Protecting the Elderly, Vulnerable
Comrades, it is interesting -some would say disturbing- to watch law enforcement arrest people for not violating laws. The requirement to wear a mask is a local school board policy, created by random fiat, not a law. The arrested maskless parents were proactively accused of ‘disturbing the peace’, before any disturbance could be identified.
During these stressful times maskless exhibitions of assembled thought, without regard for collective need, is an indication a citizen may be a subversive. Please report non-mask-wearing subversives to the New Hampshire Ministry of COVID Compliance, so they may be monitored, blocked from the benefits of the new union; and re-educated with enhanced support.
If wrong-thoughts or unmasked social assembly continue to be expressed, it may become necessary for the regional Ministry of COVID Compliance to deduct 200 credits from your social compliance score. Please do not put the Ministry in the position of having to make such decisions. Vaccination compliance is in your best interest.
Those who construct the systems of control need to weaponize fear. Fear of arrest; fear of losing a business; fear of losing liberty or financial security. Local, regional and state officials rely on fear. As soon as We The People are no longer fearful, the control ends.
The overwhelming majority of dictates around COVID-19 mitigation are not laws. There was no debate; no input from representative government; and no option for the public to weigh-in on the decisions.
All unilateral rules are arbitrary, and despite many proclamations to the contrary, they rely upon voluntary compliance. As soon as citizens no longer voluntarily comply, the term of the rules has expired. Liberty is inherent. The removal of liberty requires consent.
How do We The People retract our consent? We simply refuse to comply.
When the majority of people simply refuse to comply with unilateral dictates, and laugh in the faces of those who attempt to enforce them, the government no longer has power.
If one person refuses to comply government can, and likely will, intervene. However, if tens of thousands rebuke these unconstitutional decrees, there isn’t a damn thing govt can do to stop it… and they know it.
Some said it wasn’t legal, others said private companies and businesses would not do it, well, regardless of legality – Oregon is doing it:
OREGON – Oregon has lifted its mask mandate for people who have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, but is requiring businesses, workplaces and houses of worship to verify the vaccination status of individuals before they enter buildings without a mask.
This statewide mandate, one of the first of its kind in the country, raised concerns that the procedure of verifying vaccinations could be too cumbersome for workers.
[…] The Oregon Health Authority said in new guidance on Tuesday that effective immediately, businesses would be required to continue to enforce mask requirements unless they had established a policy to confirm proof of vaccination using a card or photo of one before individuals can enter the building without a mask.
Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, said last week that Oregonians who were fully vaccinated no longer needed to wear masks in most public settings, except in places like schools, public transit and health care settings.
But she quickly noted that businesses would have “the option” of lifting mask requirements only if they instituted verification. “Some businesses may prefer to simply continue operating under the current guidance for now rather than worrying about vaccination status, and that’s fine,” she said. (read more)
The last two years have greatly shaken America, and our country will never be the same as a result. If you would have told someone two years ago that in 2021 millions of people would run around wearing masks all day and that the federal government would be relentlessly pushing a large scale mass injection campaign, that person probably would have thought that you were nuts. But now this is the “new normal”. Our freedoms and liberties have been permanently eroded, and now that they have gotten away with pushing the envelope so dramatically, government entities on all levels will be ready to flex their muscles again once the next major crisis comes along.
You could argue that we should just vote out the politicians that are running things on the state and federal levels, but exactly how are we supposed to do that?
After what we witnessed last November, tens of millions of Americans won’t believe that our system of choosing leaders is legitimate ever again.
Of course those that are currently running things could attempt to restore faith in the system by getting rid of all the voting machines and by instituting real reforms that would make the process as transparent as possible, but we all know that they will never do that.
The last couple of years have been extremely painful for our economy as well. More than 70 million Americans filed new claims for unemployment benefits last year, homeless encampments started popping up like mushrooms all over the country, and countless numbers of small businesses shut down permanently. In fact, most Americans say that they have lost a favorite local business as a result of the pandemic…
Few people have escaped the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic and that’s especially true for local ‘mom and pop’ shops. A new study finds half of Americans have witnessed their favorite local businesses close down because of COVID-19.
A survey of 2,000 people reveals 68 percent personally know a local business owner impacted by the pandemic. According to respondents, the most commonly impacted businesses include cafes (62%), retail shops (58%), gaming shops (55%), and book stores (54%).
On Thursday, we learned that another 444,000 Americans filed new claims for unemployment benefits last week.
In 2019, such a number would have been considered catastrophic.
But in the “new normal”, that number is actually considered to be “good news”.
Our politicians have tried to make everyone feel better by sending out waves of huge government checks, but that has just created rampant inflation and widespread shortages.
We are also losing the peace on our streets. Murder rates were way up in major cities all over America in 2020, and in most of those cities they are even higher this year.
And it isn’t just men that are shooting men. Today, I came across an article about an “eight-woman brawl” that resulted in a pregnant mother being gunned down…
A pregnant mother was shot and killed while she sat in her car close to an eight-woman brawl that erupted in gunfire.
The deadly confrontation took place just before 6pm Tuesday in the 1200 block of Valencia Avenue in Hemet, which is located 75 miles southeast of Los Angeles.
Family members identified the 27-year-old who had been shot in the head and died after being flown to a county trauma center as Tamika Haynes.
What in the world is happening to us?
You would have never read about such a thing happening on the streets of America in 1950.
These days, we seem to be losing control of just about everything, and that even includes the technology that we have become so dependent upon. Hackers are causing nightmares for large entities all over the U.S., and in many cases absolutely enormous ransoms are being paid out…
CNA Financial Corp., among the largest insurance companies in the U.S., paid $40 million in late March to regain control of its network after a ransomware attack, according to people with knowledge of the attack.
The Chicago-based company paid the hackers about two weeks after a trove of company data was stolen, and CNA officials were locked out of their network, according to two people familiar with the attack who asked not to be named because they weren’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
Criminals seem to have the upper hand on the Internet, in our streets and in the halls of power in Washington and on Wall Street.
In previous times, we could rely on law enforcement to restore order, but now law enforcement authorities are being relentlessly demonized in our society.
In fact, it has gotten so bad that large numbers of law enforcement officers are permanently walking away from their careers. For example, it is being reported that nearly 20 percent of all police officers in Seattle have quit over the past year.
Police departments all over the nation are having an exceedingly difficult time recruiting replacements for those that are leaving, and that is going to continue to be the case as long as we are treating police officers like human garbage.
Speaking of human garbage, just check out the bill that was just passed in the Wisconsin Senate…
Wisconsin senators approved a bill earlier this week allowing dead bodies to be dissolved in a chemical bath and disposed like sewage.
The bill, Senate Bill 228, authorizes a practice called alkaline hydrolysis, or “water cremation,” which liquifies the human body using a mixture of water, heat, and chemical agents, leaving only bones behind. The liquid is then dumped into the sewage system or boiled off, and bones can be crushed and deposited in an urn.
You have got to be pretty sick to want to liquify Grandma and Grandpa before dumping their remains into the sewer.
But that is who we are.
On all levels, we no longer respect life, and that is because as a society we are abandoning our faith. Just check out these numbers…
The American Worldview Inventory (AWVI) 2021, an annual survey that examines the perspectives of adults aged 18 and over in the United States, found that while 57 percent of Millennials (born 1984-2002) consider themselves to be Christian, 43 percent “don’t know, care, or believe that God exists.”
Comparatively, 70 percent of Generation X (Gen X) Americans (born 1965-1983), 79 percent of Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964), and 83 percent of the Builder Generation (born 1927-1945) consider themselves to be Christian, while 31, 28, and 27 percent, respectively, “don’t know, care, or believe that God exists.”
America no longer resembles the nation that our founders sacrificed so much to establish, and if we stay on the path that we are currently on there is no future ahead for us.
But even though voices such as mine have been crying out for change for years, most of the population continues to sprint in the other direction.
We have already lost so much, and the “new normal” truly is horrible, but if America does not wake up things are only going to get worse.
Cru Elevated Ethnic Identity over Christian Identity. Of particular concern is Cru’s Cultural Training called the Lenses Institute. Lenses was an in-depth “cultural competency training for Cru staff. However, it functioned as an ideological re-education camp where Christian unity was replaced by the primacy of ethnic identity.
Cru’s Cultural Training functioned like indoctrination into the ideology of Critical Race Theory.
Cru’s Lenses Institute elevated ethnic identity above Christian identity.
Cru staffers say Critical Race Theory led to mission drift.
A report prepared by at least 350 members of Cru for review by top organization leadership details how racial divisions and hurt feelings were the result of Cru’s Social Justice emphasis. The most important Cru trainings stressed that ethnic identity trumped Christian identity. These approaches were rooted within a framework of Critical Race Theory, which pervaded the organization. (You can read the entire report on Critical Race Theory in Cru: Seeking Unity and Clarity.)
“The ideas of this victim-oppressor worldview are derived from Critical Race Theory (CRT)… This victim-oppressor worldview is embedded throughout Cru…This worldview was first introduced at Cru 15 and continued into Cru17 and Cru19. Whereas our national gatherings have traditionally been times of vision casting, mission reinforcement, inspiration, refreshment, encouragement, and rich biblical teaching, the emphasis shifted toward ‘thought leaders’ who taught on victim-oppressor themes. Many, but not all plenary sessions at Cru19 included aspects of this message—often with hostility directed toward the white majority staff. During a Cru19 seminar, one Cru national leader was recorded ‘shaming’ a fellow staff woman to tears because she benefited from white privilege.”
And just how did the shaming make Cru staff feel?
Not good. Many, some of the most committed to Christian missions, felt like leaving the organization they respected.
Here are a few excerpts from the report’s executive summary of the harmful trainings:
“The first day I felt like we were bashed for being part of the majority culture….it really rocked me as [our staff conference] had always been a time of refreshment and encouragement”.
“The last two staff conferences have been extremely difficult. I have often thought of leaving staff because of the shift within Cru…I felt labeled…I was filled with pain and heartache.”
“At Cru15 love left the room and was replaced with judgment, unforgiveness, shame and mistrust of one another…the pure gospel of grace in Jesus Christ has eroded and a new gospel has come in built upon accusation, judgment, legalism and performance.”
That is about all one can say regarding how a culture of performance and suspicion replaced the Gospel within an organization dedicated to spreading the Gospel.
To say accepting Critical Race Theory ruined morale understates the problem.
Cru Elevated Ethnic Identity over Christian Identity
Of particular concern is Cru’s Cultural Training called the Lenses Institute. Lenses was an in-depth “cultural competency training for Cru staff. However, it functioned as an ideological re-education camp where Christian unity was replaced by the primacy of ethnic identity.
The Lenses Institute is also one of Cru’s most closely guarded secrets. According to the report, “Staff are required to disclose nothing about the teaching content outside of the training. Independent thinking is discouraged. Most authors and scholars recommended by Lenses are proponents of CRT.”
And as information on the trainings leak, it becomes abundantly clear, why there was a gag order on discussion of Lenses trainings.
At a Lenses training on September 23, 2020, a speaker was heard to say, “Identity in Christ cannot be elevated above our ethnic identity.”
The entirety of Appendix 3 is given to an analysis of Cru’s promotion of this type of serious error involving the Lenses Institute.
In total, Lenses was mentioned 75 times in the 174-page report on Critical Race Theory in Cru.
These types of multicultural or cultural sensitivity trainings purportedly from a biblical view are becoming popular within Christian organizations. In fact, as we reported multiculturalism and diversity trainings are now part of the offerings from Christian school accreditor the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).
These types of trainings purport to be from a Christian worldview; however, they function as ideological training. Lenses being a prime example of this brought into a Christian organization with a large footprint on America’s colleges and universities. ACSI brings the diversity trainings to K-12.
This is a growing problem that will bring with it growing divisions. This is something the Cru report established—the focus on privilege and oppression hurt the sharing of the Gospel with the lost world.
Cru Diversity & Social Justice Staff signed letter protesting Cru’s white leadership
Proving just how corrosive racial identity trainings can be, Cru leadership—the very people who began and promoted the trainings—were on the receiving end of a protest letter from Cru’s Diversity and Social Justice staff, the report said.
500 Cru staff members signed a letter protesting the failure to hire “BIPOC (Black/Indigenous/People of Color)” for top leadership within Cru. The Cru staff alleged, “There is a history of the Church (local and parachurch) turning a blind eye and staying silent to systemic oppression and/or actively engaging in oppression and suppression of marginalized voices.”
At root of the Woke Cru protest is the view of every single position within an organization as something requiring secular identities as more important than the Christian identity. For example, this section from the Woke protest letter said, “There is encouragement and much to celebrate in Shannon Compere’s invitation and acceptance of the role, as she will be the first woman to lead the entire US Campus Ministry. However, full or complete celebration is left wanting because her appointment followed the promotion of two white men into the top leadership roles within Cru.”
The celebration of a woman’s promotion was muted because two white men were promoted. Consider that for a moment.
Does this letter read as something Christian or something Woke and secular?
Will the balkanization of Christians along these ethnic lines help the mission of Cru or harm it?
The report’s authors firmly believed it would harm the missionary work.
