Daily Archives: January 23, 2021

January 23 Evening Quotes of the Day

Idleness the Devil’s Home for Temptation
Ephesians 4:28; 1 Thessalonians 4:11–12

Idleness is a constant sin, and labor is a duty. Idleness is but the devil’s home for temptation, and for unprofitable, distracting musings.

RICHARD BAXTER

Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Sufficient for All, Effectual for Some
Hebrews 9:28; 1 Peter 3:18

Christ’s death is sufficient for all, but effectual to none but to the elect only.

JOHN BRADFORD

Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

January 23 Evening Verse of the Day

2:6 Matthew did not quote Mc 5:2 directly but paraphrased it to bring out the sense of the passage. Thus, while the Prophet Micah noted the smallness of Bethlehem in relation to its being the home of the Ruler, Matthew emphasized Bethlehem’s significance by calling it “by no means least” of Judah’s towns. (The reading of “rulers” for thousands predates Matthew. These terms are spelled the same in Hb.) He concluded with a quote from 2Sm 5:2 (Ezk 34:23), since the identification of Bethlehem as the ruler’s hometown set the prophecy in the stream of Davidic messianism (and was so understood in first-century Judaism). The principle of biblical inerrancy requires only that a NT paraphrase of an OT text preserves the intent of that text or expresses its implications.[1]


2:6 This prophecy, which combines Mic. 5:2 and 2 Sam. 5:2, emphasizes Matthew’s conviction that the King who brings the kingdom is a Shepherd-King.[2]


2:6 The second line of the quotation in Matthew appears to say the opposite of the second line of Mic. 5:2 (“too little”), but the sense is that though Bethlehem appears to be insignificant, it is in truth important. The religious experts concluded from the prophets that the Messiah was to be born in Bethlehem, but not one of them bothered to make the short journey with the wise men to see Christ.[3]


2:6 no means least Matthew’s reading of Mic 5:2 reflects neither the original Hebrew nor the Septuagint (Greek) translation. However, it is likely that multiple Greek translations were available at this time. Additionally, Matthew may have made his own translation, quoting from memory or paraphrasing. Despite the variations in the text, the sense is the same: Bethlehem’s importance comes from its connection to David and the Davidic Messiah.

Jesus’ Fulfillment of Old Testament Prophecy Table

The ot in Matthew 2

 

Matt 2:6

 

Mic 5:2

 

Matt 2:15

 

Hos 11:1

 

Matt 2:18

 

Jer 31:15

 

Matt 2:23

 

Possibly Isa 11:1; Judg 13:5

 

will shepherd Ancient Near Eastern rulers often are portrayed as shepherds. The same imagery is used throughout the ot (see Ezek 34:23 and note; Jer 23:1–4; note on John 10:1–42).[4]


2:6 This ancient prophecy from Mic 5:2 was written in the eighth century b.c. The original prophecy, not quoted in full by Matthew, declared the deity of Israel’s Messiah: “From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, from the days of eternity.” A ruler who will shepherd My people Israel. This portion of Matthew’s quote actually seems to be a reference to God’s words to David when Israel’s kingdom was originally established (2Sa 5:2; 1Ch 11:2). The Gr. word for “ruler” evokes the image of strong, even stern, leadership. “Shepherd” emphasizes tender care. Christ’s rule involves both (cf. Rev 12:5).[5]


2:6 This was an allusion to Micah 5:2. It was not an exact quote from the Masoretic Text or the Septuagint. This specific prophecy gives strong evidence for the inspiration of the Bible. Micah wrote approximately 750 years before Christ’s birth yet he predicted the small village where the Messiah would be born.

“Who will shepherd My people Israel” This line was added from 2 Sam. 5:2.[6]


Ver. 6. A Governor.

Messiah’s government:

  1. The character of the Governor. 1. His dignity (Rom. 9:5; Col. 2:9; Jer. 33:6; Isa. 45:18, 24; Rom. 14:11, 12; John 1:1, and others). Suitably sustained by His attributes. 2. His condescension (Phil. 2:5–8). 3. His fidelity—to Him by whom He was appointed (Matt. 22:37, 38; 5:17–19; Luke 2:49; Matt. 3:15; John 4:31–34); to them for whom He was appointed (John 16:12, 13, 33; Eph. 4:7–13; Luke 12:50; Heb. 2:14–18; 7:25). 4. His clemency. Ever ready to pardon, &c.
  2. The character of His subjects.

III. The character of His government. 1. Divine and spiritual (Luke 10:18; Col. 1:13; Heb. 1:14; Eph. 1:18; Col. 2:2, 3). 2. Mild and equitable. Rules without coercion (Psa. 119:32). 3. Vigorous and effective (2 Chron. 16:9; Psa. 11:4–7; 24:7–10; 103:19–21; Col. 2:15; Heb. 2:14; Rom. 8:34–39). 4. Staple, prosperous, everlasting (Heb. 12:28; Isa. 9:7; Daniel 7:27; Heb. 1:8). Application: Let the enemies of this government tremble (1 Cor. 15:15; Psa. 2:9; Rom. 2:4, 8, 9; submit and find peace (Psa. 2:10–12). Let the subjects of this government rejoice in anticipation of its progressive and rapid conquests, and its final triumph (Psa. 2:7, 8; Rev. 7:9–12). (Zeta.)[7]


6. And thou, Bethlehem. The scribes quoted faithfully, no doubt, the words of the passage in their own language, as it is found in the prophet. But Matthew reckoned it enough to point out the passage; and, as he wrote in Greek, he followed the ordinary reading. This passage, and others of the same kind, readily suggest the inference, that Matthew did not compose his Gospel in the Hebrew language. It ought always to be observed that, whenever any proof from Scripture is quoted by the apostles, though they do not translate word for word, and sometimes depart widely from the language, yet it is applied correctly and appropriately to their subject. Let the reader always consider the purpose for which passages of Scripture are brought forward by the Evangelists, so as not to stick too closely to the particular words, but to be satisfied with this, that the Evangelists never torture Scripture into a different meaning, but apply it correctly in its native meaning. But while it was their intention to supply with milk children and “novices” (1 Tim. 3:6) in faith, who were not yet able to endure “strong meat,” (Heb. 5:12,) there is nothing to prevent the children of God from making careful and diligent inquiry into the meaning of Scripture, and thus being led to the fountain by the taste which the apostles afford.

