and a curse for thee, that thou mightst be made the righteousness of God in him?” And though in himself he was “holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens,” yet, as the Surety of his people, he was made black with sin and suffering; “his visage was marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men.” Precious Jesus! may I never lose sight of Gethsemane, the mount of Olives, and the brook Kedron! Here, by faith, let my soul frequently take her evening station, and behold thee “pouring out thy soul unto death, numbered with the transgressors,” drinking “of the brook in the way,” that thy sacred head might be lifted up, first on the cross in suffering, and then with thy crown in glory![1]

 

[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, pp. 214–215). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

Cancel Culture Comes to Church: Media Ignore Attacks on Christians — Christian Research Network

“According to the Media Research Center, out of 270 minutes on NBC, ABC, and CBS nightly news coverage for last Friday through Sunday (July 10 – 12), not one second was spent on these violent anti-Christian attacks. That includes the complicit silence from the God haters at CNN and MSNBC.”

(David Fiorazo) You didn’t believe me, did you? Just a few weeks back I reported on the destruction of statues and federal monuments and the ‘cancel culture’ which is a result of the anti-American programming this generation has been fed in public schools and anti-Christian universities. Then a BLM leader said take the destruction to the churches!

And a few days ago, at least six churches were attacked by vandals or arsonists in several different American cities. A 24-year old in Florida even set fire to a Catholic church while people were inside. In Boston, another vandal set fire to a statue of the Virgin Mary. View article →

via Cancel Culture Comes to Church: Media Ignore Attacks on Christians — Christian Research Network

July 16th The D. L. Moody Year Book

 

There are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost, and these three are one.—1 John 5:7.

BY the Father is meant the first Person, Christ, the Word is the second, and the Holy Spirit, perfectly fulfilling His own office and work in union with the Father and the Son, is the third. I find clearly presented in my Bible, that the One God who demands my love, service and worship, has there revealed Himself, and that each of those three names of Father, Son and Holy Ghost has personality attached to them. Therefore we find some things ascribed to God as Father, some to God as Saviour, and some to God as Comforter and Teacher. It has been remarked that the Father plans, the Son executes, and the Holy Spirit applies. But I also believe they plan and work together.[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.) (p. 120). East Northfield, MA: The Bookstore.

Bankers Make Billions From Fed Money Printing As Double-Dip Recession Fears Surge | ZeroHedge News

The Federal Reserve’s stunning effort to keep credit flowing in the system during the virus pandemic and resulting lockdowns have been like striking gold for the biggest US banks, reported Bloomberg.

Capital markets were frozen at the start of the pandemic, but as soon as the Fed set up an unprecedented series of programs to support corporate debt markets and cut interest rates, bankers were able to handsomely profit from trading and arranging debt deals for companies seeking cash. This powered JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Citigroup Inc.’s profitability despite rising loan-loss provisions and even resulted in Goldman Sachs Group Inc. smashing earnings expectations.

“Goldman’s earnings this quarter were too good — almost indecent, in fact,” said Octavio Marenzi, CEO of capital markets consultancy Opimas. “The Fed has been able to engineer a huge bounce-back in the markets by injecting trillions of dollars, benefiting investment banks primarily. This will lead to calls for the government to do more to help Main Street rather than Wall Street.”

A Fed-induced capital markets boon fueled with newly printed money and bailouts has raised concerns whether the central banks disproportionately helped Wall Street at the expense of small businesses going bust.

While the average blue-collar American was forced into food bank lines and given lousy Trump stimulus checks, the fatest cats at Wall Street banks celebrated the Fed’s saving grace, as they collectively reported a $10 billion windfall, thanks to bond trading and debt deals.

“The $10 billion figure is the gap between the $20.5 billion that the three banks generated from their fixed-income trading and debt underwriting units, and the $10.4 billion average quarter for those businesses over the last four years,” said Bloomberg.

Citigroup’s investment bankers reported their best quarter in a decade, supported by debt underwriting. JPM traders locked in a massive $7.3 billion gain in fixed-income trading during the second quarter.

h/t Bloomberg 

Goldman said fixed-income trading saw “significantly higher revenues” over the quarter. Goldman CEO David Solomon told analysts Wednesday, “the activity levels that we saw at the end of March and April were really extraordinary.”

Solomon added, “in a period where there’s an enormous change and enormous volatility in markets, we became super busy because our clients are super busy.”

The Fed’s unprecedented money printing to support big banks during the virus pandemic was to make sure credit kept flowing and volatility was suppressed.

Much of the credit Fed injected into the banks appears to be a onetime surge, considering the central bank’s balance sheet more than doubled in the last several months, but now contracting. This all means top banks who saw huge volumes in debt deals and large trading gains might see a slump in activity in the back half of the year – unless the Fed prints a couple more trillion dollars due to a double-dip recession.

Underwriting volumes “will definitely come down,” JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon told analyst Tuesday.

“All this capital is not being raised to go spend. It’s being raised to sit on the balance sheet so that you’re prepared for whatever comes next,” said Dimon.

And what comes next you may ask? 

Well, a double-dip recession could be in the cards as the economy stalled in late June.

With trouble ahead, the banks are preparing with second-quarter loan loss provisions for JPMorgan, Citi, and Wells Fargo now total $47 billion as a pandemic-led spike in missed loan payments could soon unleash a broader consumer bust cycle.

The problem is the Trump administration has the consumer on life support with stimulus checks. When that goes away, along with deferment of auto loans, credit cards, and mortgages – it will be crunch time for the working poor. A fiscal cliff is coming July 31, unless another round of checks is given to consumers, even then, the overall economy has stalled, jobs aren’t coming back as quick as expected as the shape of the recovery has morphed from a “V” to a “U” or “L.”

The Fed has prepared the banks and the largest companies for the worst-case scenario, that is, well, Gary Shilling can explain what comes next

Source: Bankers Make Billions From Fed Money Printing As Double-Dip Recession Fears Surge

Covid-19: Phase 1 of the “Permanent Crisis”? | Global Research

Let’s assume that the events of the last five months are neither random nor unexpected.

Let’s say they’re part of an ingenious plan to transform American democracy into a lockdown police state controlled by criminal elites and their puppet governors.

And let’s say the media’s role is to fan the flames of mass hysteria by sensationalizing every gory detail, every ominous prediction and every slightest uptick in the death toll in order to exert greater control over the population.

And let’s say the media used their power to craft a message of terror they’d repeat over and over again until finally, there was just one frightening storyline ringing-out from every soapbox and bullhorn, one group of governors from the same political party implementing the same destructive policies, and one small group of infectious disease experts –all incestuously related– issuing edicts in the form of “professional advice.”

