Daily Archives: March 19, 2023

March 19 Evening Verse of The Day

4 To walk in truth implies a course of conduct equivalent to living in the truth. The importance of both doctrinal integrity and spiritual vitality is evident in John’s affirmation that nothing brought greater joy to him than to know that his children were “walking in truth.”[1]

4 On joy, see note at v. 3. My children may point to the fruit of John’s patient and faithful pastoral labors. These may have been converts, or they may have been believers who were encouraged by his ministry. Walking in truth means living in a way that honors and pleases God. It could even refer to living “in Christ” since he is “the truth” (Jn 14:6; see 1Jn 5:20).[2]

4 To “walk in truth” (lit. “walking about in the sphere of the truth”) implies a course of conduct or life, i.e., “living in the truth.” The importance of doctrinal integrity and truth is evident in John’s affirmation that nothing brings greater joy to him than to know that his children walk in truth.[3]

4 my children A reference to John’s spiritual children, the members of the churches (or the congregations themselves) that he is addressing. See 1 John 2:1 and note.[4]

4 joy. See 1 John 1:4 and note. my children. His readers are first of all “children of God” (a signature Johannine expression; John 1:12; 11:52; 1 John 3:1, 2, 10; 5:2). But John as their spiritual overseer could view them as his own children too (see note on 1 John 2:1). Paul’s usage was similar (1 Tim. 1:2, 18; Titus 1:4; Philem. 10).[5]

4 I have no greater joy. John’s personal affection for Gaius radiated especially from his personal conduct (Lk 6:46). my children. The word “my” is emphatic in the original. John’s heart delighted in the proper conduct of his spiritual children in the faith. Those who walk (conduct) in the truth (belief) have integrity; there is no dichotomy between professing and living. He had strong fatherly affection for them (cf. 1Co 4:14–16; 1Th 2:11; 3:1–10).[6]

4 — I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

To “walk in truth” means to believe the Word of God and to gladly obey its instruction by drawing on the power of the Spirit. This kind of life brings great joy both to us and to our spiritual forebears.[7]

4 My children is a description Paul uses of those he has led to saving faith in Christ (1 Cor. 4:14–17) and may indicate that Gaius was one of John’s converts. It may also be a term John uses to describe those under his pastoral care, as reflected in 1 John 2:1, 12, 18, 28; 3:7, 18; 4:4; 5:21. To walk in truth means to walk according to God’s Word, the revelation of His truth.[8]

V. 4 So important was this to John that he could say, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” Perhaps most of us think of soul-winning as the greatest joy of the Christian life, and it is wonderful indeed to see men and women translated from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of the Son of His love. But who can measure the heartache to see those who professed to be saved, returning to their former life; like a sow returning to her wallowing in the mire and a dog to its vomit. On the other hand, what a thrill it is to see one’s spiritual children going on for the Lord, from grace to grace. Again this emphasizes the importance of follow-up work in all our evangelistic endeavors.[9]

V. 4. Nothing made John happier (cf. v. 3) than to hear that his children were walking in the truth. This wording is similar to that in 2 John 4. It is possible that by referring to Gaius as one of his “children,” John meant that Gaius was a convert of his (cf. Paul’s use of this idea in 1 Cor. 4:14; Gal. 4:19; Phil. 2:22). On the other hand the elderly apostle may simply have thought of those to whom he ministered from a paternal perspective, with fatherly concern.[10]

v. 4 “my children” This is a common designation in John’s letters (cf. 1 John 2:12, 13, 18, 28; 3:7, 18; 4:4; 5:21). The emphasis here is on (1) John’s apostolic authority or (2) John’s term of affection for the churches and Christians of the Roman Province of Asia Minor (western Turkey), where he spent his last days of ministry.[11]

Ver. 4. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

The Christian walking in the truth:—This is little more than a repetition of a declaration made by the apostle in the foregoing epistle. He is addressing there a pious mother, and he congratulates her on the spiritual prosperity of some of her family. Here he is addressing a beloved friend, and he congratulates him on the prosperity of his soul in nearly the same words.