Let us now return to the prediction. Thus it stands literally in the Prophet: “And thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth to me, who is Ruler in Israel,” (Micah 5:2.) For Ephratah Matthew has put Judah, but the meaning is the same; for Micah only intended, by this mark, to distinguish the Bethlehem of which he speaks, from another Bethlehem, which was in the tribe of Zebulun. There is greater difficulty in what follows: for the Prophet says, that Bethlehem is little, when reckoned among the governments of Judah; while Matthew, on the contrary, speaks highly of its rank as one of the most distinguished: thou art by no means the least among the princes of Judah. This reason has induced some commentators to read the passage in the prophet as a question, Art thou little among the thousands of Judah? But I rather agree with those who think that Matthew intended, by this change of the language, to magnify the grace of God in making an inconsiderable and unknown town the birth-place of the highest King. Although Bethlehem received this distinguished honour, it was of no advantage to its inhabitants, but brought upon them a heavier destruction: for there an unworthy reception was given to the Redeemer. For he is to be Ruler, Matthew has put he shall feed, (ποιμανεῖ.) But he has expressed both, when he says, that Christ is the leader, (ἡγούμενος,) and that to him is committed the office of feeding his people.[8]


6 The text cited is the recognized messianic prophecy of Mic 5:2 (Hebrew and LXX 5:1), which is the more appropriate to Matthew’s context because it is immediately followed in Mic 5:3 by a specific mention of the time when “she who is in labour has brought forth.” But the last eight words of Matthew’s quotation, while reflecting the sense of the Micah passage, are in fact a more direct echo of 2 Sam 5:2: “a leader” (hēgoumenon) is the LXX term in 2 Sam 5:2 for David’s role, as against “ruler” in Mic 5:2, and “who will be the shepherd of my people Israel” directly echoes God’s call to David in 2 Sam 5:2 (alluding to David’s shepherding background). The latter phrase reflects (but not so closely) the language of Mic 5:4, “he shall feed his flock in the strength of the Lord,” and defines the caring rather than despotic role of this ideal king in contrast with Herod’s reign. The two OT passages are closely related, 2 Sam 5:2 giving God’s original call to David, and Mic 5:2 taking up its language to describe the future role of the coming Davidic king in fulfillment of his great ancestor’s achievements. Matthew’s combined quotation of these two passages draws out the integral connection between them more effectively than a more pedantic exegetical commentary. For similar “combined quotations” see on 11:10 and 21:4–5, and for a much more elaborate and creative example see on 27:9–10.

But that is not the only alteration Matthew has made to the wording of Mic 5:2. For the familiar but perhaps rather archaic title “Bethlehem Ephrathah” he has substituted the more specific geographical identification “Bethlehem, land of Judah” (see above n. 5). The change is not required to distinguish this Bethlehem from the other in Galilee (see p. 65, n. 25), since “Ephrathah,” a well-attested alternative name for the Judean Bethlehem or its immediate neighborhood (Gen 35:19; 48:7; Ruth 4:11), would have achieved that; rather it is to emphasize Jesus’ Judean origins, as Matthew has already done in vv. 1 and 5 and as the next line of the prophecy will further underline. For Matthew’s apologetic purpose this southern origin is essential. As the name Judah now appears twice in Matthew’s amended quotation the reader is also invited to remember that the “book of origin” traced the dynastic line through Judah the patriarch; only a member of the tribe of Judah could qualify for the throne of David.

Of the two changes which follow one may merely reflect a variant reading: the Hebrew ʾalāphîm is notoriously uncertain in meaning, and while LXX has opted for the frequent meaning “thousands” most English versions take the Hebrew here to mean “families” or “clans,” while a slight revocalization would produce “chieftains”, the probable source of Matthew’s “rulers.” There is no significant advantage in this change from the point of view of Matthew’s argument. But the other change is blatantly to Matthew’s advantage. Where Micah described Bethlehem as “small (insignificant) to be among the clans of Judah” and LXX went further and made it “smallest,” for Matthew it is “certainly not the least important.” There is poor support for an original reading in Micah with the negative, and Matthew’s negative is emphatic; it derives not from the text of Micah but from Matthew’s own reading of the text in the light of its fulfillment. The whole point of Micah’s mentioning Bethlehem’s insignificance was by way of contrast to the glory it was to achieve as the birthplace of the Messiah; now Matthew can claim that that glory has come to Bethlehem, so that it is no longer the least (and the addition of “for” to introduce the next clause underlines the point). Rather than add a footnote, Matthew has incorporated the fulfillment into the wording of the text.52 For those who are familiar with the original text the alteration will stand out as a challenge to think through how Matthew’s story relates to the prophetic tradition.

In a number of ways, therefore, Matthew has adapted Micah’s words to suit what he can now see to be their fulfillment, and to advance his argument for the scriptural justification of the Messiah’s origins. This relatively free and creative handling of the text (not unlike that found in contemporary Aramaic targums) differs little from the practice of many modern preachers who, if not reading directly out of the Bible, will often (probably quite unconsciously) quote a text in an adapted form which helps the audience to see how the text relates to the argument. No-one is misled, and the hermeneutical procedure is well understood. Micah’s words have been applied appropriately, even if not with the literalistic precision which the age of the printed Bible makes possible.[9]


6 While expectation that the Messiah must come from Bethlehem occurs elsewhere (e.g., Jn 7:42; cf. Targum on Mic 5:1: “Out of you shall come forth before me the Messiah”), here it rests on Micah 5:2 (1 MT), to which are appended some words from 2 Samuel 5:2 (1 Ch 11:2). Matthew follows neither the MT nor LXX, and his changes have provoked considerable speculation.

  1. “Bethlehem Ephrathah” (LXX, “house of Ephrathah”) becomes “Bethlehem, in the land of Judah.” Hill says this change was made to exclude “any other Judean city like Jerusalem.” But this reads too much into what is a normal LXX way of referring to Bethlehem (cf. Gundry, Use of the Old Testament, 91). “Ephrathah” is archaic and even in the MT primarily restricted to poetical sections like Micah 5:2.
  2. The strong negative “by no means” (oudamōs) is added in Matthew and formally contradicts Micah 5:2. It is often argued that this change has been made to highlight Bethlehem as the birthplace of the Messiah. Indeed, Gundry’s commentary uses this change as an example of Matthew’s midrashic use of the OT, a use so free that he does not fear outright contradiction. There are better explanations. Even the MT of Micah implies Bethlehem’s greatness: “though you are small among the clans [or rulers, who personify the cities; the KJV’s “thousands” is pedantically correct, but “thousands” was a way of referring to the great clans into which the tribes were subdivided; cf. Jdg 6:15; 1 Sa 10:19; 23:23; Isa 60:22] of Judah” sets the stage for the greatness that follows. Equally, Matthew’s formulation assumes that, apart from being Messiah’s birthplace, Bethlehem is indeed of little importance (cf. Hengstenberg, Christology of the Old Testament, 1:475–76, noted by Gundry, Use of the Old Testament, 91–92). To put it another way, though the second line of Micah 5:2 formally contradicts the second line of Matthew 2:6, a holistic reading of the verses shows the contradiction to be merely formal. Matthew 2:6 has perhaps slightly greater emphasis on the one factor that makes Bethlehem great.
  3. Matthew adds the shepherd language of 2 Samuel 5:2, making it plain that the ruler in Micah 5:2 is none other than the one who fulfills the promises to David.