Could such a thing happen in America?

What’s most astonishing about the Covid-19 operation is the manner in which the elected government was circumvented by public health experts (connected to a power-mad billionaire activist.) That was a stroke of genius. Most people regard the US as a fairly stable democracy and yet, the first sign of infection triggered the rapid transfer of power from the president to unelected “professionals” whose conflicts of interest are too vast to list.

Equally fascinating is the fact that the lockdowns were not the brainchild of Donald Trump but the mainly Democrat governors who shrugged-off any Constitutional limits to their power and arbitrarily ordered people to stay in their homes, wear masks and avoid close physical contact with other humans.

All of this was done in the name of “science” and condoned under “emergency powers” despite the fact that mass quarantines of healthy people have no historical precedent or scientific basis. No matter, this was never about science or logic anyway, and it certainly wasn’t about saving lives. It was always about power, pure, unalloyed political power. The power to push the economy into freefall destroying millions of jobs and businesses. The power to bail out Wall Street while diverting attention to a fairly-mild infection that kills roughly 1 in every 500 people. The power to create a permanent underclass willing to work for table scraps or less. And the power to fundamentally restructure human relations so that normal intimacies like handshakes, hugs or social gatherings are entirely banned. This, of course, was the most ambitious part of the project, the basic changes to human interaction that date back thousands of years, and which are now seen as an obstacle to a new order in which the individual must be isolated, desensitized and kept in a constant state of fear to be more easily controlled and manipulated.

On top of that, all of this is taking place in plain sight where anyone with even minimal critical thinking skills should be able to see what is happening, but very few do. Why is that?

Fear. Fear has gripped the population and is preventing typically intelligent, perceptive people from seeing something that’s right beneath their noses. Check out this clip from an article titled “When Will the Madness End?”:

“What’s happening now is a spread of this serious medical condition to the whole population… The public is adopting a personality disorder … paranoid delusions, and irrational fear. … It can happen with anything but here we see a primal fear of disease turning into mass panic….

…. Once fear reaches a certain threshold, normalcy, rationality, morality, and decency fade and are replaced by shocking stupidity and cruelty.…..We find that whole communities suddenly fix their minds upon one object, and go mad in its pursuit; that millions of people become simultaneously impressed with one delusion, and run after it, till their attention is caught by some new folly more captivating than the first. ..…

…This is made far worse by politics, which has only fed the beast of fear. This is the most politicized disease in history, and doing so has done nothing to help manage it and much to make it all vastly worse.” (“When Will the Madness End?“, AIER)

We’re not saying that Covid doesn’t kill people, and we’re not suggesting that Covid is a bioweapon released on the public for nefarious purposes. (although that’s certainly a possibility.) What we’re saying is that scheming elites and their allies in the media and politics see every crisis as an opportunity to advance their own authoritarian agenda.

In fact, the restructuring of basic democratic institutions can only take place within the confines of a major crisis. That’s why the CIA, the giant corporations, the WHO and the Gates Posse gathered for meetings that anticipated an event just like the Covid outbreak. They needed a crisis of that magnitude to achieve their ultimate objective; total control. That’s what they mean when they say there will be “no return to normal”, they mean they’re replacing representative government with a new totalitarian model in which the levers of state power will be controlled by them. So while the virus outbreak might be coincidental, the management of the crisis certainly is not. This is from an article by Gary Barnett:

“We are in the midst of an attempt by the oligarchs to eliminate the human spirit, and if this attempt is successful, the singular majesty of the human experience will have been abolished, and only a technocratic black hole of emptiness and despair will remain. This is the essence of a failed society brought about by the destruction of human intellect by state education, mass propaganda, and the planned control of individuals through physical and psychological manipulation due to fear.”(“Pandemic Madness: The State’s Plan Rests on the Destruction of the Human Spirit“, Gary Barnett, Lew Rockwell)

Is the author exaggerating?

I don’t think so. Our species has withstood myriad epidemics in the past without ever resorting to the extremist measures we have taken during this latest outbreak. Take the state of Oregon, for example, whose Democratic governor Kate Brown just signed another executive order extending a state of emergency through Sept. 4. The move comes months after the peak in deaths was reached in mid-April. As of Tuesday, Oregon’s death toll is a meager 240 nearly 90% of who are over 65 with underlying health conditions. That means that Brown shut down a $226 billion per year economy, put tens of thousands of people out of work, destroyed countless small and medium-sized businesses and plunged the state deep into debt, to save roughly 24 or 25 people under 65 with no underlying health conditions. That’s not the reaction of an intelligent, responsible political leader acting in the best interests of the people. That is the reaction of someone who is either criminally insane or doing someone else’s bidding. So which is it?

Like many of the other mainly Democrat governors, Brown also issued a “mask” mandate, punishable by a fine. The new executive order was neither approved by the House or by any other democratic body. It’s just Brown testing the limits of her new emergency powers. Interestingly, the mask mandate comes a full three months after the state reached its peak in fatalities which means that it has less to do with controlling the infection than it does with using the virus to usurp tyrannical powers. Does that mean Brown or the other Democrat governors are closet tyrants?

Probably not. But it does suggest that the people who fund Brown’s campaigns and pull her strings want to see how far they can push things before the public fights back. Here’s a comment by Carlo Caduff in the Medical Anthropology Quarterly that helps to put these developments into perspective:

“Across the world, the pandemic unleashed authoritarian longings in democratic societies allowing governments to seize the opportunity, create states of exception and push political agendas. Commentators have presented the pandemic as a chance for the West to learn authoritarianism from the East. This pandemic risks teaching people to love power and call for its meticulous application.” (“What Went Wrong: Corona and the World After the Full Stop“ Academia.edu)

Once again, we are not denying that Covid kills people. All we’re saying is that powerful elites are using crisis management to advance their own narrow political agenda.

It should be no surprise that states governed by Democrats are doing considerably worse than those run by Republicans. Watching the eagerness with which the Dems impose their economy-crushing measures, one can only wonder how the states will ever dig out of the current mess and regain solvency. Of course, maybe that’s the goal, to generate so much red ink that essential social services will have to be slashed, the poor will be left to starve, and the big money guys will buy-up public assets for pennies on the dollar. Indeed, that must be the plan, “shock therapy for the proles while the Democrat governors act as a battering ram to open the state to the plunder and looting of their Wall Street crony friends and others in the parasite class. Here’s how Israel Shamir summed it up in a recent article at the Unz Review:

“There are people who think we have it too good. They think we did nothing to deserve our high civilization. They think we shouldn’t be able to afford food, the roof above our heads and other goodies. This is the view of some very wealthy people. They are annoyed at seeing Tom, Dick and Harry going to Acapulco and eating in a restaurant, instead of being at their beck and call. They want to lower our income and raise the cost of living. They are willing to fund anyone who calls for more austerity.