I. Truth. “What is truth?” said Pilate to our Lord with a mixture of incredulity and scorn, as though truth were a thing nowhere to be discovered; and the same question has been asked by the wise men of the earth with the same feelings from Pilate downwards to our day. The real Christian knows where it is to be found, for he has found it. His God has not only made him feel its importance and enkindled in him a desire for it, he has shown him the thing itself, revealed, communicated His truth to him: so that the man has it; has it in his hand whenever he takes up his Bible; has it in his mind and heart, for he has read his Bible, and by God’s help has understood and believed it. That is the truth the apostle speaks of in this text. It is the revelation which God has made to us concerning spiritual and eternal things in His holy Word, and more particularly the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, which forms so main a part of that revelation.

II. Walking in it. The term “walking” in Scripture, when used as it is here, is always expressive, not of an act or two, but of a continued course of acting. To walk in the truth, then, means more than for a man once in his life to discover and embrace the truth; it implies besides this a daily familiarity with it, having it constantly before his mind, and his mind and his life being as constantly influenced and acted on by it. 1. That we hold fast Christ’s truth; having had our minds enlightened to discover and opened to receive it, that we retain it in our mind, and this in its pure, simple, unadulterated form. 2. A continued profession of Christ’s truth. 3. To live in the habitual practice of it.

III. This apostle’s joy when he hears of his fellow-Christians thus walking. He expresses this, you observe, in very strong terms. He does not say that he has no joy equal to this, but he does say that he has none above it: “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” And this strong language plainly shows us two things. 1. The loftiness of his own character. This favoured, this honoured apostle, with all his remembrances of the past and all his glowing anticipations of the future, with heaven almost opening upon him, says he gets as much happiness from the holy walk of others as he does from any other source. We know where he learnt this. We see the Master’s spirit shining forth again in the disciple. What was self to the blessed Jesus when the good of our lost souls was at stake? 2. The high importance of this holy walking in the truth. Such a man, we are sure, would never have rejoiced in a trifle. It is important, first to ourselves. (a) It is the best test we can have of our belonging to Christ, of the sincerity and reality of our faith in Him. (b) Our enjoyment of the gospel, our spiritual comfort and happiness, depends on it. (c) Our sanctification or holiness depends altogether on the permanency of the place Christ’s truth has within us. (2) Our continued walking in the truth is important also to our fellow-men. Every undecided, wavering professor of Christ’s gospel among us diffuses a bad influence around him—he does mischief in the world though he may not aim to do it; while every consistent follower of the truth does good in the world, though he may scarcely see it. (C. Bradley, M.A.).

The Christian minister’s joy:

I. To walk in truth implies—1. Sincerity of principle, honesty of intention, in opposition to all dissimulation or guile. 2. Decided attachment to evangelical doctrine. 3. Habitual regard to personal holiness. 4. Progress in Christian excellency.

II. Why this walking in truth should occasion the joy of Christian ministers. 1. In your Christian walk we witness the reality of your personal religion. 2. Walking as Christians secures your personal happiness. 3. When you walk as Christians, we have evidence of ministerial fidelity—that the truth is spoken to you; that the way of truth is marked down and recommended. 4. In your walk as Christians, we observe the fruit of our efforts for your good. 5. When you walk as Christians, we behold the increase of the Redeemer’s cause in the world. 6. Walking as Christians, we see in you the partners of the felicity we hope for in a future world. Conclusion—1. If such as “walk in truth” are our joy, it is evident who are our grief—All they who walk not in truth; who “walk in darkness”; who “walk disorderly”; who “walk in the flesh”; who “walk after their own ungodly lusts.” 2. By your walking, not in truth, but in unrighteousness, the cause of God is dishonoured, his enemies triumph, his friends are painfully affected. 3. Let us all look well to ourselves, and take heed to our own spirit and conversation. (T. Kidd.)

Walk in truth:

I. The subject matter of the apostolic ministry—it was truth; not only truth in the bare sense of the term, but truth in its highest sense, unmistakable truth, infallible truth, the truth without which we cannot be happy neither here nor hereafter. You may be without much knowledge in reference to geology, or astronomy, or botany, you may be without much knowledge of these things, and not suffer much; but in reference to this, if you have it not, you are a fool indeed, and if you have it, you are made wise unto salvation. It is necessary, for us while here, and for our well-being hereafter.

II. The manner of that ministry. “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” I say that the apostle’s ministry was characterised by great earnestness and affection. There is no minister that will ever be useful without it.