It is tempting to think that Matthew sees a pair of contrasts (1) between the false shepherds of Israel who have provided sound answers but no leadership (cf. 23:2–7) and Jesus, who is the true Shepherd of his people Israel, and (2) between a ruler like Herod and the one born to rule. The words “my people Israel” are included, not simply because they are found in 2 Samuel 5:2, but because Matthew, like Paul, faithfully records both the essential Jewish focus of the OT promises and the OT expectation of broader application to the Gentiles (see comments at 1:1, 5, 21). Jesus is not only the promised Davidic king but also the promised hope of blessing to all the nations, the one who will claim their obeisance (cf. Ps 68:28–35; Isa 18:1–3, 7; 45:14; 60:6; Zep 3:10). That same duality makes the desires of the Gentile Magi to worship the Messiah stand out against the apathy of the leaders, who did not, apparently, take the trouble to go to Bethlehem. Of course, the Jewish leaders may have seen the arrival of the Magi in Jerusalem as one more false alarm.

As far as we can tell, the Sadducees (and therefore the chief priests) had no interest in the question of when the Messiah would come; the Pharisees (and therefore most teachers of the law) expected him to come only somewhat later. The Essenes alone, who were not consulted by Herod, expected the Messiah imminently (cf. R. T. Beckwith, “The Significance of the Calendar for Interpreting Essene Chronology and Eschatology,” RevQ 38 [1980]: 167–202). But Matthew plainly says that, though Jesus was the Messiah, born in David’s line and certain to be Shepherd and Ruler of Israel, it was the Gentiles who came to worship him.[10]


[1] Hultberg, A. (2017). Matthew. In T. Cabal (Ed.), CSB Apologetics Study Bible (p. 1170). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

[2] Criswell, W. A., Patterson, P., Clendenen, E. R., Akin, D. L., Chamberlin, M., Patterson, D. K., & Pogue, J. (Eds.). (1991). Believer’s Study Bible (electronic ed., Mt 2:6). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[3] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 1363). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

[4] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Mt 2:6). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[5] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Mt 2:6). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[6] Utley, R. J. (2000). The First Christian Primer: Matthew (Vol. Volume 9, p. 13). Marshall, TX: Bible Lessons International.

[7] Exell, J. S. (1952). The Biblical Illustrator: Matthew (p. 10). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

[8] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentary on a Harmony of the Evangelists Matthew, Mark, and Luke (Vol. 1, pp. 133–134). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[9] France, R. T. (2007). The Gospel of Matthew (pp. 71–73). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publication Co.

[10] Carson, D. A. (2010). Matthew. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Matthew–Mark (Revised Edition) (Vol. 9, pp. 114–115). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

What Is Your Only Comfort In Life And In Death? — The Heidelblog

1. What is your only comfort in life and in death?

That I, with body and soul, both in life and in death,1 am not my own,2 but belong to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ,3 who with His precious blood4 has fully satisfied for all my sins,5 and redeemed me from all the power of the devil;6 and so preserves me,7 that without the will of my Father in heaven not a hair can fall from my head;8 indeed, that all things must work together for my salvation.9 Wherefore, by His Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life,10 and makes me heartily willing and ready from now on to live for Him.11

1. Rom 14:7,8.
2. 1 Cor 6:19.
3. 1 Cor 3:23.
4. 1 Pet 1:18,19.
5. 1 John 1:71 John 2:2.
6. 1 John 3:8.
7. John 6:39.
8. Matt 10:29, 30Luke 21:18.
9. Rom 8:28.
10. 2 Cor 1:21, 22Eph 1:13,14Rom 8:16.
11. Rom 8:1

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Zacharias Ursinus et al., Heidelberg Catechism (1563)

What Is Your Only Comfort In Life And In Death? — The Heidelblog

January 23 Afternoon Quotes of the Day

Actions Contrary to God Still Tend Toward Good Ends
Genesis 5:20; Acts 2:23; Romans 8:28

It is true that wicked men do many things contrary to God’s will; but so great is His wisdom and power, that all things which seem adverse to His purpose do still tend towards those just and good ends and issues which He Himself has foreknown.

AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO

Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Early Church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Our Wills Become One with God’s
Matthew 7:21; Ephesians 1:9–10; 2:14; Revelation 14:4

It is inherent in this state
Of blessedness, to keep ourselves within
The Divine Will, by which our wills with His
Are one. So that as we, from step to step,
Are placed throughout this kingdom, pleases all,
Even as our King, who in us plants His will;
And in His will is our tranquility.

DANTE ALIGHIERI

Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Weekend Snapshot · Jan. 23, 2021

Biden and Harris: The Great Uniters?

If Biden and Harris had an ounce of genuine interest in “unity,” they would…


Biden’s ‘Illegals First’ Amnesty Plan

The new president wants to make 11 million illegal aliens American citizens, and it’s all for the votes.


Making America Energy Dependent Again

Joe Biden’s plan is to reverse all the economic and energy gains made in the last four years.


Alas, the Paris Accord Is Restored

Even though it still hasn’t been ratified. Is it bound for the Supreme Court?


Biden Disbands Trump’s 1776 Commission

But not before its report landed, helping to frame American history in proper context.


The Prospects for Religious Liberty Under Biden

We can expect the Biden administration to be far less friendly toward this First Amendment right.


Civility, Not Unity

Biden’s call for unity is really a demand for acquiescence to the Democrats’ political agenda.


We Hope He Fails

Joe Biden may talk “unity,” but his divisive agenda is well worth opposing.


Our Democracy Is Not at Risk, but Our Republic Is

Confusing the two types of government is more than just lazy semantics.


Biden’s COVID Reset

Team Biden and the Leftmedia seed the false narrative that Trump left no plan for vaccine distribution.


It’s Safe for Biden to Reopen the Economy?

Leftmedia and Dems now suddenly question the efficacy of lockdowns as they prioritize the economy.


Memo to the Capitol Riot Jackasses

How a fractional faction of thugs undermined an entire movement.


The Preferential Treatment of Left-Wing Violence

Political violence must be prosecuted with an even hand, regardless of which side it comes from.


Beltway Elites Kick National Guard to the Curb

It didn’t take long for our troops to wear our their welcome in Joe Biden’s Washington.


The Systemic Redlining of 1st and 2nd Amendment Rights

Democrats’ support for Leftmedia and Big Tech suppression of free speech is their key strategy for establishing a permanent majority.


Trump’s Legacy: Domestic Policy Achievement

The list is so long we can’t recount it all, but he did largely Make America Great Again.


Farewell, President Donald Trump

The president gave his final speech Tuesday, highlighting his incredible successes and his America First vision.



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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“For a side that is anti-gun and anti-wall, they sure bring in a lot of guns and walls for the inauguration.” —Kevin Sorbo

“The Patriot Post” (https://patriotpost.us)

Headlines – 1/23/2021

23 Jan 2021

San Francisco archbishop responds to Pelosi: ‘No Catholic in good conscience can favor abortion’
“No Catholic in good conscience can favor abortion,” said Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, Pelosi’s home diocese, in a statement issued on Thursday. “Our land is soaked with the blood of the innocent, and it must stop.”

US bishops urge Biden to reject abortion rights after ‘deeply disturbing’ statement
Biden’s statement backing legal abortion on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade drew swift reaction from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, whose pro-life chairman said the no president of the United States should ever defend denying the right to life of unborn children. “We strongly urge the president to reject abortion and promote life-affirming aid to women and communities in need,” the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities head Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas said Jan. 22.

Fate of independent medical ethics decisions in court’s hands
If a Texas court ruling is allowed to stand, the state’s hospitals and doctors will have no room to make end-of-life care decisions based on independent medical ethics or individual conscience, physicians and other stakeholders tell the U.S. Supreme Court.

Editing the DNA of Human Embryos Could Protect Us From Future Pandemics
Hollywood blockbusters such as X-men, Gattaca and Jurassic World have explored the intriguing concept of “germline genome editing” – a biomolecular technique that can alter the DNA of sperm, eggs or embryos. If you remove a gene that causes a certain disease in an embryo, not only will the baby be free of the disease when born – so will its descendants. The technique is, however, controversial

Supporters Turn Out in Force to Give Trump a Warm Welcome as He Returns to Florida
Donald Trump was treated to one last show of a street lined with flags and banners from loyal Americans who came out to see their president. Trump left Washington on Wednesday morning and landed in West Palm Beach, Florida. From there, his motorcade took him to his Mar-a-Lago estate, where he has said he will live for now as he plans what comes next after a term in the White House. The motorcade passed by hundreds of supporters who lined the streets to cheer him. “We just wanted to show him how much we appreciate him,” Texan Anita Bargas told WPLG-TV.

Now WHO admits ‘gold standard’ COVID test is unreliable
The World Health Organization has officially acknowledged that the “gold standard” test used to diagnose COVID-19 has a high rate of false-positives that make it unreliable. … reseachers from Cornell University and the University of Hawaii found the “evidence shows that false positive PCR results are common enough to impact clinical and policy decisions.”

Hundreds dead today ‘due to Biden’s mishandling of virus’
Rush Limbaugh’s website on Thursday featured the headline “Hundreds dead so far from COVID-19 today due to President Biden’s mishandling of the virus.” “Isn’t that the way we report this stuff?” he told his national audience. “I mean, that’s how they reported it with President Trump.

Trump is considering forming a new political party
Outgoing President Donald Trump is reportedly considering forming a new political party once he is out of office, according to people familiar with the matter. Trump had discussed the idea with several aides and other close confidants in the past week, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday, citing sources that the paper did not name. The new party would be called the “Patriot Party”

FBI agent undermines Pelosi’s claim of insurrection ‘incitement’
An FBI agent in Washington has submitted an affidavit in a criminal case against several people who allegedly were involved in the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. It undermines House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s claim that President Trump’s speech to supporters that day was an “incitement of insurrection.” “Trump did not encourage any of the activity that happened,” he said. “This exonerates Trump. Even left-leaning constitutional scholars contend that Trump’s comments are protected by the First Amendment.

Explosion in Gaza home used for weapons storage injures dozens
An explosion destroyed a home in Gaza Saturday morning as terrorists attempted to prepare explosives with which to attack Israel, according to an IDF tweet. The explosion was in the home of a Hamas operative, according to Ynet News and at least 30 were injured in the explosion, Kan News reported.

Anti-Israel rally attracting tens of thousands held in Pakistan
An anti-Israel “million man march” took place in the Pakistani capital of Karachi this week, according to video circulating on social media. The Algemeiner reported that the rally was put together by the right-wing Islamist party Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl. The JUI-F is against the notion of normalization between Pakistan and Israel.

Biden Rescinds Trump Order Banning Chinese Communist Involvement In US Power Grid
President Biden has revoked a Trump-era executive order that sought to keep foreign countries and companies out of America’s bulk power systems – principally entities associated with the Chinese Communist Party – as part of his “Executive Order on Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis.”

Planned Parenthood Prepares for Payday Under Biden
Planned Parenthood stands to recover tens of millions of dollars in federal funding as the Biden administration moves to reverse Trump policies that cut off its access to taxpayer dollars. The organization lost $60 million in 2019 alone after withdrawing from the Title X Family Planning Program, which uses taxpayer funds for contraceptive services to low-income individuals.

Google threatens to withdraw search engine from Australia
Google has threatened to remove its search engine from Australia over the nation’s attempt to make the tech giant share royalties with news publishers. Australia is introducing a world-first law to make Google, Facebook and potentially other tech companies pay media outlets for their news content. But the US firms have fought back, warning the law would make them withdraw some of their services.

Blast heard in Riyadh as Saudi Arabia intercepts ‘hostile target’
Saudi Arabia intercepted an apparent missile or drone attack over Riyadh on Saturday, said state media in the kingdom, which has come under repeated attacks from Yemen’s Houthi rebels since 2015. Social media users posted videos of what appeared to be an explosion in the air over Riyadh. The incident came at about 11am (08:00 GMT).

Saudi TV says missile or drone intercepted over Riyadh
Saudi Arabia said Saturday it intercepted an apparent missile or drone attack over its capital, Riyadh, amid the kingdom’s yearslong war against neighboring Yemen’s Houthi rebels. Social media users posted video of what appeared to be an explosion in the air over Riyadh. Saudi state TV quoted authorities in the kingdom acknowledging the interception.

Syrian state media: Israeli warplanes strike Syria, kill 4
Syrian state media said Israeli warplanes fired several missiles toward central Syria early on Friday, killing a family of four — including two children — and wounding four other people. There was no immediate comment from Israel on the claim. Separately, the Israeli military said it downed a drone that had crossed into Israel from Lebanon. It did not say how the aircraft was brought down.

Mongolia in the grip of one of its most extreme winters on record
Mongolia is in the grip of one of its most extreme winters on record, according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), with temperatures forecast to plunge to -50 °C (-58 °F). The severe cold has killed more than 500 camels in the central region, threatening livestock and leaving many herder families vulnerable.

Texas AG sues Biden administration over ‘perilous’ deportation freeze
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sued the Biden administration over the “unlawful and perilous” 100-day pause on deportation of illegal immigrants, claiming it would put Americans in danger.

China Caught Importing ‘Doctored’ & Rebranded Venezuelan Oil To Evade US Sanctions 
It’s no secret that Maduro’s Venezuela has long gone to extraordinary lengths to bust through the US oil export blockade and sanctions designed to choke the socialist country. This past summer, and in recent months, Iran emerged as Venezuela’s chief trading and sanctions-busing partner, with at one point US authorities seizing and later auctioning off over 1.1 million barrels of fuel taken from Iranian tankers bound for Venezuela.

Biden dissolves Trump’s 1776 Commission aimed at creating ‘patriotic education’
President Joe Biden signed an executive order that, among other things, dissolves a commission created under the Trump administration to advance a “patriotic education” for American students.

Cult: Government Is Now The New Religion?
A new magazine cover of the Jacobin is striking a nerve after it appears that the magazine is saying the government is now god and our religion, to be worshipped. It sure begs the age-old question: who do you serve?

Very dangerous Tropical Cyclone “Eloise” to make landfall near Beira, Mozambique
Tropical Cyclone “Eloise” is moving WSW over the Mozambique Channel, towards the central coast of Mozambique. Environmental conditions are conducive for significant or even rapid strengthening before landfall on the evening of January 22 (LT) or the morning of January 23 over the city of Beira, ravaged by Tropical Cyclone “Idai” in 2019.

On Day 2, A Confused And Feckless ‘President’ Biden Admits Defeat In COVID Battle Saying ‘Nothing We Can Do’ To Stop Spread Of Coronavirus 
One of my favorite moments from the realty series that was Joe Biden’s pretend campaign from his basement was when he used to mock President Trump for his handling of the coronavirus outbreak, saying that if he was president ‘things would be different’ and the problem would be solved. Now creepy, sleepy Joe Biden is president, and only two days into it he has already thrown his hands up and exclaiming ‘nothing can be done’ to stop it. And then he took a nap, but no worries, it was a power nap.

Delingpole: The Great Global Warming Scam Began with the Nazis…
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg suggested Friday that President Joe Biden take action on climate change without waiting for Congress, emphasizing that climate change is “much more serious” long-term than the COVID-19 pandemic because it could “kill everybody.”

China is building long-range cruise missiles launched from ship containers
China is likely to build a variant of its YJ-18 long-range cruise missile that could be fired from shipping containers. This variant would be called the YJ-18C. This new weapon could help China turn its fleet of freighters into potential warships, and commercial ports would then become missile bases.

Twitter sued after child sexual abuse video received over 167K views, 2K retweets
A federal lawsuit was filed against social media giant Twitter on behalf of a teenager who claims that the company waited for days to remove sexually graphic videos posted to its platform by sex traffickers.

Biden Executive Order on Immigration Would Lead to Legalization for 11 Million ‘Non-Citizens’
Hours after being sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, Democrat Joe Biden signed 17 executive orders reversing core components of the Trump agenda. On immigration in particular, Biden’s order is a sweeping change that reflects a return to Obama-era policy.


Headlines – 1/23/2021

Fearing America’s Future, These US Jews are Moving to Israel on Aliyah

Social media sees 20% drop in Arab objection to normalization with Israel

Netanyahu to make historic visit to UAE, Bahrain in February

Israeli Army Says It Downed Drone That Came From Lebanon

Syria claims Israel conducted air strike in the Hama area

Israel, Syria officials discuss removal of Iran and its militias from Syria: Report

Gantz warns Netanyahu not to try to sideline him again on Iran talks with US

Saudi Foreign Minister ‘Optimistic’ on US Ties Under Biden, Calls on Iran to Change Priorities

Iran’s Zarif urges Biden to act first in returning U.S. to nuclear deal

Zarif to Biden: Return to nuclear deal without demanding concessions

Iran’s supreme leader makes online threats to attack golfing Trump

Khamenei account suspended after tweet of Trump golfing under warplane shadow

UAE confirms it inked $23 billion deal to buy F-35 jets, drones from U.S.

Egypt officials: Bomb kills 1 police and wounds 3 in Sinai

Dozens Face Criminal Complaints in Thailand, Accused of Insulting the King

Europe’s court condemns Russia over 2008 war with Georgia

U.N. Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons Takes Effect, Without The U.S. And Other Powers

China authorises coast guard to fire on foreign vessels if needed

Biden Rescinds Trump Order Banning Chinese Communist Involvement In US Power Grid

Joe Biden putting ‘Saudi Arabia first’ by halting Keystone XL pipeline: Sen. Daines

Ted Cruz spars with Buttigieg over loss of jobs after Keystone XL cancellation

Texas Governor, Attorney General to Sue Biden over Immigration

D.C. mayor predicts Democrat-led Congress will soon pass D.C. statehood to Biden’s desk

Press Sec Confirms Biden Supports Nightmare Scenario: D.C. Statehood

Obama 2.0: Susan Rice as incoming “shadow President”

Trump’s impeachment trial to begin the week of February 8

Prospects of convicting Trump erode as GOP grows vocal against Senate impeachment proceedings

McConnell privately says he wants Trump gone as Republicans quietly lobby him to convict

Democrats float 14th Amendment to bar Trump from office

Biden officials weigh releasing Trump tax records sought by House panel

Pelosi Strains to Pin More Crimes on Donald Trump for the Capitol Riot

Senator Chuck Schumer and Anderson Cooper Have Both Accused Donald Trump of ‘Inciting Erection’

L.A. Times Columnist to Biden: Open 1/6 Commission to Investigate ‘MAGA Terrorists’

Biden to review ‘serious, growing national security threat’ from domestic groups

AOC says she skipped inauguration partly because she didn’t ‘feel safe’ around GOP members of Congress

AOC offers Capitol office to National Guard soldiers seen resting in parking garage

MSNBC analyst accuses Fox News of goading viewers into ‘terrorism,’ and asks if it should be ‘allowed to exist’

Katie Couric ‘Jeopardy!’ gig in peril? Producers fear she’s ‘too polarizing’ after anti-GOP comments: report

Military Intelligence Agency Says It Monitored U.S. Cellphone Movements Without Warrant

Google threatens to shut down search engine in Australia over news law

Microsoft patent shows plans to revive dead loved ones as chatbots

Very bright fireball over Madrid, Spain

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Finschhafen, Papua New Guinea

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits south of the Kermadec Islands

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Finschhafen, Papua New Guinea

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Xunchang, China

Earthquake swarm in the vicinity of El Chichon volcano, Mexico

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 26,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 25,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 20,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 19,000ft

Manam volcano in Papua New Guinea erupts to 16,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 15,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Raung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 12,000ft

Santa Maria volcano in Guatemala erupts to 12,000ft

Pacaya volcano in Guatemala erupts to 11,000ft

Back-to-back storms produce severe flooding, evacuations in UK

Mongolia in the grip of one of its most extreme winters on record

Ice covers the Sahara Desert for just 4th time in 50 years

Very dangerous Tropical Cyclone “Eloise” to make landfall near Beira, Mozambique

German scientists make paralyzed mice walk again

Tennis legend Margaret Court to receive top Australian honor; faces massive backlash over anti-LGBT views

Biden to reverse transgender military ban imminently, White House says

Biden commits on National Sanctity of Life Day to enshrine Roe v. Wade in federal law

Joe Biden Celebrates Roe vs. Wade Decision That Has Killed 62 Million Babies in Abortions

Biden to Use Taxpayer Money for Global Abortions, Gets Labeled ‘Commander’ of ‘Pro-Abortion Army’

Biden’s Policies on Abortion and Family ‘Advance Moral Evils,’ Catholic Bishops Head Says

With Democrats in Control, Investors Are High on Cannabis

‘Packed us together like sardines’: Guard deployed to Capitol struggles to contain Covid

UK warns new virus variant may be more deadly, could be around ‘forever’

Right On Cue For Biden, WHO Admits High-Cycle PCR Tests Produce COVID False Positives

Dr. Fauci says new data shows Covid vaccines appear to be less effective against some new strains

Monoclonal antibodies can prevent COVID-19 – but successful vaccines complicate their future

Buyer Beware: COVID Vaccines Netting Big Bucks Online

MLB Hall Of Famer Hank Aaron Dies At Age 86

Baseball legend Hank Aaron got virus vaccine earlier in January

Ukraine Ended Secret Government Spending. Vaccine Makers Now Demand It.

IOC plans to vaccinate every Olympic athlete to save Tokyo games

United Airlines CEO wants to make Covid vaccines mandatory for employees – and encourages other companies to do the same

Biden requires international travelers to quarantine upon arrival to US

These travelers faked negative COVID tests and got away with it

YouTube bans German channel that spread virus misinformation

GOP Congressman: Give $1,400 stimulus checks to people who get the COVID-19 vaccine

Senior Democrats drafting plan to give parents $3,000 per child in Biden stimulus

Though largely ‘religiously unaffiliated,’ Gen Z craves spiritual mentoring: study

Source: Tracking the Birth Pangs – News and Links (trackingbibleprophecy.org)

Top Weekly Stories from ChristianNews.net for 01/23/2021

Biden Picks Man Who Identifies as ‘Rachel’ for Assistant Health Secretary   Jan 19, 2021 12:05 pm

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden has selected Pennsylvania’s health secretary, a man who was born Richard and now identifies as Rachel, as assistant secretary of health at the United States Department of Health and Human Services. “Dr. Rachel Levine will bring the steady leadership and essential expertise we need to get people through this pandemic — no matter their…

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‘In the Strong Name of Our Collective Faith’? Closing of Inauguration Benediction Refuted by Pastor   Jan 21, 2021 04:00 pm

WASHINGTON — “In the strong name of our collective faith, amen” was how Silvester Beaman of the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Delaware ended his benediction on Wednesday during the Biden-Harris inauguration. His avoidance of using the name of Jesus in the prayer was noted by at least one pastor, who refuted Beaman’s choice of words online. “It…

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Lady Gaga to Perform National Anthem at Inauguration, ‘Transgenders’ to Participate in Prayer Service   Jan 20, 2021 08:28 am

WASHINGTON — Pop star Lady Gaga, known for her homosexual-affirming tune “Born This Way,” will be performing the national anthem during Wednesday’s inauguration ceremony, with other performances by artists such as Jennifer Lopez and Garth Brooks. During the interfaith prayer service scheduled for Thursday, two “transgender” faith leaders are expected to participate,…

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Indiana Lawmakers File Bill Ending Regulation of Abortion in State, Outlawing It Completely   Jan 18, 2021 03:14 pm

Photo Credit: Sharon McCutcheon/Unsplash INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — For the fifth year in a row, an Indiana lawmaker has proposed a bill that would declare that life begins at conception and would repeal all state statutes regulating abortion, making it consequently illegal with no exceptions. This time, Rep. Curt Nisly, R-Goshen, is joined by the newly-elected Rep….

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‘We Don’t Want Biden; We Want Revenge!’: Antifa Riots in Portland, Smashing Democratic HQ   Jan 21, 2021 01:50 pm

PORTLAND (Newsweek) — Around 150 antifa protesters vandalized the Oregon Democrats head office in Portland on Wednesday night before descending on an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility, hours after Joe Biden was sworn in as president. Videos circulating on Twitter showed antifa protesters dressed in black marching down the streets playing…

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Biden Signs Order Directing Admin to Ban Discrimination Based on ‘Gender Identity,’ ‘Sexual Orientation’   Jan 21, 2021 06:06 pm

WASHINGTON — Within hours of taking the oath of office, President Joe Biden signed an order on Wednesday directing his administration to review all existing federal orders, policies, regulations and guidance documents and see whether they should be revised to comply with his new policy prohibiting discrimination on the basis of so-called gender identity and sexual…

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Trump Issues Proclamation Recognizing Jan. 22 as ‘National Sanctity of Human Life Day’   Jan 19, 2021 05:45 pm

WASHINGTON — President Trump issued a proclamation on Monday recognizing Jan. 22, 2021 — the day marking the 48th year since Roe v. Wade — as “National Sanctity of Human Life Day” and characterizing Roe as a “constitutionally flawed ruling” that has “resulted in the loss of more than 50 million innocent lives.” “Every human life is a gift to the world….

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Church Growth Soars in India Despite Persecution, COVID-19   Jan 18, 2021 11:06 am

Photo Credit: Hugo Fergusson/Unsplash India (Mission Network News) — For the second year in a row, Open Doors ranks India 10th on the list of countries where it’s most challenging to be a Christian. “But even that persecution, God grows and strengthens his Church,” says David Reeves, President and CEO of unfoldingWord. The resourcing ministry is…

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Judge Rules Alabama Surgery Requirement to Have Sex Changed on Driver’s License ‘Unconstitutional’   Jan 19, 2021 03:32 pm

Photo Credit: Michael Jarmoluk/Pixabay MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A federal judge nominated to the bench by then-President Jimmy Carter has ruled in favor of three men who identify as women, who sued the State of Alabama for requiring “transgenders” to submit proof of a “complete sex change” operation before being allowed to change the gender on their driver’s…

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Oklahoma Senator to File Bill to Criminalize Abortion in State   Jan 20, 2021 02:58 pm

Photo Credit: Vidal Balielo Jr./Pexels OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — Newly-elected Oklahoma Sen. Warren Hamilton, R-McCurtain, plans to file a bill to outlaw abortion in the state, taking the baton from Sen. Joseph Silk, who left office in November. “All human life is sacred from the very moment of conception,” Hamilton said in a statement. “As Americans, we…

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How the Biden Administration is Advancing the LGBT Agenda | Ryan Anderson on CBN

Ryan Anderson joined CBN News on Thursday, January 21, to discuss the Biden administration’s plans for advancing the LGBT agenda. He pointed out that President Biden is now in the process of undoing Trump-era administrative actions.

ICE Agents Ordered to Free All Illegal Aliens in Custody: ‘Release Them All’

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, tasked with enforcing federal immigration law, are being instructed to free all detainees in their custody, as President Joe Biden’s administration halts deportations.

Source: ICE Agents Ordered to Free All Illegal Aliens in Custody: ‘Release Them All’

ADVERSE REACTION: Baseball Home Run Legend Hank Aaron Dies Just Days After Receiving COVID-19 Vaccination Jab, Dozens Of Others Dead As Well — Now The End Begins

Hank Aaron expressed pride after being injected with the COVID-19 vaccination jab. The iconic Hall of Famer hoped his willingness to be vaccinated would help lessen concerns some Black Americans may have about receiving the shot. Two weeks later he was dead.

How well I remember as a kid watching Hank Aaron on television, April 8, 1974, break Babe Ruth’s home run record, it was a truly historic occasion and thrilling to witness it. Flash forward all the way to January 5, 2021, and Hank Aaron looked really good for his age, a veritable ‘picture of health’ you might say. Then Hank decided to step up and ‘take one for the team’, and publicly volunteer to receive the COVID-19 vaccine jab. 2 weeks later, Hank Aaron was dead, and so are dozens of other people who took the jab.

“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32 (KJB)

While the death of Hank Aaron is indeed tragic, it is not at all surprising. The mRNA vaccine has never before been approved for human use, due to it’s unknown side effects both short and long term, and it is truly gambling with your life should you chose to be injected with it.

In Florida, a doctor died just days after receiving the COVID jab, in Norway 23 people died after getting the shot, 7 people died in Germany, and the list of adverse reactions are already in the thousands. Funny thing, though, when someone with a preexisting condition does while COVID positive, it is listed as a COVID death no matter the actual cause. But when someone with a preexisting condition dies after getting a COVID vaccine jab, they never attribute the cause of death to the vaccine. This is how deceitful and duplicitous the whole system is, and everyone from the pharmaceutical companies that make the shots, to the governments who force it on people, to the fake news media who attempts to shame you into taking it, they are all keeping you from the truth. So what’s the truth about the COVID-19 vaccine?

The truth about the COVID vaccine is that it is untested, it is unproven, and there is no guarantee that even if you live through it, as Hank Aaron did not, that it can protect you from the COVID-19 virus. Under no condition of any kind, for any reason, would I ever agree to have this scary substance injected into my body. And you don’t have to be a “Christian nationalist” to come to that conclusion.

NBC NEWS WARNS THAT ‘CHRISTIAN NATIONALISM’ IS STOPPING PEOPLE FROM GETTING VACCINATED AND THAT ‘OVERCOMING THIS HURDLE’ MUST BE ADDRESSED FOR HERD IMMUNITY

A ‘Proud’ Hank Aaron Was Happy To Get Vaccinated

Hank Aaron, former United Nations ambassador Andrew Young and former U.S. Health and Human Services secretary Louis Sullivan were accompanied by their spouses and other civil rights leaders when they were vaccinated at the Morehouse School of Medicine. Aaron and his wife, Billye, have been top donors to the medical school, which Sullivan founded in Atlanta in 1975.

“Getting vaccinated makes me feel wonderful,” Aaron told The Associated Press. “I don’t have any qualms about it at all, you know. I feel quite proud of myself for doing something like this. … It’s just a small thing that can help zillions of people in this country.”

Young told the AP the mistrust Black Americans have for vaccinations stems from the Tuskegee experiment, an infamous study which left syphilis untreated in participating Black men without their consent. The experiment spanned from 1932-72.

“I’ve been taking vaccines now for 88 years and I haven’t been sick,” Young said. “The truth of it is, Black folk have been living by shots, and just because they did something crazy and murderous and evil back in 1931, we’re still thinking about that. We’ve got to get over that.” READ MORE

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CDC NOW ADMITS THAT 94% OF ALL COVID DEATH HAD UNDERLYING MEDICAL CONDITIONS MEANING ONLY 9,683 PEOPLE ACTUALLY DIED FROM CORONAVIRUS ALONE

ADVERSE REACTION: Baseball Home Run Legend Hank Aaron Dies Just Days After Receiving COVID-19 Vaccination Jab, Dozens Of Others Dead As Well — Now The End Begins

Biden administration starts dismantling Trump’s abortion policies

“It will be our policy to support women’s and girls’ sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights in the United States, as well as globally,” Dr Anthony Fauci said.

Source: Biden administration starts dismantling Trump’s abortion policies

“It Was All A Lie”: Biden-Linked WHO Adviser Says COVID-19 ‘Likely’ Leaked From Wuhan Lab | ZeroHedge News

A World Health Organization (WHO) adviser who previously worked under President Clinton and then-Senator Joe Biden has broken his silence over the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jamie Metzl – who served as Deputy Staff Director of the Foreign Relations Committee under Biden (2001-2003), after serving on the National Security Council (1997-1999) and the State Department (1999-2001) under Clinton, waited until three days after Biden’s inauguration to tell the Toronto Sun that he thinks COVID-19 was most likely an accidental lab leak in Wuhan.

“There’s no irrefutable evidence,” said the Kansas-born Metzl, a senior Atlantic Council fellow who was appointed to the WHO expert advisory committee on human genome editing in 2019. “There’s just more evidence and as more evidence arrives, the case for accidental lab leak, in my view, increases.”

More from Metzl’s interview with the Sun (emphasis ours):

What about the original theory that this all started in a wet market in Wuhan?

That was a lie. And the Chinese government knew very early on that that was a lie. And so in the face of overwhelming evidence in May of last year, the Chinese government shifted its position.

Do you get the idea of scary viruses being created in a lab may seem a little sci-fi?

It may feel like sci-fi to people but what’s happening is sci. There is a field of study called “gain of function” research, which is highly controversial in which some scientists amplify the virility of viruses. We know that the Wuhan Institute of Virology was involved in gain of function research on bat coronaviruses.

Is it because this specifically started in China that we still don’t know how COVID-19 started?

If there had been an outbreak in Congo or some country in Africa and that country, in the earliest days of the pandemic, prevented World Health Organization investigators from going onto the scene of the outbreak, for nearly a month, the world would have gone berserk.

Will a change of the U.S. administration help find an answer?

Biden will be tougher on China than President Trump because President Biden is very smart and strategic and he understands that American power and American strength doesn’t rest on bluster, it rests on principles, it rests on partnerships, and alliances and accountability. And the Trump administration unfortunately gave China a pass by over politicizing the question of the origin of the virus by alienating America’s partners and allies.

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All of this begs a simple question; if a senior Atlantic Council fellow who operated at high levels of government under Democratic presidents is suddenly ‘coming out’ with the Wuhan lab leak theory, three days after Biden’s inauguration, is the official narrative about to change?

Source: “It Was All A Lie”: Biden-Linked WHO Adviser Says COVID-19 ‘Likely’ Leaked From Wuhan Lab

A Large US Military Convoy Rolled Into Syria On 1st Day Of Biden Presidency | ZeroHedge News

Two separate reports from Middle East news sources at the end of this week strongly suggest that both Russia and the United States are building up their forces in war-torn Syria within the opening days of the Joe Biden administration.

First, Syrian state media is alleging a major US build-up and reinforcements sent to “illegitimate bases in Hasakah countryside”. The report in Syria’s SANA details:

“…that a convoy consisted of 40 trucks loaded with weapons and logistical materials, affiliated to the so-called international coalition have entered in Hasaka countryside via al-Walid illegitimate border crossing with north of Iraq, to reinforce illegitimate bases in the area.”

Illustrative file image of US convoy in northeast Syria

Damascus said further that tons of US heavy equipment was observed going toward building up US positions at Conoco oil and gas field: “Over the past few days, helicopters affiliated to the so-called international coalition have transported logistical equipment and heavy military vehicles to Conoco oil field in northeastern Deir Ezzor countryside, after turning it into military base to reinforce its presence and loot the Syrian resources,” SANA wrote further.

This comes at a moment Biden’s Syria policy and direction is still largely a big unknown – though it remains that his cabinet looks to include foreign policy hawks – particularly many of the same officials responsible for Obama’s both overt and covert interventions in Libya and Syria upon the start of the so-called ‘Arab Spring’.

For now President Biden is likely simply to continue Trump’s policy of keeping a contingent of American special forces troops stealing occupying Syria’s oil and gas fields.

Meanwhile a separate story on the same day as the reported US convoy reinforcements says Russia too is busy building up its forces in an area near where Americans and Turkish patrols are occupying northeast Syria.

According to Beirut-based Al Masdar News:

The Russian Armed Forces sent more reinforcements and heavy military equipment to the Al-Qamishli Airport this week, as they strengthen their presence east of the Euphrates River.

According to the latest reports from the Al-Hasakah Governorate, the Russian Armed Forces deployed more troops to the frontlines with the Turkish military and their allied militants near the key town of Tal Tamr.

This is based on Russian military sources featuring footage of a Russian IL-76 cargo landing a Qamishli Airport which is the “second time in ten days that they have brought in more reinforcements and military equipment.”

Russian military cargo plan landing in northern Syria on Thursday:

Russia has also lately sent more ships to patrol off Syria’s Mediterranean coast, out of the naval base at Tartus.

Likely this latest rush to ensure greater Russian ‘readiness’ is based on the “unknowns” represented by the presidential transition in Washington. However, there’s little doubt Biden will keep up the severe sanctions which are currently crushing what’s left of the Syrian economy, with civilians bearing the brunt of suffering.

Israel also appears to be ramping up its airstrikes inside Syria, claiming to be targeting Iranian positions amid concerns Biden will be “soft” on the Islamic Republic and so-called Iranian influence in Syria and Lebanon.

Source: A Large US Military Convoy Rolled Into Syria On 1st Day Of Biden Presidency

Worldview and Apologetics in the News — Truthbomb Apologetics

Joe Biden Sworn in as America’s 46th President – Here’s His Address to the Nation

Sasse on Anniversary of Roe v. Wade: “Love Is Stronger Than Power”

Grappling with abortion trauma

God ‘didn’t give us this land,’ Jen Hatmaker says in apology for controversial inaugural prayer

Video: Demonetized by YouTube

The Return of Casey Luskin

Two Pastors Join Albert Mohler in the Southern Baptist Convention Presidential Race

The Real Cost of President Biden’s Radical Transgender Activism

An Evangelical Leader’s Open Letter to President Biden

The Pro-Life Project Has a Playbook: Racial Justice History

The 50 Countries Where It’s Most Dangerous to Follow Jesus in 2021

Failed Trump Prophecies Offer a Lesson in Humility

Why the atheist church is failing

Why Euthanasia is Not the Answer: A Conversation with Stephanie Gray Connors

What Does the Bible Say About “End Times”? 3 Historic Perspectives

One Word Curiously Absent from Biden’s Statement on Roe v. Wade Anniversary

Hank Aaron, the Faith-Filled MLB Star Who Broke Babe Ruth’s Home-Run Record, Has Died

Head of U.S. Catholic Bishops Rebukes Joe Biden’s Policies Advancing ‘Moral Evils’
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