According to the report, “Cru’s stated Purpose is: helping to fulfill the Great Commission in the power of the Holy Spirit by winning people to faith in Jesus Christ, building them in their faith and sending them to win and build others, and helping the body of Christ to do evangelism and discipleship through a variety of creative ways. A victim-oppressor worldview is taking energy and focus away from this original calling.”
The report serves as a powerful call to return to the core Christian mission. Will Cru and other Christian organizations now tempted by the Woke Social Justice gospel repent and return to the Gospel?
— Read on www.wnd.com/2021/05/called-self-defense/
France’s Luc Montagnier / AP Images
Luc Montagnier, a French virologist and recipient of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his discovery of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), has recently exposed the dangers of the COVID-19 vaccines. Montagnier discussed the issue in an interview with Pierre Barnérias of Hold-Up Media earlier this month, which was exclusively translated from French into English for RAIR Foundation USA.
The vaccines don’t stop the virus, argues the prominent virologist, they do the opposite — they “feed the virus,” and facilitate its development into stronger and more transmittable variants. These new virus variants will be more resistant to vaccination and may cause more health implications than their “original” versions.
During the interview, professor Montagnier referred to the vaccine program for the coronavirus as an “unacceptable mistake.” Mass vaccinations are a “scientific error as well as a medical error,” he said. “The history books will show that, because it is the vaccination that is creating the variants.” Montagnier explained that “there are antibodies, created by the vaccine,” forcing the virus to “find another solution” or die. This is where the variants are created. It is the variants that “are a production and result from the vaccination.”
Montagnier details that the mutation and strengthening of the virus occurs owing to the phenomenon known as Antibody Dependent Enhancement (ADE). ADE is a mechanism that increases the ability of a virus to enter cells and cause a worsening of the disease. ADE occurs when the antibodies generated during an immune response recognize and bind to a pathogen, but they are unable to prevent infection. Instead, these antibodies act as a “Trojan horse,” allowing the pathogen to get into cells and exacerbate the immune response.
In America, routinely recommended vaccines do not cause ADE. If they did, they would be removed from circulation. Phase III clinical trials of new vaccines are designed to uncover frequent or severe side effects before the vaccine is approved for use. Typically, it takes 2-4 years to assess whether a vaccine is safe, but with COVID-19 vaccines, manufacturers are spending around six months or less for testing.
According to the Cambridge University, ADE occurs in SARS-CoV-1, MERS, HIV, Zika, and Dengue virus infection and vaccination.
Data from around the world confirms ADE occurs in SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, says Montagnier. “You see it in each country, it’s the same: the curve of vaccination is followed by the curve of deaths. I’m following this closely and I am doing experiments at the Institute with patients who became sick with Corona after being vaccinated.”
In a medical documentary Hold Up: Return of the Chaos, released in France on November 11, 2020, Montagnier rejected the then-upcoming vaccine against COVID, saying he will not be vaccinated. “My conscience tells me not to,” he said. Montagnier also addressed his French colleagues, urging them “to uphold their [medical] titles as doctors, not as the sheep.”
The movie discusses the origins of the virus, criticizes harmful and irrational mask mandates as well as lockdowns, quarantines, abuses of government overreach, and explores effective COVID treatments such as hydroxychloroquine. The video was banned on YouTube, possibly because the creators imply the World Economic Forum used the pandemic to establish world dominance as a part of a global plan that is known as the Great Reset.
Montagnier has been a vocal critic of the mass vaccination campaign. In a letter to the President and Judges of the Supreme Court of the State of Israel, which unrolled the world’s speediest and the most massive vaccination campaign, Montagnier urged for its suspension:
“I would like to summarize the potential dangers of these vaccines in a mass vaccination policy.
1. Short-term side effects: these are not the normal local reactions found for any vaccination, but serious reactions involve the life of the recipient such as anaphylactic shock linked to a component of the vaccine mixture, or severe allergies or an autoimmune reaction up to cell aplasia.
2. Lack of vaccine protection:
2.1 Induction of facilitating antibodies – the induced antibodies do not neutralize a viral infection, but on the contrary facilitate it depending on the recipient. The latter may have already been exposed to the virus asymptomatically. A low level of naturally induced antibodies may compete with the antibodies induced by the vaccine.
2.2 The production of antibodies induced by vaccination in a population highly exposed to the virus will lead to the selection of variants resistant to these antibodies. These variants can be more virulent or more transmissible. This is what we are seeing now. An endless virus-vaccine race that will always turn to the advantage for the virus.
3. Long-term effects: Contrary to the claims of the manufacturers of messenger RNA vaccines, there is a risk of integration of viral RNA into the human genome. Indeed, each of our cells has endogenous retroviruses with the ability to reverse transcriptase from RNA into DNA. Although this is a rare event, its passage through the DNA of germ cells and its transmission to future generations cannot be excluded.
“Faced with an unpredictable future, it is better to abstain.”
Earlier last year, Montagnier presented a powerful case proving the SARS-CoV2 could only be a genetically engineered coronavirus, therefore the vaccine strategy should be based that fact.
As reported by French Soir, in his television interview of April 17, 2020, Montagnier drew attention to the presence of at least half a dozen mini-sequences of the HIV virus grouped together in a short segment of the SARS-Cov2 genome. This observation was published by the mathematician Jean-Claude Perez in February 2020 under the title “Synthetic origin of Covid-19 and Evolution.” These mini-sequences, researchers believe, could be exogenous information elements (EIA), that is, they can have genetic significance. They assert that this unmistakable presence of concentrated EIAs, in relation to HIV but also with the Yoeli Plasmodium parasite, the agent responsible for malaria, would not be natural and therefore would require an adequate strategy to develop a safe and effective vaccine. Montagnier and Perez explain the scientific challenges and complexity to develop vaccines against HIV and malaria, both of which still have no vaccines to combat infection.
Montagnier argues the coronavirus had escaped in an “industrial accident,” while Chinese scientists at the Wuhan city laboratory were trying to develop a vaccine against HIV.
Back in April 2020, Montagnier urged people to refuse vaccines against COVID-19 when they become available, because “instead of preventing the infection, they [would] accelerate infection.” Today, the newly occurring variants of SARS-CoV-2 that affect vaccinated people prove his thesis. In this case, mass vaccination may cause a new, more deadly wave of pandemic.
The same thesis is shared by the Belgium virologist Vanden Bossche, who is also calling for a halt to the mass-vaccination programs. He believes that if the jabs are not halted, they could lead to the evolution of stronger and stronger variants of the virus until a “supervirus” takes hold and wipes out huge numbers of people.
Christ the Ocean in Which All Delights Meet
As all the rivers are gathered into the ocean, which is the congregation or meeting place of all the waters in the world, so Christ is that ocean in which all true delights and pleasures meet.
Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Justification Comes by the Mercy of God
Psalm 111:9; Romans 5:16; 1 Peter 1:18; Revelation 5:9
Our justification comes freely by the mere mercy of God, and of so great and free mercy, that whereas all the world was not able of themselves to pay any part towards their ransom, it pleased our heavenly Father of his infinite mercy, without any our desert or deserving, to prepare for us the most precious jewels of Christ’s body and blood, whereby our ransom might be fully paid, the law fulfilled, and his justice fully satisfied.
Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
This article is part of the 10 Things You Should Know series.
1. Justification by faith is a whole-Bible doctrine.
Some Christians may be surprised to learn that the doctrine of justification by faith is not only found in the New Testament but in the Old Testament. Genesis tells us that Abraham, in response to God’s promise, “believed the LORD, and it was counted to him as righteousness” (Gen. 15:6). Job sought to justify himself before God and in the end renounced his own righteousness (e.g., Job 32:2; 42:1–6). David was a man after God’s own heart, and yet he speaks of the blessing of justification apart from works: “Blessed is the one who transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered” (Ps. 32:1); “Enter not into judgment with your servant, for no one living is righteous before you” (Ps. 143:2). Isaiah prophesies that the servant of the Lord will “make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities” (Isa. 53:11). And Habakkuk teaches us that “the righteous shall live by his faith” (Hab. 2:4), a truth which he also exemplified in his own life (Hab. 3:16–19). Finally, Jesus himself teaches this doctrine in his parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector, a parable he told “to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt” (Luke 18:9).
Thus, justification by faith is a doctrine taught by the whole Bible. But it is most clearly taught in Paul’s letters, which leads to my second point:
2. Justification by faith is articulated most clearly by the apostle Paul.
Most agree that the doctrine of justification by faith is seen most clearly in Paul’s letters, and especially in his letters to the Romans and Galatians. Paul sums up the point of his letter to the Romans in Romans 1:17: “For in it [the gospel] the righteousness of God is revealed by faith to faith, as it is written, ‘The righteousness shall live by faith.’” Note that I have modified the ESV slightly, changing “from faith for faith” to “by faith to faith” in order to show how “by faith” is used two times in the original Greek of this verse. Justification by faith is at the center of Paul’s argument in this letter. Similarly, it is at the center of Paul’s argument in Galatians, which is summarized nicely in Galatians 2:16: “yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.”
In this latter statement, we can see how Paul often contrasts justification by faith with justification by works of the law, which leads to my third point:
3. Justification by faith is another way of saying we are not justified by our works.
Justification by faith is the opposite of justification by our works of obedience to the law. As Paul says it in Romans, “we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law” (Rom. 3:28). He also draws an enlightening contrast between the worker and the believer: “Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness” (Rom. 4:4–5). Recall that Jesus also teaches that the one who is justified before God is not the one who boasts in his or her own righteousness but the sinner who cries out to God for mercy. Isaiah prophesies that our justification will come about through the suffering of the servant for our transgressions. And David teaches that “no one living is righteous before you.” This means that none of us will be justified by our righteous works or our obedience to the law. Rather, we are justified through faith in Christ.
But wait. If we are justified by our faith, isn’t that still something we do? Does justification by faith throw the onus of our justification on ourselves? This question leads to my fourth point:
4. Justification by faith does not mean that our faith is the ultimate cause of our justification.
Once again, Paul clearly teaches that we are justified by our faith (e.g., Rom. 3:28). And yet he does not mean by this that our faith is the ultimate reason we are justified. The ultimate reason that we are justified is this: Christ “was delivered up [by God] for our trespasses and raised [by God] for our justification” (Rom. 4:25). Why then does Paul say that we are justified by our faith? Because our faith is the thing that rests upon and unites us to the Christ who was crucified for our sins and raised for our justification. Faith is belief in the truth of the gospel as well as trust in the God of the gospel. It is an act of the whole inner person (the heart, Rom. 10:9), which is directed toward the word of God, God himself, and especially toward the crucified and risen Christ. But if our faith is the inward act of the heart believing and trusting in Christ, does this mean our outward actions don’t matter at all for justification? This question leads to my fifth point:
5. Justification by faith affirms that good works necessarily follow from faith.
The doctrine of justification by faith excludes our works of obedience to the law as a means or cause of our justification before God. But it also affirms that acts of love and good works necessarily follow from our faith as the fruit of our faith. For example, Paul teaches that “in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love” (Gal. 5:6). And James teaches that our faith is “completed by” our works (James 2:22), concluding that “a person is justified by works and not by faith alone” (James 2:24). On the surface, this seems to correct and even contradict Paul’s teaching about justification by faith. But it is better to see James correcting a misrepresentation of Paul’s teaching—one that would say our works don’t matter at all (cf. Rom. 3:8). In contrast, James teaches that our works do matter. Genuine faith must result in good works. Paul also teaches that justification by faith results in the inclusion of the Gentile believers as part of God’s people, which leads to my next point:
6. Justification by faith results in the inclusion of all believers as God’s people.
One necessary conclusion from Paul’s doctrine of justification by faith is the idea that God will therefore justify both Jewish believers and Gentile believers. If “all have sinned” and “are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 3:23–24), then it follows that God is the God not only of Jewish believers but of Gentile believers. Paul makes this point in Romans 3:29–30: “Or is God the God of the Jews only? Is he not God of the Gentiles also? Yes, of the Gentiles also, since God is one—who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith.” Again, in Romans 4:9 he asks “Is this blessing [of righteousness apart from works] then only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised?” Paul concludes strongly in favor of the latter option. The inclusion of the Gentiles is a point rightly emphasized by the New Perspective on Paul, although scholars who hold this view tend to wrongly see Gentile inclusion as the essential meaning of justification by faith rather than as a necessary result of the doctrine of justification by faith.
We see then that justification by faith has corporate entailments. Our justification before God by faith results in the creation of a family of faith that includes all believers, Jewish or Gentile, slave or free. Nevertheless, the doctrine still speaks fundamentally about the individual’s standing before God, something which has been captured well by its theological formations in church history. This leads to my seventh point:
7. Justification by faith is a Protestant doctrine.
The doctrine of justification by faith as we think of it today was formulated by Protestant theologians at the time of the Reformation. One thinks immediately of the formula “justification by faith alone.” This is a way of capturing the Bible’s teaching that we cannot be justified before God by our own righteous obedience to the law but only by our faith in the satisfaction and merit of Christ on our behalf. “Faith alone” does not mean that works do not matter at all, because Protestant theologians are quick to affirm that while justification is “by faith alone,” this justifying faith is “never alone” but is necessarily accompanied by love and good works. A second important formulation for the doctrine of justification is imputation. Because we are united to Christ by the Spirit and by faith, our sins have been imputed to his account, and his righteousness has been imputed to our account. Imputation is an attempt to capture the truth of biblical statements like 2 Corinthians 5:21: “For our sake he [God] made him [Christ] to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” Here Paul does not mean that God actually made Christ a sinner but that he imputed our sin to Christ’s account, just as, in the parallel statement, he has imputed his own righteousness to our account.
Thus, as our doctrine of the Trinity is associated with the formulations of the Council of Nicaea, so our doctrine of justification by faith is associated with the formulations of the Protestant Reformation. But this does not mean that ancient Christians did not believe or experience the doctrine, which leads to my eight point:
8. Justification by faith is an ancient Christian doctrine.
The formal articulation of the doctrine of justification by faith stems from the Reformation of the western church beginning in the sixteenth century. But the doctrine of justification by faith had been taught and experienced by Christians long before the Reformation. We have already seen this in the Bible, but we also read of this doctrine in the church fathers. For example, in the second or third century defense of Christianity called the Epistle to Diognetus, we find this beautiful passage: “He [God] did not hate us, or reject us, or bear a grudge against us; instead he was patient and forbearing; in his mercy he took upon himself our sins; he himself gave up his own Son as a ransom for us, the holy one for the lawless, the guiltless for the guilty, the just for the unjust, the incorruptible for the corruptible, the immortal for the mortal. For what else but his righteousness could have covered our sins? In whom was it possible for us, the lawless and ungodly, to be justified, except in the Son of God alone? O the sweet exchange, O the incomprehensible work of God, O the unexpected blessings, that the sinfulness of many should be hidden in one righteous person, while the righteousness of one should justify many sinners!” (Diogn. 9:2–5).
The promise of God in the gospel is that he will justify the ungodly and even bring the dead to life in Christ.
One can see here that justification by faith, as J. I. Packer says in his classic article on the subject, is a doctrine not only to be articulated but to be experienced. But unfortunately, it is also a doctrine that has been surrounded by controversy, which leads to my ninth point:
9. Justification by faith is an embattled doctrine.
It seems that the doctrine justification by faith often finds itself in the midst of controversy. Paul speaks of it in his conflict with false teachers who were giving the Galatians a hard time about not being circumcised. And Protestant theologians formally articulated it in their attempt to reform the Western church. We could say then it is a “polemic” doctrine, in that it is actively attacking false doctrine; but Paul and the Reformers were also defending the truth of the gospel—the gospel Paul had received from God (Gal. 1:11–12), and the gospel the Reformers received from Holy Scripture. Today, among evangelicals, the heirs of English reformation, this doctrine is still often embattled. This can be discouraging, especially in an era where it seems that conflict is waiting around every corner. But perhaps it can also be encouraging that we are not the first ones to be in conflict over this doctrine. Indeed, the most important doctrines in the history of the church are typically forged in the context of controversy.
But my last point reminds us that the articulation, experience, and even controversy of justification are worth it, because:
10. Justification by faith brings glory to God.
There is something about justification by faith that gives particular glory to God. Paul says this of Abraham’s faith: “No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised” (Rom. 4:20–21). The promise of God in the gospel is that he will justify the ungodly and even bring the dead to life in Christ. Thus, when we, like Abraham, acknowledge the gospel to be true and trust that God will do it, we give him particular glory through Jesus Christ. This is why he says that the great aim of hearing the gospel, believing it, and receiving the Spirit as the down-payment of our future inheritance is all “to the praise of his glory” (Eph. 1:14).
Once again we see that justification by faith does not draw attention to ourselves and our great faith but rather to Christ and God’s great work of redemption through him. “To him be glory forever. Amen” (Rom. 11:36).
Kevin W. McFadden is the author of Faith in the Son of God: The Place of Christ-Oriented Faith within Pauline Theology.
Kevin McFadden (PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is associate professor of New Testament at Cairn University in Philadelphia and the coauthor of Biblical Theology according to the Apostles. Kevin and his wife, Colleen, are members of Trinity Community Church in Abington, Pennsylvania.
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16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (1 Th 4:16). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
4:16 the dead in Christ will rise first. For Paul, those “in Christ” constitute a subcategory of those “in Adam” (the whole human race), and comprise all who participate in the salvation of Christ (1 Cor. 15:22, 23), whether they lived before or after Christ. Therefore, this rising of the “dead in Christ” is a resurrection of all the righteous dead, and not merely of New Testament believers, at the time of Christ’s return (as in 1 Cor. 15:23; cf. John 5:28, 29). The resurrection of the unrighteous is mentioned explicitly by Paul only in Acts 24:15, though he also presupposes it in his warnings of a universal judgment of individuals at the time of Christ’s return (Acts 17:31; Rom. 2:5–16). See theological note “The Return of Jesus Christ” on previous page.
4:16 the Lord himself Refers to Jesus. The Greek expression used here emphasizes that this is a personal visitation by the Lord Jesus, not just His angelic messengers.
the voice of the archangel Probably refers to the archangel Michael (see Jude 9). “A shout of command,” “the voice of the archangel,” and “the trumpet of God” may be referring to the same thing—a great acclamation meant to herald the returning King.
trumpet of God Announcing the Lord’s arrival. Paul’s language describes a visible and audible event.
dead in Christ will rise first The Thessalonians were concerned that the “dead in Christ” (i.e., believers who died before the Lord’s return) would be excluded from Christ’s return and the blessings of the age to come. However, Paul informs them that those believers will not be lost; in fact, they will precede living believers to resurrection glory. Because of Christ’s resurrection, the Thessalonians will have new bodies that are no longer subject to death (1 Cor 15:52–55). The resurrection is the center of Christian hope.
4:16 the Lord Himself will descend. This fulfills the pledge of Jn 14:1–3 (cf. Ac 1:11). Until then, He remains in heaven (cf. 1:10; Heb 1:1–3). archangel. Very little is known about the organization or rank of angels (cf. Col 1:17). While only Michael is named as an archangel (Jude 9), there seems to be more than one in the archangelic ranks (Da 10:13). Perhaps it is Michael, the archangel, whose voice is heard as he is identified with Israel’s resurrection in Da 12:1–3. At that moment (cf. 1Co 15:52, “twinkling of an eye”), the dead rise first. They will not miss the Rapture, but be the first participants. trumpet of God. Cf. 1Co 15:52. This trumpet is not the judgment trumpets of Rev 8–11, but is illustrated by the trumpet of Ex 19:16–19, which called the people out of the camp to meet God. It will be a trumpet of deliverance (cf. Zep 1:16; Zec 9:14).
4:16 — For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.
This amazing passage describes the moment when the Lord returns for His church, when those who are alive will go directly into His presence and the dead in Christ will receive their glorified bodies.
4:16 Accompanying the descent of Christ from heaven will be the voice of an archangel, perhaps Michael, who is portrayed as the leader of the army of God (Dan. 10:13, 21; Jude 9; Rev. 12:7–9). The only other angel named in Scripture is Gabriel, who is given a prominent role as a messenger of God (Dan. 8:16; 9:21; Luke 1:19, 26). The archangel’s voice will be one of triumph because of the great victory at the coming of Christ, culminating thousands of years of spiritual conflict with Satan. The final signal will be the trumpet of God. The three elements consisting of the shout of the Lord Himself, the voice of an archangel, and the trumpet of God will perhaps be separate events occurring in rapid succession. The doctrine of the Resurrection is a central doctrine of the Christian faith, including as it does the resurrection of Christ and, ultimately, the resurrection of all people. The answer to the question as to how the dead can be raised when the remains of their bodies are in some cases totally scattered is not a problem for a supernatural God who created the world. Clearly the Resurrection will be a physical resurrection in which bodily existence will be restored, as confirmed in 1 Cor. 15:51–53. The resurrected bodies of Christians will be like that of Christ (1 John 3:2), incorruptible and immortal, and yet they will be bodies of flesh and bone (Luke 24:39, 40; John 20:20, 25, 27). They all will be recognizable, as was the resurrected body of Christ.
|Pictures of the End Time|
|The “voice of an archangel” and the “trumpet of God” (1 Thess. 4:16) emphasize the divine authority behind Paul’s description of Jesus’ return. The images and pictures Paul uses for the end time overlap with those of other Jews of his time, though he omits most elements found in contemporary Jewish descriptions. What Paul does describe especially matches Jesus’ picture of the end time (trumpet, clouds, angels, times and seasons, sudden destruction). Jewish readers familiar with the OT recognized the importance of trumpets for gathering the assembly, sometimes to battle. Gentile readers probably knew the Roman use of trumpets to gather troops or to send signals in battle. Most relevant, Jewish tradition, as emphasized in a daily synagogue prayer, portrayed the gathering of Israel in the end time as accompanied by the sounding of a trumpet. The highest archangel, according to Jewish tradition, was Michael (Dan. 10:13), who was also the special patron for Israel. Each nation had a guardian angel, but Michael was especially powerful, as the guardian of God’s chosen people. Jewish traditions sometimes gave Michael special prominence in the final battle, though, for Paul, Jesus fulfilled this function Himself (1 Thess. 4:16). The “shout,” conjoined with the trumpet, may picture the battle cry offered by a commander. The OT sometimes portrays God as a divine warrior, occasionally mentioning His battle cry (Is. 42:13). Jesus’ teaching about the end time (Matt. 24) is probably the background for Paul’s own teaching, which he claimed was by “the word of the Lord” (1 Thess. 4:15). As Jesus described the coming Son of Man, He applied to Himself a variety of end-time descriptions that the OT and Judaism normally reserved only for God (Matt. 24:30, 31). Similarly, Paul applies these same descriptions to the coming Christ.|
4:16 The exact order of events at Christ’s coming for His saints is now given. The Lord Himself will descend from heaven. He will not send an angel, but will come Himself!
It will be with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. Several explanations have been offered as to the significance of these commanding sounds, but frankly it is almost impossible to speak with finality about them:
1. Some feel that the shout is the voice of the Lord Jesus Himself which raises the dead (John 5:25; 11:43, 44) and changes the living. Others, like Hogg and Vine, say that the shout is the archangel’s voice.
2. The voice of Michael, the archangel, is commonly understood as an assembling command for the OT saints, since he is so closely associated with Israel (Dan. 12:1; Jude 9; Rev. 12:4–7). Others think its purpose is to revive Israel nationally. And still others suggest the voice of an archangel summons the angels as a military escort to accompany the Lord and His saints through enemy territory back to heaven (cf. Luke 16:22).
3. The trumpet of God is the same as the last trumpet of 1 Corinthians 15:52, which has to do with the resurrection of believers at the time of the Rapture. It calls the saints to eternal blessing. It is not to be confused with the seventh trumpet of Revelation 11:15–18, which signals the final outpouring of judgment on the world during the Tribulation. The last trumpet here is the last for the church. The seventh trumpet of Revelation is the last for the unbelieving world (though it is never specifically called the “last trumpet”).
The bodies of the dead in Christ will rise first. Whether this includes the OT saints is debatable. Those who think it does point out that the archangel’s voice is heard at this time, and that he is closely linked with the destinies of Israel (Dan. 12:1). Those who think that the OT saints will not be raised at the Rapture remind us that the phrase in Christ (the dead in Christ) is never applied to believers who lived before the Church Age; these believers will probably be raised at the end of the Tribulation (Dan. 12:2). In any case it is clear that this is definitely not a general resurrection. Not all the dead are raised at this time, but only the dead in Christ.
4:16. Jesus Christ now sits at the right hand of God in heaven (Rom. 8:34; Eph. 1:20; Col. 3:1; Heb. 1:3). He will leave this position and descend to the earth. By the words the Lord Himself Paul emphasized that it would be the same Jesus who had ascended through the clouds (cf. Acts 1:11).
The sounds mentioned in this verse—a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God—are difficult to interpret. Who will voice the loud shout? Will it be Jesus Himself (cf. John 11:43), or the archangel Michael (Dan. 10:13; Jude 9), or another angel? Is this a literal trumpet call, or was Paul speaking figuratively in describing the call of God by which He will announce the Advent of His Son? (cf. 1 Cor. 15:52) These three phenomena may all refer to the same thing, but probably they are three separate almost simultaneous announcements heralding Christ’s return. Though one’s curiosity about these aspects of the Rapture is not fully satisfied in this passage, one thing is clear: Christ’s return for His saints will be announced from heaven forcefully and dramatically.
Then the dead in Christ will be resurrected, that is, believers of this dispensation will be raised. Old Testament saints will evidently be raised at the end of the Great Tribulation (Dan. 12:2), for the phrase “in Christ” refers exclusively to Church-Age saints. The bodies of the dead in Christ will rise before the living Christians are caught up to meet the Lord in the air (1 Thes. 4:17).
How will God raise the bodies of people who were buried hundreds of years ago? What about the bodies of those Christians who were burned to death and those whose ashes were thrown to the wind, and Christians who perished at sea? The resurrection of the dead poses a great problem to the faith of many. Perhaps that is why Paul stressed that this revelation came from Jesus Christ Himself and that it is as certain of future fulfillment as Jesus’ resurrection is a fact of past history. The God who created the universe out of nothing with a word is fully able to reassemble the decayed bodies of all His saints in a moment of time (cf. 1 Cor. 15:35–58).
4:16 “the Lord Himself” The Greek text emphasizes Jesus’ personal return—not a surrogate (cf. John 5:25–28).
© “will descend from heaven” Jesus will leave the Father’s presence a second time to retrieve the family of faith (cf. John 14:2–3).
|NASB, NKJV||“with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God”|
|NRSV||“with a cry of command, with the archangel’s call and with the sound of God’s trumpet”|
|TEV||“There will be the shout of command, the archangel’s voice, the sound of God’s trumpet”|
|JB||“at the trumpet of God, the voice of the archangel will call out the command”|
The question remains how many heavenly persons are related to these three parallel events. There is a shout, a voice and a trumpet blast. The JB assumes all three are done by the archangel and then Jesus descends. Other translations imply the first “cry,” “command” or “shout” is from Jesus and then the archangel calls for the trumpet blast.
Heaven is prepared for this event—it is on the calendar. The uncertainty of when and how the event will occur fades into insignificance with the knowledge of who will be coming. Jesus is coming again to receive His own.
© “the archangel” No ARTICLE appears, thus, it should read “an archangel.” Although Dan. 10:13 implies several, the Bible only mentions one: Michael (cf. Jude 9). He is the national angel of Israel.
© “trumpet” This was a very important means of communication in the OT, used for religious and military events (cf. Exod. 19:16; Isa. 27:13; Joel 2:1; Zech. 9:14; 1 Cor. 15:52).
Two types of trumpets appear in the OT: (1) silver trumpets (cf. Num. 10:2, 8–10; 31:6), and (2) the left ram’s horn called the shophar (cf. Exod. 19:16, 19; 20:18; Lev. 25:9; Josh. 6).
© “and the dead in Christ will rise first.” This phrase causes confusion about where the dead go between their death and resurrection day. This verse implies that they will remain in the grave (cf. Matt. 27:52–53).
However, 2 Cor. 5:8 implies that they are with the Lord. The solution may be in postulating a disembodied state. The physical body remains in the grave, the life force goes to be with the Lord. There are many unanswered questions here. The Bible does not provide a clear teaching passage on this subject.
Most translations translate it as if the saints are with God/Jesus and return with Him (cf. NASB). Another view is found in TEV, “Those who have died believing in Christ will rise to life first.”
The Return: The Lord himself will come down from heaven (4:16a)
We note that it is the Lord himself who will ‘descend’ (rsv), not one of his deputies or representatives. The Parousia will be a personal coming, a visit in person, of the Lord, that is, Jesus. Accompanying his return there will be a universal, authoritative, divine proclamation which presumably will both announce the end and summon the dead to rise. For the Parousia and the resurrection are inseparable. As at the creation God ‘spoke and it came to be’, and as at the tomb Jesus called in a loud voice ‘Lazarus, come out!’ and he came out,43 so on the last day the dead will hear the creative, commanding voice of God and will obey. jbp captures the drama well: ‘One word of command, one shout from the archangel, one blast from the trumpet of God and the Lord himself will come down from Heaven!’ We are probably not meant to imagine three distinct noises (the command, the voice and the trumpet) but rather to understand the variety and repetition as indicating the overwhelming, irresistible nature of the summons.
(ii) The Resurrection: And the dead in Christ will rise first (4:16b)
Already in verse 14 Paul has assured the Thessalonians that when Jesus comes God will bring the Christian dead with him. But he did not explain how or in what form they would accompany him, although the reference to Jesus dying and rising gave us a clear hint. Now, however, Paul is explicit in supplying the missing information. Their resurrection will precede their coming. The dead in Christ will rise first. This sequence is appropriate. Since the Christ who comes will be the Christ who himself died and rose again (14), so those who have died in him will now rise with him, and the resurrected Christ will be accompanied at his coming by his resurrected people. Again we observe the gist of Paul’s argument. There is no possibility that those who have died in Christ will ever be separated from Christ. They died ‘through’ him (14); they sleep ‘in’ him (16); they will rise ‘with’ him; and they will come ‘with’ him too (14). Christ and his people belong to each other inseparably and indissolubly.
16. ‘One word of command, one shout from the archangel, one blast from the trumpet of God and the Lord himself will come down from Heaven!’ This translation of Phillips catches something of the vividness of Paul’s words. This is the fullest description of the parousia in the New Testament, and when we reflect on the little that is said here we are warned against undue dogmatism about what will then happen. Paul’s main point is that it is none other than the Lord himself who will come. The end of the age is not to be ushered in by some intermediary, but by God himself (cf. Mic. 1:3). It is awe-inspiring.
The loud command (keleusma) is used of the cry of the charioteer to his horses or the hunter to his hounds; it is the shout of the ship’s master to the rowers, or of the commander to his soldiers. Always there is the ring of authority and the note of urgency. It is not said who will utter the command, but it may well be the Lord (cf. John 5:25, 28). If not, then the command, the voice and the trumpet call may all be ways of referring to the same thing (Rev. 1:10 has ‘a loud voice like a trumpet’). Hendriksen and others hold that the Lord utters the command, while the voice and the trumpet call are identical. We should reject translations that might give the impression that the Lord responds to a command (e.g. jb, ‘At the trumpet of God, the voice of the archangel will call out the command and the Lord himself will come down’). He is in control.
Some have tried to identify the archangel, and Michael, the only archangel named in the New Testament (Jude 9), is usually favoured (Gabriel is simply an ‘angel’ in Luke 1:19; there are seven ‘holy angels’, usually regarded as archangels, in the Apocrypha: Tobit 12:15; 1 Enoch 20:1–8). But archangelou lacks the article and it seems that Paul has no particular archangel in mind. Similarly voice has no article, so that it means ‘a voice of an archangel’ or perhaps ‘a voice like an archangel’s’. The trumpet is associated with divine activity in the Old Testament (Exod. 19:16; Isa. 27:13; Joel 2:1; Zech. 9:14), and is linked elsewhere with the parousia (Matt. 24:31; 1 Cor. 15:52).
The dead in Christ (even death does not break the union; we are still in him) are to rise first, i.e. before the events of the next verse. It is unlikely that Paul has in mind the ‘first resurrection’ (Rev. 20:5), or that he is thinking of the resurrection of all men. He is simply pointing out that, far from the faithful departed missing the parousia, they will have a prominent place.
16. For the Lord himself. He employs the term κελεύσματος, (shout,) and afterwards adds, the voice of the archangel, by way of exposition, intimating what is to be the nature of that arousing shout—that the archangel will discharge the office of a herald to summon the living and the dead to the tribunal of Christ. For though this will be common to all the angels, yet, as is customary among different ranks, he appoints one in the foremost place to take the lead of the others. As to the trumpet, however, I leave to others to dispute with greater subtlety, for I have nothing to say in addition to what I briefly noticed in the First Epistle to the Corinthians. The Apostle unquestionably had nothing farther in view here than to give some taste of the magnificence and venerable appearance of the Judge, until we shall behold it fully. With this taste it becomes us in the mean time to rest satisfied.
The dead who are in Christ. He again says that the dead who are in Christ, that is, who are included in Christ’s body, will rise first, that we may know that the hope of life is laid up in heaven for them no less than for the living. He says nothing as to the reprobate, because this did not tend to the consolation of the pious, of which he is now treating.
He says that those that survive will be carried up together with them. As to these, he makes no mention of death: hence it appears as if he meant to say that they would be exempted from death. Here Augustine gives himself much distress, both in the twentieth book on the City of God and in his Answer to Dulcitius, because Paul seems to contradict himself, inasmuch as he says elsewhere, that seed cannot spring up again unless it die. (1 Cor. 15:36.) The solution, however, is easy, inasmuch as a sudden change will be like death. Ordinary death, it is true, is the separation of the soul from the body; but this does not hinder that the Lord may in a moment destroy this corruptible nature, so as to create it anew by his power, for thus is accomplished what Paul himself teaches must take place—that mortality shall be swallowed up of life. (2 Cor. 5:4.) What is stated in our Confession, that “Christ will be the Judge of the dead and of the living,” Augustine acknowledges to be true without a figure.2 He is only at a loss as to this—how those that have not died will rise again. But, as I have said, that is a kind of death, when this flesh is reduced to nothing, as it is now liable to corruption. The only difference is this—that those who sleep put off the substance of the body for some space of time, but those that will be suddenly changed will put off nothing but the quality.
4:16 / There will be an order in the events of the Parousia. First, the Lord himself will come down from heaven. The reference is to Jesus (see note on 1:1). Jesus’ divine role is indicated by the phrase, “from heaven” (ap’ ouranou, cf. 2 Thess. 1:7, also 1 Thess. 1:10, ek tōn ouranōn). That he personally plays that role and does not send a representative is highlighted by the emphatic pronoun autos “himself.” The verse recalls some of Jesus’ Son of Man sayings (cf. Mark 13:26; Luke 17:24). His coming will be with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God. J. B. Phillips captures something of the impact of the Greek: “One word of command, one shout from the Archangel, one blast from the trumpet of God and God in Person will come down from Heaven!” Keleusma is primarily a military word denoting “command.” Always there is a ring of authority about it and a note of urgency. Who will issue the command, we are not told. Paul writes more for effect than for precision. But were the question put to him, no doubt he would answer, “the Lord” (cf. John 5:28). The voice of the archangel is literally, “a voice of an archangel.” No specific archangel is meant and perhaps no archangel at all is in view (Michael is the only one named in the nt, Jude 9; Gabriel is mentioned in Luke 1:26 but not as an archangel). Paul might only mean “with a voice like the voice of an archangel.” The trumpet call of God harks back to several ot passages (Exod. 19:16; Isa. 27:13; Joel 2:1, 15; Zech. 9:14) and is mentioned three times in the nt: Matthew 24:31, 1 Corinthians 15:52, and Revelation 11:15. The association of angels with the trumpet call in two of these three passages suggests that the call and the voice of the archangel and, indeed, the loud command, are simply different ways—figurative ways—of expressing the one thought that Jesus’ coming will be with irresistible authority and indescribable grandeur (cf. Rev. 1:10; 4:1 for reference to a voice like the sound of a trumpet).
Then the dead in Christ will rise (cf. 1 Cor. 15:52 for similar teaching, and see note on 1:1 for the title Christ). The verb is again anistēmi, in an intransitive form (future middle), “they will rise,” but it should be understood in the sense, “God will raise them” (see disc. on 4:14). Notice that those who live “in Christ,” in death remain “in Christ” (cf. 1 Cor. 15:18; Rev. 14:13). Paul offers no account of an intermediate state between private death and the public event of the Parousia, except to assert that every Christian is somewhere in Christ’s care (see further Williams, Promise, pp. 114–19). Nothing, not even death, can “separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:39). Apollo’s lament in The Eumenides is that “the life once lost can live no more. For death my Father [Zeus] has ordained no healing spell” (651); to which the Christian joyfully replies, “Not so! We are with the Lord for ever” (4:17). Some identify the “rising” spoken of in this verse with “the first resurrection” of Revelation 20:5, but that reference is best understood in a spiritual rather than a bodily sense, in the sense of the new life of the believer (cf. John 5:24–27). The adverb, first, which qualifies this statement, must be read in conjunction with the “after that,” epeita, of verse 17. Will the living have an advantage over the dead? They will not. If anything, it might be argued, the dead have the advantage in that their resurrection will take place first, but that is not the point. The only point is that they will not be disadvantaged.
16 With this clause Paul goes on to offer an explanation of what he has just affirmed. He does so with a brief description of the nature of the Parousia itself, whose primary feature, “the Lord will come down from heaven,” can easily get lost in the surrounding sights and sounds, “sights” in the sense that Christ’s “coming down from heaven” is otherwise assumed to be visible to those who await him. The description itself is an interesting collage of items, from Scripture and Jewish apocalyptic on the one hand, and from the “coming” of kings/emperors on the other. First of all, and whatever else, what is being described is “fanfare,” the boisterous display that the Thessalonians would recognize as that which accompanied the “coming” (= visit) of the emperor to their city. But Paul does this in part by using language from two key Old Testament texts: (a) the primary theophany in Exodus 19:16, where Yahweh’s “descent” (v. 18) is accompanied by a “thick cloud” and “a very loud trumpet blast”; and (b) Psalm 47:5 (46:6 LXX), where this “coming” is rehearsed in song, but now regarding Yahweh’s “enthronement” on the temple mount in Jerusalem, whose kingship is celebrated by his people. Paul’s own language is an echo of the latter (put “literally”): “ascended God with a shout, the Lord with the ‘voice’ of a trumpet.”
Whether the Thessalonians would have caught this is moot; the point is that Paul himself sets out to describe the Parousia of the Lord, Jesus, now by way of language from this well-known psalm regarding the “coming” of the Lord, Yahweh, to Mount Zion. What Paul appears to have done is to apply the language of the “Psalm of Ascent” to describe the coming from heaven of the truly Great King, the risen Lord, Jesus Christ, who is now seen as “descending” in a way similar to the “descent” of Yahweh at Sinai. The psalmist, in celebrating Yahweh’s “ascent” to Mount Zion after he “had subdued nations under us,” thus picks up the motifs of Exodus for the enthronement of Yahweh, which was celebrated by accompanying “shouts of joy” and the “voice of the trumpet.” In Paul’s version a further “adjustment” to the language takes place, since this is now less “fanfare” with regard to the coming of Christ than it is “summoning” language, thus powerful imagery for “waking the sleeping,” which after all is the singular point Paul is making in this context. Paul’s “the Lord himself” is especially noteworthy in this regard, since it is in fact the Lord (Jesus) who had previously ascended on high who himself will return at the sounding of the trumpet.