III. The joy and satisfaction of the apostle’s ministry. The subject-matter of this joy of the apostle’s was to hear that his children walk in truth. 1. To walk in the truth is to maintain evangelical truth. 2. To walk in truth is constantly to keep and to enjoy the truth. It gives us solid peace, it is “the peace of God, which passeth all understanding.” 3. Once more, when spiritual children walk in truth they are consistent Christians. Walk is not the position of a lazy Christian. (H. Allen, M.A.)

The parent’s and pastor’s joy:

I. First, then, one of the parent’s highest joys is his children’s walking in truth: he has no greater joy. 1. And here we must begin with the remark that it is a joy peculiar to Christian fathers and mothers. No parents can say from their hearts, “We have no greater joy than to hear that our children walk in truth,” unless they are themselves walking in truth. No wolf prays for its offspring to become a sheep. 2. Let us, then, remark next that the joy mentioned in the text is special in its object. “I have no greater joy than this, to hear that my children walk in truth.” There is the point, their practical religion, their actual exemplification of the power of the gospel upon their lives. This proves that the teaching was well received, that the feeling was not mere excitement, that the profession was not a falsehood or a mistake, but was done in truth. 3. It is a healthful joy, in which we may indulge to the full without the slightest fear, for it is superior in its character to all earthly joys. Now, when our children walk in truth and love to God, it makes us rejoice that another heart is consecrated to His service. We may well rejoice in the salvation and in the sanctification of our sons and daughters, because this is the way in which the kingdom of Christ is to be extended in the world. 4. I will tell you why this is peculiarly the great joy of some Christian parents—it is because they have made it a subject of importunate prayer. That which comes to us by the gate of prayer comes into the house with music and dancing. 5. This joy is quickening in its effect. All who have ever felt it know what an energy it puts into them. Have you some of your children converted while others remain unsaved? Then I charge you, let what the Lord has done for some encourage you concerning the rest. 6. Once more, this high joy of which we have spoken is very solemn in its surroundings, for it involves this alternative—“What if my children should not walk in truth?” Well, that means for us during this life many sorrows, nights of sleeplessness and days of anxiety. II. You may view the text as specifying the pastor’s greatest reward. “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” No minister ought to be at rest unless he sees that his ministry does bring forth fruit, and men and women are born unto God by the preaching of the Word. Those who are the preacher’s children are often known to him; they were to John, else he could not have spoken of them as “my children,” and could not have had joy in them as his children. From this I draw the inference that it is the duty of every one who receives spiritual benefit, and especially conversion, from any of God’s servants, to let them know it. Put on Christ publicly in baptism, according to His command: unite yourself with His Church, and commune with the people among whom you have been born unto God. It seems from our text that John was in the habit of hearing about his spiritual children: “I have no greater joy than to hear”—mark that—“than to hear that my children walk in the truth.” That implies that, if you make a profession of your faith, people will talk about you. John could not have heard if others had not spoken. (C. H. Spurgeon.)

A minister’s chief joy:

I. What is the great object of a minister’s desire on behalf of his people. 1. He longs to behold in them a holy consistency, a high state of heavenly affections, and a careful attention to the duties of morality. 2. In them he expects to find a steadiness that bids defiance to temptation, and cannot be diverted from its purpose, either by the allurements of sense or the terrors of persecution. 3. As a parent wishes to see in his children a gradual advancement towards maturity both in their bodily and intellectual faculties, so does a minister long for his people’s progress towards perfection.

II. Whence it is that the attainment of that object fills him with such exalted joy. 1. Because it is by this only that the ends of their ministry are answered. 2. Because by this only can God be glorified. 3. Because without this they can have no hope of ever meeting their people in the realms of bliss. (Sketches of Sermons.)

The minister’s greater joy:

I. The highest spiritual relationship—“my children.” 1. Solicitude. 2. Endearment.

II. The greatest possible rejoicing. 1. It is the greater joy arising out of the greater subject. Man’s salvation is God’s greater work. 2. It is the greater joy on account of the greater influence. The converts were exposed to sharp temptations, and subjected to fiery persecutions. 3. It is the greater joy on account of the greater prospect. (T. Davies, M.A.)[12]

