Daily Archives: February 9, 2021

Max Lucado Compares Holy Spirit to Woman, Calls Him ‘Mother-Heart of God’ — Christian Research Network

Before we get to Reformation Charlotte’s piece on popular pastor Max Lucado, we need to give you fair warning to flee from this man. Lucado’s lack of spiritual discernment is stunning. As you will see, he has given credence to egregious false teachers, which is bad enough, but now he tells his audience that the Holy Spirit is “the mother-heart of God” which not only sounds strikingly like the teachings found in New Age spirituality, it is decidedly unbiblical.

Now to Jeff Maples’ piece over at RC:

Max Lucado, author and pastor who, in recent years, has taken a sharp turn to the left in embracing not only the woke social justice movement but taking a soft stance on homosexuality, has now taken an even sharper turn away from biblical orthodoxy by comparing the Holy Spirit to a mother….

Lucado’s entire sermon was predicated on the notion that the Holy Spirit is feminine.

Last year, Lucado made headlines after endorsing and giving glowing accolades to pro-sodomy Jen Hatmaker and then again after leading an outdoor prayer service asking God to forgive him for his ancestors owning slaves. He also endorsed flaming heretic, Steven Furtick.

Related articles on Max Lucado

Watch Out! Apostasy Alert — Naming Names

Max Lucado Compares Holy Spirit to Woman, Calls Him ‘Mother-Heart of God’ — Christian Research Network

PCR Test Technique — Christian Research Service


Kary Mullis, developer of the PCR test, points out the misuse of this technique–which so much of humanity has now been subjugated by. Interesting how his idea for it was augmented by his use of LSD. He also comments on Fauci, yet are they not both the same?:

PCR Test Technique — Christian Research Service

Bullet points on why Joyce Meyer is a false teacher — The End Time

Joyce Meyer is a very popular female Bible teacher and preacher. She has been on the scene for decades, and shows no signs of slowing down. She has 10 offices around the world and employs 500 people. Her brand of charismatic/name-it claim it religion has deceived many. This is sad, but the Bible says that many will be deceived by false teachers. I pray that anything here will spark a further Berean investigation by the reader and through prayer, come to the other side of discernment in understanding why Meyer should be avoided.

  1. Joyce Meyer preached that Jesus was a sinner, had been born again, stopped being the Son of God, paid for our sins in hell (from 1991 Booklet called The Most Important Decision you Will Ever Make), and was tormented there. Meyer preaches a different Jesus. She is a heretic. 
  2. Joyce Meyer preaches to men and mixed gender audiences in violation of 1 Timothy 2:12.
  3. Joyce Meyer operated as an associate pastor in a church in violation of 1 Timothy 2:12.
  4. Joyce Meyer preaches that it is normal and expected to hear directly from God, when contrary to her claim, the scriptures claim they are sufficient (2 Timothy 3:14-17), and the Word is closed. (Revelation 22:18-19). Yet she teaches that God speaks individually to people today. Example, in essay “It’s not that complicated” she wrote -“Do you ever wonder if God speaks to people? You’ll be happy to know the answer is yes. But first let me explain how distractions can hinder His voice” and taught more from her book How to Hear from God or in this video.
  5. Joyce Meyer claims she is not a sinner. This is in violation of 1 John 1:8, which says that such people are deceived and the truth is not in them.
  6. There’s more, but these should suffice to illustrate to the reader that Joyce Meyer’s teaching is not edifying.

Please do not allow a teacher’s longevity lull you into thinking they must be good. Please do not allow a ministry’s global breadth to lull you into thinking he or she is good. In fact the Bible says that popularity is often a mark of falsity. (Luke 6:26). The world wants their ears tickled. In 2 Timothy 4:3 we read

For the time will come when they will not tolerate sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance with their own desires,

If you follow Joyce Meyer, please consider these things. Please stay in the pure, undefiled faith, and find some good Bible teachers to follow, beginning with your own pastor and elders at your own church.

Bullet points on why Joyce Meyer is a false teacher — The End Time

2nd Amendment Under Assault — VCY America

Date:  February 9, 2021  
Host: Jim Schneider   
​Guest: Mark Walters 
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It should come as no surprise because the nation was told in advance that a Biden Administration would bring an attack against our Constitution’s 2nd Amendment, in which the Founders intended and the U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed that it is an individual right. The Biden Administration has a gun control agenda. The first assault came within 24 hours of the new Congress being sworn in and the issue is only intensifying.

Meanwhile there is an intense surge in the number of firearm sales and background checks being conducted.

Mark Walters from the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms joined the program to discuss these gun-related issues. He recommends visiting JoeBiden.com/GunSafety to become informed about the Biden Administration’s plans for gun rights.

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2nd Amendment Under Assault — VCY America

ID2020 Launching The Good Health Pass Collaborative To Produce Digital Identifications For People To Prove They Have Received The COVID Vaccine — Now The End Begins

The Good Health Pass Collaborative is a global collaboration of health, travel, technology, government, and civil society organizations to develop a blueprint for privacy-protecting, user-controlled, globally interoperable, and universally accepted digital health pass systems.

Hey, look over there! Why it’s the Microsoft-funded, Bill Gates created, ID2020 Alliance who’s here to save the day and give everyone on the earth their very own digital identification so you can prove you’re received the Mark of the Beast COVID-19 vaccine. It’s OK , everyone, we’re going to make it!! Oh, wait…

“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” –Winston Churchill

It’s at times like this where I literally feel profoundly sorry for unsaved people who are unable to understand bible prophecy, because if they could see things the way we see them, they would be reacting quite different then they are currently. Your King James Bible hits it out of the park with every swing regarding what is happening right now, and is warning you and informing you of these end times in which we find ourselves.

I cannot imagine going through these last days without it.

“Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.” Revelation 15:4 (KJB)

The Good Health Pass Digital Trust Ecosystem From ID2020

FROM ID2020 ALLIANCE: The largest immunization campaign in history is underway. But the rollout to date has been slow and unequal. With many countries still unable to procure vaccines, it will take years to vaccinate the world’s 7.9 billion people. This underscores the importance of continued, widespread testing as an essential public health tool that must continue alongside vaccination to ensure an equitable return to public life.

Recent COVID test results are already required at some airports and international borders. And, faced with competing demands to restore mobility and economic activity and protect public health, governments, employers, educational institutions, airlines, sports and event venues, and others are considering proof of a recent negative test or vaccination as a condition of access.

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Existing paper-based credentials (e.g., the “yellow card,” the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 vaccination certificates, and COVID test results from labs) are easy to lose, unnecessarily expose sensitive personal information, and are prone to fraud and counterfeiting – particularly when the stakes are so high. By contrast, digital health credentials can be printed or stored on an individual’s mobile phone, enhance user privacy, and “bind” an individual’s identity to a test result or vaccination certificate to enable real-time fraud-resistant digital verification.

Digital health pass systems – that combine identity credentials and health credentials (test results and vaccination certificates) – will make it faster and easier for airlines and border control officers to verify an individual’s COVID-19 status while reducing the potential for fraudulent results and preventing misuse of personal health data.

Because numerous companies around the world are racing to market with digital health credential solutions, it is unlikely that one solution will be implemented globally. Thus, it is vitally important that solutions are designed for interoperability – both with one another and across institutional and geographic borders. This can only be achieved through a set of open standards to which all digital health pass systems must adhere. Failing to address interoperability could undermine acceptance, adoption, and ultimately, the utility of digital health passes.

Efforts to develop these systems have been largely driven by and for the travel and tourism industry. However, the immense complexity of facilitating cross-border travel means that digital health pass systems developed for this purpose must engage an entirely new ecosystem of stakeholders, including governments, and the travel, health, and technology sectors.

We recognize that several efforts – each addressing components of this challenge – are already underway.

The Good Health Pass Collaborative is not intended to supplant these efforts but rather to help weave them together and facilitate collaboration. By identifying the various areas where convergence around open standards is required – and filling gaps where they exist – the Good Health Pass Collaborative will provide the structure and coherence necessary for these ongoing efforts to fulfill their promise.

This paper – outlining a set of principles and a call to action – is a critical first step toward standards for what we call “good health passes.” When we talk about digital health passes that are “good,” we mean that they align with these principles and that they are privacy-protecting, user-controlled, interoperable, and widely accepted for international travel, and more.

We also recognize that technology is only part of the solution. It is necessary but insufficient without the policies that support its ethical implementation. We hope that the principles outlined in
this paper – which emphasize personal privacy and security, user control, and interoperability – will also provide useful guidance for policymakers as they consider legislation and regulations related to digital health credentials.

As our next step, we will collaboratively develop and release a blueprint for how we expect to get there. We invite policymakers, companies in the health, technology, and travel sectors, and civil society organizations to join in this effort to restore mobility and restart the global economy – and ensure that equity, privacy, and other civil liberties are protected in the process. READ MORE

ID2020 Launching The Good Health Pass Collaborative To Produce Digital Identifications For People To Prove They Have Received The COVID Vaccine — Now The End Begins

Why Are Volcanoes All Along The “Ring Of Fire” Suddenly Starting To Pop Off Like Firecrackers? — End Of The American Dream

While most of us are preoccupied with other matters, the “Ring of Fire” is starting to shake quite dramatically.  Within the past couple of days, we have seen numerous volcanoes along the “Ring of Fire” shoot hot volcanic ash thousands of feet into the air.  That list of volcanoes includes Popocatepetl in MexicoSangay in EcuadorKlyuchevskaya on the Kamchatka PeninsulaSabancaya in PeruRaung in IndonesiaReventador in Ecuador, and Fuego in Guatemala.  Overall, 28 volcanoes around the globe are currently erupting right now, and most of those are located somewhere along the “Ring of Fire”.

If you are not familiar with the “Ring of Fire”, here is a pretty good definition from Wikipedia

The Ring of Fire (also known as the Pacific Ring of Fire, the Rim of Fire, the Girdle of Fire or the Circum-Pacific belt) is a region around much of the rim of the Pacific Ocean where many volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur. The Ring of Fire is a horseshoe-shaped belt about 40,000 km (25,000 mi) long[1] and up to about 500 km (310 mi) wide.[2]

The Ring of Fire includes the Pacific coasts of South America, North America and Kamchatka, and some islands in the western Pacific Ocean. Although there is consensus among geologists about almost all areas which are included in the Ring of Fire, they disagree about the inclusion or exclusion of a few areas, for example, the Antarctic Peninsula and western Indonesia.

Basically, if you think of a giant band surrounding the exterior of the Pacific Ocean, you will have a good idea of what we are talking about.

Every year, the “Ring of Fire” accounts for the vast majority of the seismic activity that happens on our planet.

The good news is that most of the major events occur in areas that are not heavily populated, and so usually the damage that is caused is minimal.

But the bad news is that the west coast of the United States and the entire nation of Japan both sit directly along the “Ring of Fire”, and scientists assure us that it is just a matter of time before both areas are hit by horrific catastrophes.

In Japan, officials are watching Mt. Fuji very carefully.  It hasn’t erupted in more than 300 years, but experts are warning that the next eruption could occur at literally any time

“Mount Fuji is on standby for the next eruption,” said Hiroki Kamata, a professor of volcanology at Kyoto University.

More than 300 years, he pointed out, have elapsed since the last eruption in 1707, an eerily long silence that surpasses the previous interval of around 200 years.

Mt. Fuji is not very far from Tokyo, and scientists agree that a major eruption of the volcano could be absolutely catastrophic for the city…

The Japanese government warned in 2020 a major eruption of Mount Fuji would eject so much matter over nearby capital Tokyo, the city infrastructure would collapse.

Visibility would immediately vanish and inches of toxic ash would swiftly clog the filters at power plants.

Although Mount Fuji last erupted more than 300 years ago, the volcano remains active and enters cyclical periods of activity.

Here in the United States, authorities are warning us that a “lava dome” has been forming at Mt. St. Helens

Viscous magma is known to be bottled-up inside pressure-cooker of Mount St Helens, which is now thought to be ominously surfacing to form a lava dome.

William Rose, a professor of geology at Michigan Technological University recently said in a statement: “The gas emission rate of St Helens is very high and suggests that significant amounts of magma are the surface.”

However, Donald Peterson, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) scientist in charge of the Mount St Helens project, has warned how experts are really unsure what to expect.

It is definitely true that Mt. St. Helens could erupt again at any time, but personally I am much more concerned about Mt. Rainier.

It is known as “the most dangerous volcano” in the United States for good reason, and the seismic activity that has been happening at the volcano in recent months has gotten quite a bit of attention

After a spurt of seismic activity this weekend, Mount Rainier National Park was shaken by a 3.6 magnitude earthquake Sunday afternoon.

The quake hit at 12:31 p.m. and was felt as far as Kent, nearly 80 miles away, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The relatively shallow quake was centered roughly a mile beneath the earth’s surface.

Years ago, I visited the Space Needle in Seattle, and I could clearly see Mt. Rainier from there.  Most people living in the region don’t realize that Mt. Rainier is capable of producing gigantic tsunamis of super-heated mud known as “lahars”, and those “lahars” can be extremely deadly.  In fact, scientists tell us that they can move at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour.

Needless to say, that is much faster than you can run.

The following is how one author described the danger that the region is potentially facing…

The numerous towns and cities that occupy the surrounding valley would all be at risk for not only severe destruction, but complete annihilation. Residents of cities like Orting, Sumner, Buckley, and Enumclaw are estimated to have no more than 30 minutes before the lahar, speeding down from the many rivers that flow from Mount Rainier, buries their homes and businesses beneath as much as 30 feet of mud and debris. Even the larger cities like Auburn, Puyallup, and Tacoma itself are not safe. Auburn and Puyallup, with nearly 80,000 residents between them, would be covered in 20 feet of mud in less than an hour, and Tacoma, at almost 200,000, is estimated to be hit with nearly 10 feet from the lahar.

Can you imagine the entire city of Tacoma, Washington under 10 feet of super-heated mud?

One of the reasons why I have written about this so much over the years is because someday Mt. Rainier will erupt again.

In fact, I wouldn’t want to be living anywhere near any of the volcanoes along the “Ring of Fire” right now.

We are starting to see so many of them pop off like firecrackers in the early stages of 2021, and that is definitely not a good sign.

Why Are Volcanoes All Along The “Ring Of Fire” Suddenly Starting To Pop Off Like Firecrackers? — End Of The American Dream

8 Million More Living In Poverty, 9 Million Small Businesses In Danger Of Closing, 10 Million Behind On Rent… — The Economic Collapse

The economic downturn that we are currently experiencing is making the last recession look like a Sunday picnic.  Yes, 2008 and 2009 were bad, but they weren’t anything like this.  Unprecedented intervention by the Federal Reserve has allowed the rich to get even richer during this crisis, but meanwhile millions upon millions of ordinary Americans are deeply suffering.  Unfortunately, what we have gone through so far is just the beginning.

As a child, I was a big fan of Sesame Street, and one of the characters that really stood out to me was Count von Count.  I loved the fact that he was always counting things, and that is what I am going to do in this article in order to illustrate how bad economic conditions have now become.

Let’s start with the number 7.  According to the Congressional Budget Office, approximately 7 million more Americans would have jobs right now if the COVID pandemic had never happened

But in fact, what the CBO is projecting is dire: around 7 million people out of work in 2021 whom CBO thought before the pandemic would be working. That’s dire – and a call to immediate action, not calm, not wait-and-see.

Personally, I think that estimate is way too low.

In fact, the Federal Reserve says that 152 million Americans were working before the pandemic started, and only 142 million Americans are working now.

So the CBO estimate appears to be off by about 3 million.

Count von Count would not be happy.

Let’s try another number.  According to Bloomberg, the number of Americans living in poverty has risen by 8 million during this crisis…

Support is rising among policy makers to address America’s child-poverty crisis, which is getting worse as the pandemic drags on.

More than 8 million Americans — including many children — fell into poverty during the second half of last year, exacerbating the racial and income inequalities that are holding back the U.S. economy.

In this case, I think that this is a reasonable estimate, but that number will inevitably keep growing in the months ahead.

One of the big reasons why it will continue to rise is because hordes of small businesses will be collapsing, and that brings us to our next number.

According to a study that was recently released by the Fed, 9 million small businesses in the U.S. say that they “won’t survive” in 2021 without more government assistance

Three in ten small businesses — or 9 million out of the estimated 30 million in the United States — fear they won’t survive in the coming year without additional government assistance, according to a survey recently published by the Federal Reserve.

The Small Business Credit Survey, which was conducted last September and October and released last week, showcased the incredible burden the coronavirus pandemic has placed on America’s small businesses, as 88% of the businesses surveyed reported that sales had not yet returned to pre-pandemic levels.

Can you imagine what our country would look like if almost a third of all small businesses permanently disappeared?

If you watched the Super Bowl, you were bombarded with messaging about the plight of our small businesses.  We have never seen anything like this before, and that is because our small businesses have never had to face a crisis of this magnitude.

With each passing day, more small businesses are folding, and nothing that the federal government is going to do will completely stop this trend.

Our next number is 10.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 10 million renters were behind on their rent payments in January, and many more people anticipated not paying rent in February…

An estimated 10 million renters were behind on their rent and at risk of eviction in the middle of January, according to a Census Bureau survey. And an estimated 16 million renters had little to no confidence they could pay rent in February.

Overall, U.S. renters now owe at least 30 billion dollars in back rent.

This has created extreme financial pain for America’s landlords, and when the rent moratoriums are finally lifted we are going to see the largest tsunami of evictions in all of U.S. history by a very wide margin.

Before I wrap up this article, let me leave you with just one more number.  So far in 2021, the number of passengers at U.S. airports is down by more than 60 percent compared to 2019…

Over the past seven days, not quite 707,000 passengers per day on average passed TSA checkpoints at US airports, a measure of how many passengers in the US are flying somewhere. This was down by 61.6% from the same period in 2019, the last full year of the Good Times. At the end of January, the drop from 2019 was over 65%.

I honestly do not know how the airline industry is going to survive this without government help.

Speaking of not surviving, Democrats have introduced a bill in Congress that would essentially deal a death blow to the gig economy

The legislation at the core of their agenda is the PRO Act, which Democrats just re-introduced with sponsors including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer. Among many other things, the bill would severely restrict the legal definition of independent contractors in a way that would largely end the gig economy as we know it.

The legislators’ stated intention is to protect workers and bolster their rights under law. Through the reclassification of independent contractors, Democrats hope to force gig economy companies to hire workers as full employees and thus provide them the accompanying salaries and benefits.

If this bill passes, it would absolutely devastate Uber, Lyft and countless other companies that rely on gig workers.

Basically, millions of jobs would go “poof” with one stroke of Joe Biden’s pen.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 50 million Americans are currently employed by the gig economy.  It is great to want those workers to have higher pay and more benefits, but if those companies go out of existence there won’t be any jobs at all.

These are very dark times for the U.S. economy, and the outlook for the future is exceedingly bleak.

However, in the short-term economic conditions should stabilize somewhat thanks to the huge stimulus paymentsthat the government will be sending out.

But that bubble of hope will be very brief, and everyone should be able to see that much more pain is on the horizon.

8 Million More Living In Poverty, 9 Million Small Businesses In Danger Of Closing, 10 Million Behind On Rent… — The Economic Collapse

February 9 Evening Quotes of The Day

“What Wonder if They Perish?”
Galatians 5:19–21; Psalm 36:1–4

God takes not pleasure in the death of sinners, but rather that they return and live. But men take such pleasure in sin that they will die before they will return. The Lord Jesus was content to be their physician, and has provided them a sufficient plaster of His own blood: but if men make light of it, and will not apply it, what wonder if they perish after all?

RICHARD BAXTER

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

We Need to Recognize God’s Presence with Us
Psalm 139:7–12; 145:18–19; Matthew 18:20; 28:20

We need only to recognize God intimately present with us, and to address ourselves to Him every moment, that we may beg His assistance for getting to know His will in doubtful things, and for rightly performing those which we plainly see He requires of us; offering them to Him before we do them, and giving to Him thanks when we have done.

BROTHER LAWRENCE

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

February 9 Evening Verse of the Day

21:5 the one seated on the throne God Himself speaks.

I am making all things new John’s vision anticipates the restoration of an Eden-like state that also includes a reversal of the effects of humanity’s sin as described in Gen 3.

Write, because these words are faithful and true See note on Rev 19:9. “These words” probably refers to the truths contained in vv. 1–4.[1]


21:5 faithful and true. Cf. 3:14; 19:11. God always speaks truth (Jn 17:17).[2]


21:5 — Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.”

Our eternal home will never grow old, because God promises to make all things new. The Eternal One loves new things: new hearts (Ezek. 36:26), new songs (Is. 42:10), new heavens and a new earth (2 Pet. 3:13), new life (Rom. 6:4).[3]


21:5. This new, joyful existence is possible because He who sat on the throne (cf. 20:11), Jesus Christ, will “make all things new.” It is significant that Christ is referred to as the One “who sat on the throne.” This is the Judge. Revelation presents the Judge (chap. 1), His judgment of the churches (chaps. 2–3) and of rebellious mankind (chaps. 4–19), as well as His judgment of the lost (chap. 20). Now John hears the Judge say that He is making “all things new” and that he is to “write” about that time when all things are new. The reason for this is that chaps. 21 and 22 include the finishing touch to the Book of Revelation. In these last two chapters John writes concerning what the Judge accomplishes in the aftermath of His judgments: He will make all things new—new heavens above, a new earth below, and a new capital city: the New Jerusalem.[4]


21:5. In chapter 21 the first speaker was an unidentified voice from the throne. John now hears a second speaker. The throne is the great throne of heaven, first seen in 4:2, but most recently the place of final judgment (20:11). The Judge of the final reckoning was Christ. Now he speaks, as Creator rather than as Judge. Isaiah had foreseen this new creation (Isa. 65:17). During his earthly life Jesus had pledged, “I am going there [to my Father’s house] to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2), suggesting a process of creation. Now his statement that I am making everything new emphasizes both the process and settled determination of Jesus to establish this eternal reality.

The angel in charge of this vision had commanded John earlier to write a “blessed” followed by a solemn affirmation of its divine trustworthiness (19:9). Now Jesus himself urges John to write this down, apparently the entire vision sequence. An equally solemn affirmation follows, applying especially to the words just spoken. They are trustworthy and true words because they issue from the one whose name is “Faithful and True” (19:11; the vocabulary is identical in the original).[5]


21:5 “And He who sits on the throne said” God speaks several times in Revelation (cf. 1:8 and probably 16:1, 17). There seems to be a purposeful ambiguity as to who sits on the throne, YHWH or Messiah (cf. 22:3). See fuller note at 20:11. As the first creation was brought into being by God’s spoken word (cf. Gen. 1:3, 6, 9, 14, 20, 24; Ps. 33:6, 9), so also will His new creation.

© “I am making all things new” This is the promise of Isa. 60–66. This refers to the new age of the Spirit, the age of the Messiah, the age of righteousness, which Jesus inaugurated at His first coming and will consummate at His second coming. This is a metaphor for the certainty of God’s will becoming a reality (cf. 1:19; 14:13; 17:17; 19:9).

© “these words are faithful and true” This phrase was used to describe (1) Jesus (cf. 1:5; 3:7, 14; 19:11); (2) Jesus’ followers (cf. 17:14; and (3) God’s word (cf. 19:9; 21:5; 22:6). Often God is described as “righteous and true” (cf. 15:3; 16:7; 19:2). The Hebrew thought behind this Greek phrase would imply trustworthiness.[6]


5. And the one seated on the throne said, “Look, I am making all things new,” and he said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.”

The phrase the one seated on the throne is a circumscription of the divine name that recalls the throne room setting (chapter 4). It is a recurring phrase in Revelation and Old Testament passages. Avoiding the use of God’s name, John allocates the origin of the voice to the throne. Now not an angel but God himself speaks and instructs John (vv. 5–8). Several times from his throne God directs a message to his people (v. 3; 1:8; 16:1, 17), but this is the last time in Revelation that he directly utters an announcement.

God tells the readers of the Apocalypse that he is making all things new (compare Isa. 43:19, which lacks the words all things). But here is the glorious outcome of God’s redemptive plan that Christ fulfilled: the renewal of all things. Notice that God calls attention to the fact that he is presently doing it, not that he will eventually do it. This utterance, therefore, is a direct revelation from God, who recreates, and as such it is one of the most important verses in Revelation. God renews sinful human beings through the work of Christ and makes them into a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17). In addition to human beings all things are renewed. This is God’s promise that points forward to the consummation, the transformation of heaven and earth, and the renewal of his entire creation (see 4 Ezra [=2 Esdras] 7:75).

Once again John is told to write (1:11; 14:13; 19:9), so that the content of Revelation may be preserved for countless generations. The reason for recording these words is that they are faithful and true. They are not hollow sounds, nor words that in time lose their meaning, but they express unqualified and lasting trustworthiness. God, who in Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of this world, will honor his word in bringing about a new heaven and a new earth. The words faithful and true are repeated in 22:6 (compare 19:9).[7]


5. The one seated on the throne (AT) is God. Remarkably, this is the first direct speech from God since 1:8, where he declared his title as the ‘Alpha and the Omega’. In all the intervening chapters, in the confusion and complexity of the world and the shadow of judgment as well as deliverance, God’s voice and actions have been communicated by circumlocution and the use of intermediary agents. But the full revelation of the final redemption of the world calls forth God’s direct speech in unambiguous terms. God’s making everything new is entirely consistent with his character as Creator, making the world new ex nihilo in the beginning, and continually seeking to do a new thing in the redemption of his people, whether that is forming his people anew in the exodus or doing ‘a new thing’ in their return and restoration from exile (Isa. 43:19). The new thing God will do is the same new thing he has been continually doing since the beginning of time.

The command to write is introduced with a change of tense (‘the one seated on the throne said … Then he says …’, AT), suggesting that this is a parenthetical comment before God’s speech continues in the next verse. This is the last of twelve times that John is commanded to write—in relation to the book as a whole in 1:11 and 1:19, seven times in the messages in Revelation 2–3, and twice of statements in 14:13 and 19:9. Since God’s speech continues, the command here is similar to those in Revelation 1, referring to the whole of the message rather than to the specific saying alone, but mention of the command draws attention to it. Old Testament prophets are usually commanded to ‘Go and say …’ (Isa. 6:9; Jer. 2:2; Ezek. 3:4), suggesting that the message given at a particular time and place has wider relevance only later; the command for John to ‘write’ adds wider significance from the beginning, so that John is adding to ‘what it written’, that is, the Scriptures. The words John is given are trustworthy [or ‘faithful’, pistos] and true here and in 22:6 (cf. 19:9) and match the one with whom they originate, both Jesus (the faithful and true witness, 3:14; 19:11) and God (‘holy and true’, 6:10; ‘just and true’, 15:3; 16:7).[8]


5. This is noteworthy as one of the very few occasions in Revelation on which God himself is said to speak (1:8, perhaps 16:1, 17). It is usually an angel or an unidentified voice (as in v. 3). John tells us now that God speaks, but he does not say to whom he speaks. It may be to the heavenly hosts, though it is not easy to see why they would need this saying. But certainly the words mean reassurance for the little church of John’s day. Its persecuted and threatened members needed these words of hope. I am making everything new (cf. Isa. 65:17) of course refers primarily to the final renewing at the End. But the present tense is used and it is worth reflecting that God continually makes things new here and now (cf. 2 Cor. 3:18; 4:16–18; 5:16–17; Col. 3:1–4; etc.). Then he said is better than ‘And he said’ and is probably an interjection from another speaker (the Greek is kai legei which comes between two kai eipen). It may be that John was so astounded that he forgot to write and an angel reminded him, telling him that these words (presumably the words about to be spoken, though they may be the words about renewal) are trustworthy and true. They must be recorded.[9]


5 The silence of God in Revelation is broken by his declaration, “I am making everything new!”24 The throne upon which God sits (cf. 4:2, 9; 5:1, 7; 6:16; 7:10, 15; 19:14) symbolizes his sovereignty and majesty. It is from this position of awesome power that he announces his intention of creating the new order. The renovation of the universe was a familiar concept in apocalyptic literature. 1:29 spoke of a “new creation when the heavens and the earth shall be renewed” (cf. 1 Enoch 91:16; 2 Bar. 57:2; 44:12; 2 Esdr 7:75; etc.). Through the prophet Isaiah God had promised, “Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind” (Isa 65:17). The transformation that Paul saw taking place in the lives of believers (2 Cor 3:18; 4:16–18; 5:16–17) will have its counterpart on a cosmic scale when a totally new order will replace the old order marred by sin.

Most scholars hold that the command to write in v. 5 comes from an angel, as in 14:13 and 19:9. The interpretation is based primarily on the changes in tense of the verb “to say” in vv. 5 and 6 (lit., “said … says … said”). It is argued that since the first and third utterances are from God, why would the second be altered if the speaker were the same? It is of equal weight, however, to argue that there is no reason why the second verb should not be altered for stylistic reasons and God be the one who speaks throughout. In 1:19 the glorified Christ had also instructed John to write. The content of what he is to write is contained in the vision of eternal blessedness given in vv. 1–5. He is to write it because the revelation is trustworthy and true.[10]


5 Now, for the second time in the book, God himself is the speaker (cf. 1:8). From his throne comes the assurance that the one who created the first heaven and earth will indeed make all things new (panta kaina, GK 4246, 2785). This is a strong confirmation that God’s power will be revealed and his redemptive purposes fulfilled. Since these words are, in truth, God’s words (cf. 19:9; 22:6), it is of utmost importance that this vision of the new heaven and the new Jerusalem be proclaimed to the churches.[11]


The Changes in the New Heaven and the New Earth

and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” Then He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.” (21:4–6a)

Heaven will be so dramatically different from the present world that to describe it requires the use of negatives, as well as the previous positives. To describe what is totally beyond human understanding also requires pointing out how it differs from present human experience.

The first change from their earthly life believers in heaven will experience is that God will wipe away every tear from their eyes (cf. 7:17; Isa. 25:8). That does not mean that people who arrive in heaven will be crying and God will comfort them. They will not, as some imagine, be weeping as they face the record of their sins. There is no such record, because “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8:1), since Christ “bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed” (1 Pet. 2:24). What it declares is the absence of anything to be sorry about—no sadness, no disappointment, no pain. There will be no tears of misfortune, tears over lost love, tears of remorse, tears of regret, tears over the death of loved ones, or tears for any other reason.

Another dramatic difference from the present world will be that in heaven there will no longer be any death (cf. Isa. 25:8). The greatest curse of human existence will be no more. “Death,” as Paul promised, “is swallowed up in victory” (1 Cor. 15:54). Both Satan, who had the power of death (Heb. 2:14) and death itself will have been cast into the lake of fire (20:10, 14).

Nor will there be any mourning, or crying in heaven. The grief, sorrow, and distress that produce mourning and its outward manifestation, crying, will not exist in heaven. This glorious reality will be the fulfillment of Isaiah 53:3–4: “He was despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely our griefs He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried; yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.” When Christ bore believers’ sins on the cross, He also bore their sorrows, since sin is the cause of sorrow.

The perfect holiness and absence of sin that will characterize heaven will also mean that there will be no more pain. On the cross, Jesus was “pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed” (Isa. 53:5). While the healing in view in that verse is primarily spiritual healing, it also includes physical healing. Commenting on Jesus’ healing of Peter’s mother-in-law, Matthew 8:17 says, “This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet: ‘He Himself took our infirmities and carried away our diseases.’ ” The healing ministry of Jesus was a preview of the well-being that will characterize the millennial kingdom and the eternal state. The glorified sin free bodies believers will possess in heaven will not be subject to pain of any kind.

All those changes that will mark the new heaven and the new earth indicate that the first things have passed away. Old human experience related to the original, fallen creation is gone forever, and with it all the mourning, suffering, sorrow, disease, pain, and death that has characterized it since the Fall. Summarizing those changes in a positive way, He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” The One who sits on the throne is the same One “from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them” (20:11). As noted in chapter 17 of this volume, the present universe will be uncreated. The new heaven and the new earth will be truly a new creation, and not merely a refurbishing of the present heaven and earth. In that forever new creation, there will be no entropy, no atrophy, no decay, no decline, and no waste.

Overwhelmed by all that he had seen, John seems to have lost his concentration. Thus, God Himself, the glorious, majestic One on the throne said to him “Write, for these words are faithful and true” (cf. 1:19). The words John was commanded by God to write are as faithful and true (cf. 22:6) as the One revealing them to him (3:14; 19:11). Though the present “heaven and earth will pass away,” still God’s “words will not pass away” (Luke 21:33). There will be an end to the universe, but not to the truth God reveals to His people. Whether or not men understand and believe that truth, it will come to pass.

Also by way of summary, the majestic voice of the One sitting on heaven’s throne said to John, “It is done.” Those words are reminiscent of Jesus’ words on the cross, “It is finished!” (John 19:30). Jesus’ words marked the completion of the work of redemption; these words mark the end of redemptive history. It is the time of which Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:24–28:

Then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be abolished is death. For He has put all things in subjection under His feet. But when He says, “All things are put in subjection,” it is evident that He is excepted who put all things in subjection to Him. When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all.

The One who sits on the throne is qualified to declare the end of redemptive history, because He is the Alpha and the Omega (the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet; cf. 1:8), the beginning and the end (cf. Isa. 44:6; 48:12). God started history, and He will end it, and all of it has unfolded according to His sovereign plan. That this same phrase is applied to the Lord Jesus Christ in 22:13 offers proof of His full deity and equality with the Father.[12]


[1] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Re 21:5). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[2] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Re 21:5). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[3] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Re 21:5). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

[4] Vacendak, R. (2010). The Revelation of Jesus Christ. In R. N. Wilkin (Ed.), The Grace New Testament Commentary (p. 1327). Denton, TX: Grace Evangelical Society.

[5] Easley, K. H. (1998). Revelation (Vol. 12, pp. 395–396). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[6] Utley, R. J. (2001). Hope in Hard Times – The Final Curtain: Revelation (Vol. Volume 12, p. 146). Marshall, TX: Bible Lessons International.

[7] Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Book of Revelation (Vol. 20, pp. 558–559). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[8] Paul, I. (2018). Revelation: An Introduction and Commentary. (E. J. Schnabel, Ed.) (Vol. 20, pp. 343–344). London: Inter-Varsity Press.

[9] Morris, L. (1987). Revelation: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 20, p. 234). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[10] Mounce, R. H. (1997). The Book of Revelation (pp. 384–385). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[11] Johnson, A. F. (2006). Revelation. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Hebrews–Revelation (Revised Edition) (Vol. 13, p. 780). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[12] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2000). Revelation 12–22 (pp. 268–271). Chicago: Moody Press.

Tuesday: Godliness: A Great Gain | Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals

Theme: Two Errors to Avoid

In this week’s lessons, we see that godliness, rooted in a thorough understanding of biblical doctrine, is necessary for the Christian life.

Scripture: 1 Timothy 4:7-8

One part of this teaching is false theology, which Paul has been concerned about from the very beginning. In verse 7 he speaks of “godless myths” that take the place of true religion. The other is what today we would call “asceticism.” These two things really indicate two different tools the devil uses to get people either not to take religion seriously and, therefore, never come to faith in Christ in the first place, or, if the person is a Christian, to try to get them off the track by dealing with things that are of no profit. One is the error of dabbling with spiritual things, and that has to do with a mythology. The other is the area of fanaticism, where we become so fanatic about certain particulars of the faith that we really miss the heart of it. 

As for this matter of mythology, we are not sure what myths Paul had in mind in his day, but probably it was the beginning of that kind of mythology that we have in gnosticism, which flowered shortly after this period, and that John also seems to be very much concerned with in 1 John. Gnosticism focused on a kind of speculative metaphysic that built on a Greek idea of god, who is all spirit and separate from the material. And upon this basic idea of the spiritual being good and the material being evil, gnosticism constructed a whole metaphysical system where you had a series of emanations from the one true god as they understood him, with each emanation being a little bit less than this god and a little bit more material than the one before. So for those who tried to blend gnosticism with Christianity, they would view Jesus Christ, not as God incarnate, since for them the flesh was evil and God would never identity with it, but as one of these emanations who might be many generations from God as the Greeks viewed him. All of this, of course, has no grounding in reality; yet this is the kind of thing that people were doing in that day, and passing it off for true religion. 

We actually have the same kind of thing today. It doesn’t have to do with emanations, but reincarnation is a kind of mythology that passes for religion. Some people are serious about this kind of idea. They maintain that they have had a previous life, and now they are having this present life. And after this life, there’s going to be another life. Why do they believe that? There’s no reason to believe it; there’s no evidence whatsoever for it. But it’s a kind of idea that has religious and spiritual appeal for secular people. But, you see, what they’re really doing is fooling with a false religion. These matters of who God is, who we are, the reality of our sin against God, and the righteousness that God demands, are too important to fool around with. And yet people do this rather than come to grips with God’s revelation of the truth in Scripture and in Jesus Christ—all of which has evidence for it. 

The other error is this one of fanaticism, and particularly in aesthetic matters. There were people who were saying it’s really not enough to believe that God has redeemed us in Jesus Christ, and to follow Him, and to serve Him in the midst of the world. You have to do all kinds of things to show that you really have a pure life. And apparently in Paul’s day, two of these areas were the forbidding of marriage and the prohibiting of the eating of certain foods. The tendency when you start to define proper Christian conduct along the lines of asceticism is to get wrapped up in things that at best merely operate on the external level, and at worst are denying something good that God has given to us. 

Certainly, marriage is of God and blessed by God. It is said in the marriage service that it is not more holy to remain single than to get married. Now Paul did say that practical considerations come in. For example, if you’re going to go off to Afghanistan as a pioneer missionary, where the danger is great, you might want to go alone rather than to bring a spouse and children along. There may be practical reasons why you don’t marry. Paul himself seems to indicate that at least in the period of his missionary endeavors, he wasn’t married because of the nature of his ministry. For Paul it was easier, better, and more profitable to remain unmarried. Yet, when he talks about marriage elsewhere in more general terms, he says it’s a great gift of God. More than that, Paul says that marriage illustrates the relationship of the Lord Jesus Christ to the church. 

In this area of food, Paul also writes that food is of God. He has given it for our well-being. Therefore, we ought not to get caught up into a phony kind of religion where we say that we are pleasing God and leading a more holy life because we abstain from certain foods. Now again in a practical way, there might be certain things you don’t eat because they are not good for you. It is called “junk food” for a reason. And Christians are called to be good stewards of their bodies because God created them. But we need to be careful that we do not fall into the kind of ascetic thinking where we regard ourselves as a better Christian because we don’t eat potato chips, doughnuts, or some other food. 

For those who in Paul’s day were trying to make spiritual judgments based on diet, the apostle makes the general point (in a day when there were no processed foods known to be unhealthy) that food is given by God and is to be received with thanksgiving. Now Paul was saying that in these later days, the devil’s going to be very subtle, either trying to get someone to be a dabbler in false religion or a fanatical ascetic. Paul is countering both of those temptations by instead exhorting us to a life of godliness, which he is now about to describe in verses 6 through 8: “If you point these things out to the brothers, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, brought up in the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed. Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”

Study Questions:

  1. In general categories, what are the two errors about which Paul is warning Timothy?
  2. What is thought to be the false teaching that Paul refers to as “godless myths”? What modern error is mentioned as an example of a kind of mythology?
  3. What problems of asceticism was Paul concerned about?

Reflection: What are some errors that the church is combatting today?

Think and Act Biblically from James Boice is a devotional of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. 

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Acknowledge the Great Evil of Sin, its Sinfulness and Foolishness 

Confession 2.12 | ESV

We must acknowledge the great evil that there is in sin, and in our sin; the malignity of its nature, and its mischievousness to us.

The sinfulness of sin.

O that sin might be shown to be sin to us and appear in its own colors; and through the commandment may we see it to be sinful beyond measure, Romans 7:13(ESV) because it is lawlessness. 1 John 3:4(ESV)

By every willful sin we have in effect said, “We do not want this man to reign over us.” Luke 19:14(ESV) And, “Who is the LORD, that we should obey his voice?” Exodus 5:2(ESV) And thus have we reviled the LORD, Numbers 15:30(ESV) and cast his law behind our back. Nehemiah 9:26(ESV)

The foolishness of sin.

O God, you know our folly; the wrongs that we have done are not hidden from you. Psalm 69:5(ESV) We were foolish in being disobedient, Titus 3:3(ESV) and our desires are senseless and harmful. 1 Timothy 6:9(ESV)

Folly was bound up in our hearts when we were children; Proverbs 22:15(ESV) for though vain man would be wise, he is born like the wild donkey’s colt. Job 11:12(KJV)

Our path has been one of foolish confidence, Psalm 49:13(ESV) and in many instances we have done very foolishly. 2 Samuel 24:10(ESV)

We have been brutish and ignorant, and even like beasts toward God. Psalm 73:22(ESV)

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February 9 Afternoon Quotes of The Day

God Loved You before and Loves You More
John 3:16; Romans 5:8; Ephesians 2:4–5; 1 John 4:10

He loves you more than you love Him, and He loved you before you loved Him.

BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX

Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

“Christ’s Love Has Dove’s Eyes”
Isaiah 57:15; Matthew 11:29; Ephesians 4:2; Colossians 3:12

Christ’s love has doves’ eyes, because every soul which truly loves Him internally is not fired, like hawks, with greed for things without, nor plans evil against any living things; for it is said to belong to the meek nature of the dove, to look on everything that may happen with simple, gentle, and lowly heart.

VENERABLE BEDE

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

February 9 Afternoon Verse of the Day

20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Mt 25:20–23). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.


25:20–23 Well done, good and faithful servant. The master’s identical statements of praise to both servants show that what was important was not the total amount earned but faithfulness in utilizing their gifts and potential. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Faithful stewardship in this life will result in being given greater responsibility and stewardship in the life to come.[1]


25:23 the joy of your master. Both the man with 5 talents and the man with two received exactly the same reward, indicating that the reward is based on faithfulness, not results.[2]


25:22, 23 The first two servants received the same reward even though they had received different amounts of money. The reward was based on faithfulness, not on the size of their responsibilities. The smallest task in God’s work may receive a great reward if we are faithful in performing it (Matt. 10:42).[3]


25:19–23. “After a long time, the Lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.” The time of the reckoning emphasizes the delay involved (cf. 24:48). One day Jesus will settle accounts with every believer (2 Cor 5:10; Phil 4:17). Sufficient time had expired for the servants to make the most of the money entrusted to them. But the lateness of the reckoning had the potential of creating an illusion to some that the Lord would be negligent in holding his servants accountable. In other words his delay could encourage indolence and indifference among those who were so inclined.

When the time for rewards came, the first two servants were commended and promoted. Such a joyous occasion implies celebration with a feast (cf. Matt 24:30). The promotion to rulership “over many things” because they were “faithful over a few things” suggests the reward of regal authority in the kingdom reign of Christ (24:46–47; cf. 2 Tim 2:12; Rev 2:26–27).

If believers take advantage of opportunities for faithful service to promote God’s interests, they will be rewarded. If others waste opportunities for effective service, however small or insignificant, then even greater opportunities will be lost.

The last servant, in contrast to the first two servants, was reprimanded (vv 26–27), demoted (vv 28–29), and excluded from the joy of co-ruling with Christ (v 30). Even though he had been entrusted with less, he was still responsible for it.[4]


25:19–23 After a long time the lord … came back and settled accounts with them. This depicts the Second Advent. The first two received exactly the same commendation: “Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.” The test of their service was not how much they earned, but how hard they tried. Each used his ability fully and earned one hundred percent. These represent true believers whose reward is to enjoy the blessings of the Messianic kingdom.[5]


25:19–23. After a long time (v. 19) indicates a delay in the start of the day of the Lord and the rapture. Settled accounts refers to the judgment following the rapture, perhaps at the bema seat judgment (see 1Co 3:10–17; Rm 14:10–12). The two slaves were given differing amounts and their returns reflected that. But the master said identical words to both (You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master, vv. 21 and 23) in connection with the reward, which included a slice of the master’s own joy. This implies that whatever level of abilities Jesus has given, His followers will be held responsible for faithfully making gains corresponding to the amount entrusted to them—no more, no less. Scripture is muted about future rewards, but this parable suggests they involve enlarged opportunities to serve Him when the millennial kingdom is established and to experience the joy of the master as it is done. But it also ties those rewards to what the believer does presently, during the time the Master is away. While works will not save a person, one must never think that works are inconsequential.[6]


25:19–23. The phrase after a long time was Jesus’ acknowledgment that there would be quite a time gap before his final coming. It also implied significant opportunity for kingdom gain by those he has entrusted with kingdom resources. Now it was time to settle their accounts, and the servants brought the master’s property to him.

Jesus used the threefold pattern of story telling, which was so common in that age. The first two repetitions established a pattern, and the third became a contrasting departure from this pattern. The first two servants brought the original quantity he had given them, plus a 100 percent profit. Between the two of them, they had turned seven talents into fourteen. The master gave the identical response to each of the first two servants. Even though the second servant had earned only two talents, in contrast to the five of the first, each had lived up to 100 percent of his potential.

The master’s well done was the greatest reward a loyal servant could have hoped for. He called each of them a good and faithful servant. The two adjectives together describe a person who is reliable because of his loyalty and good character, as evidenced by the investment of his ability. In addition to verbal praise, the master rewarded each of the first two servants with even greater responsibility (cf. 24:47). They had been faithful with a few things, so he would entrust them with even more (many things). And finally, he invited them both to share your master’s happiness.

The point is clear. When the king returns, he will require an accounting from all of us. Those who have consistently invested their lives obediently and wisely, according to heaven’s priorities will have a return to offer the king. This return may include personal growth and maturity, souls brought into the kingdom, spiritual infants who have been raised to maturity, needs compassionately ministered to, wounds healed, conflicts reconciled, truth lovingly told. The investment we will have made for this return will be all we have been entrusted with in this life: our time, wealth, opportunities, relationships, natural talents and spiritual gifts, a mind and a conscience, as well as God’s Word, God’s Spirit, and God’s church.

The well done awaiting such a servant is the music of eternity—full reward for the person who has been truly loyal to the master. But much more awaits the good and faithful servant of the Messiah. The faithful servant will have even more privilege and responsibility as well as a share in the master’s happiness. By living their lives fully vested in kingdom interests and growth, they had gained an entrance into the kingdom (cf. 2 Pet. 1:5–11).[7]


20–23. He who had received the five talents came forward, brought five additional talents, and said, Master, five talents you placed in my hands; look, an additional five talents I have gained! His master said to him, Well done, good and faithful servant. Over a small amount you have been faithful, over much I am going to put you in charge; come, share your master’s happiness. He (who had received) the two talents also came forward, and said, Master, two talents you placed in my hands; look, an additional two talents I have gained. His master said to him, Well done, good and faithful servant. Over a small amount you have been faithful, over much I am going to put you in charge; come, share your master’s happiness. The first servant, in bringing his report, hands the master two bags full of money, each containing five talents. Here the story becomes very vivid. This should not be lost in the translation. Note therefore the emphasis on the exact number of talents that had been entrusted to him. The words “five talents” are placed at the very head of the clause (after the term of address, “Master”). This is followed by the subject-predicate “you placed in my hands (or: entrusted to me).” In the next clause the parallel object, “an additional five talents,” again precedes the subject-predicate, which in this case is, “I have gained.” But, to make the story even more vivid, between the two clauses occurs the word “look” (for which see footnote 133 on p. 131). The man’s eyes are sparkling. He is bubbling over with enthusiasm, is thoroughly thrilled, and, as it were, invites the master to start counting!

“Well done,” answers the master. This can also be translated, “Excellent,” or “wonderful.” When the master now adds, “Over a small amount you have been faithful,” we wonder, perhaps, whether this was not a gross understatement. Certainly in those days five talents could hardly be considered “a small amount!” To justify the expression we need not immediately resort to the figurative meaning. We can, for the time being, stay right with the story as such, and find the solution in the fact that what the master was telling this servant was that, in comparison with the even weightier responsibilities with which he would be charged in the future, those which he had shouldered so nobly were but small. Note also that the servant is called “good” and “faithful.” In the eyes of the master this man had proved himself to be thoroughly reliable. Accordingly, he was going to have a share in the master’s feast.

It is gratifying to notice that when the next servant, his countenance beaming with equal joy, steps forward, hands the master two talents and then another two, and with the substitution of “two” for “five” in both clauses, makes the same speech, he receives identical praise. Has he not also doubled the amount? Has he not also added 100 percent to that which had been entrusted to him? He too, therefore, had been “good” and “faithful,” just as excellent as the first servant. Such moral soundness and such loyalty was what counted. He too, therefore, was going to share his master’s joy. We can picture a party at which the three—the master and these two good and faithful servants—tell each other what has happened, rejoice because of the business enterprises that have been carried forward so successfully, but especially share each other’s joy. Each man is happy because so are the others.[8]


19–23. For the long time, see on 25:5. Settled accounts makes it clear that they had been given the money specifically for trading—the profit accruing was no unexpected bonus, but was what was intended from the start (cf. the idea of Luke 17:10). The ‘reward’ of faithful discharge of this responsibility is ‘not a well-endowed pension, but even greater responsibility’ (Schweizer, p. 471). It may be significant that both slaves receive identical commendations, despite the different scale of responsibility originally given to them; their achievement has been proportionately the same, however different their original endowment. Enter into the joy of your master is hardly commercial language (not even in gnb’s more mundane version, ‘Come on in and share my happiness’!); here, as in v. 30, the application is again creeping into the telling of the story.[9]


25:21, 23 Well done, good and faithful servant! The man returns and commends his two faithful servants. Their faithfulness adheres in “putting to work” what they had been given. This will prove to be the thrust of the parable in its metaphor—a call to faithfulness to use what has been given for the work of the kingdom while awaiting the final day.

You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. This saying of the householder also has implications outside the parable’s story, given its reiteration at the climax of the story (25:29–30; also 25:23). Faithfulness begets opportunities for greater faithfulness.[10]


Jesus and True Disciples: the Reward for Fidelity (25:20–23)

The conduct of the first two servants (25:16–17) illustrates what Jesus wants from his followers—unquestioning, immediate and productive obedience. But what about the servants’ reports of their actions (vv. 20, 22)? In telling the master of what they have gained (the verb kerdainō), are they guilty of sinful boasting? To be sure, righteous actions are often a catalyst for pride: see 6:1–18 (with comments); Luke 18:9–14; and Philippians 3:2–11, including Paul’s use of kerdainō and its cognate noun kerdē (‘gain’) in 3:7–8. But these servants simply give the master an accurate account of what they have done, and he has nothing but commendation for them. Obedient disciples need not be ashamed of their good works; on the contrary, they are to recognize them for what they are (cf. Paul’s testimony in 1 Thess. 2:9–12). The crucial factors are from what motives and for whose honor the works are done: see comments on 5:14–16 and 6:1. The divine Master who ruthlessly condemns human pride (6:1–18; 23:1–36), also takes delight in his people’s love for him, and in the deeds which give that love expression. Christians who view their good works with less delight than does the Master have sinned against him.

Whether a person is a genuine disciple will be evident from the way he lives. Jesus earlier taught that ‘every good [agathon] tree bears good [kalous] fruits’ (7:17); and that ‘the good [agathos] man brings forth from his good [agathou] treasury good things [agatha]’ (12:35). So too each of these servants shows that he is ‘good’ (agathos) by being ‘faithful’ (pistos, 25:21, 23)—by doing the work assigned to him and thereby gaining a profit for his master. Significantly, it is each servant’s fidelity rather than his achievement that the master stresses (he uses pistos twice in v. 21 and again in v. 23)—which helps to explain why he is just as pleased with the second servant as with the first. The Christian’s task is to be faithful to Christ (1 Cor. 4:1–2, with pistos); the success of the work depends on God (1 Cor. 3:6–7, about the God who makes things grow).

Just as disciples’ greatness is to be discovered in their service (Matt. 20:26–27), so they will find reward in their very acts of obedience. But that is only the beginning of the Master’s prodigality: lowly servants will one day be exalted to places of great honor (e.g., 19:27–30); and faithful servants will one day be ushered into the indescribable joys of the heavenly kingdom (25:21, 23). In response to Jesus’ faithful exercise of authority during his earthly ministry (9:6, with exousia), the Father gave him universal authority (28:18, with exousia); so too Jesus will reward his people’s faithful service on earth by granting them yet greater responsibility at the kingdom’s consummation. Life in ‘the new heaven and the new earth’ (Rev. 21–22) will mean not inactivity (such boredom is reserved for hell) but renewed activity (from which all tedium, severity, pain and sorrow will have been removed), and ever greater fruitfulness in a restored paradise under the rule of the Second Adam. Then, as now, believers’ highest joy will be to show their love for Christ by worshiping and serving him. Then, as now, the reward for knowing the Father will be an ever deeper knowledge of him (cf. comments on 6:5–6).[11]


20–23 The achievement and reward of the first two slaves is presented in almost identical words. Their initial endowment was different, but each has achieved the same rate of return, and the master’s commendation is as warm for the less fully endowed as for the more favored. Cf. 20:1–16, where some did not have the opportunity to work as long as others, but all were equally rewarded. These slaves are commended, like the slave of 24:45, as “trustworthy:” they have done what was expected of them. In other contexts pistos might be understood as “believing,” but that would be inappropriate to these story situations (which are Matthew’s only uses of the term), and its normal sense of reliability is clearly needed here. But the reward for reliability, as for the slave in 24:47, is not to be set free from slavery or released from responsibility but to be given more of it. You don’t “retire” from being a disciple. If so large a sum as five talents is “a few things,” the “many things” which follow will be a huge responsibility indeed. But along with the added responsibility goes a significant change of status, the new relationship of sharing the master’s happiness. Cf. 19:28 for the idea that in the “new age” the reward for faithfulness will be to share the authority of the enthroned Son of Man. Is it reading too much into the parable to envisage heaven as a state not of indolent pleasure but of active cooperation with the purpose of God as well as enjoyment of his favor?[12]


19–23 The accounting begins “after a long time” (v. 19), the implication being that the consummation of the kingdom will be long delayed (24:48; 25:5). “Settled accounts” (synairei logon) is a standard commercial term (cf. Deissmann, Light from the Ancient East, 118–19). The first slave, who doubled his five talents (v. 20), is praised, especially for his faithfulness, and given two things (vv. 21, 23): increased responsibility and a share in his master’s chara (“joy,” as in Jn 15:11). But we should not conclude that the sole reward of fulfilled responsibility is increased responsibility. The eschatological setting, coupled with the promise of joy that bursts the natural limits of the story, guarantees that the consummated kingdom provides glorious new responsibilities and holy delight (cf. Ro 8:17).

The parallelism of vv. 22–23 with vv. 20–21 is not exact but close (cf. 7:26–27 with 7:24–25) and reflects a Semitic cast. The second slave has been faithful with what has been given him (v. 22) and hears the same words as his more able fellow slave (v. 23). Probably the “many things” assigned the two men are not exactly the same. The point is not egalitarianism, whether here (cf. 13:23) or in the consummated kingdom, but increased responsibility and a share in the master’s joy to the limits of each faithful slave’s capacity.[13]


[1] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 1876). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[2] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Mt 25:23). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[3] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 1192). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[4] Haller, H. M., Jr. (2010). The Gospel according to Matthew. In R. N. Wilkin (Ed.), The Grace New Testament Commentary (p. 119). Denton, TX: Grace Evangelical Society.

[5] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 1298). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[6] Vanlaningham, M. G. (2014). Matthew. In M. A. Rydelnik & M. Vanlaningham (Eds.), The moody bible commentary (pp. 1504–1505). Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[7] Weber, S. K. (2000). Matthew (Vol. 1, p. 421). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[8] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Gospel According to Matthew (Vol. 9, pp. 880–881). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[9] France, R. T. (1985). Matthew: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 1, p. 357). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[10] Brown, J. K. (2015). Matthew. (M. L. Strauss & J. H. Walton, Eds.) (p. 287). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[11] Chamblin, J. K. (2010). Matthew: A Mentor Commentary (pp. 1245–1246). Ross-shire, Great Britain: Mentor.

[12] France, R. T. (2007). The Gospel of Matthew (pp. 954–955). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publication Co.

[13] 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. 580). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

9 Feb 2021 News Briefing

When Kamala Harris joked about killing Trump and Pence
As Senate Democrats prepare to try former President Trump on a charge that he “incited” the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, remarks by Vice President Kamala Harris a few years ago are making the rounds. It’s when she joked about killing Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. She then laughed uproariously for at least 10 seconds. She thought it was funny.

Volcano watch: The five volcanoes that could erupt as Merapi explodes in fiery eruption
Long-dormant volcanoes have recently been recognised as actually posing a significantly higher risk for eruption due to mounting pressure underground linked to a more apocalyptic eruption. Despite each of the following five volcanoes listed below posing its own distinct threat, these are generally regarded as the most likely to blow in 2021.

48 US Senators: ‘We Will Vote to Block Any Radical, Pro-abortion Agenda’
Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT), chair of the Senate Pro-Life Caucus, and 47 other senators sent a joint letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Friday, pledging to fight any attempts to undermine federal pro-life policy. (Image: Pixabay) “We have a message for Democratic Leader Schumer: we will vote to block any radical, pro-abortion agenda,” Sen. Daines said. “I’m glad to have 47 of my pro-life Senate colleagues join me in this fight. We’re in the fight for life together.”

Saudi Arabia: Countries threatened by Iran must be party to future deal
Countries most affected by Iran’s threats must be party to any future agreement with Tehran, said Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal Bin Farhan, on Monday. “Iranian regime’s support for militias across the region as well as its nuclear activities and ballistic missiles pose a threat to the security and stability of Arab countries and the region,” Prince Faisal said, while addressing an emergency meeting of Arab foreign ministers in Cairo.

5.7-magnitude earthquake jolts Philippines
Manila: An offshore earthquake measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale jolted the Davao Oriental province of the Philippines on Monday morning, authorities said. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the quake, which struck at 8 a.m., hit at a depth of 44 km, about 211 km southeast of Governor Generoso town in the province, reports Xinhua news agency.

Magnitude 5.5 earthquake rattles northeastern Taiwan
A magnitude 5.5 earthquake struck off the northeast coast of Taiwan at 12:56 a.m. this morning (Feb. 9), sending shockwaves across the country, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

House Dem’s gun control bill mandates national registry, licensing, gov’t training and $800 insurance
A gun control bill that would create a national firearm registry, require licensing and psychological evaluations, government training and insurance was quietly introduced by a Democrat lawmaker in the House of Representatives last month. Even displaying an antique firearm in a person’s private home would necessitate a federal gun license, in addition to another license under the legislation.

Is Australia’s Unbearable Mouse Infestation the Fourth Biblical Plague in our Time?
In what might be seen as a miniature version of the fourth plague which had Egypt overrun by wild animals, much of Australia is suffering a plague of mice. Though tiny when taken on an individual basis, the results are just as devastating. Widespread mice infestations are not uncommon in Australia, happening about once every ten years, appearing after sufficient rains generate bountiful harvest. but the land-down-under is currently experiencing its worst in over a decade.

These people are a disgrace to journalism, and to America. They are morally retarded.
A new and rapidly growing journalistic “beat” has arisen over the last several years that can best be described as an unholy mix of junior high hall-monitor tattling and Stasi-like citizen surveillance. It is half adolescent and half malevolent. Its primary objectives are control, censorship, and the destruction of reputations for fun and power. Though its epicenter is the largest corporate media outlets, it is the very antithesis of journalism.

Netanyahu after Blinken remark: Golan will remain Israeli
The Golan Heights will always be part of Israel, the Prime Minister’s Office said on Tuesday after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken walked back the Trump administration’s recognition of the Golan Heights as part of Israel. “Israel’s position is clear. In any future possible scenario the Golan will remain Israeli,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s spokesman said.

Russia, China, and Iran to hold joint naval drills in Indian Ocean soon
Russia plans to hold joint naval drills with Iran and China in the Indian Ocean later this month…The three countries held similar naval drills in the Indian Ocean in December 2019. “The next multilateral naval exercises will take place in the northern part of the Indian Ocean in mid-February 2021,” Levan Dzhagaryan, the ambassador, told RIA in an interview.

Uttarakhand dam disaster: Race to save people trapped inside India tunnel
Emergency teams are working round the clock to rescue up to 35 people believed to be trapped in a tunnel in northern India. The tunnel was blocked after a huge flood in the state of Uttarakhand on Sunday in which 28 people have been killed, and as many as 150 are missing. A piece of a Himalayan glacier is believed to have fallen into a river and triggered the deluge.

Emirates Mars Mission: Hope probe lines up historic Mars manoeuvre
History beckons for the United Arab Emirates as it seeks on Tuesday to place a probe around Mars. The Hope spacecraft, launched from Earth seven months ago, is about to reach the decisive moment in its long journey – orbit insertion. Currently moving at over 120,000km/h (75,000mph), it must fire its braking engines for 27 minutes to be sure of being captured by the planet’s gravity.

Iran files complaints against Israel in UN
Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations, Majid Takht-Ravanchi on Monday, filed two complaints against Israel with the UN Security Council calling on the international community to take a stand against the “Israeli regime” in response to a speech by the Israeli Ambassador. Israel’s UN Envoy Gilad Erdan detailed in length in a speech last month, the dangers Iran poses to the international community.

N Korea further developed nuclear weapons programme in 2020: UN
North Korea maintained and developed its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes throughout 2020 in violation of international sanctions, helping fund its activities with some $300m stolen through cyber-hacks, according to a United Nations report. The report…said Pyongyang “produced fissile material, maintained nuclear facilities and upgraded its ballistic missile infrastructure”…

Egypt opens Gaza border crossing ‘indefinitely’
Egypt on Tuesday opened its border with the Israeli-blockaded Gaza Strip “indefinitely,” a security source said, as it hosted inter-Palestinian reconciliation talks. “This isn’t a routine or normal opening. This is the first time in years that the Rafah border crossing is opening indefinitely,” the source told AFP.

False Flags Followed by the Implementation of Section 502 of EO 13603 Will Produce Slave Labor Camps In America
Obama has succeeded in his attempt to position the government to control all food through nationalizing the resource, the forces to eliminate the ownership of family farms is underway. The purpose is to allow whoever is the President to be able to use food against the American people as a weapon as did Stalin, Hitler and Mao and so many other despotic dictators.

Food Is Being Weaponized for Use Against 0ver 100 Million Americans
Food wars are coming. Food deprivation will be used, in the near future, to bring America to her knees and force compliance from a population that largely rejects the communist takeover of our government that has just taken place.

Major snowstorm hits Netherlands, Germany and UK
Dutch authorities declared a rare ‘code red’ emergency for the entire country on Sunday, February 7, 2021, as a severe snowstorm, named Darcy by their meteorologists, hit parts of western Europe. This was the first major snowstorm to hit the Netherlands since January 2010. The storm also affected parts of Germany, disrupting road, rail, and air traffic, and the United Kingdom. Dozens of people were injured, with some of them severely.

Are we winning? Telecom companies losing ground in their battle to impose 5G
It’s easy to feel powerless when 5G towers are being installed right next to people’s homes, sometimes right outside their bedrooms, putting their families at untold risk from a technology that all signs indicate is very dangerous.

Please Tell Me Why Parler Was Deplatformed When It Was Facebook That Was Used To Organize The Riots That Led To The Death Of Five People?
Facebook is a tyrant, and because they have endless money and legal resources, there is no one but the federal government that can successfully take them on. Fortunately for Facebook, they have the Biden administration in their back pocket, and don’t need to worry about being held to the same laws as the rest of is peons. Facebook is also the place where most of the rioters organized for the January 6th attack, why isn’t Facebook being held to account when Parler is deplatformed?

Former Senate GOP, RNC Staffer Accused of Distributing Child Porn
A former Senate GOP and Republican National Committee (RNC) staffer accused of distributing child pornography was arrested at his Washington, D.C., home Friday.

 Free Speech Here In America And Around The World Is Rapidly Being Erased By Our New World Order Masters
In case you’ve been asleep or off in some other part of the multiverse, let me just inform you that free speech in America still exists from a technical perspective, but just barely. Go to any news site and you will see headlines like “Facebook Censors Female Professor’s Book Critiquing ‘Toxic Femininity’”, “Microsoft Suspends Donations to GOP Members Who Objected to Election Results”, and a whole host of other Orwellian scrawl just like that and worse. We have allowed Big Tech to have all power just like ‘The Matrix’, and once having obtained all power, Big Tech has become our declared enemy.

Biden working to rejoin U.N. group of human rights abusers
The United States announced plans Monday to reengage with the much-maligned U.N. Human Rights Council that former President Donald Trump withdrew from almost three years ago, as the Biden administration reverses another Trump-era move away from multilateral organizations and agreements.

Documents Show Deep State Officials Helped Planned Parenthood Illegally Get $80 Million in COVID Funds
The Small Business Administration hid communications with Planned Parenthood regarding COVID-19 loans that Republicans say were illegal, emails obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation show.

MF Wants To Use “Digital Footprint Of Customers’ Online Activities” To Assess Creditworthiness
We are fast approaching a time where even the slightest difference of opinion from the norm (i.e., the ruling class) can result in a complete freeze out of the “offender” from the entire society…

source: 9 Feb 2021 – Rapture Ready


Headlines – 2/9/2021

Guterres calls for UN, Quartet-led Israeli-Palestinian peace process

Japan-Israel ties blossom as 2020 investments reach record $1.1 billion

Coalition to press UNICEF to demand Palestinians stop militarizing children

Netanyahu formally pleads not guilty in 2nd court appearance of corruption trial

Israel’s Netanyahu walks out on his own corruption trial

With Netanyahu in court for corruption trial, Gantz says nobody is above the law

Netanyahu: Not delaying my trial would be political interference

Evidence stage of Netanyahu’s trial expected to be put off until after election

Biden Set to Rejoin UN Human Rights Council, Which Trump Left Over ‘anti-Israel Bias’

Iran declines French mediation offer on renewed nuclear deal dialogue

Syria ‘finds body of archaeologist Khaled al-Asaad beheaded by IS’

UK declines to follow US in suspending Saudi arms sales over Yemen

“The Tweets Must Continue To Flow,” Twitter Says Amid Standoff With India

Myanmar general pledges again to hold new election as anti-coup protests grow

AP-NORC poll: Few in US say democracy is working very well

Georgia Secretary of State’s office launches probe into Trump’s election phone call

Schumer Announces Bipartisan Agreement on Rules, Time Frame for Impeachment Trial

House impeachment managers slam Trump in final pre-trial brief: ‘Most grievous constitutional crime ever’ – Trial to start in earnest Tuesday

On eve of hearings, Trump lawyers slam impeachment trial as ‘political theater’

Trump’s Lawyers Say Impeachment Is Constitutionally Flawed, ‘Selfish’ Ploy by Democrats

Lee Smith: Impeachment ‘Isn’t About Trump,’ but ‘Punishing the American Voters’

Alyssa Milano Teams With Democrat Rep. Organizing ‘Convict and Disqualify’ Trump Movement

Dick Morris: Any Republican Who Voted For Trump Impeachment Won’t Get Reelected

Mulvaney: ‘No Chance’ of Stopping Trump From Running Again

Evidence Mounts that Capitol Breach Was Pre-Planned, Eroding Incitement Allegation in Trump Impeachment Trial

Former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows Drops a BOMB on Power-Drunk Democrats – Trump Offered Assistance Multiple Times to DC Officials Before January 6th

Dem Rep. Jeffries Warns Trump Could Engage in ‘Race-Baiting’ in Impeachment Trial – ‘False Equivalence’ to Compare to BLM Protests

Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio reportedly worked as an undercover informant

Maxine Waters: I Have Never Glorified or Encouraged Violence Against Republicans

Republican Who Voted Against Marjorie Taylor Greene Wants ‘Same Standard’ for Democrats

Charlie Kirk: How They Did It

Emmet Sullivan, federal judge in Flynn case, announces retirement from full-time service on bench

Gab CEO calls for ‘silent secession’ from Big Tech: They’re ‘serving Satan’

Biden DOJ drops Trump lawsuit against controversial California net neutrality law

Robinhood Faces Wrongful-Death Lawsuit Over Young Trader’s Suicide

Tesla Buys $1.5 Billion in Bitcoin, Announces Plans to Accept as Form of Payment

Tweets from Elon Musk and other celebrities send dogecoin to a record high

Global Markets See Inflation Breaking Out to Multiyear Highs

New era of Mars exploration begins as craft nears Red Planet

How China could win 2021’s space race and take Mars as its prize

Balloon test flight plan under fire over solar geoengineering fears

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Kokopo, Papua New Guinea

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Yilan, Taiwan

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits the Kermadec Islands region

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Madang, Papua New Guinea

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Santa Rita de Siguas, Peru

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Neiafu, Tonga

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Yonakuni, Japan

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Kushiro, Japan

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Gizo, Solomon Islands

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Santa Teresa, Philippines

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Segunda Jerusalen – Azunguillo, Peru

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 22,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 19,000ft

Raung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 18,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Pacaya volcano in Guatemala erupts to 11,000ft

Ebeko volcano in the Kuril Islands erupts to 10,000ft

At least 26 dead, scores missing after glacier collapse unleashes a wall of water in India

Floods Kill 24 Workers in House Being Used as Illegal Factory in Morocco

Hacker tried to poison Florida water supply near Super Bowl, police say

‘This is dangerous stuff’: Hacker increased chemical level at Oldsmar’s city water system, sheriff says

White House Ban on New Oil and Gas Leases a ‘Direct Attack’ on Wyoming, Says Governor

Jen Psaki spars with reporter who asked where promised ‘green’ jobs are for laid-off pipeline​ workers

Super Bowl Scientology Ad: Fans Can’t Believe Commercial That Ran During Big Game

Georgia Legislator Pushes Bill to Remove Large Confederate Memorial at Stone Mountain Park

White House Confirms Illegal Aliens Who are Convicted of DUI, Rape and Drug-Related Crimes Will NOT be Deported

Report: Two Dozen Federal Judges Step Down from Bench, Allow Joe Biden Nominees

Psychotherapist blocked from studying ‘trans regret’ takes case to the European Court

National Cathedral Criticized for Inviting Max Lucado Because He Opposes Same-Sex Marriage

Chinese Ambassador Repeats Conspiracy Theory That Pandemic May Have Originated in the United States

Cotton: Biden’s liberal media ‘friends’ finally coming around to calling for Wuhan lab investigation

U.S. Rep. Ron Wright of Texas dies after battle with COVID-19

Biggs introduces bill to bar Biden administration from mandating COVID-19 testing for domestic travel

UN: ‘Concerning news’ vaccines may not work against variants

New York man gets COVID-19 vaccine, dies soon after: official

Iranian cleric claims COVID-19 vaccine turns people into ‘homosexuals’

Facebook ramps up effort to curb anti-vaxxer campaigns against COVID inoculation

Facebook removes anti-vaxxer group encouraging public to make fake appointments

Videos by anti-vaxxer ‘rabbi to the stars’ said fueling vaccine distrust

As demand for vaccines plummets, Israel may resort to incentive programs

Virus Hastens Exit from Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox Community

Thousands of maskless Tampa fans flooded the streets, celebrating the Super Bowl win while risking a superspreader event

CNN Reporter Aghast at Maskless, Drunk Super Bowl Crowds in Tampa: I Asked the Police, ‘What Are You Doing About This?’

Joe Biden’s Super Bowl Moment of Silence Garners Boos From Crowd, Surprising Social Media

They didn’t care about Biden victory parties, BLM protests – yet now mainstream media outlets are fretting over ‘superspreader’ Super Bowl celebrations

California’s Chinatown on edge after robberies, assaults on elderly during COVID lockdowns

Pope Seeks ‘Copernican Revolution’ for Post-COVID Economy

One-third of small businesses say they won’t survive without more COVID aid

CBO: $15 minimum wage would lose 1.4 million jobs

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


Apostasy Watch Tuesday 2-9-21

Mike Ratliff – Therefore They Could Not Believe

Canadian Province Bans Church Gatherings ‘Indefinitely’

Snopes Article Says Creationism ‘Bears All the Hallmarks of a Conspiracy Theory’

Is Jesus a Maid? Charismatic Leader Claims God will Miraculously Clean Messes, Remove Mildew

Former O.C. pastor gets 15 years to life in prison for molesting 7 girls

Conservative PCA Seminary Puts on New-Age ‘Enneagram Seminar’

Answering the Call: First-Time (female) Head Pastor Breathes New Life Into Historic Congregation…

Coming To America? UK Planning To Send Officials Door-To-Door To Enforce Vaccinations….

Calls For Biden Take Over Social Media to Institute Total Censorship

Source: Daily News and Commentary (apostasywatch.com)

Mid-Day Snapshot · Feb. 9, 2021

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Dems’ Second Sham Impeachment Trial Begins

Thomas Gallatin

The Democrats’ second impeachment trial of Donald Trump kicks off in the Senate today. It can be rightly described as a politically orchestrated sham, as there is little constitutional support for what the Democrats are doing.

Constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley recently condemned the Democrats’ impeachment gambit as gutting both “the impeachment standard but also free speech.” He further notes, “Congress is now seeking an impeachment for remarks covered by the First Amendment. It would create precedent for the impeachment of any president blamed for violent acts of others after using reckless language. What is worse are those few cases that would support this type of action. … Democrats are pushing this dangerously vague standard while objecting to their own remarks given new meaning from critics.”

However, Turley’s biggest criticism of the impeachment charade is the massive damage it does to America’s standard for jurisprudence. “In this new system, guilt is not doubted and innocence is not deliberated. This would do to the Constitution what the violent rioters did to the Capitol and leave it in tatters.”

Democrats are essentially insisting on applying a new standard for judging the actions and words of others — namely that they and they alone have the authority to interpret Trump’s intent and thereby declare him guilty. Yet they disregard his words in the same speech that would at the very least show the opposite to be the case.

Hypocritical Democrats continually and consistently conflate their own political narrative surrounding both the election and the Capitol riot with “objective truth.” Trump’s first and primary offense was his refusal to accept the Left’s election narrative. Therefore Democrats contend that he’s responsible for the Capitol riot irrespective of the words he actually spoke at the rally, because he led people to doubt the Left’s narrative. That’s apparently tantamount to “threatening American democracy.”

This rationale is clearly displayed in the impeachment allegation that Trump “willfully made statements that, in context, encouraged — and foreseeably resulted in — lawless action at the Capitol, such as: ‘if you don’t fight like hell you’re not going to have a country anymore.’”

As far as how this second impeachment show trial of Trump proceeds, it appears that it will only last a few days. For one thing, this time around Democrats do not plan to call any witnesses. Why not? As Politico reports, “Now, [Democrats] say their experience as witnesses to the Jan. 6 insurrection is enough.”

Yeah, ask Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She was (not) there.

By making themselves the witnesses, Democrats intend to put not only Trump on trial but more importantly their GOP colleagues for daring to show any support for “Trump the insurrectionist.” Any failure to hold to the Left’s preferred election narrative will be used to smear Republicans as enabling kooky conspiracy theorists and “white supremacists.” With this smear, Democrats aim to divide Republicans by suggesting that any defense of Trump equates to an endorsement of the Capitol riot — an argument they hope to use against Republicans in the 2022 elections.

So much “unity” we can hardly stand it.

Meanwhile, Republicans will look to use the trial as an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the Democrats’ hypocrisy over their history of inflammatory rhetoric over the last four years. That’s particularly true of last year’s summer of rioting, which Democrats repeatedly refused to condemn, while in some instances outright supporting, the leftist violence as the “language of the unheard.”

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Pelosi: ‘Fines for Thee but Not for Me’

Nate Jackson

Nancy Pelosi is a hypocrite. Yeah, yeah, tell us something we don’t know, you say. Fair enough, but it’s always worth highlighting just what a morally bankrupt and sanctimonious charlatan the leader of the House Democrats really is.

After the Capitol riot, Democrats have had one aim: Smear all 74 million Donald Trump voters with the actions of a few loons. They went so far as to impeach Donald Trump a second time on trumped-up charges, and his trial starts today. But there have been a few other side effects, like instituting a policy that stipulates even House members must go through a metal detector upon entering the Capitol building. It’s security theater evidently meant to embarrass and ensnare Republicans.

Two Republicans, Louie Gohmert (TX) and Andrew Clyde (GA), have been fined $5,000 for violating Pelosi’s rule. Gohmert called it unconstitutional, since Article 1, Section 6 of the Constitution says members of Congress shall be “privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same.”

Come now. The Constitution never stood in the way of anything else Pelosi has ever wanted, so why start now?

Moreover, what’s good for the gander wasn’t good for the goose.

Several Republicans from the Committee on House Administration sent a letter to House Acting Sergeant at Arms Timothy Blodgett advising that Pelosi isn’t following her own rules. In fact, they say, “Multiple members observed the Speaker of the House entering the House Chamber without completing security screening. What was observed was a clear violation of House Resolution 73 and you are required by House Rules to impose this fine.”

It’ll never happen, of course, because everyone knows Democrats operate under a completely different set of rules than the rest of us commoners.

Remember that time Pelosi went to visit a salon without a mask during a lockdown and a pandemic? The salon owner was the only one punished for that.

Or how about that time Pelosi ripped up a physical copy of the State of the Union Address in violation of 18 U.S.C. 2071 and the Presidential Records Act of 1978? Nothing came of it.

And again, Pelosi is guilty of this hypocritical fine and rules violation after having impeached Trump on charges related to the very subject of her rules violation, and after leading the effort to strip a Republican of committee assignments for saying things less offensive or violent than numerous Democrats.

None of this is to say that Pelosi should be punished for her metal detector avoidance or her salon visit. (The SOTU might be another matter.) But she should quit holding anyone else to standards she’s unwilling to follow herself or enforce on her own party. That’s just generally a good rule of life.

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Bruce Springsteen Is a Hypocrite’s Hypocrite

Douglas Andrews

Bruce Springsteen must think we’re idiots — that we’ve forgotten who he is and how much disdain he has for us. And by “us” we mean conservatives — the folks who he campaigns against every four years while he throws a concert for John Kerry or Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama.

And now the 71-year-old Botox Boss is doing Joe Biden’s bidding, cutting a Super Bowl commercial for Jeep with a deeply phony religious undercurrent and a laughable call for unity.

The commercial is called “The Middle,” and the New York Post’s Andrea Peyser, among millions of others, saw right through it. “The most nausea-inducing moment of Sunday night’s Super Bowl,” she writes, “came … during a tone-deaf, two-minute TV commercial starring New Jersey’s own Bruce Springsteen, in which the mega-wealthy musician and leftist sage revealed that his longtime working-class grift is as phony as his cowboy hat.”

As Peyser notes, Springsteen drives a 1980 Jeep CJ-5 to a humble old chapel in Lebanon, Kansas, “which he describes as ‘standing on the exact center of the lower 48.’”

Does Springsteen not realize that Kansas went for Donald Trump by 15 points, or that all but five of its 105 counties are red? Or is he intentionally setting the stage in Middle America, in Flyover Country, and thereby putting it on all of us to move toward the Left’s middle?

And just where might that middle be, when even God has fallen out of favor with the Left? And why would we want to meet leftists anywhere near there now, when for the past four years they practiced none of what they’re now preaching to us?

One wonders what the Jeep folks were thinking when they commissioned this ad. Did they really think Bruce Springsteen was credible? That he was the guy with the centrist street cred who could bring us all together? That we’d fall for the phony messenger and the phony religiosity and the phony hat and boots, and ascribe that borrowed equity to one of their all-American vehicles, which are made by a multinational manufacturing firm whose headquarters are in Amsterdam?

Moreover, as Peyser mordantly puts it, “[Springsteen] sifts soil with hands that have never performed manual labor. (Or labor of any kind.)”

As for Springsteen himself, who’d he think he was fooling? Did he not imagine we might hold him accountable for a career’s worth of derisive words? Did he not think we’d search out that Atlantic interview he did in June? Back then the turf he was staking out wasn’t anywhere near Lebanon, Kansas. “I believe that our current president is a threat to our democracy,” he said. “He simply makes any kind of reform that much harder. I don’t know if our democracy could stand another four years of his custodianship. These are all existential threats to our democracy and our American way of life.”

Springsteen actually said he’d quit the U.S. and just might move to Australia if Trump won reelection. So much for the middle.

Not content to simply bash our 45th president, though, Springsteen then cast his condescending gaze upon the 74 million of us who would ultimately go to the polls to support Donald Trump: “Of course, there’s a constant pushback to whatever progress gets made,” he says, “by a reactionary element. But I feel that that’s smaller now … and it’s diminishing. It’s folks who see themselves being left behind by history and losing status, and it’s forces within the Republican Party and in society that are intent on keeping the power balance of the nation in one place.”

Right on, Bruce. Why, it’s almost as if they get bitter and they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them as a way to explain their frustrations.

Meet you in the middle, eh? We’ll be right there, Boss man.

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Biden’s Military Gender Denial Agenda

Lee Miller

The “gender deniers” are back in power — those who promote the meaningless slogan “Believe the Science” and then deny the chromosomal distinction between male and female. Joe Biden signed an executive order reversing Donald Trump’s recruitment policy prohibiting waivers for so-called “transgender” hormone treatment for those who are gender confused.

The Department of Defense has long barred any potential recruits with a diagnosed mental illness or those receiving hormone therapy of any kind as either mentally or physically unfit for service. In 2016, however, the Obama administration established a politically motivated waiver express lane for self-proclaimed “transgenders.” Trump removed most but not all of these unfair and unequal exemptions in 2018 only to have Biden bring them back in 2021.

It should be self-evident why mental illness and hormone treatment are general disqualifiers for military service. The mental stress, physical demands, and austere living conditions characteristic of combat make soldiers with these disqualifiers a liability to themselves and their squad or teammates. Recruits that have already received sexual reassignment surgery are at significant risk in the unsanitary conditions typical of field maneuvers. Recruits suffering from or previously treated for gender dysphoria are at significant risk for suicide from both the long-term effects of that dysphoria and the immediate stress of the civilian-to-soldier transformation.

The most comprehensive study ever conducted on suicide by those attempting to transform their gender was a 30-year Swedish study that concluded those doing so were 20 times more likely to commit suicide and 2.8 times more likely to be hospitalized for a psychiatric illness. It should be noted that Sweden is also one of the most “trans-friendly” cultures in the world, making these numbers even more alarming. Being subjected to the stress of military life can only exacerbate gender dysphoria and the effects of hormone treatment, not improve them.

Allowing soldiers to pursue this medically dubious process while in the military is also the equivalent of sanctioned malingering. Reassignment requires at least one year, sometimes two, of mental health evaluation and hormone therapy before surgery and then several months to a year of recovery. During this entire process soldiers are non-deployable (read: unable to do their job). A typical initial enlistment is only between two and four years long, which includes six months to a year of initial training, and less than 40% of enlisted recruits serve beyond four years. This means your typical gender-confused recruit would join the military, request and receive taxpayer-funded reassignment surgery, enjoy an exemption from the military’s most critical duties, and then leave with an honorable discharge to cash in on full veteran’s benefits. To say this is unfair to both troops and their commanders is an outrageous and shocking understatement.

The Biden administration’s war on the 23rd chromosome ignores the negative effects it might have for the health and welfare of both troops and recruits and aims to make the military health system and the Department of Veteran Affairs a gender-reassignment welfare state. Leftists running the Department of Defense are also determined to unleash the Thinkpol on any dissenters to their ideology, regardless of reality or any inconvenient facts.

One of those caught in the crosshairs of the Rainbow Mafia’s lynch mob inside DOD is an Army Chaplain named Major Andrew Calvert. Major Calvert is under investigation by the Security Force Assistance Command for a post on Facebook in which he asked, “How is rejecting biology not evidence that a person is mentally unfit and thus making that person unqualified to serve?” Good question, Chaplain! The chaplain’s logic was literally enshrined in Pentagon policy prior to 2016 and reinstated in 2018, but that didn’t stop a horde of social media minions from questioning his ability to care for soldiers. They apparently missed the point that as a chaplain he also has to shepherd soldiers who actually hold firm religious views and who believe both in the biological reality of gender and the sanctity of the human form as God designed.

Two things are certain, however. Allowing self-proclaimed “transgender” recruits to join the military is bad for both recruits and military unit cohesion, and persecuting those in the Army Chaplain Corps that may disagree is the antithesis of religious freedom enshrined in the First Amendment.

(Lee Miller is a West Point graduate and combat veteran.)

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China, Russia, and Iran Are Real Winners Under Biden

Harold Hutchison

We’re not even a month into the Biden-Harris regime, and it’s already obvious that America’s enemies are going to be winners. This is the risk of diverting from an “America first” mindset that was the hallmark of Donald Trump’s foreign policy.

Trump’s policy was not isolationism, but a strategy of putting the interests of the United States of America first. Joe Biden’s actions since he took office have not done so. If anything, it’s been “America’s enemies first.” And they thought Trump was a puppet of foreign governments…

China

Biden’s decision on Keystone XL is a boon to China on several levels. First, at least some Canadian oil and gas will likely head there as opposed to being used in North America. That’s bad enough, but the fact is, if domestic energy sources aren’t used, then we have to import oil from the Middle East, and that often means diverting forces from an overstretched military from confronting China.

We’re not even discussing Biden rejoining the compromised and corrupt World Health Organization, which helped China cover up the coronavirus until it became a full-blown pandemic. Meanwhile, China will continue spreading propaganda — and Biden won’t say anything against that. He’s even looking to reverse the Trump administration’s declaration that the ChiComs are committing genocide against the Uyghurs.

Russia

Biden’s energy policy will have Vladimir Putin laughing all the way to the bank. If only the stakes were just money — Biden’s planned destruction of America’s energy sector, the Green New Deal in all but name, is actually going to let Putin off the ropes in a big way.

As we discussed earlier, low oil prices aren’t just helpful to the economy; they’re also a big help in the geopolitical realm. For one thing, Putin will use the money from the necessarily higher oil and gas prices to rebuild his military. For another thing, the military assets available to reinforce NATO are going to be smaller because we will have to increase our presence in the Middle East.

In some ways, Biden rode phony claims about Russia’s undue influence on Trump’s behalf to power. But who really just gave Russia a big economic and geopolitical boost? It wasn’t Donald Trump.

Iran

But the worst of all is how Biden is resuming Barack Obama’s policy of giving away the store to Iran. He’s halted support for the Saudi military effort against Iran’s stooges in Yemen — the same stooges who fired on the USS Mason in 2016. Trump designated them terrorists, and rightly so. Biden wants to reverse that.

Biden’s also paused the arms sales that are crucial to helping American allies in the region, notably Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, contain Iran. Incidentally, he may also be placing the multiple peace treaties Trump secured between Israel and these Arab nations at risk.

Worst of all, Biden wants to bring back the failed nuclear deal — when it’s patently obvious that Iran is not only seeking nukes, but it’s also as likely as not that Iran will attempt to use them to carry out a second Holocaust.

We’re going to be in for a long four years of bad foreign policy that harms national security. Trump was serious about strengthening America’s position on the world stage. He began rebuilding the military. Now, we get Biden’s “America last” mindset for the next four years — as if the damage from Obama wasn’t bad enough.

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The ‘Clean Electric Vehicle’ Fairy Tale

Thomas Gallatin

Are people who drive electric vehicles better people than those who do not? Or maybe a better way to frame the question is this: Are electric vehicles morally superior to gas-powered vehicles? The dominant popular narrative answer to both those questions would be in the affirmative. After all, “green energy is clean energy.” However, the dirty little secret is that the “green” associated with electric vehicles is far from clean or free of pollution.

This is not to discount the amazing technological developments that have come about in the electric vehicle industry. Rather, this criticism is aimed at dispelling the popular misnomer of green equating to clean. Electric vehicles are not morally superior to gas-powered cars. Each have advantages and disadvantages that any considerate consumer should weigh according to their own interests and concerns and not simply imbibe the propaganda of dubious activists or outright ecofascists.

There are at least three significant factors that compromise the popular image of electric vehicles being more environmentally “responsible.” First, there’s the highly toxic nature of lithium batteries, which are the essential component in making electric vehicles possible. Second is the disposal of spent batteries. Third is the means by which power is generated for those batteries.

The mining and extraction process to acquire the massive amounts of lithium needed to meet the ever-growing world demand has been causing quite the polluting mess. As Guillermo Gonzalez, a lithium battery expert from the University of Chile, stated in 2009, “Like any mining process, it is invasive, it scars the landscape, it destroys the water table and it pollutes the earth and the local wells. This isn’t a green solution — it’s not a solution at all.” And it’s not only the extraction of lithium that’s problematic, but also other essential and highly toxic products such as cobalt that are needed make these batteries. Much of this mineral extraction happens in countries that don’t share the same concern for protecting the local environment as espoused by those in the West.

Meanwhile, there’s the reality of the environmental impact of aging and disposed batteries. For the most part, the polluting days of gas-powered vehicles ends when the vehicle no longer runs, while the issue of dealing with spent lithium batteries must continue. No parking the old electric in a junk yard and letting it rust away with little concern.

Finally, there’s the issue of powering. While green energy fans love their renewables like wind and solar, the fact of the matter is that neither offer the amount or consistency to meet the energy needs of today’s world, let alone a world where more and more folks are driving around in electric vehicles.

An ironic video clip has recently resurfaced featuring Kristin Zimmerman, a prominent member of General Motor’s Chevy Volt design team, in which she admits that 95% of the electricity used to power the vehicle is generated by coal power. That video is years old, and the numbers have shifted some, but coal is still a major source. What would truly work to cut down on the pollution from electric vehicles would be to increase the number of nuclear power plants producing reliable energy. But environmental activists shun nuclear. Until then, the notion that electric vehicles are significantly more environmentally responsible than gas-powered autos will continue to remain a popular fairy tale.

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Yes, There Was a Conspiracy

Douglas Andrews

Well, at least they’ve admitted it.

No, not to stuffing ballot boxes in Philly or Detroit or Milwaukee, but to conspiring and colluding to do everything in their power — including changing the rules — to beat Donald Trump. For leftists, desperate times called for desperate measures. And it took every ounce of collusion between Democrats and their fellow travelers in Big Media, Big Tech, Big Ed, Big Labor, Big Sport, Big Pharma, Big Academia, Wall Street, Hollywood, and a host of others for Borderless Joe Biden to beat Donald John Trump and his 74 million legit votes.

Hopefully, that paragraph won’t get us banned by the free-speech fraidy cats. Besides, the title of the incriminating Time magazine article admits as much: “The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election.”

“Saved” it from what, we wonder?

Apparently from theft by us Deplorables. Time’s Molly Ball says that when Trump challenged the results of the election, corporate America turned on him. “In a way, Trump was right,” she writes. “There was a conspiracy unfolding behind the scenes … an informal alliance between left-wing activists and business titans. The pact was formalized in a terse, little-noticed joint statement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and AFL-CIO published on Election Day. Both sides would come to see it as a sort of implicit bargain — inspired by the summer’s massive, sometimes destructive racial-justice protests — in which the forces of labor came together with the forces of capital to keep the peace and oppose Trump’s [wait for it!] assault on democracy.”

Ah, yes. Whenever a Republican challenges the results of an election won by a Democrat, it’s an assault on democracy. Of course, ours is a constitutional republic, not a democracy. And democracy is little more than mob rule. As Founder James Madison rightly noted in Federalist 55, “Had every Athenian citizen been a Socrates, every Athenian assembly would still have been a mob.”

Thus, one man’s “assault on democracy” is another man’s defense of the republic against mob rule by the Left.

As James Freeman writes in The Wall Street Journal, “Changing the rules of a game right before it’s played normally inspires skepticism, if not cynicism. But a new Time magazine report celebrates a well-funded effort to change voting processes and the flow of political information before the 2020 elections. Time’s Molly Ball happily describes a ‘conspiracy’ among the progressive left, big labor, big business and the Washington establishment to counter Donald Trump and suppress unwanted elements of U.S. political conversation before and after Election Day. Like the various actors she describes at the heart of this vast campaign, Ms. Ball presents it as a virtuous effort to protect democracy from Mr. Trump and Covid-19. The participants in the conspiracy alleged by Ms. Ball certainly seem to have influenced the outcome.”

Longtime conservative thinker and columnist Gary Bauer says that the forces arrayed behind Biden interfered with the election by changing rules and laws, steering the coverage, and controlling the information. He writes, “Big Media and Big Tech manipulated the news and covered up major stories that were embarrassing to Biden and the left. And I was struck by the admission in this article of just how much the street protests we have seen in the past year were coordinated and not spontaneous events. There were plans for major post-election protests, but liberal activists were ordered to ‘stand down.’ One progressive leader said, ‘We wanted to be mindful of when was the right time to call for moving masses of people into the street.’”

So President Trump was right about what we were up against — and still are — even if some of his legal team appear to have gone off the reservation in terms of allegations of massive electronic vote manipulation by the likes of Dominion and Smartmatic.

But given the Left’s admission that its collusion helped decide the 2020 presidential election, what’s next?

As Bauer concludes, “I am bringing this article to your attention not to demoralize you but to urge you to remain in the battle for faith, family, and freedom. The left succeeds in part because it never gives up. It is constantly organizing, constantly fundraising, constantly influencing officials, constantly registering new voters, etc. We must be just as committed to our values as leftists are to theirs.”

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Biden’s Suppression of Women’s Rights

Paige McCullough

As a 17-year-old gearing up for my senior year of high school, irrevocably altered amidst the ChiCom Virus pandemic, the election of Joe Biden and the first female vice president, Kamala Harris, has me taking a second look at my rights — and those of all Americans.

Biden recently asserted, “Women, and particularly women of color, have never had a fair shot to get ahead in this country.” He used that sweeping statement as justification for executive orders that seriously threaten women’s rights.

So, is his idea of giving women “a fair shot to get ahead” using American taxpayer dollars to kill them before birth? He’s done that in the name of “Affordable Health Care.”

The Biden/Harris regime’s official website claims it’s going to “build our country back better after this economic crisis and that includes ensuring we get closer to full inclusion of and equality for women.” Interestingly enough, the memorandum on “Protecting Women’s Health at Home and Abroad” that Biden signed has lifted restrictions on our funding of global organizations that perform abortions. This means that around the globe, centers will have Biden-backed American taxpayer funding to end preborn women’s lives before they could fight for their rights themselves.

Or is Biden’s “fair shot to get ahead” his executive order decreeing that men can compete in women’s sports?

As a sports competitor, I am directly impacted by Biden’s insistence that “transgender women” can compete fairly against actual biological women in sports. How will we have “equality and inclusion” if we are unequally competing against men? Studies from the British Journal of Sports Medicine show that “transwomen still had a 9% faster mean run speed after the 1-year period of testosterone suppression that is recommended by World Athletics for inclusion in women’s events.” These biological males have a severely unfair, genetically unmatched advantage.

A first look at the decisions Biden is making for our country demonstrate they do not just affect adults. This administration’s support for ending female lives through abortion and suppressing female opportunity in sports are just two examples of the way Biden’s administration directly affects my generation and those to come.

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EXECUTIVE NEWS SUMMARY

Jordan Candler

Government & Politics

  • U.S. to reengage with the farcical UN Human Rights Council (State.gov)
  • Senator Richard Shelby is fourth Republican to not seek reelection in 2022 (Senate.gov)
  • Senate confirms Denis McDonough as secretary of Veterans Affairs (Axios)
  • Minimum wage increase would kill 1.4 million jobs, CBO finds (Daily Caller)
  • Biden press secretary says illegal immigrants convicted of crimes will not be prioritized for deportation (Post Millennial)

Health

  • Ron Wright is the first congressman to die after coronavirus diagnosis (NPR)
  • Biden administration considers COVID tests for domestic flights (Roll Call)

Odds & Ends

  • South Dakota legislation seeks to nullify Biden executive orders, which, if court-tested and survives, would have substantial implications (Daily Wire)
  • North Dakota bill would legally define abortion as first-degree murder (Disrn)
  • Chicago reaches deal with petty teachers union, preventing strike; in-person classes now finally set to resume (Disrn)
  • Hacker attempted to poison water supply in Florida city near Super Bowl in Tampa (Examiner)

We’re Shocked — Shocked!

  • WHO whitewash: Investigators back Beijing’s claim COVID did not leak from a Wuhan lab and call for “no further study into that theory” (Daily Mail)
  • Paris court finds France guilty of failing to meet its own Paris climate accord commitments (CBS News)

Cancel Culture

  • Chase Bank closes account of pro-Trump Covfefe Coffee company (Disrn)

“Non Compos Mentis” Award

  • Tom Brady called “racist” on social media for winning Super Bowl during Black History Month (PJ Media)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Iran has no interest in altering its behavior (AEI)
  • Policy: Is America’s educational system becoming more pluralistic? (The Atlantic)
  • Satire: Nation prepares to celebrate first anniversary of two weeks to flatten the curve (Babylon Bee)

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READER COMMENTS

Editor’s Note: Each week we received hundreds of comments and correspondences — and we read every one of them. What follows are a few though-provoking comments about specific articles. The views expressed herein don’t necessarily reflect those of The Patriot Post.

Re: “Trump Legal Team to Expose Dubious ‘Incitement’ Charge

“The Senate would be wise to censure the House for bringing an action so frivolous that the chief justice would not have anything to do with it. The resolution should also criticize the overheated rhetoric branding, without evidence, supporters of President Trump as ‘domestic terrorists’ and ‘insurrectionists,’ and proposing reeducation camps for them. This paranoid rhetoric is irresponsible and creates reasonable fears that the First Amendment right of all citizens is under assault by the very people charged with upholding it. Thus, it is far more likely to cause a violent response than anything President Trump said. This would do more to unify the nation than any speech by Joe Biden. But I expect politics as usual to overrule wisdom.” —Mark (Minnesota)

“This impeachment is a farce, but I think calling it unconstitutional is not quite correct, since it doesn’t violate any explicit restriction in the Constitution. It seems that ‘extraconstitutional’ would be a more accurate adjective to apply, as the Constitution itself contains no reference to nor provision for impeaching a former president. Not only is the charge of citing insurrection demonstratively baseless in view of Trump’s actual words, it is laughable that those now pursuing it have themselves arguably made much more inflammatory statements tied to subsequent violent actions against government officers.” —Joel (Illinois)

Re: “‘Going Postal’ to Undermine Election Integrity

“Mr. Ahlert writes, ‘People who have no faith in the system will not participle in it. For the GOP, that means de facto extinction. Even worse? That extinction will be self-administered.’ Even worse? That extinction will include at least the loss of: (1) freedom of speech; (2) freedom to worship; (3) freedom of assembly; (4) the right to bear arms; and (5) guarantee from unreasonable search and seizures. Of course, taxes (fines on the ‘rich’) will be increased to enforce ‘equity.’” —James (Missouri)

Re: “Leftmedia Attacks Tom Brady Over His Friendship With Trump

“Thanks and kudos to Clay Travis for calling out the progressive bias of so many sports ‘journalists’ who, rather than presenting real sports commentary, choose to spew personal, often irrelevant opinion on social political matters. Rather than describing and celebrating individual and team sports for the healing and unifying events they provide for participants and fans alike, they choose to dwell on perceived injustices to sow rancor and division. Sports journalists who choose to pontificate on social and political issues should direct their attention to those outlets and leave sports commentary to the real sports journalists. Thanks again to Mr Travis for his enlightening and timely presentation.” Charles (Florida)

Re: “Monday Short Cuts

“I know sometimes we get consumed by numbers. It’s going to be $2.1 trillion, $1.9 trillion, $1.7 trillion. That is not the issue.” —Bernie Sanders

“$2 trillion is enough to give EVERY single U.S. citizen, including infants, children, and the very rich, over $6,000! This COVID relief bill promises only $1,400 to adult individuals, with more for parents. Where is the rest going, and why? No doubt, many certainly need financial help. I support such assistance. But charity used to be the domain of our churches, synagogues, and philanthropic organizations. This is NOT charity! This is confiscation of property from those who legitimately earned it. Elections have consequences? Yeah! Like thievery!” —James (Missouri)

Re: “Video: Wealth Flight

“I’m 72 and a lifelong resident of California. I too have pondered why Californians have continued to vote for policies that make living here more difficult and expensive. The only answer I’ve come to is that the majority have not lived here long enough to experience the general deterioration of life. We pay high taxes and fees for roads and transportation that are horrible; energy that is becoming unaffordable and unreliable; and schools that consistently rank near the lowest in the U.S. Mismanagement of resources has resulted in mediocre air quality, frequent water shortages, housing shortages, and soaring energy costs. I don’t think Californians stop to consider if they are getting good value for the price they pay to live here.” —Dennis (California)

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VIDEOS

Mask Forever — NBC mask-shames a Florida grocery store on national TV, without a shred of evidence.

Capitalism Wins — More and more, it seems people find it difficult to defend capitalism — even those who benefit from it most.

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SHORT CUTS

Insight: “Authority without wisdom is like a heavy axe without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish.” —Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672)

For the record: “In order to credibly argue that we need a fundamental reordering of our constitutional and judicial systems, leftists must show that America is irredeemably drenched in the sin of racism and can only expatiate itself through the atonement of socialism, reparations, guaranteed universal income, outright wealth redistribution and the rest. This is why I keep saying the endless vendetta against Donald Trump is not primarily about Donald Trump. He is a convenient scapegoat to taint the entire conservative movement. If they can succeed with their preposterous claim that the 74 million Trump supporters were accessories before the fact to the few hundred or so people who stormed the Capitol, then they’ve made a prima facie case that conservative ideas — and conservative speech — are intrinsically hateful and dangerous. What’s the big deal, after all, of silencing ‘domestic terrorists’?” —David Limbaugh

Observations: “I think if we’re going to criminalize speech, and somehow impeach everybody who says, ‘Oh, go fight to hear your voices heard,’ I mean, we really ought to impeach Chuck Schumer then. [Schumer] went to the Supreme Court, stood in front of the Supreme Court and said, specifically, ‘Hey, Gorsuch. Hey, Kavanaugh. You’ve unleashed a whirlwind, and you’re going to pay the price.’” —Senator Rand Paul on the Trump impeachment farce

Tongue-in-cheek: “People keep calling Serena Williams the greatest female athlete of all time, as if Caitlyn Jenner didn’t even exist.” —Michael Knowles

Missed it by that much: “Anthony Brindisi (D) has conceded to Claudia Tenney (R) in #NY22. Final 2020 election House result: 222D, 213R. Republicans came within 31,751 votes of winning the majority.” —Dave Wasserman

Upright: “President Trump’s words and actions leading up to the attack were reckless and wrong. But as we all know, the constitutional standard for impeachment isn’t recklessness.” —Senator John Cornyn

The BIG Lie: “You have great personal courage. I’ve been with some of you when we’ve been shot at.” —Joe Biden in a State Department address (Biden has NOT been shot at anywhere.)

A blind squirrel finds a nut, part I: “These poor kids are not in school. They will never recover from this… It’s time for Joe Biden to stand up and say … the teachers just are going to have to suck it up and stand up and provide an education.” —Michael Bloomberg

A blind squirrel finds a nut, part II: “Republicans have now flipped 15 Democratic House seats even with a losing candidate atop their ticket. Somehow it seems foolish to govern as if progressive views are all that matter.” —NY Times columnist David Brooks

Braying jackass: “I will not apologize for what I said.” —AOC, who ridiculously claimed Ted Cruz “almost had me murdered”

And last… “Customer service in this country is, by and large, so aggressively horrible that a company like Chick-fil-A can stand out simply by having employees that don’t visibly hate you.” —Matt Walsh

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The Trump Political Show Trial

The Senate trial for now twice-impeached former President Donald Trump is set to begin this week, with little doubt over the outcome.

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A procedural vote in the Senate on the constitutionality of “removing from office” someone who is not in office revealed that nowhere near enough Republicans were willing to join their Democrat counterparts in voting to convict.

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, who is required by the Constitution to preside, has by refusing to participate made it clear that he does not consider the upcoming action in the Senate to be a legitimate impeachment trial.

So if it is not a legitimate trial, what is it, then? Judging from the House impeachment resolution, it looks more like a banana republic “show trial” than a careful case detailing Trump’s “high crimes and misdemeanors.”

Trump was impeached by the Democrat-controlled US House for “incitement of insurrection” over the January 6th melee at the US Capitol. Telling his supporters they must fight or they’re “not going to have a country any more” was cited in the impeachment resolution as evidence that Trump “gravely endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of Government” and has “demonstrated that he will remain a threat to national security, democracy, and the Constitution if allowed to remain in office.”

Trump also told them to march to the Capitol “peacefully and patriotically” to encourage Congress to consider his claims of election fraud, but Democrats in the House say that he didn’t really mean it.

Lindsey Graham: If Democrats Call One Witness At Impeachment Trial, Defense Will Call Biden, Harris, Pelosi, Waters, Holder

Sen. Lindsey Graham and Sean Hannity get hyped about how the defense will handle President Trump’s defense at the upcoming impeachment trial. More:

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Illegal Entries at Border Have “Exploded” Under Joe Biden | Ken Cuccinelli to Laura Ingraham

Heritage Visiting Fellow Ken Cuccinelli joined “The Ingraham Angle” on Fox News, Monday, February 8, to talk about the latest about illegal immigration, the crisis at our southern border, and why Pres. Biden’s radical immigration agenda is making the situation worse.