It should be further pointed out that there is an “and” between only the second and third members of this description; thus, as the TNIV has it: “with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God.” In ordinary English this would mean that the Coming is accompanied in three ways: a command, an archangel’s voice, and God’s trumpet. However, what is the standard English practice for a list is almost never used by a Greek writer, who would ordinarily have had two “ands” between the three phrases. What this indicates is, as the published Greek text has it, that the second and third items are intended to stand in apposition to “loud command (= summons).”44 Thus, “with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet of God” spell out how the “summons” or “cry of command” will occur at the Coming. Whether Paul would have understood any of this language to be taken literally is in itself moot, since his only reason for including it at all is to give expression to the heavenly summons that is intended figuratively to “awaken the dead.”
“Archangels,” it should be noted, are not mentioned at all in the Old Testament. Rather, this is the language of intertestamental Judaism. Paul’s own phrase is anarthrous, and, as with the preceding “the word of the Lord” (v. 15), it is probably to be understood as the TNIV has it, “with the voice of the archangel.” If so, then most likely Paul had in mind the archangel named “Michael,” mentioned also in Jude 9 and Revelation 12:7, as well as in the somewhat earlier Book of Enoch 20:5, whose origins can be traced to the Septuagint of Daniel 12:1.
The second element in the “summons,” the “trumpet call of God,” is a much more common item in the Jewish eschatological tradition. As noted, the theme belongs first of all to the primary theophany on Sinai (Exod 19:16), which in turn found its way into Jewish eschatology (esp. apocalyptic) in a variety of ways. In Isaiah 27:13 the trumpet calls the exiles from Assyria and Egypt to worship on Zion; similarly, in Zechariah 9:14, “the Sovereign Lord will sound the trumpet” as he saves his “people on that day” (v. 16). But more to Paul’s own point is the eschatological discourse in Matthew 24, where Jesus himself refers to the coming “of the Son of Man … on the clouds of heavens” who “will send his angels with a loud trumpet call,” in order to “gather his elect from the four winds” (vv. 30–31). It is thus the perfect imagery to include in a letter to “God’s elect” in Thessalonica, for whom such trumpet calls would accompany state visits from Rome.
Finally, it should be noted again that everything in this description is aimed at the final clause, “and the dead in Christ will rise first,” a phrase which has also had an unfortunate history of misinterpretation. Paul’s own clear point comes in the following clause. His “first” means neither that they are the first to get to heaven, nor that they are the first to be raised—before others who will be raised for final judgment. Rather, as the next clause makes clear, they will be raised as the “first order of business,” as it were, so that all believers, those who have died and those currently living, will be together to meet the coming Lord in the sky. Thus one should not make too much of the phrasing “the dead in Christ,” who are Paul’s only concern here. They are described in this way solely to distinguish them from all others who have died; at this point Paul simply has no interest whatever in the others.
16 This verse makes us reflect on the very little that the New Testament has to say about the manner of the Parousia. Nowhere else do we have as full a description of what is to happen as here, but the details are few and do not paint a very full picture for us. The point of it all is that Scripture is intensely practical in this matter, as in others. There are many things that we would like to know, but the Bible was not written to gratify our curiosity. Rather, it is intended to help us in our Christian lives, and for that the important thing is that we should be ready when the Lord comes. Thus we are often warned to prepare, and told that the coming will be unexpected.
Paul makes three points here. The first is that the One who will come at the end of this age is no less than “the Lord himself.” It will be no angel or other created being to whom will be committed the task of bringing this age to an end. The Thessalonians are assured that they look forward to nothing less than a divine intervention.
This is underlined by Paul’s second point. The Lord’s second coming will be one of majesty and honor. Paul lists various accompaniments that demonstrate this. It is not certain whether the “shout” (NIV has “loud command”), the “voice of the archangel,” and the “trumpet call of God” are three ways of speaking about the same triumphant noise, or whether they are three different sounds.79 We read of “a loud voice like a trumpet” (Rev. 1:10; cf. 4:1; 5:2, etc.), and some commentators hold that something of that sort is meant here. This may be so, but the impression left is that there are three distinct sounds. The “shout” often denotes an authoritative utterance. The word is found often. It is the cry made by the ship’s master to his rowers, or by a military officer to his soldiers, or by a hunter to his hounds, or by a charioteer to his horses. When used of military or naval personnel it was a battle cry. In most places, then, it denotes a loud, authoritative cry, often uttered in the thick of great excitement. All these associations make it an apt word for the great day to which Paul looked forward. It is not said by whom the shout will be uttered, but the probability is that it is the Lord (cf. John 5:28–29, “a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out”). It will not mean, as some interpreters suggest, a command of God to Christ. The whole situation demands a command of God or Christ to the dead. We should avoid understanding the passage in the sense of JB, “At the trumpet of God, the voice of the archangel will call out the command and the Lord himself will come down.” If anything is certain, it is that the Lord will not be responding to the command of an archangel.
The alternative is that the shout is to be identified with “the voice of the archangel.” Neither of these nouns has the article (the Greek reads “a voice of an archangel”), which makes it unlikely that Paul is thinking of any particular archangel. It is even possible that he does not mean that an archangel will actually say anything, but simply that the voice that will be uttered will be a very great voice, an archangel type of voice. But more probably the meaning is that some archangel will add his voice to the call that wakes the dead.
Then there will be “the trumpet call of God.” Trumpets are often mentioned in the Old Testament in connection with times of festivity and triumph. They were a frequent accompaniment of great religious occasions. Paul speaks of the trumpet elsewhere in connection with the Parousia (1 Cor. 15:52). It fits in as part of the pageantry, stressing the majesty of the Lord and the greatness of the day.
The third point that Paul makes in this verse is that the faithful departed will rise first. The Thessalonians had been agitated by the possibility that their deceased loved ones would not have a place in the events of the great day. Far from that, Paul assures them, they will be very prominent. Indeed, they will rise before those who are alive on earth when that great day arrives.
16 The positive chronology of vv. 16–17 supports this strong statement (cf. the gar [“for”] at the beginning of v. 16). Without an intermediary, “the Lord himself will come down from heaven,” where he has been since ascending to the Father’s right hand. In so doing, he will issue “a loud command,” such as one given by a person with authority. The purpose is to awaken “those who have fallen asleep.”
Associated with the command will be “the voice of the archangel,” probably that of Michael (Jude 9), and “the trumpet call of God” (cf. 1 Co 15:52). As a sequel to this movement from heaven, “the dead in Christ” will rise before anything else occurs. Far from being excluded from the parousia, they will be main participants in the first act of the Lord’s return. That word of comfort must have brought great relief to the Thessalonians, as it has certainly done for innumerable Christians after them.
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Whoever does not fall down and worship shall immediately be cast into a burning fiery furnace. – Daniel 3:6
What did the head of gold from the earlier vision go and do? He built an entire statue of gold! He made it plain that he was rejecting the message and rebelling against it. He is signalling to all who will listen, “Why should I be just the head if I can erect an image that exudes wealth, power and significance from head to toe?” The great image of Nebuchadnezzar’s own making was a billboard declaring his newfound disagreement with the prophecy of Daniel’s God. Had he taken the Word of God seriously, he might have built a statue with a golden head and explained to his people, “Look, there is another king who is coming and we must prepare ourselves for what lies ahead.”
Nebuchadnezzar’s gold-plated display of defiance against the LORD symbolized his desire to allow no kingdom to destroy his dynasty. The fact that it occupied the site where the Tower of Babel was once constructed only adds to the irony of what he is attempting here.
Today we are still in need of the Lord’s clear warning in Psalm 2 where we read, “He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision. Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying, ‘As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.’” Today we are to remember that the LORD is in no way threatened by the forces of evil in this world
Suggestions for prayer
Pray that the LORD would grant you joy in the face of opposition from the world. Thank Him for being patient with you in your weakness. Ask Him to give you a renewed resolve to serve Him without compromise.
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.
“You would not be pleased with sacrifices or I would bring them. If I brought you a burnt offering, you would not accept it. The sacrifice you want is a broken spirit. A broken and repentant heart, O God, you will not despise.” Psalm 51:16-17 (NLT)
These are some of my favorite verses in the Bible. Granted they are not your typical favorite verses. For most people the idea of being broken is not very appealing and I would have to agree. But over the years God has shown me the freedom I have when I am broken and repentant. Let me explain . . .
Since I can remember, I have pushed myself to be “perfect”. Perfect as a mom, perfect in my job, perfect as a wife, perfect as a follower of Jesus, basically perfect in everything. It was a very tall order and I fell short of that mark pretty much ALL the time.
Perfectionism was a disease of my heart;
“You must never make a mistake, you must never let someone down and you must always look like you have it all together (even if you don’t) or someone will discover who you truly are.”
Perfectionism kept me from being honest with myself and with others. It isolated me by pushing away the people I loved and the God who had redeemed me.
“Going through the motions doesn’t please you, a flawless performance is nothing to you. I learned God-worship when my pride was shattered. Heart-shattered lives ready for love; don’t for a moment escape God’s notice.” Psalm 51:16-17 (The Message)
God doesn’t want my perfectionism, my self-righteousness or something I’ve sacrificed so I’ll look good to my friends and family. He wants my heart to be broken; to see the wrong and be truly sorry. He desires a heart that doesn’t keep secrets but willingly lays claim to the wrong.
For a long time I didn’t understand this desire God had for me so I pushed for perfection and for most of the people who weren’t too close to me I looked the part. But it was a façade; I looked good on the outside but was crumbling on the inside. It wasn’t until God made me take a good hard look at myself that I saw my sin for what it really was – alienating me from God and those I loved. Then I was finally able to let go of that all-consuming desire to be perfect and what I found in its place was FREEDOM.
Freedom to let go of what I thought I should be and become who God created me to be. Freedom to reach out to others without fear. Freedom to love unconditionally.
Freedom to be the real me . . . broken and redeemed!
Are you a perfectionist? Do you find yourself needing to be perfect in everything, never allowing people or for that matter, God to see your flaws? God wants to set your free from the chains of perfection that bind you.
Remember God doesn’t want perfection, He wants a heart that is broken and repentant and He will do the rest.
By Kristi Huseby
Used by Permission
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Misfortunes Hardest to Bear Are Those Which Never Come
Let us be of good cheer … remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never come. The world has outlived much, and will outlive a great deal more, and men have contrived to be happy in it.
JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL
Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Physically Together and Spiritually Together
Matthew 22:37–39; Mark 12:29–33; Luke 10:27; Ephesians 4:3
It is but right that, if we are corporally drawn together, we dwell together spiritually also. For it is of no avail that the same walls encompass us if difference of will separate us—since God regards rather unity of mind than of dwelling. Behold, we are a number of individuals under one roof, with different ways of acting, different hearts, different wills: all which one intention and one love of God must weld together in unity. We must therefore, in this matter, be of a single mind and a single will, that we may give our service to God and love God with our whole heart and with our whole soul and our neighbor as ourselves.
HUGH OF ST. VICTOR
Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
How Close Is The Second Coming?
(Matthew 24:3), Jesus told them a number of things to look for. He then said, “When you see all these things, you can know my return is near. I’m right at the door” (Matthew 24:33). He also said, “When all these things begin to happen, look up for your salvation is near!” (Luke 21:28). This means the #1 indication Jesus will return soon is all the signs appearing together. Both Jesus and the prophets told us what signs to look for, and the appearance of just one is reason enough to take notice. But the arrival of one sign after another demands your attention. It’s the sign Jesus said to look for. This convergence of signs is confirmation our generation will witness the Second Coming – not according to me, but according to Jesus.
CNN writer: ‘The world today needs a Hitler’
A CNN writer has been writing in praise of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. When the tweets came to light, he was let go by the news organization. The writer, Adeel Raja, has 54 articles under his byline at CNN, according to one social media post. According to another, he has been on the CNN payroll since 2013. Although he had made many pro-Hitler references in past tweets, it was one on Sunday that may have done him in. He tweeted: “The world today needs a Hitler”
Black Lives Matter sides with Palestinians, condemns Israeli ‘occupation’
The major organizations representing the Black Lives Matter movement, together with sympathetic U.S. lawmakers, have declared their unwavering solidarity with the Palestinians as attacks against Israel continued in recent days.
Google AI Researchers Are Dreaming Up a New Species of Search Engine
The Google team suggests the next generation of search engines might synthesize the best of all worlds, folding today’s top information retrieval systems into large-scale AI. It’s worth noting machine learning is already at work in classical index-retrieve-then-rank search engines. But instead of merely augmenting the system, the authors propose machine learning could wholly replace it.
Nearly 20% Of Seattle Cops Quit Amid National Protests, Budget Cuts
In short, the situation is abysmal, leading to roughly 260 officers packing it up for good. “The support that we had in my generation of policing is no longer there,” said Seattle officer Clayton Powell, who is retiring three years before his 30th year on the force. “When you see businesses get destroyed and families lose their livelihood because of that destruction and we can’t do anything about it. We’re not allowed to intercede.”
State Department Issues Warning After Chinese Skycraper Wobbles Violently In Mysterious Incident
The US Consulate in Guangzhou has issued a security alert to all US citizens to avoid the SEG tower in Shenzhen after footage of the tower shaking. The tower is located in the Huaqiangbei area of Shenzhen, the fast-growing Chinese tech hub just across the border from Hong Kong. At one point, the skyscraper’s wobbling caused a near-stampede as people fled the area. Shouts and honking horns could be heard as residents, some periodically turning around to look at the skyscraper, fled. After everyone was evacuated, the building was sealed shut.
Evangelicals, Not Jews, are “Backbone” of US Support for Israel
In the interview, Dermer says, among other things, that “people have to understand that the backbone of Israel’s support in the United States is the Evangelical Christians. That’s the backbone. And it’s true because of numbers and also because of their passionate and unequivocal support of Israel.”
‘They Can Chop Your Head Off’: English Lord Refuses Mandatory Sexual Harassment Training, Says It’s ‘Treason’
A member of the House of Lords in England is currently under investigation for refusing to participate in a mandatory anti-sexual harassment training. Lord David James, Baron of Blackheath, said that if he took part in the training it would be an act of “treason” against the Queen, according to Insider. James is one of four Lords who are under investigation for not taking part in the program, which was due to be completed by April 1. “I have not refused. I’ve said that I will only do it if it is proved to me that I am not committing treason by doing so. He said the training threatens the principle of free speech under the Privilege of Parliament Act 1512. “If you break that oath, you are liable with your life and your estates. In other words, they can chop your head off, and they can confiscate your entire property.”
Israel’s two wars – the jihadists and the media
We are expected to believe that Hamas, famous for hiding behind women and children, would never use an Associated Press building in Gaza as cover for its terrorist operations. If that doozy is not enough, here’s another one… We are expected to believe that the AP would never share office space with Hamas…like that building the IDF toppled to thwart Hamas from further deadly mischief. Shocked…SHOCKED…says the AP at the inference that it knew anything.
Rocket fire continues, IDF intensifies attacks in Gaza
Defense Minister orders IDF to speed up operational plans and focus on destroying the underground array in Gaza. The rocket fire from Gaza continues: Sirens were sounded in Be’er Sheva, Ofakim and Kiryat Malachi at around 1:00 a.m. early Thursday morning.
Turkey’s anti-Israel obsession reaches new heights
Turkey’s anti-Israel rhetoric has rapidly increased during the past eight days of fighting. The rhetoric targeting Israel and Jews has reached such heights that the US has condemned Turkey’s president for antisemitic comments. While the US works to bring an end to the Hamas war against Israel, Turkey is fanning the flames.
Netanyahu determined to continue Gaza operation despite pressure from Biden
Joe Biden told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu he expects Israel to move towards a ceasefire with Hamas on Wednesday, but Netanyahu said Operation Guardian of the Walls will continue until Israeli citizens are secure.
Hamas launches massive barrage on southern Israel, direct hits reported
A large salvo of missiles was launched on Israeli cities in the south of Israel, including Ashdod and Beersheba, on Wednesday at around 3 p.m. No fatalities or injuries were reported in the latest barrage, although a direct hit was reported in Ashdod. The barrage apparently included concentrated rocket fire on Israeli cities in an apparent effort to inflict as much damage as possible.
Mutiny in the IDF: Israeli soldiers refuse unprecedented order to abandon rifles
At a time when IDF soldiers should be taking maximum precautions to protect themselves from attacks by Arab mobs, Israeli troops have received an unprecedented order from the upper brass – to turn in their rifles when leaving their base.
Israeli Arabs in Nazareth call to ramp up Jihad: “We don’t want to see a Zionist”
As Hamas began firing its deadly barrage of rockets at Israel last week, young Israeli Arabs, including children, gathered in Nazareth to reject the presence of Israelis – “Zionists” – in Israel and call for a third intifada against their Jewish neighbors.
Hamas rocket fire on Israel continues as IDF Gaza operation enters 10th day
Multiple rocket salvos were launched into Israel late on Tuesday night and into Wednesday, as Israel’s “Operation Guardian of the Walls” against terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip entered its 10th day. The launches triggered sirens in multiple western Negev towns, as well as in Ashdod and Ashkelon and as far north as Rehovot. No casualties were reported.
Shavuot Temple reenactment takes place outside Jericho: ‘Battling Amalek inside Israel’
A full-dress reenactment of the Shavuot Temple service was held in Mitzpeh Yericho on Tuesday, the day after Shavuot was observed in Israel.
Walgreens Closes 17 San Francisco Stores Due To “Out Of Control” Shoplifting
The effects of allowing chaos to prevail in Democrat-controlled cities across America might not be evident to liberals and social justice warriors now, but when businesses close up, it’s going to be very transparent then. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Walgreens Pharmacy locations have shuttered their doors in San Francisco during the past five years. At least ten of the stores in the city have closed since 2019.
Historic rainfall, significant flood threat continues for south-central U.S., at least 5 fatalities in Louisiana
A widespread and significant flood risk continues across the south-central U.S. from repeated rounds of intense rain and strong to severe thunderstorms. Flash flood watches are in effect for a large part of the ArkLaTex.
No fly list for innocent people for no reason
The US government is placing U.S. citizens and permanent residents on the No Fly List, without reason; this is also happening in Canada now.
Two-year-old baby DIES during Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine experiments on children
Within six days of receiving a second injection of Pfizer’s experimental Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine, a two-year-old baby enrolled in the company’s clinical trials for children passed away, new reports indicate.
NEW: Voting Machines In Pennsylvania County Only Rejecting Republican Ballots|
Pennsylvania County Election Officials are investigating the problem with the voting machines refusing ballots. Chris Varney, the Judge of the Election in Fayette County, announced that the voting machines were ‘’broken’’ and rejected only Republican ballots.
The same pattern everywhere? Mass vaccinations triggering spike in covid deaths
Covid cases have risen sharply in nearly every country that has launched a mass vaccination campaign.
European database shows 405,250+ covid vaccine injuries, 10,570+ deaths (so far)
The latest data from EudraVigilance, a European vaccine injury and death database, suggests that more people are now getting sick and dying from Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) injections than from the virus itself.
Big Tech is now censoring God’s words
Conservative social media personality Daniel Lee had been censored by Rumble over his video posts centered on a controversial verse from the Holy Bible.
Hong Kong residents stand up against plan to send them to coronavirus prison camps
Hong Kong residents have stood up against an order mandating quarantine for apartment dwellers if someone tests positive for COVID-19 in the building. Under the mandate, all residents of a building are sent to a quarantine camp to stay up to 21 days. But the city’s government caved into a petition and permitted apartment dwellers to isolate themselves in their own units.
Shocker: Why is this substance in the Moderna COVID vaccine?
…This data sheet lists the effects of SM-102. Here is the opening note: “For research use only, not for human or veterinary use.” Far from comforting.
Canadian Man Loses Over Six Feet Of Intestine After Blood Clot Caused By COVID Vaccine
A husband and father in British Columbia, Canada has lost over half of his small intestine to a blood clot induced by a dose of the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine, and has issued an urgent warning to other vaccine recipients after being told by doctors he had almost died.
Biden Joins Radical Left In Demanding That Israel Stops Defending Itself As Hamas Rockets Continue To Drive The Jews Into Bomb Shelters
Pretend president Joe Biden caved into demands from the pro-Palestinian and virulently anti-Israel group of congresswoman known as ‘The Squad’, who demanded that pretend president Biden make Israel stop defending itself immediately. Like a dog on a leash, cowering before its master, Biden at once reversed course and told Benjamin Netanyahu to order an end to the military strikes today. Joe Biden sold his soul to become president, and Satan is wasting no time in collecting.
Pfizer’s covid injection linked to Alzheimer’s, neurodegenerative disease
The long-term effects of Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccination remain mostly unknown, but what we do know is that Alzheimer’s and other neurological degenerative diseases are already being identified as among the health consequences.
Video Shows Spanish Soldiers Throwing Migrants Into the Sea
Video footage shows Spanish soldiers beating migrants and throwing them into the sea after thousands reached European soil as a result of Morocco deliberately loosening border controls to punish Spain.
Nazis and Democrats use death to push Party propaganda
This is the 9th article comparing 1933-1945 tactics the Nazi Party used to take control of Germany with how today’s Democrat Party works for political supremacy over America.
Supreme Court rules warrantless home gun confiscation is unconstitutional in 9-0 vote
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that warrantless gun confiscation from Americans’ homes is unconstitutional, voting unanimously on the side of a Rhode Island man whose firearms were taken by law enforcement without a warrant after his wife expressed concerns that he might hurt himself.
Nearly 20% Of Seattle Cops Quit Amid National Protests, Budget Cuts
“The support that we had in my generation of policing is no longer there.”
Source: 20 May 2021 – Rapture Ready
Apostasy Watch Thursday 5-20-21
|Putin warns would-be aggressors: ‘Will knock your teeth out’…Posted: 20 May 2021 09:29 AM PDT(ETH) – Russian President Vladimir Putin alleged Thursday that some of the country’s foreign foes dream about biting off pieces of the country’s vast territory, warning that Moscow would “knock their teeth out” if they ever try.In strong remarks during a conference call with officials, the Russian president noted that foreign efforts to contain Russia date from centuries ago. “In all times, the same thing happened: once Russia grew stronger, they found pretexts to hamper its development,” Putin said, alleging that some critics of Russia who he didn’t name have argued that it’s unfair for it to keep its vast natural riches all to itself.Continue reading Putin warns would-be aggressors: ‘Will knock your teeth out’… at End Time Headlines.|
|France bans ‘gender-neutral’ wording in schools, warns it’s ‘harmful’ and confusing for childrenPosted: 20 May 2021 06:36 AM PDT(OPINION) ETH – France’s ministry of education has prohibited the use of gender “inclusive” language, asserting that it harms the process of learning the French language.The education ministry sent out a decree to schools across the Western European nation in an effort to end the use of midpoints, period-like dots that are placed in the middle of words, separating most of the word from its ending, which designates it as either masculine or feminine.Continue reading France bans ‘gender-neutral’ wording in schools, warns it’s ‘harmful’ and confusing for children at End Time Headlines.|
|How close are we to the return of Christ?Posted: 20 May 2021 06:19 AM PDT(OPINION) ETH – The past year has been a wake-up call for many people. A global pandemic… Riots and social unrest in countless nations… Fractures in the global economy… And now Israel and Hamas at war.Everywhere you look, it seems as though the end is near. Is it? What does the Bible say? Are these signs of the Second Coming? Are these events pointing to the soon return of Jesus Christ?Continue reading How close are we to the return of Christ? at End Time Headlines.|
|Transgender golfer, wins women’s mini-tour event, hopes to break into the LPGAPosted: 20 May 2021 06:08 AM PDT(ETH) – A transgender golfer who competed in college on a men’s team recently won a women’s mini-tour event and now hopes to compete in the Ladies Professional Golf Association.Hailey Davidson, who underwent sex reassignment surgery in January, shot -2 over two rounds last week in the National Women’s Golf Association match at Providence Golf Club in Orlando, Florida. She edged LPGA player Perrine Delacour by one stroke to win the event.Continue reading Transgender golfer, wins women’s mini-tour event, hopes to break into the LPGA at End Time Headlines.|
|Global Supplies Of Wheat, Corn And Soybeans Are “Shrinking”, And This Is Causing Hunger To Explode All Over The PlanetPosted: 20 May 2021 05:59 AM PDT(OPINION) ETH – It turns out that things are even worse than we originally thought. Did you know that global supplies of wheat are shrinking? If that wasn’t bad enough, global supplies of corn and soybeans are shrinking as well. As a result, prices for all three have been soaring and the number of hungry people around the planet is rapidly rising.The COVID pandemic, widespread crop failures, and global supply chain disruptions are some of the factors that are being blamed for this growing crisis.Continue reading Global Supplies Of Wheat, Corn And Soybeans Are “Shrinking”, And This Is Causing Hunger To Explode All Over The Planet at End Time Headlines.|
|Fears of “third intifada” as Gaza violence spills over to West BankPosted: 19 May 2021 06:32 PM PDT(ETH) – As the Gaza crisis has raged on, the most serious clashes in years between Palestinian demonstrators and the Israeli military in the West Bank have broken out.Israel is concerned that further escalation in the West Bank could turn into a third intifada. The Second Intifada, or Palestinian uprising against Israel, lasted from 2000 to 2005 and left about 1,000 Israelis and over 3,000 Palestinians dead. Thousands of Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli soldiers on Tuesday in several locations in the West Bank.Continue reading Fears of “third intifada” as Gaza violence spills over to West Bank at End Time Headlines.|
|Many workers aren’t returning to old jobs, employers look to automation and machines to replace workersPosted: 19 May 2021 06:08 PM PDT(ETH) – There’s a wild card in the push to return to pre-pandemic life: Many workers don’t want to go back to the jobs they once had. Layoffs and lockdowns, combined with enhanced unemployment benefits and stimulus checks, gave many Americans the time and the financial cushion to rethink their careers.Their former employers are hiring again — and some, like Uber and McDonald’s, are offering higher pay — but workers remain hesitant.Continue reading Many workers aren’t returning to old jobs, employers look to automation and machines to replace workers at End Time Headlines.|
|If Everything Is Going To Be Just Fine, Why Do The Shortages Just Keep Getting Worse?Posted: 19 May 2021 05:50 PM PDT(OPINION) ETH – They keep telling us that economic conditions are improving, but if that is true why are the shortages worse than ever? For a moment, I would like to take you all the way back to 2019. Before the pandemic came along, we didn’t have any shortages. If you wanted something, you just went to the store and got it or you ordered it online.Prices were low, global supply chains were functioning smoothly, and to most people, it seemed like it would stay that way for the foreseeable future.Continue reading If Everything Is Going To Be Just Fine, Why Do The Shortages Just Keep Getting Worse? at End Time Headlines.|
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IN TODAY’S DIGEST
- An Increasingly Anti-Semitic Democrat Party
- Americans Don’t Like Kamala Harris
- Lori Lightfoot’s Rank Racism
- Farewell: Charles ‘Chuck’ Hagemeister
- Woke Business Comes With a Cost
- Historical Conflict: 1776 vs. CRT
- Daily Features: Executive News Summary, Reader Comments, Videos, Best of Right Opinion, Short Cuts, Memes, and Cartoons.
The old guard is slowly caving to the new leftist radicals who hate Israel with a passion.
While the media are salivating over the ostensible turmoil in the Republican Party precipitated by the removal of Never-Trumper Liz Cheney as House GOP Conference chair, the real action is taking place on the other side of the aisle. Democrats are in the midst of a power struggle between the old guard whose support of Israel grows increasingly tepid and the radical leftist newcomers who embrace rank anti-Semitism promoted as “social justice.”
No one better describes the mindsets of Democrat radicals known as “The Squad,” as well as Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, better than historian Victor Davis Hanson. “Americans are supposed to envision Iran and its West Bank terrorists as a sort of Middle East version of BLM fighting off the systemic racism, colonialism, and imperialism of the Israelis — predictably playing their accustomed role of the Minneapolis police department,” he writes.
The other half of the equation, as in the old guard led by the likes of Joe Biden and John Kerry, who still mouth the platitudes of Israeli support, yet seek to re-empower Iran? “In the new global era of Black Lives Matter and Antifa, Iran also deserves inclusion and equity,” Hanson adds. “Act as if the hazing of American ships in the Persian Gulf, smuggling arms to Yemen, and assassinating Tehran’s enemies inside Iraq are all simply cries from an oppressed heart that need to be contextualized rather than deterred through a disproportionate reaction.”
For the radicals, Hamas terrorism and Israeli self-defense are indistinguishable from one another. “The devastation in Gaza is unconscionable,” tweeted Sanders. “We must urge an immediate ceasefire. The killing of Palestinians and Israelis must end. We must also take a hard look at nearly $4 billion a year in military aid to Israel. It is illegal for US aid to support human rights violations.”
Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) concurs. “We cannot stand idly and complicitly by and allow the occupation and oppression of the Palestinian people to continue,” Pressley insisted. “I am committed to ensuring that our government does not fund state violence in any form, anywhere. … The question at hand is should our taxpayer dollars create conditions for justice, healing and repair, or should those dollars create conditions for oppression and apartheid?”
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) criticized President Biden, despite his restoration of aid to the Palestinians rescinded by President Donald Trump, and his promise to send another $10 million, while remaining uncommitted to restocking Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system — which has intercepted 90% of the more than 4,000 rockets so far fired at the Jewish state by Hamas. “I don’t care how any spokesperson tries to spin this,” AOC stated following Biden’s assertion that Israel has a right to defend itself. “The US vetoed the UN call for ceasefire. If the Biden admin can’t stand up to an ally, who can it stand up to? How can they credibly claim to stand for human rights?”
Human rights? Few entities on the planet are more contemptuous of human rights than Hamas, which the U.S. has designated as a terrorist organization since 2003. It plants missile launchers and other armaments in schools and hospitals, using its own people as shields, knowing the Israelis’ attempt to stop the indiscriminate firing of missiles into their nation will be condemned by feckless internationals who decry “civilian” casualties and demand ceasefires to prevent Hamas’s military capabilities from being permanently impaired.
That call received a big boost from Biden on Wednesday when he told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he wants a “significant de-escalation” in violence.
Such fecklessness elicits simple questions: Is there any other nation in the world that is expected to endure a steady barrage of increasingly sophisticated and longer-range missiles being fired into it? Would any other nation be expected to abide contemptible leftist demands for “proportionality,” as in every Palestinian casualty being “offset” by equal numbers of Israeli casualties? What other nation is expected to abide miles of terror tunnels, including one 163 football fields long connecting Gaza to Israel, used for conducting terror operations? Does anyone remember that Israel gave the Gaza Strip to the Palestinians in 2005, removing Jewish settlers in the process, or that Hamas gained control of the government there in a violent coup in 2007?
Does anyone still remember Hamas’s charter of existence calling for the annihilation of the Jewish state?
Too many Democrats don’t give a damn. “Israeli air strikes killing civilians in Gaza is an act of terrorism,” tweeted Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN). Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), who is Palestinian, insists that Netanyahu should be held responsible for “war crimes.” (For his part, Biden praised Tlaib’s “intellect” and “passion” and thanked her for “being a fighter” while offering prayers for her Palestinian relatives.) Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) played the race card. “As a black woman in America, I am no stranger to police brutality and state-sanctioned violence,” she declared. “We have been criminalized for the very way we show up in the world. … Palestinians are being told the same thing as black folks in America: There is no acceptable form of resistance.”
The “Squad” members are currently pushing to block an arms sale to Israel.
By contrast, Newsweek columnist Jason Lemon notes that President Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer “appear to be at odds with a vocal segment of the Democratic Party that has criticized Israel’s actions toward the Palestinians amid the region’s escalating conflict.”
Yet even that assessment is inaccurate. While Biden and Pelosi condemned Hamas, Schumer has been conspicuously silent.
Yahoo columnist Alayna Treene attributes that silence to pure political calculation. “Schumer is up for re-election next year,” Treene explains, “and one of his potential opponents — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) — is one of the most vocal progressive critics of the actions taken by Israel’s leader, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.”
In a better Democrat Party, Schumer would be vociferously condemning the moral bankruptcy that attends efforts to paint a democratic Israel and Hamas terrorists as two sides of the same coin. He would be excoriating Biden administration efforts to court Iran, which is using Hamas as de facto missile testers for its own genocidal ambitions with regard to Israel.
In this Democrat Party, the proverbial handwriting is on the wall — and has been for quite some time. In 2012, the effort to reinstate the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital into the party’s platform during its National Convention was met with a literal chorus of boos. A poll released three years ago revealed that since 2001, the share of Democrats sympathizing more with Israel had declined 11 points, from 38% to 27%. Democrats, especially those who inhabit the Black Caucus, have repeatedly met with and refused to condemn rabid anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan.
Moreover, their anti-Israel supporters are marching in lockstep. In major cities across America, thousands of protesters marched with Palestinian flags, chanted anti-Israeli slogans, voiced support for Hamas, and, in Philadelphia, demanded an end to Israel’s right to exist.
Why? As Hanson reminds us, an increasing number of Democrats view Israel as “a white, Western, rich, wall-building, neocolonialist, neoimperialist, and apartheid state that it is in dire need of cancel culture, deplatforming, international ostracism, and military comeuppance.”
In other words, as far as too many Democrats are concerned, Israelis are every bit as “deplorable” and “supremacist” as Trump supporters.
And for those same increasingly anti-Semitic and nihilistic Democrats, the words “Never Again” ring increasingly hollower with every passing day.
The Democrat Party’s future is much more tenuous than many may realize.
Democrats have a problem that doesn’t appear to have an easy fix. That problem? Americans don’t like Vice President Kamala Harris. This personal distaste is reminiscent of that of Hillary Clinton, whose unlikability far exceeds any likability. In a recent YouGov poll, Harris finds herself under water by nearly 10 percentage points, with 49% of Americans having an unfavorable view of the president-in-waiting.
For the immediate future, it appears the Biden administration has elected to essentially keep Harris out of the spotlight, as evidenced by her continued absence from visiting the U.S. southern border even after being named “border czar” over two months ago. Evidently, the negative headlines about Harris being MIA are safer than actually having Harris out in public, maniacally cackling away at every interaction with a human.
National Review’s Charles Cooke hit the nail on the head when he observed, “That Harris is unpopular should come as no great surprise, given that she somehow manages to combine into a single package a transparent insincerity, an unvarnished authoritarianism, and a tendency toward precisely the sort of self-satisfied progressivism that helped the Republicans to limit their losses at the last general election. … The problem is that Harris is a phony.”
Another indicator that the dislike of Harris is deeper than mere public perception is the fact that she has a difficult time keeping staff. Even the Leftmedia rag The Atlantic grudgingly admits this reality: “Harris has been an elected official for 18 years straight, but she has only a few senior aides on staff who have worked for her for more than a few months.” Of course, The Atlantic still tries explaining this away as mere “turf battles.”
Harris also apparently keeps an “enemies list.” As The Atlantic story complains, “The vice president and her team tend to dismiss reporters. Trying to get her to take a few questions after events is treated as an act of impish aggression. And Harris herself tracks political players and reporters whom she thinks don’t fully understand her or appreciate her life experience.”
Jill Biden is no Harris fan either, at least not if we consider her reaction after an early Democrat primary debate in which Harris insinuated that Joe was racist. Jill was reported to have commented that Harris could “go f— yourself.” It was these personal animosities that made it surprising to some of us that Biden chose Harris as his running mate. Yet as our publisher, Mark Alexander, never tires of reminding us, he predicted her on the ticket because she “checked all the boxes” and was thus Biden’s only choice once he painted himself into a corner by promising to pick a “woman of color.” The choice sure wasn’t driven by likability or merit.
We’d say it’s hard to image Democrats having success by coalescing around the deeply unpopular Harris come 2024 — or sooner should the situation arise — but stranger political things have happened.
The Chicago mayor decides she’d rather not talk to white reporters.
Get lost, cracker.
That seems to be the message from Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who’s decided to give one-on-one interviews only to journalists of color.
You read that right. And we wonder: Has there ever been, in the post-Civil Rights era, such a nakedly and despicably racist act from an elected official anywhere in America?
As the Associated Press reports, “Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Wednesday that she will grant one-on-one interviews to mark the two-year anniversary of her inauguration solely to journalists of color, saying she has been struck by the ‘overwhelmingly’ white press corps in Chicago.”
Welcome to wokeness, and welcome to “antiracism,” whose proponents, like critical race theorist Ibram X. Kendi, are nodding in approval. “The only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination,” Kendi has written. “The only remedy to present discrimination is future discrimination.”
Lightfoot’s present discrimination surfaced late Tuesday, when the request for an interview from a journalist of pallor was denied by the mayor’s office — denied with an explanation. “As Chicago’s mayor reaches her two year midway point as mayor,” tweeted NBC 5 Chicago political reporter Mary Ann Ahern, “her spokeswoman says Lightfoot is granting 1 on 1 interviews — only to Black or Brown journalists.”
Within minutes, a disbelieving Chicago alderman replied to Ahern: “How is that even true, be serious.”
Moments later, another journalist weighed in: “I can confirm, alderman,” tweeted local reporter Heather Cherone.
Perhaps sensing that she was about to become national news, Lightfoot tried to rationalize her racism: “I ran to break up the status quo that was failing so many,” she tweeted. “That isn’t just in City Hall. It’s a shame that in 2021, the City Hall press corps is overwhelmingly White in a city where more than half of the city identifies as Black, Latino, AAPI or Native American.”
But like every inept politician, Lightfoot just doesn’t know when to shut up. So the tweets kept coming: “Diversity and inclusion is imperative across all institutions including media. In order to progress we must change.”
And coming: “This is exactly why I’m being intentional about prioritizing media requests from POC reporters on the occasion of the two-year anniversary of my inauguration as mayor of this great city.”
And coming: “This is an imbalance that needs to change. Chicago is a world-class city. Our local media should reflect the multiple cultures that comprise [sic] it.”
At least one fair-minded journalist had heard enough, and he went straight to the source. “I am a Latino reporter at the Chicago Tribune whose interview request was granted for today,” tweeted Gregory Pratt. “However, I asked the mayor’s office to lift its condition on others and when they said no, we respectfully canceled. Politicians don’t get to choose who covers them.”
While it’s noble to say that politicians don’t get to choose who covers them, it’s not entirely accurate. Think of Barack Obama’s efforts to freeze out Fox News, and Joe Biden’s months-long stiff-arm of a campaign-season interview request by FNC’s Chris Wallace.
But imagine if the reason were race-based instead of ideological. Imagine the outrage if, say, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, who is white, had announced that he’d only be granting interviews to white journalists.
It’s unimaginable. Even in this day and age. Except maybe in Loathsome Lori Lightfoot’s Chicago.
The term “hero” is grossly overused — but understated here.
Medal of Honor recipient Lt. Col. Charles “Chuck” Hagemeister died unexpectedly Wednesday. The Nebraska native was 74.
Chuck was a Vietnam veteran — Specialist Fifth Class U.S. Army, HHC, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division at the time of his actions. During a night attack in Binh Dinh province on 20 March, 1967, Chuck, a medic, ran through a hail of enemy fire coming from three vectors to defend injured Americans and render aid. According to his Medal of Honor Citation, “Hagemeister’s repeated heroic and selfless actions at the risk of his life saved the lives of many of his comrades and inspired their actions in repelling the enemy assault.”
In an interview a year after his heroic actions, Chuck said, “The pressure of a crisis situation makes you realize what you’re made of. If you do your job and a little bit for somebody else, you’ll usually come through.” A life lesson. The term “hero” is grossly overused today, but as it relates to Chuck and his fellow recipients, the word is understated.
Chuck was a major advocate for the National Medal of Honor Heritage Center character education curriculums. The last time we were together was for the opening of the Heritage Center in February of 2020 in Chattanooga, Tennessee — the birthplace of the Medal of Honor. At the time, among our nation’s 330 million people, there were only 71 living MoH recipients. With Chuck’s passing, there are now only 65.
Chuck is survived by his wife, Barbara; two children; and two grandchildren. He leaves a large void in the effort to extend the blessings of American Liberty from this generation to the next.
Conservative advocates are punching back against Coca-Cola, Nike, and American Airlines.
Conservatives are generally terrible at boycotts. That’s because, temperamentally, most conservatives have a live-and-let-live mindset. “It does me no injury for my neighbour to say there are twenty gods, or no god,” said Thomas Jefferson. “It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.” We’ll argue our case, of course, but there’s no coercion involved over mere differences of opinion. Picking pockets (and sometimes breaking legs) in order to force other people to conform to certain ideological “norms” is the domain of today’s radical leftists.
Thus, it’s newsworthy when a conservative group effectively targets companies that have bowed the knee to leftists’ Baal.
That’s the case with Consumers’ Research, a conservative-leaning nonprofit, which launched a new political-style ad campaign this week hitting Coca-Cola, Nike, and American Airlines for various “woke” positions taken by those companies. Others could face scrutiny, too, and the group plans to spend perhaps $13 million on the national ad campaign.
Coca-Cola’s offenses include opposing election integrity in its home state of Georgia and training its employees to be “less white.” It’s already gotten a rude awakening with declining sales, and Consumers’ Research hits the company for both its lies about Georgia and its sizable contribution to our national pandemic of obesity.
Nike is infamous for its longstanding wokeness, typified by forking out a boatload of money for an ad campaign featuring failed ex-quarterback Colin “The Kneeler” Kaepernick, as well as outsourcing its production to areas of China suspected of using Uyghur slave labor.
As for American Airlines, Consumers’ Research and a lot of inquiring minds want to know: “Why is CEO Doug Parker trying to appease the radical left?” Well, there’s an answer: “To distract from billions in taxpayer bailouts, from his $10 million payday, from American’s record layoffs.” Oh, and by the way, American Airlines has opposed Texas’s voter ID law, all while — you guess it — requiring its passengers to present ID.
Will Hild, the executive director of Consumers’ Research, says he’s using his group’s 91-year history of advocating for consumers in order to rightly oppose the fact that “increasingly, businesses were cozying up to woke politicians” in order to distract from product or service failures of their own. “This is phase one,” Hild added. “We’re putting these three companies on notice that consumers have had it, and they need to focus on serving their consumers and not woke politicians. Phase two — this is certainly not a unique phenomenon, and we’re going to put all corporate America on notice that this isn’t going to work anymore.”
Private businesses certainly have the right to engage in whatever political speech they like, just as private citizens do, but that speech sometimes comes with consequences. If these companies are determined to oppose everything American Patriots stand for while falsely characterizing us as racist bigots, maybe they don’t deserve our money.
The 1776 Commission may have been disbanded by Joe Biden, but its work will continue.
The 1776 Commission, which former President Donald Trump established in 2020 to reinvigorate history and civics education, is still alive. Founded as a counterbalance to the wave of anti-Americanism that dominates school curriculums across the country, the 1776 Commission was disbanded by President Joe Biden in his first hour in office. Nevertheless, it persists. Despite — or rather because of — the Left’s attempt to keep the American people from learning our true history and values, it was recently announced that the commission will be gathering on May 24 in Washington, DC.
Although it is no longer associated with the federal government, the commission will continue to operate in some form. Its current focus is to combat the indoctrination of American school children with the pernicious and racist dogma of Critical Race Theory.
CRT, which Mark Alexander dissected recently, is the primary tool in the Left’s attack on American history and culture. It essentially looks at all of history through a racial lens, claiming that pretty much everything white people have ever done in America is racist. CRT was on full display with the New York Times’s 1619 Project, a collection of vehemently anti-American opinion pieces that has been passed off as scholarly work but is riddled with errors and lies. The 1619 Project has since become a component in hundreds of public school history courses, despite being riddled with factual errors and rejected by numerous historians.
This rewriting of American history reflects the views of the Left — that America is an irredeemably racist nation and that all its public and private social structures must be totally dismantled to create a socialist paradise where everyone is equal (in misery). Biden has done yeoman’s work since taking office in pushing the Marxist dogma of his leftist puppeteers. Disbanding the 1776 Commission was just the beginning.
Biden has now called upon the Department of Re-Education to push CRT in public schools. The department’s recent proposal would make CRT a cornerstone in teaching history in America, a move that the 1776 Commission is trying to prevent.
Matthew Spalding, vice president of Washington operations for Hillsdale College and executive director of the commission, wrote to members of the commission earlier this week. He noted, “As we said in our statement on January 20, ‘the Commission may be abolished, but these principles and our history cannot be. We will all continue to work together to teach and to defend them.’”
The commission’s report, released shortly before President Trump left office in January, calls for a return to America’s unifying ideals, and it does not turn away from America’s darker moments, like slavery and the restriction of voting rights. Instead, it calls for an honest assessment of America’s founding and its past.
The Left doesn’t want American school children to look honestly at our history, because then the kids will realize that it is the Left that is the enemy of Liberty. And that’s exactly why the work of the 1776 Commission is critical.
On the Web
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- Thomas Gallatin: California Eliminates ‘Racist’ ACT, SAT — The state dubiously asserts that such merit-based aptitude tests are racist.
- Catherine Mortensen: The Uphill Battle to Learn COVID Origins — Republicans in Congress are struggling to find answers to the source of virus.
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- House approves legislation to form commission to “investigate” Capitol riot (Fox News) | Mitch McConnell opposes the Democrats’ partisan proposal (Senate.gov)
- GOP House Intel says “overwhelming circumstantial evidence” points to Wuhan lab as COVID origin (Washington Examiner)
Government & Politics
- Netanyahu wisely brushes off Biden call for “significant de-escalation” in Gaza (Fox News)
- Having your cake and eating it too: Convicted former Congressman Chaka Fattah still draws estimated $1 million federal lifetime pension (RealClearPolicy)
- Colonial Pipeline hacker Darkside reaped $90 million from 47 victims (Fox Business)
- When it comes to UFOs, the U.S. has a “massive intelligence failure on our hands” (CNBC)
Around the Nation
- Texas passes abortion ban protecting “every unborn child with a heartbeat” (Daily Caller)
- Coronavirus infections continue to plummet across the U.S. (Axios) | Nevertheless, many people are reluctant to shed their masks (Washington Examiner)
- Utah lawmakers pass school mask mandate prohibition (AP)
- Pennsylvania voters approve restrictions on governor’s emergency powers (Volokh Conspiracy)
- “We’re not allowed to intercede”: Seattle loses almost 20% of police force (CBS News)
- Rochester mayor’s home searched by state police as part of a criminal investigation (Fox News)
Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate
- “Transgender” athlete just won a women’s golf tournament and is set on winning on the LPGA Tour (Not the Bee)
- American Airlines, Nike, and Coca-Cola targeted in new ad campaign by conservative consumer group (Washington Examiner)
- Policy: Will there be another housing bubble burst? (Forbes)
- Policy: It’s past time to restore work search requirements (AEI)
- Satire: BLM sends rioters to Gaza to protest Israel by burning down Palestinian businesses (Babylon Bee)
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Insight: “Any one of the strange laws we suffer is a compromise between a fad and a vested interest.” —Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936)
Inquisitive minds want to know: “Why is the Associated Press sharing a building with Hamas? Surely, these intrepid reporters knew who their neighbors were. Did they knowingly allow themselves to be used as human shields by a U.S.-designated terrorist organization? Did the AP pull its punches and decline to report for years on Hamas’s misdeeds? I submit that the AP has some uncomfortable questions to answer.” —Senator Tom Cotton
Observations: “The socialist Squad is attacking Biden for not being sufficiently critical of Israel, when in fact he is engaged in the one thing that could literally result in the destruction of Israel. While thousands of rockets rain down on the Jewish state, our negotiators are still sitting at a table in Vienna desperately trying to negotiate a deal that will provide Iran’s ayatollah with billions of dollars of sanctions relief. That money will immediately be used not only to replenish the rockets that have been fired into Israel, but to give Hamas and Hezbollah even more powerful rockets and missiles to kill even more Israelis. If Biden can’t stand up to radicals like AOC, Omar, and Tlaib, how can we expect him to stand up to the mullahs of Iran?”—Gary Bauer
For the record: “Palestinians in Gaza do live in horrendous conditions, but not because Israelis force them to. They choose to. Israel unilaterally pulled out of Gaza in 2005 and left it under complete Palestinian sovereignty. The Palestinians could have started building, putting in place infrastructure for political and economic freedom that would allow them to produce the kind of miracle the Israelis have produced. But instead, they put Hamas terrorists in charge, who started shooting missiles into Israel. In a hard and imperfect world, it’s so much easier to hate and blame than to take personal responsibility to create and build.” —Star Parker
Re: The Left: “The [Chinese Communist Party] and some liberals in Congress like @BernieSanders, @AOC & @IlhanMN are siding with Hamas terrorists and against America and Israel. What’s the common denominator? All deny America is a force for good in the world. They are wrong.” —Mike Pompeo
Double-barrel unity: “You are a really dull class. I mean, come on, man, is the sun getting to you? I would think you would have an opportunity when I say that about the Navy to clap.” —Jeb Bush Joe Biden to Coast Guard cadets
Race bait: “May this be the class that is going to keep fighting to reverse and dismantle the disparities in our healthcare system born out of deeply rooted systemic racism. Go forth. Don’t just teach us how to make our way out of COVID-19; teach us how to make our way out of COVID-1619.” —Senator Raphael Warnock to Morehouse University School of Medicine graduates
Birds of a feather flock together: “Black Lives Matter stands in solidarity with Palestinians. We are a movement committed to ending settler colonialism in all forms and will continue to advocate for Palestinian liberation.” —Black Lives Matter
The BIG Lie: “Critical race theory is not anti-patriotic; in fact, it is more patriotic than those who are opposed to it.” —professor Kimberlé Crenshaw
And last… “Since Biden was elected he: Canceled an American pipeline. Told you to buy an electric car after Russians hacked a major US pipeline. Cleared the way for a Russian pipeline and Russian energy dominance in Europe. Can’t make this stuff up.” —Congressman Dan Crenshaw
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The big number even prompted Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Richard Clarida to say, “We were surprised by higher than expected inflation data.”
Peter Schiff appeared on Tucker Carlson’s show to talk about the consequences of more printed money chasing fewer goods. Peter said inflation is going to hit the middle class harder than the pandemic.
Peter said this hot CPI print is a cause for concern and ultimately it is a tax.
It is the inflation tax. And if you look at how much the cost of living went up, measured by the CPI in the first four months of this year, it’s 2%. So, if you triple that to annualized it, we have consumer prices rising at 6% annually. But if you look at the monthly numbers, every month it accelerates. So, if you extrapolate the trend of the first four months of this year for the entire year, you’re going to get a 20% increase in consumer prices in 2021.”
Tucker asked a poignant question. If the value of the US dollar is falling as quickly as the CPI suggests, why would any country want to invest in US bonds? Doesn’t this threaten to cause a shake-up?
Peter said they won’t want to invest. They’ll be selling US Treasuries.
Anybody that can connect these dots is going to be selling US Treasuries. And the problem is there’s a lot of US Treasuries to be sold.”
Peter noted that a lot of people are talking about a shortage of goods.
The real problem is the surplus of money. Whenever you print a lot of money, it’s always a goods shortage because the Federal Reserve can print all the money they want, but they don’t print products to buy with the money. So, we have all this money being printed. We’re not producing a lot. People are sitting at home cashing unemployment checks. This is a tax. It’s an inflation tax, a Biden tax, whatever you want to call it. But when Joe Biden says ‘don’t worry! Only people that make over $400,000 a year are going to have to pay higher taxes to fund all these programs,’ he’s lying. Because every American is going to pay the inflation tax. And it’s going to hit the middle class and the poor the hardest.”