Now they support lockdowns, claiming that it is the best way to fight disease. Yesterday they were calling on us to shut down industry in order to save the climate. Today these same people are still trying to reduce us to poverty, this time for the sake of Covid” (“Unmasking Freedom, The Unz review)

Shamir is right of course, the justifications are forever changing while the ultimate goal remains the same, wreak havoc the economy, divide the people into warring camps, and clear the way for the new streamlined system of authoritarian government, the glorious NWO. And the speed at which we are moving towards this new order is truly breathtaking. Take a look at this sampling of articles I’ve compiled which illustrates the catastrophic damage that is being done to the economy but swept under the rug by the media. In short, Covid is the diversion that keeps the American people from realizing that the system that keeps them employed, pays the mortgage and puts food on the table is being decimated by voracious oligarchs who want to start fresh. Check out these articles:

Anyway, you get the picture, the situation is dire. But as severe as the economic carnage may be, the psychic damage is that much worse. Many readers probably already know that suicides, divorces, child abuse, alcoholism, drug abuse and domestic violence have all risen sharply in the last 5 months. The impact of the lockdowns on people suffering from chronic depression or other mental health conditions has also increased dramatically. As Doctor Waqar Rashid opines in an article at The Spectator:

“Many people are… still terrified.,… afraid of venturing back into the outside world…. Masks are everywhere, and are compulsory on public transport. The result is a reminder that this ‘new normal’ is utterly unlike what we are used to. Even to those who don’t suffer from mental health problems it’s a depressing and dispiriting sight. And I fear this ongoing state of stress and anxiety is doing profound damage to people’s psychological wellbeing...

It was widely acknowledged before the pandemic struck that mental health problems were not only increasing in number but also being seen more frequently in younger people. As a neurologist, the people I see are especially at risk from suffering from mental health problems. It’s a sad fact that in my line of work, we can cure very little. But we can try to control and mitigate the illnesses we seek to treat. Much of this relies on the patient remaining hopeful and optimistic about their prospects. But now, surrounded as we are by this ‘invisible enemy’, all too often hope has been substituted for fear, even terror.” (“What’s the true cost of lockdown?”The Spectator)

Covid-19; Phase 1 of the “Permanent Crisis”

It all boils down to this: Ruling class elites are using a public health crisis to wage a full-scale war on the American people and their system of representative government. The Democrat-CIA-Media Axis has been instrumental in prosecuting the conflict, as they were in the Russiagate fiasco. These are the shock troops who execute the battleplan of economic strangulation, covert skulduggery, and relentless disinformation. By the time the American people figure out what’s going on, the political landscape will have changed completely.

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Source: Covid-19: Phase 1 of the “Permanent Crisis”?

Over 50 Million Americans Have Now Filed For First-Time Jobless Benefits Since Lockdowns Began | ZeroHedge News

Despite the hope-restoring nonfarm payrolls “recovery” and the over-hyped bounce in ‘soft’ sentiment surveys (which are biased by their nature as diffusion indices to bounce back hard), for the seventeenth week in a row, over 1 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits for the first time (1.30mm was slightly worse than the 1.25mm expected).

Source: Bloomberg

That brings the seventeen-week total to 51.275 million, dramatically more than at any period in American history. However, as the chart above shows, the second derivative is slowing down drastically (even though the 1.30 million rise this last week is still higher than any other week in history outside of the pandemic)

Continuing Claims did drop very modestly but hardly a signal that “re-opening” is accelerating! And definitely not confirming the payrolls or sentiment data…

Source: Bloomberg

Broken down by state, it is perhaps not surprising that Florida which has seen a surge in new covid cases also had the biggest increase in initial claims, which rose by over 62K in the last week, more than double the 2nd biggest increase which was seen in Georgia. That said, a surge in covid cases does not explain why Texas, which has also seen a sharp increase in new cases, was the state with the 2nd biggest claims decline.

And as we noted previously, what is most disturbing is that in the last seventeen weeks, far more than twice as many Americans have filed for unemployment than jobs gained during the last decade since the end of the Great Recession… (22.13 million gained in a decade, 51.275 million lost in 17 weeks)

Worse still, the final numbers will likely be worsened due to the bailout itself (and its fiscal cliff): as a reminder, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed on March 27, could contribute to new records being reached in coming weeks as it increases eligibility for jobless claims to self-employed and gig workers, extends the maximum number of weeks that one can receive benefits, and provides an additional $600 per week until July 31.

Finally, it is notable, we have lost 364 jobs for every confirmed US death from COVID-19 (137,419).

Was it worth it?

The big question remains – what happens when the $600 CARES Act bonuses stop flowing?

Source: Over 50 Million Americans Have Now Filed For First-Time Jobless Benefits Since Lockdowns Began

Papa John’s Founder Says CEOs Are “Scared” Of Intolerant Left | ZeroHedge News

Authored by Alex Nitzberg via JustTheNews.com,

Goya’s Bob Unanue “should be able to speak his mind,” said Papa John’s pizza chain founder John Schnatter while discussing the recent controversy over the Goya Foods CEO’s positive comments about President Trump at a White House event.

“Everybody on the left keeps preaching diversity, unless it’s diversity of thought, diversity of philosophy, or diversity of ideology,” Schnatter told Just the News in an interview.

“And if you don’t think a certain way, then you get persecuted. That’s not diversity.”

“Entrepreneurship and creativity and innovation come from independent critical judgment,” Schnatter said, “which is you think for yourself, you believe in yourself, you have independent critical judgment.

“They’re trying to paint you in a corner,” Schnatter continued, “that if you don’t believe 100% in their ideology, then they persecute you, they attack you. And I think that’s extremely unhealthy for the country. And I think it’s a really bad path for the CEOs to go down. And I think they’re scared.”

Praising President Trump for reducing regulations, Schnatter described him as a “leader.”

“I think that this is probably the hardest working president that we’ve ever had,” he said.

“He understands business, he understands entrepreneurship. I mean can you imagine if we had somebody in the White House that was making decisions right now on politics instead of what’s right for Americans, what’s right for America? I mean it’d be pretty scary. I think he makes the right decision for the right reasons.

Source: Papa John’s Founder Says CEOs Are “Scared” Of Intolerant Left

Christians in China ordered to renounce faith, worship communist government to receive welfare payments

Impoverished Christians living in China who are receiving aid from the state have been ordered to renounce their faith or have their welfare benefits revoked, according to reports from Bitter Winter, a non-profit organization dedicated to religious and human rights in China.

Source: Christians in China ordered to renounce faith, worship communist government to receive welfare payments

Bad News For Moderna: More Evidence Shows COVID-19 Antibodies Disappear Not Long After Infection | ZeroHedge News

Following trial results released yesterday showing Moderna’s vaccine candidate might not be safe for human consumption – apparently, the candidate caused “adverse” reactions in roughly 50% of patients who participated in a recent study – the dozens of companies, universities and governments working on COVID-19 vaccine candidates just received another piece of disheartening news: A growing body of evidence gleaned from research into the virus suggests that antibodies may not offer protection for more than 2-3 months, for many people.

Now, a study produced by researchers at King’s College London is showing recovered patients antibodies declined significantly within months of infection, raising the critical question of whether a vaccine could ever provide lasting protection. Moderna’s vaccine candidate has shown the capacity to produce antibodies in test subjects, but it’s still unclear exactly how much protection this might provide.

University of Nottingham Emeritus Professor in Immunology Herb Sewell, who consulted on the study, said it appeared to show that antibodies to the virus disappeared more quickly than antibodies for MERS and other coronaviruses. Viruses like SARS elicited an immune response that lasted at least a couple of years.

This suggests that the eventual COVID-19 vaccine might need to be administered every year to offer a reliable level of protection.

“If the vaccine response drops off like the natural response does, it does mean we’d have to give repeat ones,” he said.

But that’s not set in stone – at least, not yet. As the FT points out, seeing some degree in decline of efficacy is typically expected. That doesn’t mean the body won’t be able to reproduce those same antibodies even more quickly the next time it is infected.

Researchers also apparently found evidence showing a link between the intensity of symptoms and the durability of antibodies. The lighter the symptoms, the lower the level of apparent immunity.

It is normal to see some decline in antibody loads after a vaccine, which will still be effective if the body can subsequently produce antibodies more quickly when exposed to the virus again. Importantly, the body does not always respond in the same way to a vaccine as it does to an infection. Tal Zaks, chief medical officer at Moderna, said he believed it was “entirely plausible” that the antibodies fade, but that it might be because those patients were asymptomatic or started with lower levels of antibodies.

“They seem to lose them more quickly, which probably speaks to the quality and type of immune response to begin with,” he said. “It’s reassuring to see that we achieve neutralising antibodies that are consistently above what you see from people who’ve actually been sick, so we expect they are going to be protected.”

Several high profile studies have raised doubts about whether these antibodies are permanent, or effective, or not. But only large-scale clinical trials will eventually lead humanity to the truth, even as local officials rely on antibody detection tests of questionable quality to try to estimate the number of people in an area who contracted the virus.

Only large-scale clinical trials will eventually lead humanity to the truth.

“Confirmation of the correlation between antibody titers [concentration] and protection against Covid-19 will be possible only in a large clinical efficacy study,” she wrote in an opinion article that accompanied the publication of the peer-reviewed data on Moderna’s vaccine candidate.

And as scientists try to leave all their options open, some of the vaccines in development are examining the body’s T-cell response to the infection, something researchers suspect could help hold the key to developing a successful vaccine.

Mr Raffat said he had heard AstraZeneca would show a robust response from both T-cells and antibodies to the vaccine it is developing with the University of Oxford. AstraZeneca did not respond to a request for comment. On the call with investors on Wednesday, Mr Raffat said: “If I want to take a vaccine in January, I’ll probably want to take Astra for a T-cell response and Moderna or Pfizer BioNTech for a neutralising antibody response.”

If stocks keep moving lower, we imagine we’ll be seeing some more positive-sounding vaccine news in the very near future.

Source: Bad News For Moderna: More Evidence Shows COVID-19 Antibodies Disappear Not Long After Infection

The False-Positive Fueled Panic over COVID-19 | Mises Wire

Imagine an articulate chief lemming bragging that not only had his followers jumped off a cliff, but that they had done so in far greater numbers than any other slice of the rodents. This is the position occupied by the US regarding testing for COVID-19.We’ve done more testing than any other country and bragged a lot about doing so; but no one seems to have survived to give a proper interpretation of the results.

To begin with, the tests currently in use do not test for the entire virus, rather they just test for various fragments of it. Many of the results are thus false, sometimes false positives and sometimes false negatives. This means one has to interpret their results with caution. Our medical authorities, to say nothing of our political ones, don’t seem to be able to do this.

All medical students are taught the basics of screening in their introductory statistics course. The problem is that most of them either didn’t go or slept through the course. The rest immediately forgot what they had learned.

When testing for anything, a medical professional needs to know the positive predicative value (PPV) of the test as well as the negative predictive value. I’ll focus on the former.

In order to know the PPV—i.e., the percent likelihood that a positive test is a true positive—the sensitivity of the test must be known as well as prevalence of the disease, at least to an approximate degree. According to a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine, the sensitivity of the tests for COVID-19 is about 70 percent. The prevalence in any of the tested populations is not yet known, so we cannot calculate the PPV, although we can calculate what it would be at any prevalence level we want to assume. I’ll get back to this below.

A test for COVID-19 that is 70 percent sensitive will only catch 70 percent of the tested subjects with the disease. Therefore, 30 percent will falsely test negative. Additionally, Bayes’s theorem, the mere mention of which defeats the numeracy of all but the most resolute of physicians, says that a 70 percent sensitive test will be positive in 30 percent of the tested population that doesn’t have the disease. Consider testing for COVID-19 in 1 million subjects, none of whom harbors the virus. Three hundred thousand will test positive.

This is the reason I doubt this report from Asturias, Spain, which tells us the region has gone fourteen days without recording a single new case of COVID-19. Either they have stopped testing—you can’t get zero positive tests on a sizable population with a 70 percent sensitive test—or they are not telling the truth.

The Johns Hopkins COVID-19 tracker that is widely used and quoted considers a confirmed test to be equal to a positive test. This is an error of epic dimensions for the reasons just stated.

The professional and college athletics departments are making the same error. They are testing their athletes daily or every other day using a test that is no better than 70 percent sensitive. Eventually all the players will test positive. They will be isolated for fourteen days, after which they may again test positive, ad infinitum.

How does one estimate the PPV of a COVID-19 test? At 70 percent sensitive there’s no need to. Such a test is so contaminated with both false positives and negatives that its use is virtually without utility. Suppose we had a test that was 95 percent sensitive. The PPV is the number of true positives divided by the sum of true and false positives. To make this calculation we must assume a prevalence of the virus in the sampled group. Let’s start with a prevalence of 1 percent. If we test 10,000 subjects, 100 will carry the virus. Of these, 95 will test positive. Bayes’s theorem says 495 (5 percent of the 9,900 patients) without the virus will also have a positive result. That’s 495 false positive tests. The PPV in this hypothetical sample is 95/95+495, or about 16 percent.

Now assume our population (again 10,000 subjects) has 50 percent true positives. Here our PPV is 95 percent (4700/ 4700+250). The relationship of PPV to prevalence is given in the figure below. Note that even with a 95 percent sensitive test we’ll be overwhelmed with false positive results if our tested population has a low prevalence for the virus. The more we test, the more false positives we’re likely to get if our testing is not focused.

It should be obvious from the data above that all the testing we have done and continue to do has likely confused more than enlightened. The virus is real and in the wild. How should we effectively deal with it? The best indicator of our status is how many people are in the hospital because of a clinical diagnosis of viral pneumonia. More specifically, how many are in the ICU. Note that testing here is unnecessary, as the assumption today is that any case of viral pneumonia is caused by the coronavirus.

If our situation regarding the epidemic improves, widespread testing will have played no role in this improvement. Why any improvement? We recognized who the at-risk population was and they took shelter and continue to do so. The Centers for Disease Control and Preventon (CDC) estimates that mortality from COVID-19 in patients younger than 50 is 0.05 percent. Virtually all of this mortality in younger patients comes from those with comorbidity. We also have gotten better at treating patients with severe pneumonia caused by the coronavirus.

The virus is likely to be with us for some time. Epidemics end either when those most susceptible to the pathogen have been exposed to it or when an effective and safe vaccine is available. We don’t have such a vaccine. It’s hard to know when or if one will be available. And the logistics of manufacturing and administering billions of doses are formidable. In the meanwhile, we have to coexist with it while not destroying society, socially and economically, in the process. We will also have to admit that our current testing regime has alarmed the planet without contributing a health benefit.

Source: The False-Positive Fueled Panic over COVID-19

16 Jul 2020 Rapture Ready News

IAEA threatens action against Iran this month
Things “will be bad” for Iran if it does not allow inspectors to view suspected nuclear sites by the end of July, International Atomic Energy Agency Director-General Rafael Grossi warned on Wednesday. Addressing Iran’s refusal to grant the IAEA access to the sites, Grossi said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal: “I keep insisting on the absolute necessity for us to resolve this issue very soon… Let my inspectors go” to the sites.

Human X chromosome completely sequenced for the first time
The researchers managed to sequence the entire X chromosome for the first time, from telomere to telomere. In humans, the X chromosome is one of the sex-determining chromosomes passed down from parent to child. Generally, a zygote that receives two X chromosomes – one from each parent – will be usually biologically female, while an X and a Y chromosome results in a male.

Hamas admits: Senior Hamas official defected to Israel
Musa Abu Marzuk, deputy head of the Hamas “political bureau,” says that the senior commander who defected after it was revealed that he spied for Israel – is a traitor and therefore fled. He claims that the man does not have important information that could endanger Hamas. “The Israelis welcomed him, he fled because he was a traitor,”

Famed ‘newspaper of record’ savaged by departing editor
My work and my character are openly demeaned on company-wide Slack channels where masthead editors regularly weigh in. There, some coworkers insist I need to be rooted out if this company is to be a truly “inclusive” one, while others post ax emojis next to my name.” That same paragraph went on to allege co-workers described the editor as a “liar and a bigot” on social media but knew they would not be punished for doing so.

CENTCOM chief: A war with Israel would not end well for Hezbollah
“I can’t see that having a good ending,” he said at a briefing during a major trip to the Middle East this week. McKenzie has visited Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar and Kuwait. The US general also acknowledged continuing tensions in Syria and with Iran across the region.

At least 7 Iranian ships on fire; latest in pattern of unexplained fires
The news of the ship fires was first reported by Iran’s Tasnim News Agency, and later reported by Reuters. Initial reports indicated three ships were on fire at the Iranian port, but updated reporting indicated the fire had spread to at least seven ships. The ship fires in Iran follow a pattern of unexplained explosions and fires at Iranian military and industrial facilities in recent weeks.

Ex-DHS Secretary Intentionally Weakened Legal Case for Ending DACA
A former acting secretary of homeland security has admitted intentionally omitting critical information from a memo she wrote ending the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program because she did not agree with President Donald Trump’s approach and was miffed her opinion was listened to.

Gravestones vandalized in Europe’s oldest surviving Jewish cemetery
The oldest surviving Jewish cemetery in Europe was vandalized. At least 50 gravestones in the medieval Jewish cemetery in the German city of Worms were smeared with a greenish paint, the city said in a statement. The incident took place on Thursday. The cemetery was ordered closed for a week.

North Carolina city votes to give reparations to Black residents as ‘removing statues isn’t enough’
IN A historic move, one US city has apologized for its role in slavery and voted in favor of providing reparations to its African-American community. The vote to provide reparations passed unanimously in the Asheville, North Carolina, city council on Tuesday. The reparations won’t come in the form of direct payments to Black residents, but will instead invest in areas where the community often deals with disparities.

The reparations won’t come in the form of direct payments to Black residents, but will instead invest in areas where the community often deals with disparities.
A…clinical trial for a potential COVID-19 vaccine managed in part by…Moderna has resulted in some adverse effects in more than half of the trial’s participants, with one test group reporting “severe” symptoms…”…adverse events…in more than half the participants included fatigue, chills, headache, myalgia, and pain at the injection site,” the report states. Fever, joint pain and nausea were also reported.

Exclusive: Secret Trump order gives CIA more powers to launch cyberattacks
The Central Intelligence Agency has conducted a series of covert cyber operations against Iran and other targets since winning a secret victory in 2018 when President Trump signed what amounts to a sweeping authorization for such activities, according to former U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the matter.

Researchers Warn Of “Jaw Dropping” Crash In Global Fertility Rate
Researchers at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation have warned that the planet is not prepared for an ongoing global population crash, and that the impact will be “jaw dropping”. The BBC reports that the research, published in the Lancet highlights that the global fertility rate almost halved to 2.4 in 2017, and projections indicate that it will fall below 1.7 by 2100.

River Nile dam: Sudan blasts ‘unilateral’ move as Ethiopia dam fills
Sudan says River Nile water levels have dropped as a reservoir behind Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance dam has filled up, hitting out at “any unilateral actions taken by any party”. Egypt has also demanded “quick official clarification” from Ethiopia. Both Sudan and Egypt are downstream, and fear the large dam will greatly reduce their access to water.

US accuses Russian mercenaries of violating UN rules
The US military has accused Russian state-backed mercenaries – known as the Wagner Group – of laying landmines in Libya, violating a UN arms embargo. The US’s African Command said in a statement that it had “verified photographic evidence” that the Wagner Group had been planting the mines “indiscriminately” around the capital Tripoli and toward Sirte, east of the capital, since mid-June.

EU-US Privacy Shield for data struck down by court
The European Court of Justice has declared invalid one of the two legal methods companies use to transfer EU citizens’ data to the United States. They had been able to transfer data by signing up to higher privacy standards under the EU-US Privacy Shield. But they will now have to sign standard contractual clauses, non-negotiable legal contracts drawn up by Europe, which the court chose not to abolish.

Coronavirus resurgence sidelines Israel’s annexation plans
A coronavirus resurgence in Israel and divisions within Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government have sidelined its plans to annex parts of the West Bank, officials said. Although…Netanyahu and…Defense Minister Benny Gantz agreed the government could begin moving on annexation as of July 1, there has been “close to zero” cabinet-level discussion on the issue, one senior minister told Reuters.

Black Leaders Call on NYPD to Bring Back Anti-Crime Unit as Shootings Spike
Leaders in the black community are calling on the New York Police Department to bring back the plainclothes Anti-Crime Unit that was eliminated last month as shootings and murders spike across the city. About 600 undercover officers from the unit were set to be transferred to other assignments including detective work and policing neighborhoods, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said a month ago. The anti-crime unit, which was responsible for getting guns off the streets, had been criticized as stoking distrust in law enforcement in minority communities.

Florida Department of Health saboteurs are RIGGING coronavirus test results, wildly inflating infection numbers to hobble reopening efforts
A stunning investigation by Orlando Fox News affiliate Fox 35 finds that the Florida Department of Health is reporting suspiciously high “positive” rates from dozens of COVID-19 testing labs in Florida, often in contradiction to the real numbers that those labs reported to the state. This appears to indicate a massive, coordinated conspiracy by State of Florida workers in the Florida Department of Health who are attempting to sabotage the reopening efforts by wildly exaggerating the number of infections for political purposes.

7 wooden boats catch fire in shipyard at Iran port
Seven traditional wooden dhow vessels caught fire Wednesday in a factory in the southern Iranian port city of Bushehr, Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency reported.

Rush Limbaugh slams Florida labs that failed to report negative COVID tests: ‘Incompetence … or corruption’
Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh reacted Wednesday to a report that some laboratories in Florida are not reporting the number of people who test negative for coronavirus, describing such practices as “incompetence” or “corruption.”

As Virginia governor vows to ramp up COVID enforcement, state data continue to trend positive
At a notably grim press conference on Tuesday, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam delivered a dire warning to state residents, calling some of them “selfish” for allegedly violating his mask mandate, ordering businesses to refuse service to patrons without face coverings, threatening to strip the licenses of business owners who fail to comply with his orders, and promising to dispatch a small army of state regulators to enforce those directives.

High-level volcanic activity continues at Nishinoshima, Japan
High-level volcanic activity continues at Nishinoshima, the Japan Meteorological Agency’s reported on Wednesday, July 15, 2020. A powerful eruption took place on July 11, with incandescent material thrown high above the crater, large lava flows, and an ash plume up to 5 400 m (17 388 feet) above the summit.

More than 13 000 earthquakes at Tjörnes Fracture Zone since June 19, Iceland
Earthquake swarm at the Tjörnes Fracture Zone continues, with more than 13 000 quakes detected since the swarm started on June 19, 2020. This is the largest earthquake swarm in the region recorded in the past 40 years.

Record snow and freezing temperatures hit parts of South America
Parts of South America were hit by record snow accumulations and below-freezing temperatures this week. This included Mendoza City in Argentina, which recorded about 1.5 m (5 feet) of snow– the highest volume of snow in the city this early in the season.

COVID-19 Has Been Weaponized To Demoralize And Destroy The Global Population As The Elites Are Now Bringing In The New World Order
California is a funny place, I used to live there and it is certainly the land of ‘fruits and nuts’ as the old saying goes. But in 2020, it’s a whole lot nuttier than it used to be, and not only that, the nuts are killing people at an ever-increasing rate. Just days ago, Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti rubber-stamped nearly ten thousand unmasked rioters to protest on the streets of Los Angeles, beaming with pride at the ‘long overdue social justice’ demonstrations. Those people were allowed to do anything they wanted to do, but churches had to close and small businesses of every kind were shuttered. What was his message? That social justice is good, and church and a free market economy are bad.

Source: https://www.raptureready.com/2020/07/16/16-jul-2020/

Mid-Day Snapshot · July 16, 2020

Mid-Day Snapshot · July 16, 2020

THE FOUNDATION

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” —The Declaration of Independence

Racism Hits the Smithsonian

If you thought hard work and objectivity were virtues for all humans, think again.


Anti-Police Violence Escalates, Trump Promises Law and Order

The president announces plans to send in federal authorities to help blue cities.


Cuomo’s COVID Calculations

New York’s governor is lecturing others to “look at the numbers.” We do just that.


School’s Out — Forever?

The cartel of teachers unions is making totally unrelated ideological demands.


Lincoln Project: Destroy Conservatism to ‘Save’ It

Dem-funded phony Republicans want to defeat Trump and almost every GOP senator.


Reparations Sticker Shock

The enormity of the Left’s latest reparations bill is a mind-numbing $6.2 quadrillion.


Atlanta DA’s Injustice Play Against Cops

His political calculations determined his very distorted sense of “justice.”


Pelosi and Schumer: Say. These. Names. I Dare You…

The only black lives that matter to Democrat race-hustlers are those which can be used as race-bait fodder to advance their socialist agenda.


Video: 100,000 Mail-In Ballots Not Counted in CA Primary

Could it impact Trump vs. Biden 2020?


Video: LA Teachers Union Calls for Defunding Police

That’s on top of demands for Medicare for All, wealth taxes, a bailout, etc.



TODAY’S OPINION

KAY C. JAMES
Mal-Educated Rioters and Spineless Politicians Wage a War Against Democracy
LARRY ELDER
Who’s Next on the Cancel Culture Docket — Martin Luther King Jr.?!
LAURA HOLLIS
Entrepreneurship Is the Key to Equality
JACKIE GINGRICH CUSHMAN
Send Your Kids to School!
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON
The NFL Is on the Brink
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Twitter hacked, NYPD officers attacked, George Floyd footage, and more.


Thursday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Victor Davis Hanson, Kay C. James, and more.



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Prepare Yourself, They Are Now Building A System That Will Use Smart Cameras To Force You To Wear A Mask And Observe Social Distancing — Now The End Begins

 

Imagine pulling up to a supermarket and seeing a big red number on a digital sign outside. Instead of enticing you to come inside with sale prices or specials, this sign is estimating the amount of distance between people inside, suggesting that you stay away until the store is less crowded.

There is an old expression that talks about the fog coming in on “little cat’s feet”, which is to say it came in slowly and stealthily. You never really saw it coming but all of a sudden it was right there in front of you. That’s precisely how the New World Order is bringing in the full-time, always on, human monitoring system, slowly, certainly, and stealthily.

“The world can therefore seize the opportunity to fulfill the long-held promise of a New World Order where diverse nations are drawn together in common cause to achieve the universal aspirations of mankind.” – President George H.W. Bush, 1991

Here in St. Johns County in Florida where I live, we have about 2,000 cases of COVID-19, with 12 people having died so far. That is a death rate of 0.6%, meaning that 99.4% of people in my county who catch it will not die from COVID-19. Yet, we are now forced to wear masks, forced to social distance, and soon forced to take the vaccine. That’s a lot of mileage from a disease that has such a high rate of survivability. But this is not about protecting you from a virus, it’s about locking you down and becoming compliant to the system.

What you are seeing is The Great Reset that you have been warned in every decade since the end of WWII was coming. It has arrived and this is what it looks like.

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Smart cameras will soon check if you’re social distancing and wearing a mask

FROM FAST COMPANY: Far-fetched as it may seem, at least three companies are now racing to build surveillance systems that could make this scenario possible during the coronavirus pandemic. By combining conventional security cameras with artificial intelligence, they hope to identify where people are getting too close to one another or not wearing masks. That way, people can make smarter decisions about going out, and employers can figure out how to create safer work environments.

“You already are hearing about things like ‘Waze for occupancy and people movement,’ as opposed to vehicle movements—not just self-reporting, but automated reporting on traffic information of people in different indoor locations and public areas,” says Mahesh Saptharishi, the CTO of Motorola Solutions, which is developing a system of this kind. “I think that’s just going to be more common until people feel safe enough.”

Beyond Fever Detection

So far, most of the coronavirus surveillance hype has centered on thermal cameras, which use infrared sensors to pick out people who might have a fever. John Honovich, the founder of the video surveillance trade publication IPVM, says that on a scale of 1 to 10, interest in fever cameras is “like 110—it’s totally off the charts.”

Temperature-sensing cameras aren’t a panacea, though. Honovich and several other experts say the technology can be inaccurate, and IPVM has accused one vendor of faking some of its marketing. Besides, fever detection doesn’t help at all with coronavirus carriers who have no symptoms. Estimates on the rate of asymptomatic COVID-19 cases have ranged from 25% to 80% of those infected.

“Things like fever detection can be useful, but if people are not social distancing to begin with and are not wearing masks, it’s not going to be preventative,” Saptharishi says.

As more states push to reopen certain businesses and relax stay-at-home orders, companies in the surveillance business are developing technology to help enforce social distancing. Motorola’s Avigilon subsidiary, for instance, is developing software for its latest-generation security cameras that will detect when people are standing too close or not wearing masks.

Scientists have recommended staying at least six feet apart to reduce the risk of contracting the virus through particles in the air. By identifying hot spots where people are violating those guidelines, building managers could figure out how to structure their stores and workspaces and could avoid sending in too many people at the same time.

Motorola hopes to start deploying this solution by the end of June, primarily for offices and factories, though supermarkets and retail stores could make use of the technology as well.

“The assumption that many facility managers have to make right now is that everybody coming into the facility is COVID-positive, so how do you minimize infection?” Saptharishi says.

The Race To Measure Distancing

Motorola isn’t the only company that’s looking to enforce social distancing through AI surveillance. San Mateo-based Camio is also building a system to detect when people are congregating too closely or failing to wear masks. While Motorola’s system requires specific cameras and runs offline, Camio’s product works with any security camera through cloud-based software.

Carter Maslan, a former Google Maps product director who is now Camio’s CEO, says the social distancing product is a “wartime repurpose” story. Camio originally developed it to detect corporate instances of “tailgating,” in which one person swipes an entry card and several other people slip in behind. By drawing a grid in 3D space, Camio determines when people are standing too close, then presents those images in a searchable database.

“It’s just amazing how hard it is for people to maintain distance,” Maslan says. “It’s completely unnatural. You have to put tape on the floor to remind them, or put cones down outside the vestibule of an entrance.”

Like Motorola, Camio is targeting factories and offices that must decide how to space out their employees and where to put down social distancing markers, but it’s trying to get into more public-facing areas as well. One highway rest area in Connecticut, for instance, will be testing a system that shuts the entrance down to new vehicles when crowd density gets too high. Camio is working with Sabio Solutions, an IT integration company in Mexico City, on several other initiatives, including a solution for retail stores that warns visitors about the level of crowding inside.

James Siojo, Sabio Solutions’s CEO, describes a “Social Distancing Factor,” which is essentially a score based on the amount of space between people—measured through Camio’s algorithms—and the percentage of people wearing masks. Each organization would be responsible for setting thresholds that it considers dangerous, and the resulting score and its associated color coding could help people decide whether to visit a store. It would take some pressure off employees to enforce social distancing themselves. READ MORE

The Great Reset Plan Revealed: How COVID Ushers In The New World Order

For months we have seen our way of life change dramatically. We have been told time and time again things will never be the same and we must accept the new normal. Now the social engineers have revealed their hand and officially launched their solution to this crisis. The proposed solution is the Great Reset. In this report we examine what exactly is the great reset and who is involved. We also explore what the Great Reset means for humanity as face unprecedented times.

via Prepare Yourself, They Are Now Building A System That Will Use Smart Cameras To Force You To Wear A Mask And Observe Social Distancing — Now The End Begins

Nick Cannon Said That ‘Black People Are The True Hebrews’, But The Bible Says Blacks Came From Ham And The Jews Came From Shem After The Flood — Now The End Begins

 

The Black Hebrew Israelites movement is nothing but an anti-Semitic hate group who attempt to steal the identity of the Jews and place it on themselves.

Nick Cannon is the host of ‘The Masked Singer’ on the Fox Network, and the former Mr. Mariah Carey, and he recently got into a lot of hot water for making anti-Semitic remarks. Cannon also made racist remarks against white people that has stirred a lot of controversy. But here at NTEB, we are more interested in the Holy Bible than the news, and Nick Cannon has made the outrageous claim that black people are the ‘true Hebrews’. Is that true? Nope, not even close.

“And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without. And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him. And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren. And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant. God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.” Genesis 9:22,24-27 (KJB)

The bible tells us that all the world was wiped out in the global flood of Noah, and only Noah, his wife, his three sons Ham, Shem and Japheth and their wives survived. The entire world as we know it today in 2020 was repopulated by Noah’s three sons, and it is no coincidence that we find in our world today three races of people from which the global population is made up from.

The Lineage Of Ham, Shem and Japheth:

  • The Line of Ham: From Ham are descended Egyptians, Africans, Canaanites, Babylonians, Philistines, Libyans, Ethiopians and such like. These are the Negroid people.
  • The Line of Shem: From Shem comes the Asiatic races including the Jews. These are the Mongoloid people.
  • The Line of Japheth: From Japheth come the Caucasian European races like English, German, Italian, Irish and so on. These are the Caucasoid people.

The exact lineage of Ham, Shem and Japheth can be see starting in Genesis 10 and following, but suffice to say that every person living on earth in 2020 is descended from one of Noah’s three sons. Of course by this point in history most if not all of the races have been mixed together on some level. But Ham, Shem and Japheth are our starting point after the flood of Noah. Palestinian president Abbas famously declared that he and all his people are actually Canaanites, which is biblically correct. The Canaanites are named after Ham’s son Canaan.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is claiming that his people are historically at home in Israel.

Back to Nick Cannon. He says that the blacks are the ‘true Hebrews’ or Jews, but as you can see, Jews come from Shem and blacks come from Ham. So where did this idea that blacks are the ‘real Jews’ originate? Glad you asked, it comes from a cult known as the Black Hebrew Israelites, of which Louis Farrakhan is a proponent.

So we see that black people came from Ham and Canaan, and the Jews came from Shem. The Black Hebrew Israelites movement is nothing but an anti-Semitic hate group who attempt to steal the identity of the Jews and place it on themselves. This is nothing but Replacement Theology of the worst kind, and should be properly labeled as an anti-Semitic black hate group. Thank you, Nick Cannon, for showing us that blacks are just as capable of being disgusting racists just like any other racial group is able to do. Racism in all forms, from any race of people and directed toward any race of people, is evil and disgusting. Don’t do it.

Nick Cannon Fired After Controversial Comments

The television star and ex-rapper Nick Cannon was fired by ViacomCBS on after making anti-Semitic remarks during a recent podcast where he discussed conspiracy theories about Jewish people and made racist remarks about white people.

via Nick Cannon Said That ‘Black People Are The True Hebrews’, But The Bible Says Blacks Came From Ham And The Jews Came From Shem After The Flood — Now The End Begins

July 16 Life-Changing Moments With God

 

You shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.

You, Lord Jesus, were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God. I am part of a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own special people, that I may proclaim the praises of Him who called me out of darkness into His marvelous light.

I shall be named a priest of the Lord, they shall call me a servant of God … a priest of God and of Christ.

Therefore, as a partaker of the heavenly calling, I consider the Apostle and High Priest of my confession, Christ Jesus. By Him may I continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of my lips, giving thanks to His name.

For I am His workmanship, created in You, Christ Jesus, for good works, which God prepared beforehand that I should walk in them. The temple of God is holy, which temple I am.

God’s workmanship, His chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation—enable me, Lord Jesus, to live up to this high calling, to proclaim Your praises, and to do good works.

Exodus 19:6; Revelation 5:9–10; 1 Peter 2:9; Isaiah 61:6; Revelation 20:6; Hebrews 3:1; Hebrews 13:15; Ephesians 2:10; 1 Corinthians 3:17[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2007). Life-Changing Moments With God (p. 215). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Experts Warn a ‘Horrible Surprise Coming’, US-China Military Clash Within Six Months — CBN News feeds

Tensions between the United States and China seem to be growing by the day, prompting some in Washington to worry about a potential military conflict between our two countries within the next six months. The latest flashpoint: the vital waterways of the South China Sea.

For the first time, the US government this week declared China’s activities in the South China Sea illegal.

“On Monday for the first time we made our policy on the South China Sea crystal clear: It’s not China’s maritime empire,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters Thursday.

Now, this four million square kilometer shipping lane is turning into a major flashpoint.

Rep. Ted Yoho, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee for Asia, sees potential military action ahead, telling the Washington Examiner: “I would predict there will be a clash within the next three to six months.”

Such a scenario would be devastating for a global economy already reeling from a viral pandemic.

Roughly $3 trillion of trade passes through the South China Sea each year.

“It is incredibly important to US imports and exports and incredibly important to many of our allies and partners,” Bradley Bowman, a military expert with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told CBN News. “There are tremendous economic interests in maintaining the freedom of navigation of commerce through that area.”

China wants to limit that access, claiming it has rights to almost all the South China Sea.

“China’s territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests in the South China Sea are based on sufficient historical and jurisprudential evidence and are in line with the relevant international law and practice,” Zhao Lijian, spokesperson with China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told reporters this week.

Pompeo is pushing back, accusing China of breaking international law and urging world leaders to standup to Beijing’s expanding territorial ambitions.

“If Beijing violates the international law and free nations do nothing, then history shows that the CCP will simply take more territory. That happened in the last administration,” warned Pompeo.

America has opposed China’s aggressive ambitions, including efforts to turn several islands and reefs into military outposts, complete with aircraft, runway, and hi-tech capability.

“So this is good old-fashioned ‘the biggest kid on the playground’ if you will, trying to bully others, to steal their resources and to push others who might get in their way out, and foremost of that is the United States,” said Bowman.

Since taking power, China’s President Xi Jinping has embarked on a massive military modernization.

Bowman says China’s military prowess is the greatest threat to US military supremacy, and we could see it play out in these waters.

America now has two aircraft carriers taking part in one of its largest naval exercises in the South China Sea.

“If we just rest on our laurels and assume that battles in the coming years are going to be the same as they were in the past with unquestionable American military dominance, we have a horrible surprise coming,” warned Bowman.

This latest salvo over the South China Sea comes as tensions between our two countries continue to escalate over trade, the coronavirus pandemic, the Hong Kong takeover, human rights, and religious freedom issues.

via Experts Warn a ‘Horrible Surprise Coming’, US-China Military Clash Within Six Months — CBN News feeds