4. ‘The elder’ regarded Gaius as his child, much as all those to whom he addressed his first letter were his ‘dear children’. He had a fatherly affection for them (cf. 1 Cor. 4:14–16; 1 Thess. 2:11) and his joy as a parent was bound up in their welfare (cf. 1 Thess. 3:1–10). In particular he rejoiced if his children were continuing to walk in the truth (cf. the similar statement in 2 John 4). This expression, which has the definite article (en tē alētheia), explains the meaning of the two earlier phrases in the previous verse, ‘your truth’ (‘the truth of your life’, rv, rsv; ‘your faithfulness to the truth’, niv) and ‘how you continue to walk in the truth’ (which has no definite article). To walk in (‘follow’, rsv) the truth is more than to give assent to it. It means to apply it to one’s behaviour. Whoever ‘walks in the truth’ is an integrated believer in whom there is no dichotomy between profession and practice. On the contrary, there is in him an exact correspondence between creed and conduct. Such conformity of life to the truth on the part of his children brought John greater joy than anything else. To him truth mattered. The alternative reading of charin, ‘favour’ (meaning ‘no greater favour from God’), for charan (joy), followed by the Vulgate, and adopted by Westcott and Hort perhaps because it is found in the Codex Vaticanus, is almost certainly a copyist’s error. ‘Joy’ is much more strongly supported.[13]

4 / Literally, the first part of v. 4 reads, “Greater than these, I do not have joy.” Given the problems the Elder faces, hearing that his children are still on his side, i.e., are still walking in the truth, is the best news possible.

The sense of intimacy among the Johannine Christians is evident from the writer’s language in vv. 1–4. He calls Gaius his “dear friend” (lit., “beloved,” vv. 1–2). He refers to the messengers who have told him of Gaius’ loyalty as “brothers” (v. 3). This is a common designation for members of the community in these epistles (1 John 2:9–11; 3:10–17; 4:20–21; 5:16; 3 John 5, 10) and certainly for them goes back to Jesus’ post-resurrection reference to his disciples as his “brothers” (John 20:17; cf. John 21:23). The Elder also continues to call his readers my children, those for whom he feels a fatherly compassion and responsibility. He uses two different Greek words interchangeably (a common Johannine technique of stylistic variation, cf. John 21:15–17) for them as his children (teknon or teknion, in 1 John 2:1, 12, 28; 3:7, 18; 5:21; 3 John 4; and paidion, in 1 John 2:14, 18). Jesus called his disciples teknia (John 13:33) in the upper room and paidia on the seashore after his resurrection (John 21:5). The author’s use of these terms for his community directly reflects Jesus’ use of them for his disciples. The Johannine community continues the intimacy which was experienced among the loyal eleven apostles. (See also the note on “fictive kin” relationships in 2 John 13).[14]

4 It was the news of this which had given great joy to the elder (v. 3), and he now emphasizes that this was no merely conventional remark by affirming that he cannot have any greater cause of joy21 than the knowledge that his spiritual “children” are living according to the truth. “Children” is a word used especially by Paul to refer to his own converts (1 Cor. 4:14; Gal. 4:19; Phil. 2:22); in the same way the implication here may be that the elder had led Gaius to faith in Jesus Christ, but he may simply be using this phrase to refer to people under his pastoral care, to whom he adopted a fatherly attitude. In any case, the elder makes it clear that his supreme concern as a pastor is to help other people to know the truth and to live by it.[15]

[1] Akin, D. L. (2017). 3 John. In T. Cabal (Ed.), CSB Apologetics Study Bible (p. 1571). Holman Bible Publishers.

[2] Yarbrough, R. W. (2017). 3 John. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 2007). Holman Bible Publishers.

[3] Criswell, W. A., Patterson, P., Clendenen, E. R., Akin, D. L., Chamberlin, M., Patterson, D. K., & Pogue, J., eds. (1991). Believer’s Study Bible (electronic ed., 3 Jn 4). Thomas Nelson.

[4] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., Whitehead, M. M., Grigoni, M. R., & Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (3 Jn 4). Lexham Press.

[5] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 2445). Crossway Bibles.

[6] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (3 Jn 4). Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[7] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (3 Jn 4). Nelson Bibles.

[8] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 1723). T. Nelson Publishers.

[9] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments (A. Farstad, Ed.; p. 2334). Thomas Nelson.

[10] Hodges, Z. C. (1985). 3 John. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 2, p. 912). Victor Books.

[11] Utley, R. J. (1999). The Beloved Disciple’s Memoirs and Letters: The Gospel of John, I, II, and III John: Vol. Volume 4 (p. 254). Bible Lessons International.

[12] Exell, J. S. (n.d.). The Biblical Illustrator: III. John (pp. 19–21). James Nisbet & Co.

[13] Stott, J. R. W. (1988). The Letters of John: An Introduction and Commentary (Vol. 19, pp. 227–228). InterVarsity Press.

[14] Johnson, T. F. (2011). 1, 2, and 3 John (p. 169). Baker Books.

[15] Marshall, I. H. (1978). The Epistles of John (p. 84). Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

No Fear of Death — VCY America

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; he that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death. (Revelation 2:11)

The first death we must endure unless the Lord should suddenly come to His temple. For this let us abide in readiness, awaiting it without fear, since Jesus has transformed death from a dreary cavern into a passage leading to glory.

The thing to be feared is not the first but the second death, not the parting of the soul from the body but the final separation of the entire man from God. This is death indeed. This death kills all peace, joy, happiness, hope. When God is gone, all is gone. Such a death is far worse than ceasing to be: it is existence without the life which makes existence worth the having.

Now, if by God’s grace we fight on to the end and conquer in the glorious war, no second death can lay its chill finger upon us, We shall have no fear of death and hell, for we shall receive a crown of life which fadeth not away. How this nerves us for the fight! Eternal life is worth a life’s battle. To escape the hurt of the second death is a thing worth struggling for throughout a lifetime.

Lord, give us faith so that we may overcome, and then grant us grace to remain unharmed though sin and Satan dog our heels!

No Fear of Death — VCY America

Only One You — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

There is only one you. But this information is much more important than to just be boosting your self-esteem. It is to help you better serve others by being more confident about your God-given role in life.

No one else fits your shape. No one else has your blend of gifts, talents and natural abilities making you very important in the whole scheme of things. ‘God made our bodies with many parts,’  wrote Paul, ‘and He has put each part just where He wants it’ (1 Corinthians 12:18). And as it is with the human body, so it is with the Body of Christ, the corporate collection of all who believe.

But this uniqueness goes beyond giftedness; it reaches as well into the depth of each of our experiences in life. No one else has your life. No one else has your pain, your hardship, your joys and sorrows. Everything in life shapes us and we are shaped by everything for a reason: so that we can touch others in a unique way based upon who we are and what we’ve been through. God doesn’t waste anything in our lives.

Every piece of our lives and experiences can be used of Christ to touch someone else. We were made for each other; we live for each other; we even die for each other. We die with hope so that others who live might see the reality of Christ in even the darkest of hours. God uses everything.

Are you just getting by, or are you living for a reason? Think about your unique gifts and ask yourself how those gifts are benefiting others. What specific way is God using you to touch others in the Body of Christ?

Do you seem to have an extra measure of wisdom, or mercy, or discernment, or knowledge, or administration, or desire to serve? These will help determine how you can look for opportunities to help others.

And then think about the things you have gone through so far in your life, especially the difficult or challenging things where God has met you with His presence and power. That information is not just for you, it’s for you to empathize with and encourage others who have encountered similar struggles.

God isn’t messing around here. There are no accidents with our lives. Whatever we have received and experienced has shaped who we are, and because of that, we are qualified servants. There is truly no one else like you – for a reason.

Question: How has God crafted you uniquely, to make you uniquely you?

by John Fischer
Used by Permission

Further Reading

•  The Re-Knitting Hand of God 

• Your Father’s Heart Longs for You

•  Salvation Explained

Only One You — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Growing Pains — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6

My son was complaining recently about a throbbing pain in his legs. It was so painful that we went to the doctor to have x-rays taken. The result? It was merely something we have all felt at one point when we were younger. Growing pains.

Growth hurts. The ache and discomfort of pain can be agonizing, but it is necessary and always beneficial. God created us, not to stay stagnant, but to always be growing in Him and becoming more like Jesus. But it’s not easy, and we can certainly stunt it.

Failure to thrive” is a term used to describe an underlying condition causing physical growth delay. The reason behind it is inadequate nutrition. Just like we need to feed our bodies with the necessary nutrients to grow, we need to feed ourselves spiritually for growth to occur.

God’s Word is the essential nourishment for your being. King David, described by God as a man ”after my own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14), deeply loved and valued God’s Word with such passion that he not only meditated on it all day, but all night (Psalm 119:97Psalm 119:148). Maybe we should be more like him so we can grow in faith.

Know that in the midst of heartache and pain, God is molding and growing you. Be confident in the promise from God that He is perfecting you as you allow Him to do the work He desires to do in you.

Heavenly Father, thank you for your promise that you are growing me into the person you have created me to be. I pray that your Word would fill my being. Open my heart to hearing all that you have to say to me and give me wisdom and knowledge while I meditate on your Word. Amen.

Thought:  it’s vital to commit yourself to putting time aside to read and meditate on God and His Word. Before you begin your day as well as at the close of your day, take some moments to be with God, strengthening and encouraging yourself with what He desires to show you.

By Brigitte Straub
Used by Permission

Further Reading

•  Going Deeper with God

•  Personal Stories of Choosing God

•  Salvation Explained

Growing Pains — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

19 Mar 2023 News Briefing

The new Mayan rite of Mass encouraged by Pope Francis is replete with pagan idolatry and symbolism
Various photographs, images and statements from the Mexican diocese of San Cristóbal de las Casas clearly show instances of pagan idolatry, symbolism and heretical practices being adopted into what is meant to be the Catholic Mass.

Arab Leaders Offer Syria Billions In Aid, Sanctions Relief If Assad Pushes Back Against Iran
Arab leaders are offering Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a deal that includes billions of dollars for reconstruction efforts and a pledge to lobby the west to lift sanctions in exchange for “[asking] Iran to stop expanding its footprint in the nation,” according to Arab and European officials that spoke with the Wall Street Journal.

FBI Is Now A ‘Weaponized Apparatchik’ Of The Presidential Administration
There’s a growing divide between the rank-and-file officers of the FBI and upper management, according to FBI agent-turned-whistleblower Steve Friend, and it’s those at the top who are pushing a political agenda. “I spent close to nine years in the FBI, spent a good chunk of my time just keeping my head down and working the cases in front of me,” “There are a lot of agents that sort of share that sentiment and just want to drive the mission forward.

Netanyahu and Nasrallah blindsided by revamp of Iran-Saudi ties
There are indications that Saudi Arabia did not inform Netanyahu or his officials about the recent diplomatic developments with Iran. The two countries in recent years have had unofficial bilateral relations, though these were interrupted in 2020. It likewise appears that Iran did not inform its allies of the recent diplomatic developments with Saudi Arabia,

Iran Court Sentences Two to Death Over Deadly Shrine Attack
An Iranian court has handed out death sentences to two men over an attack on a Shi’ite shrine in Iran that killed 15 people in October and was claimed by the militant group Islamic State, the official news agency IRNA reported on Saturday. Fars Province Prosecutor Kazem Mousavi said the two men had been found guilty of charges including “spreading corruption on earth”

Rocket launched from Gaza after Hamas vows revenge for slain terrorists
A rocket fell in an open area in southern Israel on Saturday evening, setting off sirens in Nahal Oz near the Gaza Strip. The rocket fire comes just two days after two commanders of local branches of the Islamic Jihad and Hamas terrorist groups in Jenin were killed in clashes with Israeli forces.

12 dead in 6.8M earthquake in Ecuador
At least 12 people were killed in a strong earthquake that shook a coastal region of Ecuador and northern Peru at midday Saturday, causing structural damage to multiple homes, schools and medical centers.

Elon Musk: Trump will win by a ‘landslide’ in 2024 if he’s indicted
Twitter CEO Elon Musk on Saturday predicted that former President Donald Trump will be re-elected in a “landslide victory” if he is indicted next week. “If this happens, Trump will be re-elected in a landslide victory,” Musk tweeted.

Israel’s Two-Faced Allies
America and Britain undermine Israel’s security and defense against existential attack by sanitizing, promoting and funding Palestinian Arabs, whose active cause remains the destruction of the Jewish state.

The False Prophet
Many people treat the prophetic word in the same careless way in which they take and then pass on counterfeit money. The Antichrist is widely seen as a terrifying, yet luring tyrant, but most people don’t really know where to start when it comes to the False Prophet. However, the fact is that the latter is actually the deceiver. The Antichrist will appear as a commendable and exemplary human being and leader in whom most of the world will believe.

Trump says he expects to be arrested on Tuesday, calls on supporters to ‘take our nation back’
U.S. President Donald Trump said he expects to be arrested on Tuesday, according to a post made on Truth Social, the social media company he purchased after having his Twitter account removed in January 2021 In his post, Trump called on his supporters to protest his arrest after indicating there were “illegal leaks” from the Manhattan district attorney’s office.

At Least 13 Dead After 6.7 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Ecuador and Northern Peru
On Saturday, a 6.7 magnitude earthquake in southern Ecuador and northern Peru has left at least 13 people dead with others trapped under rubble.

Cyclone Freddy broke records and ravaged countries. How does the healing begin? 
Cyclone Freddy, which battered southeast Africa over the past month, broke all kinds of meteorological records. The U.N.’s weather agency is currently accessing whether it is the longest cyclone ever recorded – lasting at least 36 days. And it’s already broken the record for all-time accumulated cyclone energy in the Southern Hemisphere, a measure of the storm’s strength over time, beating the previous record set by Cyclone Fantala in 2016.

Utah Mom Unloads On School After Her Daughter Was Given “Gross” Bugs to Eat for “Climate Change” Project
A Utah mom is speaking out after her daughter’s middle school her daughter and the other students were given insects to eat as part of an English assignment on climate change last week.

Experts Tell Congress ‘Green’ Wind Turbines in Atlantic May Impair Ship Radar, Threatening National Security
A panel of experts testifying to members of Congress at an in-district hearing in Wildwood, New Jersey, on Thursday warned that offshore wind projects actively promoted and subsidized by state and national Democrats could greatly interfere with radar and navigation in the Atlantic Ocean, creating a national security threat.

1 million guns sold every month for 43 straight months!
February saw a continuation of the trend of Americans buying firearms, with the 43rd straight month of gun sales exceeding one million.

Conquered: Left-Wing German Officials Inaugurate Street Signs in Arabic
These seemingly small concessions, such as Arabic street signs, are strategic wins in Islam’s larger battle to Islamize all of Europe.

Iowa makes 7. Seven states bail from sinking ship ERIC.
Friday night, March 17, the Iowa Secretary of State issued a quiet Tweet: “My office will be recommending resigning our membership from ERIC (Resolution to Terminate Membership in the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) .”

Donald Trump Urges His Followers To Get Out And Protest After He Is Arrested On Tuesday As New York City DA Launches Indictment Against Him 
Hey kiddies, grab a fresh tub of popcorn, a frosty-cold bottle of pop, and pull up a seat as the curtain rises on the next installment of Great Reset Theater. In this episode, the enemies of former president Donald Trump arrest him in dramatic style on Tuesday, put him in the handcuffs he always said Hillary would be taken away in, and he is arrested on very weak ‘hush money’ charges. Trump himself posted that this was happening on Tuesday, and it very likely is.

AI Gods & ChatGPT religions are coming – they will be better than human priests & they could turn evil, warns experts
INTELLIGENT AI robots are coming – and they will have the ability to perform religious ceremonies and could even turn against humans, experts have warned.

IT WAS ALL A LIE: How you were tricked into taking part in a Deadly Experiment that killed Millions through Midazolam Poisoning & COVID Vaccination 
The world was thrown into chaos when a new virus, Covid-19, was declared a pandemic by the government. Fear propaganda was broadcasted non-stop on television and radio, all paid for by the government and they used the pandemic as an excuse to pass laws that restricted civil liberties and bribed the public with furlough payments to not go to work.

The world is being split into two and NATO wants war with Russia
World War III is building up. Neither the USA nor its NATO partners want peace. Their solitary aim is to destroy Russia. The war in Ukraine has very little to do with Ukraine. It is destroying the economies, lives and resources of the US, the UK and the EU and Russia. The solitary winner is China.

Biden HHS Official Rachel Levine Says Changing Kids’ Genders Will Soon be Normalized
For some reason, Democrats have latched on to the issue of transgenderism, especially with children. They seem absolutely determined to make this common, no matter how much the public objects to it. It’s not even enough for them to just allow the issue to sort itself out among the people, they clearly want to use the power of government to force it on the public.

Contracts Prove CDC Bought Phone Data To Monitor Lockdown Compliance 
In a move that seems to have come straight from George Orwell’s 1984, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) purchased data from cellphone tracking companies to monitor Americans’ compliance with lockdowns. According to the CDC’s contracts, one firm was paid $420,000, and another was paid $208,000 for cell phone location data for 55 million users.

Source: https://www.raptureready.com/2023/03/19/19-mar-2023/

Headlines – 3/19/2023

Tony Blair: Palestinians should draw lessons from Northern Ireland peace deal

Israelis, Palestinians to meet in Egypt in bid to lower tensions before Ramadan – With Ramadan only days away, Israel, the Palestinians, the United States, Egypt and Jordan fear that West Bank tensions could explode

Palestinian Islamic Jihad leaders meet with Hezbollah leader Nasrallah

IDF: Rocket launched from Gaza at south, causes no injuries

Sirens Sound in Israeli Kibbutz Near Gaza as Rocket Lands in Open Area

PA premier Shtayyeh: ICC should order arrest of those who call to destroy villages

26-year-old Shot Dead in Northern Israel, Arab Community’s 35th Murder This Year

Two German tourists attacked by Palestinians after entering Nablus with Israeli car

Colombian police foil apparent kidnapping of Israeli tourist lured by Tinder date

Public split on whether to follow High Court or gov’t in constitutional crisis: poll

Israelis protest against planned judicial overhaul for 11th week

‘Destroying Zionism’: Masses protest overhaul; rise in violence against demonstrators

As violence against protesters escalates, opposition blames Netanyahu’s ‘incitement’

Dozens of psychiatrists warn of mental health dangers from judicial overhaul ‘trauma’

Yair Netanyahu compares anti-overhaul protesters to Nazi Brownshirts

Coalition to push ahead with judicial overhaul, bills to assist Netanyahu and Deri

No White House Visit for Israel’s Netanyahu as US Concern Rises

ADL research: Conspiracy-minded Americans tend toward antisemitic views

Foreign Ministry said worried by worsening Russian tone over Israel actions in Syria

After Saudi Arabia-Iran deal, China should be realistic about its power to broker agreements in Middle East, former envoy to region says

Senior Iranian official visits UAE after deal with Saudi Arabia to restore ties

Iran sentences 2 to death over Shiraz shrine attack that killed 13

Pakistani police storm home of former PM Imran Khan, arrest 61 people

North Korea fires suspected ballistic missile as its anti-US rhetoric heats up

Escalation: NATO Spain Sending More Tanks, Military Vehicles to Ukraine

Pence Tells Iowans U.S. Must Continue to be ‘Arsenal of Democracy’ in Ukraine

Russia Preparing to Widen Conscription to Bolster War Machine: UK Intel

The war in Ukraine has created more refugees than the world has seen since WWII, according to a new UN report

Putin visits occupied Ukrainian city of Mariupol after surprise Crimea trip – Kremlin

Putin visits Crimea to mark the anniversary of its annexation from Ukraine

Putin Visits Crimea in Wake of Criminal Warrant

Biden Cheers Putin Arrest Warrant but Admits It’s Mostly Virtue Signaling

Russia Accuses D.C. of ‘Schizophrenia’ as Biden Backs International Court U.S. Does Not Recognise

James Comer: U.S. Sanctions Don’t Apply to Russian Oligarch Who Paid Biden Family Business

Hunter Biden-linked real estate firm got at least $100M from Russian oligarch: sources

UBS seeks Swiss backstop in any Credit Suisse deal

UBS in Talks to Take Over Credit Suisse Amid Fears of Contagion

Summers: First Republic Bank Rescue Package Seems ‘Corporatist and Deal-Based Between the Government and Big Banks’

Janet Yellen’s Policy Would Destroy Small U.S. Banks While Bailing Out Chinese Depositors, Experts Say

Big banks may get bigger as crisis swamps ‘too big to fail’ worries

Economic Study: 186 US Banks Are in Trouble and at Risk of Insolvency – May Collapse Like Silicon Valley Bank

Banking Failures Are Hitting Weed Companies, Too

BBC soccer presenter back after suspension for likening UK government rhetoric to Nazis

Paris police, protesters clash for third night over Macron’s pension reform

A Yellow Vest rerun? Anti-Macron protests could harden

Jupiter Falling? Macron Govt in Jeopardy as Opposition Parties File Motions of No Confidence

Vatican shuts embassy in Nicaragua in row with Ortega

Soros-Funded New York City DA Alvin Bragg Meets with NYC Law Enforcement to Discuss Logistics for Arresting President Trump on Junk Stormy Daniels Charges

“He Cannot Hide From His Violations of the Law” – Nancy Pelosi Trashes Trump as Soros-Backed DA Alvin Bragg Prepares to Bring Charges

Trump says ‘illegal leaks’ indicate he’ll be arrested Tuesday

Trump claims he’ll be arrested on Tuesday, urges protests to ‘take our nation back’

Trump Says His Arrest Is Imminent, and, Echoing Jan. 6, