Daily Archives: December 19, 2021

Is Joe Biden About To Impose Destructive New Restrictions On The U.S. Economy In Order To Fight Omicron? — The Economic Collapse

It seems like it was just yesterday that we were told that a new variant called “Omicron” had been discovered in southern Africa.  Now it is being reported that Omicron is suddenly spreading like wildfire all over North America and Europe, and we are being told that a very “dark winter” is ahead of us.  Of course whenever case numbers start rising again, the Biden administration feels as though it must do something.  So on Tuesday, Joe Biden is going to deliver another “major address” to the nation.  Unfortunately, many are anticipating that he may introduce more destructive restrictions which could significantly damage the U.S. economy as we head into 2022.

When it comes to the pandemic, we all know that Biden listens to the “scientists”, and right now the “scientists” are scaring the living daylights out of the general public.

For example, over the weekend Dr. Television warned that Omicron will soon put severe stress on hospital systems all across America

Dr. Anthony Fauci warned Sunday that the next few weeks will put severe stress on hospital systems as the omicron variant of the coronavirus is “raging around the world.”

Fauci, President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that there is no doubt about the omicron variant’s “extraordinary capability” for transmission. Although the latest mutation appears to cause less severe symptoms in vaccinated people, Fauci warned that its transmissibility counteracts the mildness of the cases.

And the director of the NIH has suggested that the U.S. could soon see a million cases a day

Outgoing National Institutes of Health (NIH) director Dr. Francis Collins says the US could see one million COVID-19 cases per day as new shapeshifting variants take hold and cases snowball.

Collins’ forecast comes as the highly-contagious Omicron iteration spreads like wildfire throughout the nation and the Delta variant continues to sicken masses of people ahead of the winter holidays.

It is completely and utterly irresponsible for Collins to say something like that, and all such similar projections have been totally inaccurate in the past.

But Joe Biden believes these guys, and so even though there has only been one documented death from Omicron anywhere in the world, Biden appears poised to take this crisis to an entirely new level

President Joe Biden will deliver a speech Tuesday to address the omicron variant and unveil new steps the administration is taking to help communities in need of assistance, a White House official told NBC News on Saturday.

Biden is expected to go beyond his already unveiled “winter plan” with additional measures while “issuing a stark warning of what the winter will look like for Americans that choose to remain unvaccinated,” the official said.

Right now, we don’t know exactly what those “new steps” will look like, but there is a lot of speculation that they could include new mandates and/or restrictions.

Unfortunately for Biden, he is deeply failing as a leader, and at this point the vast majority of Americans simply do not trust him

According to the CNN poll conducted by SSRS, 66 percent of Americans said they doubted whether Biden was “a leader you can trust,” a number that included 92 percent of Republicans, 75 percent of independents and 36 percent of Democrats.

Just about everything that Biden has done during his time in the White House has turned out badly, and a whole lot of people out there are going to be really angry if he decides to do even more to mess up our economy.

Thanks to our “leaders” in Washington, inflation is completely out of control and we are now facing the worst supply chain crisis in our entire history.

In an excellent article that he just published, James Rickards explained how complex and how vulnerable our global supply chains have become…

You know your iPhone comes from China. Did you know that the specialized glass used in the iPhone comes from South Korea? Did you know the semiconductors in the iPhone come from Taiwan? That the intellectual property and design of the iPhone are from California?

The iPhone includes flash storage from Japan, gyroscopes from Germany, audio amplifiers, battery chargers, display port multiplexers, batteries, cameras and hundreds of other advanced parts.

In total, Apple works with suppliers in 43 countries on six continents to source the materials and parts that go into an iPhone. That’s a quick overview of the iPhone supply chain. Of course, every supplier in that supply chain has its own supply chain of sources and processes. Again, supply chains are immensely complex.

Our way of life depends on the smooth operation of thousands upon thousands of immensely complex supply chains.  Unfortunately, restrictions and mandates that have been implemented by politicians all over the planet have caused massive problems for those supply chains, and now politicians all over the planet are imposing even more restrictions and mandates to combat the Omicron variant.

Because of this insanity, it looks like 2022 is going to be a very rough year for the global economy.

Of course all of the mandates and restrictions have also taken a great toll on our mental health

As Americans head into a third year of pandemic living, therapists around the country are finding themselves on the front lines of a mental health crisis. Social workers, psychologists and counselors from every state say they can’t keep up with an unrelenting demand for their services, and many must turn away patients — including children — who are desperate for support.

“All the therapists I know have experienced a demand for therapy that is like nothing they have experienced before,” said Tom Lachiusa, a licensed clinical social worker in Longmeadow, Mass. “Every available time slot I can offer is filled.”

Ultimately, many would argue that the global response to the pandemic has been far more destructive than the virus itself.

And if we can’t handle a crisis of this magnitude, how are we possibly going to be able to handle something far more severe?

COVID has filled our leaders with great fear, and being fearful is never a way to handle a crisis.

Now it appears that fear is about to push Biden to make even more mistakes, and that is extremely unfortunate.

Is Joe Biden About To Impose Destructive New Restrictions On The U.S. Economy In Order To Fight Omicron? — The Economic Collapse

Doing Satan’s Work: Pentagon Orders Company to Stop Making Faith-Based Dog Tags (Video) — The Gateway Pundit


The Pentagon recently ordered  Shields of Strength to stop making faith-based dog tags. 

The company has been making the tags for 20 years. But the Pentagon got one complaint and ordered the company to stop making the faith-based dog tags.

Via FOX and Friends Weekend.

Doing Satan’s Work: Pentagon Orders Company to Stop Making Faith-Based Dog Tags (Video) — The Gateway Pundit

The Bible and its Story: The Tablets Given to Moses

Leaving the elders, Moses went on alone to the summit of Sinai. There he stayed in communion with God forty days and forty nights. In all that time no man saw Moses. The cloud into which he had ascended, remained continuously upon the mount. Joshua, the victor over Amalek, had become Moses’ personal attendant, and Joshua waited half way up the mount, just outside the cloud that enveloped that dread conference. The other Israelites abode far below, in wonder and in fear.

‎During these forty days Moses received many more laws for the regulation of the Hebrew state. On the fortieth day God “gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communicating with him upon Mount Sinai,” those two wonderful tablets recording His commands, “tables of stone, written with the finger of God.” Then God bade Moses hasten back to the valley, for already the Israelites had broken their covenant.

by Julius A. Bewer; Charles F. Horne

Christmas: Celebrate His Love (Part 7)

Loving Jesus at Christmas

This lesson examines the practical issue of loving Christ during the holiday season—and year around— in the same way that Jesus loved the Father.

Outline

There is a way for us to fulfill the longing in our hearts for true intimacy with our Creator. It is seldom discussed, almost never mentioned at this time of the year, but here is the key: The key to loving Jesus is to understand how Jesus loved His Father.

  1. Jesus Loved the Father by Doing What the Father Asked Him to Do
  2. I Love Jesus by Doing What Jesus Asks Me to Do
  3. If I Will Love Jesus as He loved His Father, Jesus Will Do for Me What the Father Did for Him

Overview

Christmas is a wonderful time of the year to love Jesus, for all around us are reminders of His birth and His loving death on our behalf. The cradle or the manger reminds us that He came. The tree is a subtle reminder of where He ended up on our behalf, hanging between heaven and earth. The darkness tells us what we were like before Christ came, and all of the lights which illuminate our hearts remind us that Jesus came as the light of the world to bring joy into each of our lives.

I have been asking myself, “If Jesus were physically here today, what would I say to Him, and how different would it be from what I said to Him in my prayer this morning?” If He were to walk in here among us, and move in and out of our homes, and we had an opportunity to express our love to Him at Christmas time, what would we say? How in the world do we, as modern believers, love Jesus at Christmastime? Do we sing Him songs? Do we go to church? Do we care for the poor? Do we give to the church which is His body? All of these are fine, and they may in some measure fulfill the urge we have within us to love Jesus at Christmas, but there is a way that we can love Jesus—not only at Christmas time but throughout the year—that is so evident that we wonder how we could have missed it. It promises to fulfill the longings we have in our hearts, so when the season is over, we don’t sit there at 7:00 o’clock on Christmas Day with the bitter aftertaste in our mouth thinking, “Is this all there is? I thought there would be more, and now it is over.”

The key to loving Jesus is to understand how Jesus loved His Father.

We can understand how Jesus loved his Father by turning to a passage of Scripture in the Book of Hebrews. Actually, this passage in the Book of Hebrews is an Old Testament passage used in the New Testament by the writer of Hebrews to make a very important point. The point is how Jesus loved his Father at the Incarnation, at Christmastime. How did he do it?

In Hebrews 10:5 we read, “Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: ‘Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, but a body You have prepared for Me. In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You had no pleasure.’ Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come—in the volume of the book it is written of Me, to do Your will, O God.’ ” This is obviously a quotation from Psalm 40, originally spoken by David. But it is a Messianic psalm, a prophetic psalm which speaks into the future the words of the Lord Jesus as He came into the world to be our Savior. Listen to these words from our Lord’s lips. He says, “Lo, I come, in the volume of the book it is written of me, to do your will, O God.” How did Jesus love his Father?

Jesus Loved the Father by Doing What the Father Asked Him to Do

I can’t imagine what that day must have been like. It is an eternal day, and I can’t even think in terms of eternity. I have said goodbye to my children for short periods of time, some for weeks at a time, some for just days at a time, but can you imagine the Father in heaven saying goodbye to His Son for thirty-some years? He was in fellowship with the Father, but He was sent from heaven into the world to walk among us. That is what He is talking about when He says, “Lo, I come, in the volume of the book it is written, to do your will, O God.” Jesus came in total obedience to His father. “I come to do it your way, O God,” says one of the translators.

What did that mean to Him in His earthly life? In John 4:34 Jesus continued to reiterate that He was loving His Father by doing the will of His Father: “Jesus said to them, ‘My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.’ ”

Notice, too, John 5:30: “I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of the Father who sent Me.”

And in John 6:38: “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.”

Throughout His life, Jesus was loving His Father. How? Every time He was questioned, Jesus said, “I have not come to do My own will. I have come to do the will of the Father who sent Me.”

And then, when it came to that moment of crisis in the Garden of Gethsemane, and the fact that Jesus ultimately would pay the penalty for the sin of the whole world, He came back to this principle again: “Nevertheless, not My will, but Your will be done.” How did Jesus love the Father? He loved the Father by doing the will of the Father.

I have written in the front of my Bible a verse. It is just a part of a verse, but it summarizes the life of Jesus while He was on this earth. It is John 8:29: “I always do those things that please [the Father.]” Every minute Jesus was on the earth, everything He did, every thought He had, was conditioned out of one truth: I want to please My Father.

Was God the Father pleased with Him? On two occasions at least, His pleasure broke out. When Jesus was being baptized the Father said, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.”

And it happened in Matthew 17, on the Mount of Transfiguration. Jesus was being transfigured. He was being revealed. And the Father said, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” Not these other two (Moses and Elijah). This one.

Jesus lived all of His life that He might please the Father. And when the report card came in, the Father said, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (v.17:5).

I Love Jesus By Doing What Jesus Asks Me to Do

At the beginning we said that if we could understand how Jesus loved His Father, then maybe, just maybe, we can understand how we can love Jesus.

In John 14:21 the Lord Jesus says, “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me, And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him, and manifest Myself to him.”

Notice the first part of the verse: “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves me.” Always doing that which is pleasing the Father. Remember—if we learn how Jesus loved the Father, we can learn how we can love Jesus.

Then notice verse 23: “Jesus answered and said to him, ‘If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word.’ ” The negative of this is in verse 24: “He who does not love Me does not keep My words.” Do you want to know how not to love Jesus at Christmastime? The Scriptures say the way not to love Jesus at Christmastime is not to keep His words.

Finally, look at John 15:10: “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love.” So let’s back up and ask ourselves that question again. How do we love Jesus at Christmastime? Well, how did Jesus love the Father? “In the volume of the Book it is written of me, ‘I come to do Your will, O God.’ ” He was obedient, according to the Book of Philippians, even to the point of death.

If I Will Love Jesus as He Loved His Father, Jesus Will Do for Me What the Father Did for Him

Here is the other part of the equation. If we will love Jesus as Jesus loved the Father, Jesus will do for us what the Father did for Him. Look at the second part of John 14:21. Verse 21 says if we will keep His commandments, we will be loved by the Father and Christ will love us and manifest Himself to us. That’s the promise He gives us. He says that if we will love the Lord Jesus by obeying His words, then in a very special way we will be loved by the Father, and we will be loved by the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Lord Jesus will reveal himself to us.

Someone might say, “Am I not loved by the Father?” Yes! Are you not loved by Jesus? Yes, if you are a Christian. Does He not reveal Himself to you? Yes He does, in the Scripture. But there’s a special kind of manifest presence that comes upon the person whose only joy in life, whose only passion in life, is the passion that Jesus had. That was to do the will of God.

Notice verse 23: “And My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.”

Again, look at (John 15:10): “Abide in My love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in His love.” As we look at these verses, we cannot help but see the principle: If I will love Jesus as Jesus loved the Father, then Jesus will do for me what the Father did for His Son.

That means a day is coming which is foretold in the parable of the talents, when you will be able to stand before Him, having served as a faithful servant, and He will say you are a blessed, faithful servant, and invite you to enter into the joy of your Lord.

So, at Christmastime, when we are running around, buying gifts, and trying to stay out of trouble with all of the relatives and all of the in-laws and all of the rest of everything that happens, how do we get through all of this and focus so that we can love Jesus? Here it is.

We love Jesus by doing what He asks us to do: by keeping His commandments. That’s the way to have a very merry, and Christ- centered, Christmas.

Application

  1. What do the following verses teach us about the Son’s obedience to the Father?
  2. Romans 5:19
  3. Philippians 2:6–8
  4. Hebrews 5:8
  5. What will be the ultimate outcome of the Son’s obedience to the Father?
  6. Psalm 110:1–2
  7. Daniel 7:13–14
  8. Philippians 2:9–11
  9. What do you think was the Son’s ultimate act of obedience to the Father? (See Matthew 26:39.)
  10. What is faith in Christ called in the verses below?
  11. 2 Corinthians 9:13
  12. 2 Thessalonians 1:7–8
  13. 1 Peter 4:7
  14. What, then, should be our understanding of the connection between love for Christ and obedience to Christ?
  15. How is that reflected in these passages?
  16. John 14:15
  17. John 14:21–24
  18. John 15:10
  19. 1 John 2:5–6
  20. What does God’s Word say about the person who talks about loving Christ, but lives a life of perpetual disobedience (see 1 John 2:4)?
  21. In what practical ways, then, might you display your love for Christ during the holiday season and beyond?

Did You Know?

The history of the Christian church is a continuous record of swinging between the extremes of legalism on one hand and license on the other. The argument against legalism, of course, is that good works can save no one; while the argument against license is that Christ is not unrighteous; therefore His saints should not engage in unrighteous acts.

The Bible teaches neither legalism nor license for the believer. What the Bible teaches is liberty—freedom—from bondage to belief in works that can save one’s self, and freedom from a body that cannot produce good works under the duress of the law. Jesus indeed came that He might set us free from the law, so that rather than vowing to do good (which we cannot do) in order to save ourselves (which we likewise cannot do), by faith we can be saved by Him and be set free to live our lives in submission to Him in us, Who can produce good works.

ICE Candles

This activity needs close adult supervision.

You will need the following items:

clean, empty card- board milk cartons

taper candles

ice, crushed or cubed

old broken crayons or candles

candle wax (paraffin)

old coffee cans

Remove tops from milk cartons and cut to desired height. Center a taper candle in each milk carton, making sure the wick is above the top of the carton. Place carton in a shallow foil-lined pan.

Melt wax in a coffee can that has been placed in a pan of water. Stir wax to aid in melting, and heat to a simmer.

Fill area around taper in carton with ice. The larger the ice cubes and the more ice you use, the larger the holes in the candles. Now ís the time to add bits of broken crayons or candles for extra color and texture.

 

The next step should be done by an adult.

 

Pour melted wax over ice in carton slowly. As the wax cools around the ice, it forms holes. Allow to cool completely and pour off water. To remove from carton, simply tear paper gently away from candle.[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (1999). Celebrate his love: Study guide (pp. 88–99). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Christmas: God In The Manger (Part 8)

The News Travels Fast

It’s hard to imagine that anything could rival in importance, interest, and excitement the events that occurred during the hours and days immediately following the birth of Christ. But even several months after the amazing stir created by the angels and shepherds to herald His arrival, people were still hearing about and responding to news of Christ’s birth. By that time, men of wealth and influence were reacting to the news coming out of Bethlehem. But was their response any more uniformly noble than that of the shepherds and common people we saw in our previous chapter? Not necessarily. Actually, as you will see, the response of some powerful people was outwardly much worse than the fleeting, indifferent curiosity the average people had to the shepherds’ witness. But as with the shepherds and Jesus’ parents, some also rendered genuine faith and worship to the newborn King.

In fact, a passage in the other detailed Gospel account of our Lord’s birth (Matt. 1:18–2:23) contains examples of three basic responses people of every locale and historical era have typically had toward Him: hostility, indifference, and worship. Matthew 2:1–12 outlines the attitudes this way in the familiar story of the wise men, or Magi:

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”

When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.

So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet:

‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,

Are not the least among the rulers of Judah;

For out of you shall come a Ruler

Who will shepherd My people Israel.’”

Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.”

When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way.

The Magi Seek Jesus

The story of the wise men, or Magi, is a well-known Bible narrative, yet over the centuries a certain amount of myth and tradition has clouded and romanticized it. For instance, a medieval understanding of the story claimed the men were kings, three in number and named Casper, Balthazar, and Melchior. Some believed they represented Noah’s three sons; therefore, paintings and drawings depicted one as an Ethiopian. One twelfth-century church leader even claimed to have discovered the Magi’s skulls.

However, the only credible facts we know about those men are the few details Matthew provided. He did not choose to tell us their precise number, names, means of transportation, or the specific areas they were from. Matthew’s original audience would have known the wise men were from the East, because people generally knew such Magi made up the priestly-political class of the Parthians—who resided east of Palestine.

The Magi date from the seventh century b.c., when they were a tribe within the Median nation of eastern Mesopotamia. They became skilled in astronomy and astrology (which were more closely associated disciplines in those days) and had a sacrificial system somewhat similar to the Mosaic one. We derive the English words magic and magician from the name magi.

The Book of Daniel reports that the Magi, with their knowledge of science, agriculture, mathematics, history, and the occult, were among the highest ranking, most influential officials in the Babylonian Empire. Because of Daniel’s own high position and place of respect among them (Dan. 2:24, 48), the Magi undoubtedly learned much from him about the true God and His plans for the Jews through the coming Messiah. Because many Jews remained in Babylon after the Exile, it’s likely those teachings remained strong in the region even until New Testament times.

The “wise men from the East” (Matt. 2:1) who came to see Jesus were true Magi who had learned about the Jews’ messianic expectations, likely from the prophetic writings such as Daniel’s. They were probably among the many God-fearing Gentiles who lived in the Middle East and Mediterranean areas at that time, some of whom—such as Cornelius and Lydia (Acts 10:1–2; 16:14)—are mentioned in the New Testament.

Matthew tells us that when the Magi—whether three or more, he doesn’t specify—arrived in Jerusalem, they began the final stage of their search for the Christ child by asking, “‘Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?’” (2:2). The Greek grammar of that question suggests the men went around the city posing that inquiry to whomever they met. They evidently assumed that if they as foreigners knew about the historic birth, anyone in Judea, and especially Jerusalem, would know where the special baby lived. It was no doubt shocking to the Magi when no one seemed to know what they were talking about.

We don’t know how God revealed the birth of Christ to the Magi. Matthew simply says that He gave them the sign of “His [Christ’s] star in the East.” The identity of that star has stirred perhaps more speculation over the years than has the identity of the men who saw it. Some scholars have proposed it was Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system. Other commentators have insisted it was the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, which formed the sign of the fish, the symbol for Christianity later adopted by the early church. Other conjecture regarding the star’s identity has concluded it was probably some other astronomical rarity such as a low-altitude meteor or erratic comet. Some writers have even gone so far as to suggest the phenomenon was some inner vision the Magi had of a “star of destiny” that symbolized mankind’s hopes for a savior.

Because Scripture does not explain or identify the star, we can’t be dogmatic about its character. It may simply have been the glory of the Lord—the same as the shepherds saw earlier when the angels appeared to them (Luke 2:9). The Bible often equates the manifestation of God’s glory with some form of light (Exod. 13:21; 24:17; 34:30; Matt. 17:2; Acts 9:3; 26:13; Rev. 1:16; 21:23). When Moses wrote the Pentateuch, he referred to Messiah as “‘a Star [that] shall come out of Jacob’” (Num. 24:17). At the end of the New Testament, Christ called Himself “‘the Bright and Morning Star’” (Rev. 22:16).

Therefore it’s plausible to say that the extremely bright star, visible only to those for whom God intended it—such as the Magi—was most likely the glory of God. Just as the cloudy pillar of His Shekhinah glory gave light to Israel but darkness to Egypt (Exod. 14:20), God allowed only the wise men to see His glory, depicted in the star’s brilliant light over Bethlehem.

It’s also quite likely that the Magi were not following the star their entire journey because they had to ask where Jesus was born. It was not until the Jews told them of the prophesied place of Christ’s birth that the star reappeared and guided them on to Bethlehem and the exact spot where the baby lay (Matt. 2:9).

The Magi made their long journey west to Palestine for one stated purpose: They wanted to find the newborn Savior and worship Him. “Worship” expresses the idea of falling down and kissing the feet or the hem of the garment of the one honored. That definition in itself verifies that the wise men were true seekers after God. Though they had limited spiritual light, they immediately recognized God’s voice when He spoke to them, and they responded in faith and obedience. The Magi had the type of genuine seeking hearts that God promises always to reward (Jer. 29:13).

Herod’s Anxiety Toward Christ

Herod’s response to news of Christ’s birth was the very opposite of the wise men’s: “When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him” (Matt. 2:3). The king’s anxiety, in contrast to the Magi’s joy and eagerness, is understandable. He had expelled the Parthians from Palestine but was again battling Jewish zealots who wanted their country free from Roman domination. Herod was known as a man of intense jealousy and paranoia, so any mention of a potentially rival king of the Jews caused him much fear and anger.

This Herod, known as “the Great,” is the first of several New Testament Herods. Under their occupation of Judea, the Romans had appointed his father, Herod Antipater, governor of the region. Antipater then managed to get his son named prefect of Galilee. As prefect, Herod successfully quelled the rebellious Jewish guerillas that still opposed Rome, but he had to flee to Egypt when the Parthians invaded Palestine. Herod returned to Palestine a short while later with stronger backing from Rome as the newly proclaimed “king of the Jews.” That’s when he fought the Parthians for two years, defeated them, and set up his own kingdom.

Because the Magi were either Parthians or closely associated with the Parthians, Herod likely had an extra cause for concern. He no doubt viewed the impressive entourage (it probably numbered more than the traditional “three kings”), with its wealth, prestige, and powerful-looking royal demeanor, as a renewed political and military threat from the East.

The Magi’s claim to have come simply to worship the newborn King and their earnest desire to find Him obviously did not affect Herod positively. Because it was then common for Magi and other influential leaders to worship kings and emperors, Herod would have cynically thought their mission was as much political as religious.

Herod’s first response to news of the wise men’s arrival was to summon the Jewish leaders, the chief priests and scribes, and find out from them where the Messiah was to be born. Though Herod was an Idumean (Edomite), he knew Jewish beliefs and customs rather well and associated the title “King of the Jews” with the Jewish Messiah, or Christ. But his awareness of the Jews’ hope for a Messiah did not translate into saving faith in Jesus Christ. Instead, the king gave the Magi a disingenuous rationale for wanting to hear from them the precise location and true identity of the infant Jesus—“‘that I may come and worship Him also’” (Matt. 2:8).

Herod’s true purpose in wanting to find out where Jesus lived became starkly clear in how he actually responded when the Magi did not report back to him. The Magi were simply obedient to the Lord’s leading (2:12), but Herod obeyed his depraved nature and ordered his soldiers to slaughter every male child two years old and under in the vicinity of Bethlehem (v. 16). Of course, by perpetrating such a heinous act, Herod displayed his real desire of wanting to “guarantee” that no newborn king would rival his authority.

Like many hardhearted people today, Herod’s immediate response of hateful rebellion and opposition toward Christ shows he really wanted to know nothing of God’s way except how to eliminate it. Such an attitude reveals a heart of pride, self-interest, and a greed for power and prestige. Jesus Himself later warned about the consequences of that approach: “‘For whoever desires to save his life will lose it… . For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?’” (Matt. 16:25–26).

The Indifference of the Religious Leaders

There is a third response people have to Christ—indifference. In the story of the wise men, the Jewish religious leaders, composed primarily of the chief priests and scribes, typify such an attitude.

All Jewish priests were of the priestly tribe of Levi, but the chief priests, including the high priest, the captain of the temple, and other temple officials, were the most influential ones. They formed a priestly aristocracy in Israel and in certain ways were similar to the Magi, mainly because they wielded considerable political as well as religious power.

The scribes were primarily Pharisees and were also referred to as the lawyers. They had much prestige and respect among the Jews, who recognized them as scholars and authorities concerning scriptural and traditional Jewish Law. Except for the Sadducees, they held a conservative, literal view of Scripture, and they were very legalistic regarding the ceremonial and moral Law.

As we noted above, Herod called those leaders together to learn more specifically what Jewish Scripture taught about the birthplace of Messiah. The chief priests and scribes answered Herod’s question by quoting Micah 5:2 and referring partially to Genesis 49:10: “So they said to him, ‘In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet: “But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are not the least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you shall come a Ruler who will shepherd My people Israel”’” (Matt. 2:5–6). That answer was consistent with the concept of a shepherd’s being a ruler and therefore fit the intent of Micah’s original prophecy. He foresaw that Christ would be the legitimate King of the Jews and also the final and perfect Ruler of Israel.

In human terms, it was to their credit that the unbelieving Jewish leaders were aware that the Old Testament clearly identified a historical figure, the Son of Man, who would be born in Bethlehem and who would come to rule Israel—the Messiah. But sadly, they refused to accept Jesus as that Messiah, not when He was born, not when He ministered among them, and not when He suffered, died, and rose from the grave.

That group of religious experts did not have a perfect idea of what Christ would be like or of what He would do, but they certainly knew enough to recognize Him when He came. Thus, they knew they should follow the Magi’s example and worship the newborn Messiah in Bethlehem. They had an intellectual knowledge of God’s promises, but the chief priests and scribes were spiritually unmoved when the wise men, prompted by the extraordinary sign of the star, signaled fulfillment of His Word.

Unquestionably, the Jewish leaders are examples of those who are essentially indifferent to God and His program. The prophet Jeremiah lamented over the attitude of such people: “Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by?” (Lam. 1:12). They do not believe or obey what they know of God but at best give Him only lip service. Such apathetic people almost invariably become like Herod and display their hostility toward Christ. That’s because indifference to God is simply concealed hatred and delayed rejection.

The Magi Worship Christ

The wise men, in contrast to Herod and the Jewish leaders, had the kind of attitude that pleases God. They responded to Jesus Christ the way He desires all people to respond—in adoration and worship. Because they had little of the written Word of God, the Magi had much less knowledge of the true God than did the chief priests and scribes. However, those Gentile leaders were remarkably responsive to God’s Spirit, and whatever knowledge of God and Christ He revealed to them they believed and followed.

The Magi went on to Bethlehem, not merely because Herod ordered them to, but because finally they were sure they would find the Christ child there. Presumably Herod told them what the religious leaders told him regarding the location of Christ’s birth. But the Lord soon gave them much more graphic assistance and confirmation that they were headed in the right direction. “Behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was” (Matt. 2:9). (That the star hovered directly over the house where Jesus and His family then lived—an impossible action for a normal star—is another strong indicator that it was not an astronomical body, but instead represented the glory of God.)

The men from the East were ecstatic to see the extraordinary star again: “When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy” (v. 10). Matthew’s description uses extra superlatives as if to emphasize the degree of exhilaration the Magi felt. Such emotions reveal once again their uniquely strong interest in finding and worshiping the newly arrived King.

By the time the wise men were journeying to Bethlehem, Jesus and His parents had moved from the travelers’ shelter into a house, where they lived until God gave them further direction. There the men finally saw the Child they had traveled so far to find, and they immediately “fell down and worshiped Him” (v. 11). Charles Wesley captured the essence of their experience in these lines from his beautiful Christmas hymn: “Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; hail the incarnate deity; pleased as man with men to dwell, Jesus our Emmanuel.”

As an expression of the Magi’s grateful worship, “they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh” (v. 11). Gold had long been and still is the universal symbol of material wealth and value. It was also a symbol of nobility and royalty, and thus the Magi were appropriately giving Christ the King royal gifts of gold.

Frankincense was an expensive, sweet-smelling incense used for only the most special occasions. Traditionally, it was the incense of deity. In Old Testament times, the Jews stored it in a special chamber in front of the temple and sprinkled it on certain offerings to symbolize the people’s desire to please the Lord.

Myrrh was a valuable perfume that some interpreters say represented the gift for a mortal. Therefore its role among the Magi’s gifts was to underscore Christ’s humanity. The Gospels later record that people mixed myrrh with wine to make an anesthetic (Mark 15:23). Myrrh was also used with spices to prepare bodies for burial, even Jesus’ body (John 19:39).

With their mission of finding and worshiping the King of the Jews completed, God warned the Magi in a dream not to report back to Herod. So they returned to the East by a route that allowed them to completely escape the king’s notice. Because of the nature and size of the Magi’s traveling party, that feat was not easily accomplished. But the Lord guided their steps and granted them wisdom to succeed, further indicating that the wise men’s dramatic role in marking the birth of Christ was by divine design.

The Magi’s exemplary performance again reminds us that their response to Jesus’ birth was the God-honoring one, in contrast to the responses of Herod and the religious leaders. The Magi believed in God’s Son, the King of kings, when they heard about Him. Such people today might have little divine light initially, but because they realize it is His light, they respond to the Holy Spirit (2 Cor. 3:6), repent, believe, obey, worship, and live.[1]

 

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2001). God in the manger: the miraculous birth of Christ (pp. 99–108). Nashville, TN: W Pub. Group.

God with us Now Residing . . . — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Where do you most often think of God “residing”?


Shepherds in the field abiding,

Watching o’er your flocks by night


God with us is now residing . .
 .
(James Montgomery)

Where do you most often think of God “residing? Quick answers might include “he’s in my heart“, or “I feel his presence in the church sanctuary” or perhaps even “I feel him near when surrounded by the beauty of nature“.

How interesting that God chose shepherds as recipients of the “birth announcement” of the Savior.  Shepherds weren’t men who worshipped in sanctuaries with stained glass windows.  They lived most of the year outside, usually clothed in rough sheepskin pelts.  No shower stalls in the desert.  Sheep’s wool is dirty and oily, so those who handle them are the same.  The fact that they couldn’t bathe properly and were constantly dealing with blood of the birthing of lambs kept them ritually unclean.  There despised by the nicer folk.

When I hear this description, I think of the homeless people who walk the streets of our town . . .right past our church doors.  Their hair is straggly, their body odour is pungent, their clothing —–while not made of pelts—is equally as strange.  And it is to these blessed individuals the announcement is made:

Unto YOU a Savior is born . . .

What is my response?

by Marilyn Ehle
Used by Permission

Image Credit: Shepherds Abiding in the Fields is a piece of digital artwork by Mario Carini which was uploaded on September 22nd, 2018


Further Reading

•   Come Worship the King – One way to celebrate Christ’s birth as a family
•   A Mysterious Christmas Gift – a Man’s Reflection
•  Salvation Explained

God with us Now Residing . . . — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Given by the Father — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Unto us a Son is given” Isaiah 9:6 (NKJV)


When He came to earth it was the most miraculous thing that had happened since creation. When Jesus entered the world as a baby He was God come in the flesh. He was Mary’s baby, but He was God’s Son.

The Creator entered creation as a man. Why did He do it? He came because His Father sent Him—not to impress us with His miracle power so He could entertain us, not to educate us so we could learn more facts about heaven, and not to provide us with new rituals so we could become more religious.

He came because we had sinned and needed to be forgiven, because God wanted us brought back into a loving, holy, caring relationship with Himself, and because the only way that we could ever be reconciled to God was by His Son coming and offering up His body as a sacrifice for our redemption.

What incredible love is in the heart of God for you. Jesus came as a visible expression of that love…nothing is deeper than that love.

He came so that you could have sweet communion with Him…nothing is sweeter than that communion.

He came to be your companion always…nothing is nearer than that companionship.

He came so that His presence could be within you…nothing is dearer than that presence.

By Roy Lessin
Used by Permission


If you would like to know Jesus in the sweet way that Roy Lessin does, you can start by submitting your will to his.  Below is a sample prayer.  Prayer is talking to God. God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart.

“Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.”

If this prayer expresses the desire of your heart, then you can pray this prayer right now and Christ will come into your life, as He promised.


Further Reading

•   Christmas Prayers
•   A Wonderful Christmas Morning
•  Salvation Explained

Given by the Father — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

The Bible and its Story: Moses and the Elders See God

Apparently God meant to lead His chosen people on from one beatitude to another. After the covenant was confirmed, Moses went again up into Mount Sinai, accompanied this time by over seventy of the chief men or “elders” of Israel. There they worshipped God and feasted before Him; and the Almighty revealed Himself to their eyes, though dimly and not in His full glory.

‎Even what they saw was, however, too mighty, too wonderful for description. The biblical narrator marvels that they died not, and repeats in awe, “also they saw God, and did eat and drink.” The single descriptive passage of the scene does not touch on God Himself but on His surroundings: “there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness.”

‎This was the most that any of the people of Israel, except Moses, ever saw of the actual presence of God.

by Julius A. Bewer; Charles F. Horne

The Wonder of the Season (Part 7): Advent: close encounters of a liturgical kind

’TIS THE SEASON WHEN EVEN THE FREE-RANGING REVIVALIST PULLS UP A CHAIR TO THE TABLE OF HISTORIC LITURGY

Chris Armstrong

THE ANCIENT FUTURE Long the purview of mainline churches, Advent celebrations are increasingly common among evangelicals. Along with embracing ancient Advent traditions, evangelicals are adding their own spin on the season with efforts such as the Advent Conspiracy, a social justice initiative centered on encouraging Christians to spend less and give more.

CHRISTMAS EVE: PHOTO BY ROBYN GENUALDI; COURTESY OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN MORRISTOWN, NEW JERSEY

i confess: as an adolescent, when my parents tried to impress on my two brothers and me the importance and the intricacies of Advent observance, I could hardly keep from rolling my eyes. In a country that spends its cold Decembers in hot pursuit of food, presents, and parties, the historical niceties of an ancient liturgical season seemed, well … irrelevant.

13th-c. Madonna by Cimabue.

ANGELS AND PROPHETS PAINTING: THE YORCK PROJECT: 10.000 MEISTERWERKE DER MALEREI. DVD-ROM, 2002

These days, on the other side of an evangelical conversion and nearly a decade of graduate study in church history, I’ve begun to see what excited my parents about Advent. I’m even entertaining the possibility that my own young family might benefit from an informed observance of this season of waiting. (How to help my kids keep their eyes reverently lowered and their hearts in tune during such observance is, I confess, still pretty much beyond me. But that’s a discussion for another day. I’m sure my parents are chuckling as they read this!)

In fact, Advent season presents a unique opportunity to many Protestants. It’s like the once-a-year conjunction of two planets: it brings a great mass of Bible-loving, praise-and-worshiping, extemporaneously praying, born-again Protestant Christians into close contact with a big chunk of the historic church’s liturgy. Even many nonliturgical Protestants don’t think twice about joining in the season’s rituals, old as well as new. They count off Advent calendar windows, listen to lectionary sermon themes and Bible readings, and recite set prayers at the dinner table around candles in meaningful hues of purple and rose.

So, as Advent’s four bright Sundays offer us ways to meditate on Christ’s coming, let’s explore the sustaining power of liturgical observance. John Bookser Felster, editor of www.americancatholic.com, observes churchly seasons like Advent “tie our lives to Christians throughout history.” In a time of year filled with indulgence, the observance of centuries-old Christian practices can feed us in a deeper and better way.

Once upon a time, in fourth- and fifth-century Gaul and Spain, “Advent” was a preparation not for Christmas but for Epiphany, the early-January celebration of such diverse events in Jesus’ life as his baptism, the miracle at Cana, and the visit of the magi (see p. 16 for more on Epiphany). In those days, Epiphany was set aside as an opportunity for new Christians to be baptized and welcomed into the church. So believers spent Advent’s 40 days examining their hearts and doing penance.

It was not until the sixth century that Christians in Rome began linking this season explicitly to the coming of Christ. But at that time, and for centuries after, the “coming” that was celebrated was not the birth of Jesus, but his Second Coming. It was not until the Middle Ages that the church began using the Advent season to prepare to celebrate Christ’s birth. And even then, this newer sense of the Lord’s “advent,” or coming, did not supplant the older sense—the Second Coming. The muted, Lentlike mood of penitential preparation remained alongside the joyous anticipation of Jesus’ birthday.

The modern liturgy divides Advent into a period, through December 16, during which the focus is Christ’s Second Coming, and a period, from December 17 to 24, focusing on his birth. It starts with sobering passages and prayers about the apocalyptic return of the Lord in judgment. Then it moves to Old Testament passages foretelling the birth of a messiah and New Testament passages trumpeting John the Baptist’s exhortations and the angels’ announcements.

Every year these rich scriptural reminders and the traditional prayers that accompany them set my blood rushing a little faster and bring a rising excitement: Christ came with plenty of prior notice! Prophets and angels joined to proclaim his coming! And now I can join too, with the cloud of witnesses stretching back to apostolic times, in the same proclamation!

And in the protected, quiet times of meditation, I can respond as I imagine believers have done every Advent since the tradition began:

15th-c. antiphonary (hymnal) for Advent through Epiphany.

MONDADORI PORTFOLIO / ELECTA / ART RESOURCE, NY

I can bow my head and prepare my heart to receive the one who is always present, but who seems distant in the busyness of the season.

I can mourn for my hardness of heart.

I can hope in his grace.

And I can rejoice that in answer to the cry, “O come, O come, Emmanuel,” he came.

Would I really be able to do this—in the midst of December’s commercial rush of lights, decorations, present-buying, and piped-in carols—without a gently insistent, weekly liturgical pattern? Maybe.

But I’m not rolling my eyes anymore.

Update: I wrote this piece several years ago, when my children were small. Now that we have a few more Christmas seasons behind us, I am even more firmly convinced of the benefits of using the liturgical calendar.—CA

Chris R. Armstrong is professor of church history at Bethel Seminary, St. Paul, MN, and managing editor of Christian History.[1]


[1] Armstrong, C. (2012). Advent: Close Encounters of a Liturgical Kind: ’Tis the Season When Even the Free-Ranging Revivalist Pulls up a Chair to the Table of Historic Liturgy. Christian History Magazine: The Wonder of the Season, (no. 103), 22–23.

19 Dec 2021 News Briefing

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Rockets fired toward US embassy in Baghdad
Two rockets shot down near US embassy in Iraqi capital’s Green Zone. Two vehicles damaged. There were no reports of injuries, but the rockets reportedly caused damage to two civilian vehicles.

Iran preparing to launch space vehicle capable of carrying nuclear warhead to Israel
Satellite images of the Iranian Space Center show that Iran is preparing to send a space-launch vehicle out of the atmosphere, a new report by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs said … “It is widely suspected that Iran is seeking to connect its nuclear capabilities to launch vehicles for nuclear weapons,” added the report.

Egyptian Scholar Sentenced to Five Years Imprisonment for Recounting Accurate History of Islam
“An Egyptian court sentenced an 80-year-old-intellectual earlier this week to five years in prison over his remarks on the early Islamic conquests.” Dr. Ahmed Abdu‘ Maher, a high-profile lawyer, expert on Islam, and author of 14 books on Islamic history and jurisprudence, was found guilty of “contempt of Islam, stirring up sectarian strife and posing a threat to the national unity.” One of Maher’s chief “crimes” is his view on the seventh and eighth century Arab conquests—a view based on a close and correct reading of both Muslim and non-Muslim source … .

In Ukrainian Village, Battle Has Started
Only 5 residents remain in homes 2 miles from Russian forces. Liudmyla Momot wipes away tears as she searches for clothes and household items to salvage from the ruins of her home that was shelled by Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. Her village of Nevelske, northwest of the rebel-held city of Donetsk, is only about 2 miles from the line of contact between the separatists and the Ukrainian military and has been emptied of all but five people. Small arms fire frequently is heard in the daytime, the AP reports, giving way to the booms of light artillery and mortar shelling after dusk. Rebels targeted Nevelske with shelling twice in the past month, damaging or destroying 16 of the village’s 50 houses and rattling the handful of nervous residents who remain.

China creating ‘brain-control weapons’ and weaponizing biotech, US says
On Friday, the Commerce Department added 37 Chinese, Georgian, Malaysian, and Turkish entities to the restricted Entity List. The Commerce Department took particular note of China’s Academy of Military Medical Sciences (AMMS) and its 11 affiliated research institutes “based on the body of information that AMMS and its eleven research institutes use biotechnology processes to support Chinese military end uses and end users, to include purported brain-control weaponry.”

17 Missionaries leave Haiti after kidnapping, everyone doing ‘reasonably well’ CAM reveals
The 17 missionaries who were kidnapped in Haiti are now all doing “reasonably well” and have left the troubled Caribbean nation where they spent each day of their captivity praying, singing and calling on their kidnappers to repent, said David Troyer, general director of the Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries, on Friday.

North Korea Marks Anniversary Of Prior Ruler’s Death With 11-Day Ban On Laughing
Kim’s dad & prior dictator dubbed “the parent of our people”…

12 dead as powerful typhoon batters the Philippines
At least 12 people have died in the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year, the disaster agency said Friday, after the storm swept across the archipelago uprooting trees, toppling power poles and flooding villages.

INEXCUSABLE: Man Dies of Cardiac Arrest After EMS Paramedics REFUSED to Enter the Building Due to California “Covid-19 Law”
A shocking new video shows the moments EMS paramedics in Southern California refused to enter a healthcare facility to help a man who was dying of cardiac arrest because of “some Covid-19 law.”

Salvation Army withdraws guide that asks white supporters to apologize for their race
The Salvation Army has withdrawn its controversial “Let’s Talk About … Racism” guide following criticism and donor backlash over the text that asked white supporters of the charity group to deliver “sincere” apologies for their race and the past sins of the Church.

Grocery Chain Kroger Will Deny Benefits To Employees Who Refuse To Be “Vaccinated”
It has started with force here in the United States. People are beginning to see just how far their rulers will take things in order to get them injected with a “vaccine” that by all definitions, is not even a vaccine.

Shellenberger: Why Democrats Self-Destruct On Crime
Progressives still deny rising crime even as it undermines Joe Biden’s presidency…

Pfizer CEO Says Fourth Covid-19 Vaccine Booster Will be Required Sooner Than Expected 
People around the world have now been lining up to get their third Covid-19 “booster” jab due to their “waning” protection from the first round, the CEO of Pfizer, Albert Bourla, has announced that people are going to need a fourth booster sooner than expected.

MEDICAL FASCISM: FDA conspiring with USPS to block shipments of lifesaving ivermectin 
Attorney Aaron Siri published a document he discovered suggesting that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is conspiring with the United States Postal Service (USPS) to block imports of ivermectin being sent to American consumers from overseas.

Thomas Renz: Everything about the plandemic is based on fear and manipulation 
Nothing about the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) is based on facts and reason, it turns out. Attorney Thomas Renz said the whole thing is an exercise in fear and manipulation.

326 Athlete cardiac arrests, serious issues, 183 dead, after COVID shot
It is definitely not normal for young athletes to suffer from cardiac arrests or to die while playing their sport, but this year it is happening. All of these heart issues and deaths come shortly after they got a COVID vaccine. While it is possible this can happen to people who did not get a COVID vaccine, the sheer numbers clearly point to the only obvious cause.

California Parents Speak Out After Teachers Brainwash Their 12-Year-Old Child Into Transgenderism, Call CPS on Parents for Using Wrong Pronouns
California parents are speaking out after school teachers brainwashed their 12-year-old child into becoming transgender and allegedly called CPS on them for not referring to their child by certain pronouns.

Escobar: Putin, Xi Running Circles Around Biden’s Hybrid War
Russia and China’s announcement of an independent financial trading platform will free nations under US sanctions from western intrusion into their commercial activities…

Fauci & The Biden Regime ‘Experts’ Lied To America About The COVID Jab Mandates
The Biden Regime is fighting for jab mandates. These are the regime’s so-called experts, figureheads, and mouthpieces in their own words.

Attorney Tom Renz On The Next “Variant”That Will Be Used To Cover The Death Of Children From The Covid Shot
Attorney Tom Renz On The Next “Variant”That Will Be Used To Cover The Death Of Children From The Covid Shot

The 16 US Cities That Hit All-Time Homicide Records This Year
City leaders across the nation urge for more funding for police…

South Korea: Covid Numbers Reach Record Peak Despite 92% of Adults Fully ‘Vaccinated’
..South Korea was hailed in 2020 as the champion of Covid control. At first, the country had much lower case counts and deaths than most European countries. Then came the experimental “vaccines.” On Thursday, South Korea, which is almost entirely “vaccinated,” announced that it would reinstate stricter social distancing rules. The decision comes after the number of new infections and serious cases spiral out of control.

BEWARE: NJ Exploits Santa – Pushes Life Altering Covid Vax on Children
…A shocking propaganda video by the New Jersey Health Department features a child writing to Santa asking for the coronavirus vaccine in lieu of toys. This comes as Dr. Robert Malone, the highly respected inventor of mRNA vaccine technology, released a powerful statement warning parents about vaccinating children.

Source: https://www.raptureready.com/2021/12/19/19-dec-2021/

Headlines – 12/19/2021

Israeli forces nab suspected terrorists in deadly West Bank shooting

‘This place is fully ours’: Hundreds at terror victim’s funeral in West Bank outpost

13 arrested at Jerusalem protest urging government action against terror attacks

Commentary: The illusion of economic peace between Israelis and Palestinians

Israel to West: Weak approach toward Iran will lead to renewed Mideast violence

JCPOA withdrawal left ‘unconstrained’ nuclear Iran – US official

Pentagon documents reveal ‘deeply flawed’ US air war in Middle East

Rockets fired toward US Embassy in Baghdad; one shot down, other misses

Sudan: on revolution’s third anniversary, protesters vow not to be silenced

Pakistan: Gas explosion kills at least 12 in Karachi

Pakistan calls on Muslim countries to help Afghanistan

Afghan Taliban leaders appeal for help as migrant crisis looms

Biden Administration Considers Sending Ukraine Military Equipment Once Bound for Afghanistan

‘A four-week window’: Biden aims to learn from Obama’s mistakes with quick moves to deter Putin from invading Ukraine

Russia Envoy: Moscow Might Up Ante If West Ignores Demands

Sen. Cruz scores a future vote on Russian pipeline sanctions in deal with Democrats

Putin gives Pope birthday call, praises his global role

Chile goes to the presidential election polls amid fears of mass protests

‘Fear of communism,’ why Chile’s rich vote right

Ex-Army Generals Fear Insurrection or ‘Civil War’ in 2024

Retired generals urge Pentagon to take steps to avert ‘civil war’ after 2024 election

Congress Ends ‘Horrible Year’ With Divisions as Bitter as Ever

Report: Amazon Ring Doorbells May Begin Using Biometric Data to Spy on Your Neighborhood

6.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Prince Edward Islands region

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits northern Qinghai, China

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Bamboo Flat, India

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Sorong, Indonesia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits Isangel, Vanuatu

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands region

Moderate 4.4 earthquake shakes northern Italy, no injuries reported

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 23,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 20,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Reventador volcano in Eucador erupts to 15,000ft

Nevados De Chillan volcano in Chile eurpts to 14,000ft

‘Leveled to the ground’: Philippines typhoon leaves widespread destruction

Typhoon deaths in Philippines top 100, mayors appeal for aid

More Than 21,000 People Displaced by Floods in Malaysia

2 Dead in Kansas Wildfires Fueled by Windy, Dry Weather

UK Gas Prices Break Records As Europe’s Energy Crisis Worsens

BlackRock Wants Companies to Hire More Diverse Board Members, Strive Toward Net Zero Climate Goal

Viral TikTok school threat rumors: Students arrested nationwide as officials track down social media posts

Lawmakers to NBC: Cover China Abuses During Olympics

Pinkerton: Democrats Use the Threat of Court-Packing to Intimidate the Supreme Court from Overturning Roe

San Francisco mayor declares state of emergency to combat overdose deaths, crime

Some Cities Turn to Decriminalizing Drugs as Overdoses Climb

China Claims It Has Nothing to Do With the Fentanyl Crisis

Rep. Louie Gohmert Drops the Truth Bombs: “Fauci Needs to Be Held Responsible for Deaths That Are Being Created by the Things He’s Foisting on Americans”

Peter Navarro: J&J Not Only Vax With Problems; Fauci Knows It

Naomi Wolf: NIAID Is Trying to Sideline the J&J Vaccines Because They Don’t Have a Patent on and Aren’t Making Money Off of Them like Pfizer and Moderna Vaccines

Doctors fear new CDC recommendations against getting J&J vaccine will increase vaccine hesitancy

Harvard University to Require COVID-19 Booster Shots, Shift to Remote Learning in January

NY governor plans to add booster shot to definition of ‘fully vaccinated’

Legal Attacks On Biden’s Vaccine Mandate Reach Supreme Court – Challenges mount after lower court clears way for employer mandate

Businesses Have Until Jan. 10 Before Facing Penalties for Noncompliance With COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate: OSHA

South Carolina AG: Biden claimed a nonexistent ‘federal police power’ to impose vaccine mandates

Sixth Circuit Chief Tears Apart Biden’s COVID Mandate For Private Companies As Court Denies Full Hearing

Vaccine mandates, staff ‘burnout’ thin healthcare workforce, as states turn to National Guard

Biden admin eyes a potentially stark shift in messaging around ending the pandemic

Highly vaccinated countries thought they were over the worst. Denmark says the pandemic’s toughest month is just beginning.

French PM says Omicron spreading like ‘lightning’ – France announces series of restrictions, accelerates booster rollout

COVID: London declares ‘major incident’ over Omicron spread

UK Govt Proposes Two-Week ‘Circuit Breaker’ Lockdown Amid Omicron Doomsday Predictions

Sweden Starts Microchipping COVID Passports in People

New York Legislation Provides for Indefinite Detention of Unvaccinated at Governor’s Whim

Source: http://trackingbibleprophecy.org/birthpangs.php

The Pandemic of Loneliness | Evangelical Dark Web

It is time for a discussion of the real pandemic going on in America: loneliness. Alongside the growth of social media and degeneration of society, the feeling of isolation amongst  Americans, including Christians, has escalated to disturbing levels.

A recent Barna study revealed the extent of this loneliness pandemic: 53% of Americans feel some form of recurrent loneliness with 14% feeling isolated all the time, both increasing slightly between spring of 2020 and winter of  2020. As a disclaimer, Barna is a Big Eva pollster, which while they can provide useful data, their left-leaning wokeness prevent proper analysis of the data they procure. 

Predictably, 20 months of Covidstan have exacerbated the problem. Since youths were not studied, this problem is likely worse than this data indicates. The absence of schooling, youth sports, and other socialization would hardly be expected weigh favorably upon the data. Even now, eating lunches outside, being denied the smiles of their peers behind the veil of a mask, and the general dehumanization emanating from the Branch Covidians, who teach children to view their peers as germ infected, unclean (unjabbed) biohazards adds to the loneliness in our youths. According to Mental Health America, 13.84% of youth suffer from depression, up from 13.01% year over year.

Barna’s data would go on to say that 20% of Practicing Christians feel lonely at least once a day, with 9% feeling lonely all the time. On a positive note, this is about 10% lower than the “Unchurched” and “Churched” categories. However, the severity of the loneliness is more extreme for “Practicing Christians.”

Between Covid and CRT, how many Christians felt a failure within the church to properly address these two issues? We have seen this at McLean Bible Church with David Platt. Many have undoubtedly undergone church shopping in the past year, which means leaving one community of believers and having to befriend another. Others fall away entirely as we saw with Zoom Church.

As one might expect, the data skews younger with more Millennials feeling lonely than their Boomer and Gen X Peers. Various milestones, like marriage are in decline and often being delayed. Per the US Census, the average age of marriage is roughly 29, with men being in their low thirties and women being in their upper 20’s.

Barna uses this article to promote Susan Mettes, who writes the book The Loneliness Epidemic to address this issue. Susan Mettes is a behavioral scientist who works with Barna and is an editor at Christianity Today. To her credit, she critiques pop-psychology in the church and has amassed interesting data, but her analysis and solutions seem trite. Anyone can link singleness to loneliness, but this does not necessarily explain the trends with Gen Z. After all, this data skews younger.

Writing for Barna on another blog post, Mettes, pulling from her book, writes the following:

People’s perceptions of their levels of boredom, privacy and security are ultimately not under the control of others. However, those of us who are concerned about loneliness should understand that lonely people often feel they are under too much scrutiny or that their lives and relationships aren’t on solid ground.

How to counter these problems? To all of them, one answer is real friendship. We can get there in many ways. For example, we can display hospitality on an ordinary basis, investing time getting to know people regardless of whether they are old, young, single or married. We can explicitly promote deep friendships outside of marriage and family. We should avoid making projects of people in lonelier groups or subjecting them to uninvited scrutiny, but we should also listen when people are ready to reveal something.

Ultimately, this logic misses the mark and honestly, peddling friendship as a solution sounds childishly naïve. One might expect that a generation less likely to have kids should have more free time to socialize with friends. Societal expectations are not the cause of the widespread loneliness plaguing our society nor are they going away as they are ingrained since Genesis 3. Feelings of isolation are the symptoms of the disease, not the disease itself. Being nice and getting to know people will not solve this pandemic because they do not address the root causes, which are legion.

Just like with Covid, the loneliness pandemic has been engineered more systematically by the society at large. Feminism despises masculinity and denies femininity. Social media perpetuates degenerate and narcissistic behavior. The sexual revolution has deteriorated the state of the American family. Hookup culture has done wonders for helping people find long-term matches—not. #MeToo has made relationships more difficult to form. Pornography, which cannot be harped on enough, engenders frustration and shame. Children are targeted by the Rainbow Jihad, questioning their identity with not enough churches doing anything to combat this, or are otherwise pushing Side B Theology.

Critical Race Theory perpetuated by our media and education apparatus has enflamed racial tensions in America. Think about it: in one generation, we have gone from people generally accepting the belief in American Exceptionalism to tearing down statues of Thomas Jefferson. This rapid rejection of our national culture is designed to foster resentment and depression. Hollywood has destroyed many legacy franchises through woke messaging that demonstrates outright disdain for their audience. Athletes promote woke messaging, tarnishing that which used to be an escape from life’s drama.

There are far more causes to the loneliness pandemic, and each of those listed could use its own article, yet what all these things have in common is sin. Ye be like God will inevitably result in measurable failure. When Adam and Eve sinned, they felt shame, not elation, yet in their shame, they tried to cope by clothing themselves. Sin does not exist in a vacuum but begets more sin. Nothing is stagnant.

Jesus instructs us to judge a tree by its fruit in Matthew 7:16 in the context of false teaching and teachers. This has practical applications to everyday life. As our culture and society implodes all around us, we should expect these corrosive ideologies to yield the fruits of depression, isolation, strife, and anxiety. The church needs to recognize that the same ideologies destroying our culture are not just incorrect biblically or academically, but also at the individual level. The damage is real.

Source: The Pandemic of Loneliness

Poll Finds Trump Is More Admired Than Biden Or The Pope | ZeroHedge News

Authored by Paul Joseph Watson via Summit News,

A new poll has found that Donald Trump is more admired than Pope Francis or Joe Biden.

The survey, conducted by YouGov, places Trump at number 13 for the world’s most admired man, while the Pope is below him at number 16 and Biden further down in 20th place.

Trump’s relatively high placing is all the more impressive given the sustained media campaign against him and the former president being blamed for the January 6 “siege.”

The most admired man in the world remains Barack Obama, despite the fact that compared to many others on the list he is rarely even that much of a public figure these days.

Indeed, the top three remains unchanged, with Chinese President Xi Xinping at number 3 and Bill Gates at number 2, despite the fallout from Gates’ notorious divorce.

Michelle Obama remains the world’s most admired woman, with actress Angelina Jolie bizarrely keeping her place at number 2 above the likes of the Queen of England and Malala Yousafazi.

Perhaps emphasizing the dubious nature of the survey, Kamala Harris, who has an favorability rating of just 40 per cent, is in 11th place just above Hillary Clinton, who is in 12th position.

Trump is once again expected to run for president in 2024, with Hillary Clinton complaining that another win for the Donald would mean “the end of democracy.”

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Source: Poll Finds Trump Is More Admired Than Biden Or The Pope

The study the CDC used to justify masking in schools is reportedly “profoundly misleading” and has “significant flaws”

Millions upon millions of U.S. children have been fully masked up at school this year after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cited, in part, a study out of Arizona that appeared to demonstrate the need for, and effectiveness of, masking among schoolchildren.

Source: The study the CDC used to justify masking in schools is reportedly “profoundly misleading” and has “significant flaws”

World Economic Forum simulates global cyberattack that could bring about “Great Reset”

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“The frightening scenario of a comprehensive cyberattack could bring a complete halt to the power supply, transportation, hospital services, our society as a whole,” said Schwab. “The COVID-19 crisis would be seen in this respect as a small disturbance in comparison to a major cyberattack.” (Related: World Economic Forum pushing for Great Reset through a “cyber-attack with COVID-like characteristics.”)

“I believe that there will be another crisis,” said WEF Managing Director Jeremy Jurgens. “It will be more significant. It will be faster than what we’ve seen with COVID. The impact will be greater, and as a result, the economic and social implications will be even more significant.”

Schwab, Jurgens and other WEF executives described this Great Reset scenario as a massive, chaotic economic and social crisis that disrupts the internet, communication systems, financial and monetary transactions, the power grid, global transportation and commodity trade systems. These compounding crises will have “geopolitical” ramifications.

To simulate the lead-up to the Great Reset, the WEF has sponsored multiple exercises that try and capture just how devastating it will be.

The organization recently held “Event 201,” a scenario wherein a novel zoonotic coronavirus transmitted from animals makes its way into the human population.

According to the results of this simulation, over 65 million people all over the world would die from this uncontrolled pandemic after 18 months. The simulation ended with the imaginary coronavirus turning into an endemic childhood disease.

Is This Why America’s Leaders Seem Childish? :: By Daymond Duck

Why would highly educated leaders place the rights of criminals, rioters, looters, illegal aliens, etc., above the rights of citizens?

What would cause so-called intelligent leaders to believe they can stop tornadoes and hurricanes from happening by building windmills, forcing their citizens to drive smaller vehicles, stopping farmers and ranchers from raising cows, etc.?

What would cause the head of the most populated state in the U.S. to tell officials not to prosecute thieves that steal less than $1,000 worth of someone’s property?

What is causing some leaders to seem childish?

Following the destruction of Israel, God made some remarkable statements about what He intended to keep doing to the nation of Israel and some of the nations around her (Isa. 3:1-14).

God would take away their food and water (inflation is doing that in the U.S. today); weaken their military (the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan did that); give them weak judges and weak religious leaders (U.S. judges are letting criminals out of jail, pastors are performing same-sex marriages, etc.); give them dishonest leaders that don’t speak well, that rule like children and babies (Biden’s mental health is questionable); and that oppress the people (mandates, lockdowns, ignoring the rights of many citizens, etc.).

God’s judgment would continue to fall because Israel had abandoned the Word of God, the Jews were provoking God by speaking against Him (our leaders want a world religion without Jesus), the Jews were openly boasting of their sin like Sodom (our leaders openly boast about supporting unbiblical issues), and they were rewarding evil.

Having said this, with the permission of Jean Worland, here are some thoughts from her Dec. 10, 2021, email list (see jeanworland234@gmail.com).

I don’t know who wrote them, but the writer did a great job, they seem to fit the Scriptures above, and more people need to know about Jean’s great work.

  • If a guy pretends to be a woman, you are required to pretend with him.
  • Somehow it’s un-American for the census to count how many Americans are in America.
  • Russians influencing our elections are bad, but illegals voting in our elections are good.
  • Twenty is too young to drink a beer, but eighteen is old enough to vote.
  • People who have never owned slaves should pay slavery reparations to people who have never been slaves.
  • People who have never been to college should pay the debts of college students who took out huge loans for their degrees.
  • Immigrants with tuberculosis and polio are welcome, but you’d better be able to prove your dog is vaccinated.
  • Irish doctors and German engineers who want to immigrate to the US must go through a rigorous vetting process, but any illiterate gang member or terrorist who jumps the southern fence is welcome.
  • $5 billion for border security is too expensive, but $1.5 trillion for “free” health care is not.
  • If you cheat to get into college, you go to prison, but if you cheat to get into the country, you can go to college for free.
  • If you cheat in an election, nothing happens to you, but if you point out the mathematical errors of that election, you are a conspiracy theorist & disdained.
  • People who say there is no such thing as gender are demanding a female President.
  • We see other countries going Socialist and collapsing, but it seems like a great plan for us.
  • Some people are held responsible for things that happened before they were born, and other people are not held responsible for what they are doing right now.
  • Criminals are caught-and-released to hurt more people, but stopping them is bad because it’s a violation of their rights.
  • And pointing out all this hypocrisy somehow makes us “racists”?!

These are good reasons to suspect the mental status or motives of those that control America’s government.

Here are some more articles about recent events.

One, on Dec. 9, 2021, Brian Williams, MSNBC reporter for 28 years, said on “The 11th Hour with Brian Williams” (in this writer’s words for the sake of brevity), I am worried about America because dark forces in America who swore an oath to our constitution are trying to burn it down with us inside. This should scare us to no end.

Williams did not identify the “dark forces” or what they are doing to destroy America, but many prophecy teachers believe there is a deliberate effort to fundamentally transform America and surrender its sovereignty to a godless world government.

(Writer’s note: The coming godless world government should not scare Christians, but if the globalist elite that are trying to create it knew and believed the Bible, they would be trembling uncontrollably.)

Two, on Dec. 13, 2021, it was reported that several major hospital systems reversed their mandatory vaccination policy because so many crucial employees, including doctors and nurses, have refused to comply.

(Writer’s note: Those that are considering the jab might do well to ask why some doctors and nurses are refusing to take it.)

(More: On Dec. 13, 2021, Natural News reported that the latest issue of the Air Line Pilot Association, ALPA magazine, shows that 1 pilot died in 2019, 6 pilots died in 2020, and 111 pilots died in the first 9 months of 2021.)

Three, on MSNBC on Dec. 8, 2021, Dr. Anthony Fauci was asked if the Biden administration should stop requiring mandatory vaccinations (because of the recent court rulings against them). In essence, he said no, the communal good supersedes individual choices.

This is similar to something Pope Francis says about world government: the common good supersedes (world government and world religion) individual freedoms.

The U.S. Constitution, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, court rulings against mandatory vaccinations, etc., mean nothing to the globalists that are trying to establish a global dictatorship.

Four, concerning natural disasters increasing in frequency and intensity at the end of the age: on Dec. 10, 2021, approximately 40 tornadoes tore through MO, AR, KY, IL, and TN (very rare and the worst ever in the month of Dec.).

One tornado was possibly an EF-5 (The most powerful category; wind speeds more than 200 mph.).

Next-day reports said more than 75 people were killed (the death toll could reach more than 100), many people were injured, property damage was massive, and about 350,000 people were without electricity in Tennessee and Kentucky.

(Writer’s note: The lost lives cannot be replaced. The lost property can be replaced, but the supply chain crisis and inflation will add to the problem and make it more difficult and expensive. Crisis upon crisis like birth pains is a sign of the end of the age.)

(Writer’s note: This was at least the third major disaster in the state of Tennessee in 2021.)

Five, concerning earthquakes: on Dec. 7-8, 2021, there were more than 60 earthquakes in 36 hours (the largest was 5.8) about 250 miles off the coast of Oregon.

Experts said it is not a cause for concern.

Six, concerning wars and rumors of wars: there are almost daily reports that Israel could attack Iran at any moment, it is just a matter of time until China attacks Taiwan, Russia is massing for an invasion of Ukraine in late Feb., etc.

(Writer’s note: Ukraine has admitted that it doesn’t have a chance against Russia’s forces without NATO help, but Biden said the U.S. will not send any troops to Ukraine.)

(Writer’s note: The Biden administration says it is prepared to turn to other options if Iran does not agree to stop trying to build nuclear weapons, but Biden will not agree to help Israel attack Iran’s nuclear weapons facilities).

Seven, concerning the Battle of Gog and Magog: on Dec. 7, 2021, Israel’s Air Force reportedly attacked an Iranian-controlled target near a Russian military base in Latakia, Syria.

If this was an Israeli attack, it could be a major escalation of the long-simmering conflict.

Russia defends the base at Latakia with some of its latest and most sophisticated missiles, and it has been Israel’s policy to avoid attacks near Russian bases so as not to accidentally kill Russian personnel.

Officials believe Iran had to have something very important near that Russian base for Israel to risk having her jets shot down by sophisticated Russian missiles and accidentally killing Russians.

There were reports of large explosions and heavy material damage but no deaths.

(Note: With the possibility of several major wars looming, Biden abandoned weapons worth billions of dollars in Afghanistan, and now he wants to cut America’s military defense budget.)

Eight, concerning a cashless society and a global ID system: at a digital money conference on Dec. 2, 2021, India said that nation is working with the UN, the World Bank, and other global organizations to create a Universal Global ID system.

Nine, concerning world government: on Dec. 9, 2021, Brighteon, a very conservative pro-liberty group, charged that U.S. leaders are using Ukraine to create a crisis (never let a good crisis go to waste, even a created crisis) with Russia.

Brighteon believes some of America’s leaders want a crisis to justify martial law, suspend the upcoming elections, confiscate guns, cover up the supply chain crisis, establish the Great Reset, and more.

Here is a link to the article.

https://www.brighteon.com/2ebfb624-094d-488d-a4a6-a71fb3333a8e

Ten, concerning the days of Noah and wickedness: on Dec. 9, 2021, it was reported that 12 U.S. cities have set a new record for murders.

These 12 record-breaking cities have one thing in common: They are all run by Democrats.

(Note: On Dec. 8, 2021, it was reported that the head of the Los Angeles police union is urging tourists to stay away from Los Angeles during the holiday season because of rampant crime.)

Eleven, concerning a worthless peace treaty in the Middle East: in early Dec. 2021, officials, investment groups, and business leaders from Israel and the four nations that signed the Abraham Accords with Israel (the UAE, Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco), plus the two nations that have signed a peace treaty with Israel (Egypt and Jordan), met to discuss the success of the Accords and to discuss ways to improve upon the Accords and strengthen their relationships in 2022.

Some prophecy teachers believe these agreements could possibly lead to a covenant of peace in the future.

Twelve, concerning the Mark of the Beast: on Dec. 2, 2021, it was reported that researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) can now inject people with a patch that contains quantum dot tattoos that can store and transmit information to mark and track those that have been vaccinated.

The development of this system was partly funded by Bill and Melinda Gates, and their patch inside the body of the vaccinated will eliminate the need for a card.

Prophecy teachers are concerned that this could become the Mark of the Beast system (injecting a patch with a tattoo in the right hand or forehead of the vaccinated).

Thirteen, since Dec. 7, 2021, there have been several reports that Pope Francis is terminally ill (perhaps cancer) and probably will not survive through 2022.

Should that happen, the College of Cardinals (called a Papal Conclave) will gather to name a successor.

Be careful because this will likely cause speculation about the identity of the False Prophet.

Finally, are you Rapture Ready?

If you want to be rapture ready and go to heaven, you must be born again (John 3:3). God loves you, and if you have not done so, sincerely admit that you are a sinner; believe that Jesus is the virgin-born, sinless Son of God who died for the sins of the world, was buried, and raised from the dead; ask Him to forgive your sins, cleanse you, come into your heart and be your Saviour; then tell someone that you have done this.

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Source: Is This Why America’s Leaders Seem Childish? :: By Daymond Duck

Far-Left Mainstream Media Crashes and Burns – Loses as Much as 48% of Their Readership in 2021 — The Gateway Pundit

The far-left mainstream media has lost as much as 48% of its readership in 2021. 

Their refusal to cover the truth behind Joe Biden’s dementia, the 2020 Election steal, the sinking economy, Dr. Fauci’s ludicrous COVID policies and the 

According to a report at Breitbart, the mainstream media took a huge hit in 2021:

The establishment media’s online readership has reportedly collapsed without the aid of Donald Trump’s America First presidency.

The Hill, Washington PostNew York TimesPoliticoWall Street Journal, CNN, and Vox Media have lost a large percentage of monthly unique visitors since Trump led the nation, according to Comscore data cited by the Journal.

“Newspapers, television, all forms of media will tank if I’m not there,” Trump predicted in 2017, “because without me, their ratings are going down the tubes.”

Politico’s readership has reportedly declined the greatest amount at 48 percent. The Post‘s page views are reportedly fewer by 28 percent, followed by the Times at 15 percent, then the Journal and Vox Media at nine percent.

As Trump is canceled on Twitter and Facebook, reducing his ability to immediately create a headline for the establishment media to print, the amount of the Post’s digital subscribers has reportedly declined by nearly 300,000.

According to the report, only three of the Post’s ten most-read articles on the home page in 2021 were political coverage. Whereas in 2019, just about all the 50 most-read articles on the home page were political “news.”

The fake news mainstream media was horrible in its coverage of President Trump.  The people witnessed it and saw through it.

The same can’t be said of The Gateway Pundit.  In 2021, the Gateway Pundit had its best year ever
We will report more on this in the days to come.
When you report the truth your numbers will grow. The mainstream media should think about that for a change.

Far-Left Mainstream Media Crashes and Burns – Loses as Much as 48% of Their Readership in 2021 — The Gateway Pundit

Robert Kennedy Jr. on The War Room: US Intelligence Agencies and Military Were Involved With The Wuhan Lab Research (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is the author of the recent best-seller “The Real Anthony Fauci”, a powerful expose on Dr. Tony Fauci’s disturbing and disastrous tenure as the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) Director.

On Saturday Robert F. Kennedy Jr. joined Steve Bannon on The War Room for an hour-long interview.

During their discussion, Kennedy described what US intelligence and military involvement in the Wuhan laboratory leak and bioresearch over the past two decades.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.: They never talk about public health. They never talk about how to repurpose medication, how to quarantine the sick, how to get people to eat Vitamin D, and zinc and exercise and build their immune system. There’s none of that discussion. It’s all about how to use a pandemic as a pretense to obliterate democracy… The CIA through USAID was the biggest funder, even bigger than Tony Fauci, of gain of function studies in Wuhan, the Pentagon was second, Tony Fauci was third… The Pentagon began funnelled the money through Tony Fauci to Wuhan, $1.7 billion a year. Now it’s $2.2 billion. They also gave Fauci a 68% raise attached to his bioweapons research. That’s one of the reasons why he had to continue to do this gain of function research even when Obama told him to stop in 2014. He didn’t… Ralph Baric with funding from Tony Fauci developed the system for hiding the evidence of engineering. If you were really interested in public health you would want to do the opposite of that… That’s not what they were doing. They were weaponizing it so that it could not be traced back to when they dropped it on the world. Baric then with funding from Fauci then taught that technology which he called the “no-see-um” technology to Zheng-Li Shi, the Chinese scientist who was running that lab under the control of the Chinese communist party and the People’s Liberation Army… Tony Fauci funded it.

This is an amazing clip from Saturday’s War Room.

Robert Kennedy Jr. on The War Room: US Intelligence Agencies and Military Were Involved With The Wuhan Lab Research (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Democrats, Media, Hollywood, and Never Trump Freak Out After Joe Manchin Says ‘No’ to ‘Build Back Better’

Democrats, media pundits, and Hollywood stars threw tantrums on social media on Sunday after Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) told Fox News Sunday that he would not vote for President Joe Biden’s multi-trillion-dollar “Build Back Better” bill.

Source: Democrats, Media, Hollywood, and Never Trump Freak Out After Joe Manchin Says ‘No’ to ‘Build Back Better’

Fireworks light Copenhagen sky in ‘Men in Black’ march against COVID restrix

Crowds led by the ‘Men in Black’ activist group march through Copenhagen in protest over COVID-19 restrictions #news #trending #currentevents ————————————————————————————————– Freedom over censorship, truth over narrative.

Source: Fireworks light Copenhagen sky in ‘Men in Black’ march against COVID restrix

Kayleigh McEnany on voters’ remorse for electing Biden as president

‘Outnumbered’ co-host Kayleigh McEnany argues the economic situation provides reason for millennials, who are dealing with ‘rampant inflation’ and can’t afford to buy items at stores, to regret voting for Joe Biden. #FoxNews

Source: Kayleigh McEnany on voters’ remorse for electing Biden as president