“He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God’s providence to lead him aright.” – Blaise Pascal. "There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily" – George Washington letter to Edmund Randolph — 1795. We live in a “post-truth” world. According to the dictionary, “post-truth” means, “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Simply put, we now live in a culture that seems to value experience and emotion more than truth. Truth will never go away no matter how hard one might wish. Going beyond the MSM idealogical opinion/bias and their low information tabloid reality show news with a distractional superficial focus on entertainment, sensationalism, emotionalism and activist reporting – this blogs goal is to, in some small way, put a plug in the broken dam of truth and save as many as possible from the consequences—temporal and eternal. "The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it." – George Orwell “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” ― Soren Kierkegaard
More than 120 retired US Generals and Admirals wrote Joe Biden this week questioning him on his mental health. The military leaders also agreed with the myriads of evidence of election fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
The generals also admonish the corrupt FBI and Supreme Court for ignoring the election fraud in the 2020 election.
Without fair and honest elections that accurately reflect the “will of the people” our ConstitutionalRepublic is lost. Election integrity demands ensuring there is one legal vote cast and counted per citizen. Legal votes are identified by State Legislature’s approved controls using government IDs, verified signatures, etc. Today, many are calling such commonsense controls “racist” in an attempt to avoid having fair and honest elections. Using racial terms to suppress proof of eligibility is itself a tyrannical intimidation tactic. Additionally, the “Rule of Law” must be enforced in our election processes to ensure integrity. The FBI and Supreme Court must act swiftly when election irregularities are surfaced and not ignore them as was done in 2020. Finally, H.R.1 & S.1, (if passed), would destroy election fairness and allow Democrats to forever remain in power violating our Constitution and ending our Representative Republic.
A group of more than 120 retired military officers have written President Joe Biden to tell him his election was less than legitimate – while questioning his mental acuity.
The letter echoes former President Donald Trump’s claims of widespread election fraud – which have not been borne out in the courts – and comes on a day when Rep. Liz Cheney ripped Trump for his claim that the election was ‘stolen.’
‘Without fair and honest elections that accurately reflect the ‘will of the people’ our Constitutional Republic is lost,’ the letter from retired officers says.
The group calls itself ‘Flag Officers 4 America’ and consists of retired military officers including generals and admirals.
‘The FBI and Supreme Court must act swiftly when election irregularities are surfaced and not ignore them as was done in 2020,’ they wrote.
Does prayer make any difference? Does it really change anything? Someone once asked me that question, only in a slightly different manner: “Does prayer change God’s mind?” My answer brought storms of protest. I said simply, “No.” Now, if the person had asked me, “Does prayer change things?” I would have answered, “Of course!”
The Bible says there are certain things God has decreed from all eternity. Those things will inevitably come to pass. If you were to pray individually or if you and I were to join forces in prayer or if all the Christians of the world were to pray collectively, it would not change what God, in His hidden counsel, has determined to do. If we decided to pray for Jesus not to return, He still would return. You might ask, though, “Doesn’t the Bible say that if two or three agree on anything, they’ll get it?” Yes, it does, but that passage is talking about church discipline, not prayer requests. So we must take all the biblical teaching on prayer into account and not isolate one passage from the rest. We must approach the matter in light of the whole of Scripture, resisting an atomistic reading. Again, you might ask, “Doesn’t the Bible say from time to time that God repents?” Yes, the Old Testament certainly says so. The book of Jonah tells us that God “repented of ” the judgment He had planned for the people of Nineveh (Jonah 3:10, KJV). In using the concept of repentance here, the Bible is describing God, who is Spirit, in what theologians call “anthropomorphic” language. Obviously the Bible does not mean that God repented in the way we would repent; otherwise, we could rightly assume that God had sinned and therefore would need a savior Himself. What it clearly means is that God removed the threat of judgment from the people. The Hebrew word nacham, translated “repent” in the King James Version, means “comforted” or “eased” in this case. God was comforted and felt at ease that the people had turned from their sin, and therefore He revoked the sentence of judgment He had imposed.
When God hangs His sword of judgment over people’s heads, and they repent and He then withholds His judgment, has He really changed His mind? The mind of God does not change for God does not change. Things change, and they change according to His sovereign will, which He exercises through secondary means and secondary activities. The prayer of His people is one of the means He uses to bring things to pass in this world. So if you ask me whether prayer changes things, I answer with an unhesitating “Yes!”
It is impossible to know how much of human history reflects God’s immediate intervention and how much reveals God working through human agents. Calvin’s favorite example of this was the book of Job. The Sabeans and the Chaldeans had taken Job’s donkeys and camels. Why? Because Satan had stirred their hearts to do so. But why? Because Satan had received permission from God to test Job’s faithfulness in any way he so desired, short of taking Job’s life. Why had God agreed to such a thing? For three reasons: (1) to silence the slander of Satan; (2) to vindicate Himself; and (3) to vindicate Job from the slander of Satan. All of these reasons are perfectly righteous justifications for God’s actions.
By contrast, Satan’s purpose in stirring up these two groups was to cause Job to blaspheme God—an altogether wicked motive. But we notice that Satan did not do something supernatural to accomplish his ends. He chose human agents—the Sabeans and Chaldeans, who were evil by nature—to steal Job’s animals. The Sabeans and Chaldeans were known for their thievery and murderous way of life. Their will was involved, but there was no coercion; God’s purpose was accomplished through their wicked actions.
The Sabeans and Chaldeans were free to choose, but for them, as for us, freedom always means freedom within limits. We must not, however, confuse human freedom and human autonomy. There will always be a conflict between divine sovereignty and human autonomy. There is never a conflict between divine sovereignty and human freedom. The Bible says that man is free, but he is not an autonomous law unto himself.
Suppose the Sabeans and Chaldeans had prayed, “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” I’m absolutely certain that Job’s animals still would have been stolen, but not necessarily by the Sabeans and Chaldeans. God might have chosen toanswer their prayer, but He would have used some other agent to steal Job’s animals. There is freedom within limits, and within those limits, our prayers can change things. The Scriptures tell us that Elijah, through prayer, kept the rain from falling. He was not dissuaded from praying by his understanding of divine sovereignty.
No human being has ever had a more profound understanding of divine sovereignty than Jesus. No man ever prayed more fiercely or more effectively. Even in Gethsemane, He requested an option, a different way. When the request was denied, He bowed to the Father’s will. The very reason we pray is because of God’s sovereignty, because we believe that God has it within His power to order things according to His purpose. That is what sovereignty is all about—ordering things according to God’s purpose. So then, does prayer change God’s mind? No. Does prayer change things? Yes, of course. The promise of the Scriptures is that “The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working” (James 5:16). The problem is that we are not all that righteous. What prayer most often changes is the wickedness and the hardness of our own hearts. That alone would be reason enough to pray, even if none of the other reasons were valid or true.
In a sermon titled “The Most High, a Prayer-Hearing God,” Jonathan Edwards gave two reasons why God requires prayer:
With respect to God, prayer is but a sensible acknowledgement of our dependence on him to his glory. As he hath made all things for his own glory, so he will be glorified and acknowledged by his creatures; and it is fit that he should require this of those who would be subjects of his mercy . . . [it] is a suitable acknowledgement of our dependence on the power and mercy of God for that which we need, and but a suitable honor paid to the great Author and Fountain of all good.
With respect to ourselves, God requires prayer of us . . . Fervent prayer many ways tends to prepare the heart. Hereby is excited a sense of our need . . . whereby the mind is more prepared to prize [his mercy] . . . Our prayer to God may excite in us a suitable sense and consideration of our dependence on God for the mercy we ask, and a suitable exercise of faith in God’s sufficiency, so that we may be prepared to glorify his name when the mercy is received. (The Works of Jonathan Edwards [Carlisle, Pa.: Banner of Truth Trust, 1974], 2:116)
All that God does is for His glory first and for our benefit second. We pray because God commands us to pray, because it glorifies Him, and because it benefits us.
The Effect of Grace on a Person of Ill Temper 1 Corinthians 6:9–11; 2 Corinthians 5:17
The effect of grace is as great, and the alteration as remarkable, in a person of a very ill natural temper as another. Although a person of such a temper will not behave himself so well—with the same degree of grace—as another, the diversity from what was before conversion may be as great, because a person of a good natural temper did not behave himself so ill before conversion.
Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
There is no man living who can see all things, neither has God given any man to know everything. One sees more clearly than another, one has more understanding than another, one can utter a thing better than another; but no man ought to envy or despise another. He who can do better than another should not set him at naught who understands less. Indeed, he who has the more understanding ought to remember that the same gift is not his, but God’s, and that God has given it him to teach and inform the ignorant.
Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Too many people go through life without ever paying much thought to how we should think about the world around us. In this brief clip, R.C. Sproul shows that this is not an option for Christians, for we are called to seek the mind of Christ.
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No two of us view the world in which we live from exactly the same perspective. We have our antennae; we have the grid; we have the patterns; we have our own personal history; all of which contribute to the way we interpret reality as we encounter it. Now, from a philosophical perspective, we call that a “worldview,” a way of examining the world in which we live and the meaning of our own individual lives. Now, everybody has a worldview. For the philosopher or the theologian, perhaps the structure of that worldview has been carefully thought out. It’s been criticized. It’s been analyzed. It’s been evaluated. Certain elements have been discarded; others have been added. Most of us go through our lives with our own individual way of seeing the world around us, without ever giving a moment’s consideration to it. This is what Socrates called the “unexamined life,” where we just sort of respond to what’s there. But a Christian, I’m convinced, is called to seek the mind of Christ, to seek an understanding of his or her world from the viewpoint of the eternal, to see things as best as we possibly can, the way God would have us view them, so that the things that we affirm are the things that God affirms and the things that we deny would be the things that God denies. And so, what we’re going to do in this series of lectures is to look, by way of introduction, at the most basic foundational elements that together make up the grid or the structure of a personal worldview.
How can we interact with people who have already decided Christianity is false? What approaches would be most effective with people who are biased against Christianity? Pastor Tom Goodman from HillCrest Churchinterviews J. Warner about the applicability of cold-case methodologies to the case for Christianity.
18:7 If even an “unrighteous” judge (v. 6) will do what is right, how much more God?
delay long. God will not keep putting them off like the judge in this parable; any delay will have a reason.
18:7will not God surely see to it If the repeated petitions of a helpless widow are granted by a dishonest judge, Jesus’ followers can expect that their righteous God in heaven will respond to their cries for justice.
18:7 If an unjust judge finally grants the widow’s “prayer,” how much more will God hear the prayers of his elect? Cf. 12:22–31; see also how God cared for his people Israel, the “apple of his eye,” Deut. 32:10; Ps. 17:8. day and night. I.e., “always” (Luke 18:1; cf. 2:37; Acts 9:24; 20:31; 26:7). Justice to his elect refers primarily to God rescuing his people from suffering and injustice in the world (cf. Luke 1:68–74). Will he delay long over them probably means, “Will God be patient much longer as he sees his elect suffer?” The implied answer is no.
18:7. The parable ends with a question designed to show that God—loving, just, and merciful—will surely vindicate “His own elect who cry out day and night to Him.” God has chosen His people (Israel) and they belong to Him (in contrast to the widow of the parable who enjoyed no relationship with the unjust judge).
18:7 “ ‘not’ ” This is a DOUBLE NEGATIVE, which was a strong way of expressing “no, never under any circumstances.” (1) Our heavenly Father is exactly the opposite of the unrighteous, inattentive, self-seeking judge, or (2) His delay has a beneficial purpose (i.e. full number of the elect, cf. Rom. 11:25; John 10:16).
“ ‘who cry to Him day and night’ ” This phrase characterizes the persistent prayers of the elect (cf. 11:9–13; Matt. 7:7–12). Persistence does not overcome God’s reluctance, but it demonstrates trust and conviction.
“ ‘His elect’ ” This is an OT way of referring to God’s people, especially as servants (cf. Isa. 42–43; 44:28–45:7).
SPECIAL TOPIC: ELECTION Election is a wonderful doctrine. However, it is not a call to favoritism, but a call to be a channel, a tool, or means of others’ redemption! In the Old Testament the term was used primarily for service; in the New Testament it is used primarily for salvation which issues in service. The Bible never reconciles the seeming contradiction between God’s sovereignty and mankind’s free will, but affirms them both! A good example of the biblical tension would be Romans 9 on God’s sovereign choice and Romans 10 on mankind’s necessary response (cf. 10:11, 13). The key to this theological tension may be found in Eph. 1:4. Jesus is God’s elect man and all are potentially elect in Him (Karl Barth). Jesus is God’s “yes” to fallen mankind’s need (Karl Barth). Ephesians 1:4 also helps clarify the issue by asserting that the goal of predestination is not heaven, but holiness (Christlikeness). We are often attracted to the benefits of the gospel and ignore the responsibilities! God’s call (election) is for time as well as eternity! Doctrines come in relation to other truths, not as single, unrelated truths. A good analogy would be a constellation versus a single star. God presents truth in eastern, not western, genres. We must not remove the tension caused by dialectical (paradoxical) pairs of doctrinal truths (God as transcendent versus God as immanent; Security vs. perseverance; Jesus as equal with the Father vs. Jesus as subservient to the Father; Christian freedom vs. Christian responsibility to a covenant partner; etc.). The theological concept of “covenant” unites the sovereignty of God (who always takes the initiative and sets the agenda) with a mandatory initial and continuing repentant, faith response from man. Be careful of proof-texting one side of the paradox and depreciating the other! Be careful of asserting only your favorite doctrine or system of theology!
“ ‘who cry to Him day and night’ ” This is a way of expressing continual action (i.e. always). The order of “day and night” reflects a Gentile idiom, while 2:37, “night and day,” reflects a Hebrew idiom. Luke was a researcher. He used his sources’ idioms; yet he was also an editor and compiler and at times his own idioms become part of his Gospel (cf. Acts 9:24; 20:31; 26:7).
“ ‘will He delay long over them’ ” This is the second of two rhetorical questions in v. 7 which contrast God and the attitude of this wicked judge. The first question expects a “yes” answer and this, the second question, a “no” answer. The Greek “delay” (makrothumeō, put wrath far away) is ambiguous and may mean one of two things: (1) help for the persistent elect to grow in faith or (2) more time for the wicked to repent (cf. Rom. 2:4; 2 Pet. 3:9). The NASB (1970) has a marginal alternate translation, “and yet He is longsuffering over them,” which denotes the patience of God with sinners.
7. And shall not God avenge his elect? That judge, whom Christ has described to us as altogether desperate, as not only hardened against the contemplation of God, but so entirely devoid of shame, that he had no anxiety about his reputation, at length opened his eyes to the distresses of the widow. We have no reason to doubt that believers will derive, at least, equal advantage from their prayers, provided they do not cease to plead earnestly with God. Yet it must be observed that, while Christ applies the parable to his subject, he does not make God to resemble a wicked and cruel judge, but points out a very different reason why those who believe in him are kept long in suspense, and why he does not actually and at once stretch out his hand to them: it is because he forbears. If at any time God winks at the injuries done to us longer than we would wish, let us know that this is done with a fatherly intention—to train us to patience. A temporary overlooking of crimes is very different from allowing them to remain for ever unpunished. The promise which he makes, that God will speedily avenge them, must be referred to his providence; for our hasty tempers and carnal apprehension lead us to conclude that he does not come quickly enough to grant relief. But if we could penetrate into his design, we would learn that his assistance is always ready and seasonable, as the case demands, and is not delayed for a single moment, but comes at the exact time.
But it is asked, How does Christ instruct his disciples to seek vengeance, while he exhorts them on another occasion, pray for those who injure and persecute you? (Matth. 5:44.) I reply: what Christ says here about vengeance does not at all interfere with his former doctrine. God declares that he will avenge believers, not for the purpose of giving a loose rein to their carnal affections, but in order to convince them that their salvation is dear and precious in his sight, and in this manner to induce them to rely on his protection. If, laying aside hatred, pure and free from every wicked desire of revenge, and influenced by proper and well-regulated dispositions, they implore divine assistance, it will be a lawful and holy wish, and God himself will listen to it. But as nothing is more difficult than to divest ourselves of sinful affections, if we would offer pure and sincere prayers, we must ask the Lord to guide and direct our hearts by his Spirit. Then shall we lawfully call on God to be our avenger, and he will answer our prayers.
Ver. 7.—And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him? The Master tells us that God permits suffering among his servants, long after they have begun to pray for deliverance. But we are counselled here to cry day and night unto him, and, though there be no sign of reply, our prayers shall be treasured up before him, and in his own good time they will be answered. Though he bear long with them. With whom does God bear long? With the wrong-doers, whose works and words oppress and make life heavy and grievous to the servants of God; with these who have no claim to consideration will God bear long. And this announcement gives us some clue to the meaning of the delay we often experience before we get an answer to many of our prayers. The prayer is heard, but God, in the exercise of mercy and forbearance, has dealings with the oppressors. It were easy for the Almighty to grant an immediate answer, but only at the cost often of visiting some of the oppressors with immediate punishment, and this is not his way of working. God bears long before his judgments swift and terrible are sent forth. This has ever been his way of working with individuals as with nations. Was it not thus, for instance, that he acted towards Egypt and her Pharaohs during the long period of the bitter Hebrew bondage? We who would be God’s servants must be content to wait God’s time, and, while waiting, patiently go on pleading, sure that in the end “God will avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him.”
18:7justice for his chosen ones. The Old Testament idea of Israel as a “chosen nation” gives rise in the New Testament to the description of God’s people as his “chosen ones” (only here in Luke, but see Mark 13:20, 22, 27; Rom. 8:33; Col. 3:12). The term suggests a strong contrast between them and the ungodly world out of which they are “chosen,” so that the “justice” spoken of here may be understood as the vindication of a persecuted minority. In the end God will make sure that his people do not lose out.
Will he keep putting them off? Various translations have been suggested for this obscure clause. The more usual sense of the verb would give “and he is patient with them,” hence, for example, the REB translation “his chosen, to whom he listens patiently while they cry out to him day and night.” But by different routes these contrasting translations reach the same essential sense: God takes notice of persistent prayers and can be trusted to answer them, even if not immediately.
7 “Chosen ones” (eklektōn, GK 1723) is a term used throughout Scripture that is especially significant in describing those who, at the end of history, are marked out as on the victorious side (Mt 24:31; Mk 13:27; Rev 17:14). To call the disciples of Jesus the “chosen ones” is also significant when the election language of the OT is now applied to those who are included in God’s kingdom. “Will he keep putting them off?” (kai makrothymei [GK 3428] ep’ autois) is one of several possible translations of these words (see Notes). The point of the verse is that God patiently listens to his elect as they pray in their continuing distress and waits for the proper time to act on their behalf. This theme is clearly present in early Christian eschatological discussions (see, e.g., Ugo Vanni, “The Apocalypse and the Gospel of Luke,” in Luke and Acts [ed. O’Collins and Marconi], 14–15).
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Jesus replied, “Are you not in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God?” Mark 12:24
Mistakes are always costly.
In business, errors are eventually revealed, and though unintentional, usually result in money coming out of someone’s pocket.
When it comes to eternal matters, the consequences for being wrong are severe. We all share the same problem.
“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:2).
The Sadducee’s felt secure in their belief that the dead do not rise. In his kindness, Jesus took the time to set them straight. He said,
“He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living, therefore, you are greatly mistaken” (Mark 12:27).
Paul, the apostle, wrote to those doubters,
“If the dead aren’t raised, then Christ hasn’t risen either. Your faith is useless and you’re still in your sins and lost. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead” (1 Corinthians 15:13-20).
Friend, you who must see to believe, don’t doubt. Learn from the Sadducee’s’ mistake. Don’t be deceived by the dictates of your own heart. Instead, listen to Jesus, “you are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.”
There’s a day coming. Jesus will sit on a great white throne. The dead, both great and small, will stand before him. Books will be opened, and each one will be judged by what is recorded in the books.
**Will your name be found in the Book of Life? **
Jesus thank you for delivering me from the deception of my own heart. Because you live, I know I will live and see you one day soon.
Ask God to lead you to people who have not yet passed from death to life by putting their faith in Jesus. Pray for them and ask God to grant you opportunities to invite them to experience eternal life with Jesus.
You Can Rest If Your Heart Doesn’t Reproach You Matthew 27:3–5; 1 John 3:19–20
Sweet shall be your rest if your heart does not reproach you.
THOMAS À KEMPIS
Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Glorying in Poverty Psalm 145:18; Matthew 5:3; Luke 6:20; 2 Corinthians 8:9; James 2:5
The same Lord is bountiful unto all that call upon Him. With good reason are we admonished to glory rather in the company of our poor companions than in the dignity of distinguished rank, because He who was rich in His glory made Himself poor for our sakes. He was pleased to associate not with the rich but with the poor, so that we may be drawn to render ourselves poor for His sake, since the Kingdom of Heaven is promised to the poor. It is part of the vanity of the world to take pride in wealth: to glory in poverty belongs to the state of those blessed in God’s sight.
HUGH OF ST. VICTOR
Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Nebuchadnezzar was tired of the chattering of his enchanters, sorcerers and magicians. He was no longer interested in their vague methods of dream interpretation. He concludes that there’s only one more step to take. In his wrath, he commanded that all the wise men of Babylon and even the youths in the University of Babylon be destroyed. It’s a curious strategy that, under normal circumstances, would get him no closer to a solution to his dream problem.
We know Daniel is in harm’s way. He tells the guard that he wishes to see the king who is spewing out wrathful commands and liable to kill anyone who upsets him. This is the moment that Daniel is chosen by God to go see the king. We wouldn’t plan it this way, would we? But then, we’re not God. We can stand in awe of God’s plan for His people – especially when we see how contrary it is to the things we would come up with on our own.
In the verses ahead, Daniel will be given the words to speak so that he would be spared death. The marvel of the Gospel is that the Son of Man willingly laid down his life to endure God’s righteous wrath against our sin. Because of this, God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him (1 Thessalonians 5:9-10).
Suggestions for prayer
Pray for the wisdom of this world to be revealed as foolishness. Pray for God’s love to drive away your fears. Praise Him for sending His Son to die in your place as a sacrifice and substitute for you.
Rev. Norman Van Eeden Petersman is the pastor of the Vancouver Associated Presbyterian Church and he is the husband of Rosanna and father of Elliott. Prior to being ordained in the Associated Presbyterian Church, he was the pastor of Adoration United Reformed Church in Ontario. This daily devotional is also available in a print edition you can buy at Nearer to God Devotional.
NASA’s SOHO captures the video of the Sun eating up a huge comet On May 10, a huge comet named Kreutz sungrazer was on its way when the Sun swallowed it. NASA’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) satellite spotted this unusual phenomenon. A video captured by SOHO shows a bright object plunging into the Sun before it disappears forever. These are comets that were part of a larger body that broke up at least 1,000 years ago and, as the name suggests, hover near the surface of the Sun. (video)
Trump blames Biden for “new attacks on our allies” Statement by Donald J. Trump on situation in Israel: When I was in office we were known as the Peace Presidency, because Israel’s adversaries knew that the United States stood strongly with Israel and there would be swift retribution if Israel was attacked. Under Biden, the world is getting more violent and more unstable because Biden’s weakness and lack of support for Israel is leading to new attacks on our allies.
Two killed in Lod in overnight rocket barrage, IDF retaliating in Gaza While the IDF struck in Gaza, targeting a key Hamas infrastructure, Israelis were killed from a heavy barrage of rockets launched towards central Israel overnight. Two people, a man in his 40s and a little girl, died from a rocket that hit their a house in Lod early Wednesday morning, after terrorists in the Gaza Strip fired a barrage of rockets in the direction of Tel Aviv … .
Israel kills Islamic Jihad rocket and Hamas anti-tank commanders The IDF killed two top Islamic Jihad terrorists on Tuesday, striking a blow to the terror group’s rocket infrastructure. The IDF also eliminated the head of the Hamas anti-tank missile unit Tuesday evening in an airstrike. One of the terrorists was identified as Samah Abed al-Mamlouk.
Israel not ready for a ceasefire – official Israel will not negotiate a ceasefire before Hamas pays a price for its attacks, a senior Israeli official said on Tuesday. Ashkenazi “emphasized that Israel has the right to defend its sovereignty and will not allow attempts to hurt its citizens.” He said Israel will continue to use a heavy hand against Hamas terrorists.
IDF enters Lod as city goes into emergency lockdown Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “If this isn’t an emergency situation, I don’t know what is. We’re talking about life and death here.” This means that the city is now an enclosed area monitored by the IDF. Overall, 17 residents of Ramle and Lod were arrested on Tuesday, KAN reported.
G1 Class Solar storm could glance Earth tomorrow or on May 13 A G1 class geomagnetic storm voyaging at more than 1.3 million kilometeres per hour may strike Earth tomorrow, and scientists warn it could disturb our satellite. An “erupting filament of magnetism” was thrown into the solar system by the Sun at 328 kilometres per second, and it may collide with Earth. The incoming CME could hit Earth tomorrow, or on May 13.
Massive fire on Temple Mount means Messiah is “imminent,” prominent Rabbi says It looks like Moshiach is imminent. Three hours ago, seven Hamas rockets fired from Gaza landed in the Jerusalem vicinity. Over 40 rockets have been fired at the south. Here in Ashdod and all points south, schools and all public gatherings are curtailed until further notice. The world, including the US, are lined up against us with Turkey and Iran pledging their support to Hamas. The Arab rabble-rousers on the Temple Mount have just now ignited a fire … and that’s enough to have the Moslem world yelling for Jihad. Jet aircraft are flying overhead nonstop and no one here knows what will develop in the coming hours. One thing is sure – like I said yesterday, the labor pains of Moshiach have begun.
Ex-spy Jonathan Pollard: Biden admin are Amalekites Pollard identified the Biden administration as the nation of Amalek, the perennial evil enemy of Israel. “What we’re talking about is Amalek, pure and simple,” he said. “Whether you murder a Jew directly… or whether you pin his arms behind his back like the identity Democrats of the same Biden administration — the death of the Jew is the same.” the most egregious anti-Semites were actually Westen politicians, noting that not all of Israel’s enemies “wear a keffiyeh and carry a Kalashnikov… some of them wear very nice suits… and they hate us with a passion that you can’t even imagine.” Included in his list of such enemies was the current US State Department.
IDF goes to battle against Hamas with inspiration from Book of Isaiah The IDF responded to the attacks with the appropriately named “Operation Guardian of the Walls”, striking 130 Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorist targets in Gaza including two terrorist tunnels, two rocket launchers, two military posts, a Hamas military intel facility, the home of a top Hamas military official, and weapons manufacturing and storage sites.
Fire on Temple Mount: Zecharia’s prophecy signaling 3rd Temple construction Arab violence continued through Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) and culminated on Monday night in what can only be described as a pitched battle on the Temple Mount. At one point, fireworks thrown by Arabs ignited a large tree standing adjacent to the Aqsa Mosque, presenting the answer to Jewish prayers based on a prophecy by Zechariah that the Temple which was destroyed by fire will be rebuilt in fire.
French army warns Macron: “Civil war is coming” 2,000 servicemen have signed a letter to President Macron and the government warning that France is on the verge of collapse and civil war because the state has “surrendered” to radical Muslims.
1 Israeli killed, 2 others injured by anti-tank missile fired from Gaza Hamas fired a Kornet anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) toward vehicles near the southern Israeli community of Netiv Ha’Asara on Wednesday morning, after a night of intensive rocket barrages… Shortly before the attacks, the IDF warned residents of the Gaza envelope to remain at home out of concern that Hamas might fire short-range mortars, ATGM’s or carry out sniper attacks against civilians in the area.
Clashes break out on the Temple Mount, throughout West Bank Clashes broke out on the Temple Mount on Wednesday morning, after a night of violent clashes between Palestinians and Arab-Israelis and Israeli security forces throughout the West Bank and Israel, as well as barrages of rockets from Gaza. Israel Police announced that as thousands of worshippers arrived at the Temple Mount…hundreds of people who had masked their faces began causing unrest…
Iran state TV says Ahmadinejad will run in presidential race Iran’s state television reported Wednesday that the country’s former firebrand president will run again for office in upcoming elections in June. Broadcast footage showed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad marching accompanied by supporters to a registration center at the Interior Ministry where he filled out registration forms.
M5.9 earthquake hits near the coast of Guatemala and El Salvador A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M5.9 hit near the coast of Guatemala and El Salvador at 08:45 UTC on May 12, 2021. The agency is reporting a depth of 46 km (28 miles). EMSC is reporting M5.9 at a depth of 60 km (37 miles). The epicenter was located 50 km (31 miles) SW of Acajutla, 68 km (42 miles) SW of Sonsonate, and 70 km (43 miles) SW of Sonzacate, El Salvador.
Hyperinflation begins in America as gas stations and refineries SHUT DOWN We are now living through the initial stages of hyperinflation and the collapse of the debt-based dollar, as prices on nearly everything continue to skyrocket by the day. The massive printing of trillions of dollars by the Federal Reserve — and catapulting of that money into the economy via “stimulus” handouts — is overheating demand for commodities like wood, copper, aluminum and iron. At the same time, the national economic infrastructure that delivers goods is crumbling, due to the free covid stimulus money reward workers for staying home and avoiding productive jobs.
Florida lawmakers pass bill banning vaccine passports in the state Legislators in Florida passed a bill instituting a total ban on vaccine passports in the Sunshine State. On April 29, the Florida Legislature passed Senate Bill (SB) 2006 – which prevents both government agencies and private businesses from requiring people to show proof of vaccination before availing of a product or service. The bill bolsters an executive order signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis early that month prohibiting the use of vaccine passports.
Beyond insane: U.S. Navy touts “all-gay” helo crew as LGBTQ wokeness takes precedent over military readiness “Back in 2016, when Barack Obama first injected gender confusion into the ranks, the result was absolute chaos,” wrote Family Research Council (FRC) president Tony Perkins after Biden signed an executive order early on reversing President Trump’s ban on transgender service members. “Instead of making our troops more effective, efficient, and deadly, commanders were retrofitting bathrooms, ordering sensitivity trainings, rewriting health care policies, and worrying how to combat the low morale,” he added.
VACCIDENT ALERT: Vehicle accidents caused by vaccine side effects happening all over US roads and highways If you’ve noticed the mayhem on US roads lately, you’re not the only one. People are driving like maniacs, cutting people out of their lane, swerving, speeding, running red lights, texting while driving and causing horrible wrecks. Besides being brainwashed by the media, more than 50 percent of all drivers are mass medicated with toxic prescriptions and… wait for it… dirty vaccines. That’s right, vaccines are causing vaccidents all over the roadways, as the protein prions being created in the blood from the Covid-19 mRNA vaccine series are causing blood clots, brain freeze, seizures and strokes.
THE FOUNDATION “The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.” —James Madison (1788)
America has had a long and contentious history with the word ‘socialism.’ For conservatives most often it is a dirty word – even unpatriotic. For many liberals it is about social justice and compassion. However, for better or worse it remains a red line within the electorate.
On Newswatch AM May 12th: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promises Hamas and other terror groups will pay a heavy price for their attacks on Israel; CBN Middle East Bureau Chief Chris Mitchell discusses the role of Iran in the …
A review of Nicholas Wade’s bombshell article making the case that Covid-19 might have come out of an America-funded Wuhan Lab project to create more lethal viruses, in which case we are dealing with a massive scientific and political cover-up. — Dinesh D’Souza is an author and filmmaker.
The most concerning aspect of the border crisis is the increasing number of illegal aliens who are getting away, says National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd.
“We don’t know who they are, where they’re from, or what their intentions are,” Judd told The Epoch Times.
“When you look at border security, when you look at the border, we have to be able to identify who’s coming into the United States. And if we can’t do that, it’s impossible to protect the American public.”
In February, Border Patrol estimated that around 30,000 illegal aliens crossed the U.S.–Mexico border and evaded capture; in March, it was around 37,000; and the preliminary numbers for April show around 42,600 escaped. That’s about 1,400 per day.
On May 5, the Webb County Sheriff’s Office discovered 76 illegal immigrants locked inside a residence in Laredo, Texas.
On top of that, Judd said, “it’s very fair to say that there’s a large number of people that are able to get away that we don’t even detect.”
Some of those illegal aliens who manage to bypass Border Patrol then end up getting picked up during a high-speed vehicle chase, or locked in a tractor-trailer unit, or packed by the dozens in a stash house. Others die on ranchland trying to get around a Border Patrol checkpoint, or they’re abandoned by a smuggler because they get sick.
“Everything that we’re seeing—this boat that capsized—everything is related,” Judd said, referring to a human smuggling operation gone bad off the coast of San Diego on May 2. A total of 33 people were pulled from the water after a 40-foot trawling-style boat smashed into rocks and broke apart. Three people died.
“As long as we continue to, in essence, encourage people to cross our borders illegally, we’re going to continue to see the stash houses, we’re going to continue to see the boats, we’re going to continue to see the semis filled with people,” Judd said.
“It’s the most inhumane thing I’ve ever seen in my life as it pertains to the border, but it’s being encouraged. Because we have basically an open borders policy right now.”
76 illegal immigrants are discovered in a stash house in Laredo, Texas, on May 5, 2021. (Webb County Sheriff’s Office)
In early May, Houston police discovered 97 illegal immigrants in a suburban house in an alleged human smuggling case, according to the Justice Department. The illegal aliens were from Mexico, El Salvador, and Honduras, and were aged between 21 and 31. Five people have been charged with human smuggling.
Border Patrol agents in the Laredo sector have been involved in dismantling about 140 stash houses since Oct. 1, 2020—a 230 percent increase over the total found during the entire previous fiscal year.
“The rescued were found in very poor conditions,” the sheriff’s office wrote in a Facebook post.
“We have seen other cases where, due to the heat and cramped areas, situations like this one have led to death,” said Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar.
Sheriffs and landowners from all over Texas are saying they’re stretched for resources to deal with the new influx of illegal activity flowing up from the border.
Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin told The Epoch Times that on May 6, a vehicle traveling through town at 140 miles per hour crashed through two buildings while trying to evade law enforcement.
Sheriff Pinky Gonzales of Refugio County, Texas, said he’s calculated more than 3,000 deputy man-hours since January to deal with cross-border crime.
“We have just been overwhelmed, overwhelmed with these cases. I have 13 deputies working around the clock, and sometimes I have to call those that are off to come help us,” Gonzales said.
Further north, in Lavaca County, Sheriff Micah Harmon said his deputies have dealt with numerous vehicle pursuits and bailouts.
In one recent pursuit, a pickup truck carrying 18 to 20 illegal aliens crashed into a tree and caught fire.
On the state level, Gov. Greg Abbott launched Operation Lone Star on March 6 in response to the burgeoning number of illegal border crossings, as well as human and drug smuggling throughout the state.
During the first four weeks of the operation, Texas Department of Public Safety officers referred more than 16,000 illegal immigrants to Customs and Border Protection and arrested 598 criminals, Abbott said on April 1. In addition, state troopers seized 14 pounds of cocaine, 23 firearms, and almost $1 million in currency and arrested nine gang members involved in smuggling contraband, he said.
Judd said he doesn’t see anything on the horizon from the Biden administration that will reduce the trajectory of illegal activity at the border.
“When we do not remove people who crossed the border illegally, that is, in fact, an open border,” he said.
“And I think that as the American public starts to recognize and realize this, I think that there’s going to be a huge outcry. I think there’s going to be a huge pushback. Unfortunately, the damage has already been done.”
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have said they are concentrating on sending more aid to address the “root causes” of illegal immigration in Central American countries and Mexico.
Warning that the US is in “deep peril” from a “full-blown assault on our constitutional rights,” over 120 former top military brass have signed a letter outlining threats to its “survival,” including Biden administration policies.
The open letter, published on Monday by a group called ‘Flag Officers 4 America’, questions the result of the 2020 election, President Biden’s “mental and physical condition,” and sounds off on a number of hot-button topics, including China, the Iran nuclear deal, critical race theory, and the border wall.
According to the group’s website, the flag officers – comprising some 124 generals and admirals, many of whom have been out of uniform for decades – caution that this was a conflict “like no other time since our founding in 1776” between supporters of “socialism and Marxism” and supporters of “constitutional freedom and liberty.”
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The US has “taken a hard left turn toward socialism and a Marxist form of tyrannical government,” the letter claims, calling on Americans to “get involved” and elect political representatives who will “defend our constitutional republic” and obey the “will of the people.”
Among the notable signatories are retired Army Brig. General Donald Bolduc, currently running for a Senate seat in New Hampshire; former Army Lt. General William Boykin, one-time deputy undersecretary of defense under President George W. Bush; and retired Vice Admiral John Poindexter, who was President Ronald Reagan’s national security adviser during the Iran-Contra scandal.
Acknowledging to Politico that “retired generals and admirals normally do not engage in political actions,” the letter’s organizer, retired Major General Joe Arbuckle, said that to “remain silent would be a dereliction of duty” since the “situation facing our nation today is dire.”
“It is critical that the threats to our national security be brought to the attention of the American people and that is the main purpose of the letter,” Arbuckle told the outlet.
Among the litany of domestic threats listed in the letter are “election integrity,” using executive orders to “bypass Congress,”“open border” policies, Big Tech “censorship of free speech and expression,” loss of “jobs and energy independence” via the abandoned Keystone Pipeline and “anarchy” in certain cities.
The letter also rails against using the military as “political pawns” against “non-existent threats” – a reference to the deployment of troops around the US Capitol after the January 6 riot. It also slams the “corrosive infusion” of “political correctness” into the military through policies like the “divisive critical race theory.”
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But the signatories reserved some of the harshest criticism for Biden’s capacity to lead. At 77 years, he is the oldest serving US president in history – a fact that has prompted questions about his mental and physical condition that they say “cannot be ignored.”
“He must be able to quickly make accurate national security decisions involving life and limb anywhere, day or night,” the letter notes.
While the Pentagon has refused to comment on the letter, several prominent retired military personnel have weighed in on its political tone and timing.
Among them was retired Admiral Mike Mullen, one-time chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who said the letter was full of “right-wing Republican talking points” and that it “hurts the military and by extension it hurts the country.”
“It’s out of cycle. Normally those kinds of things occur in an election,” said Mullen, who also told Politico that the missive featured only a handful of three-star generals and no four-star ones. “It’s not very senior… In our world it’s not very significant in terms of people.”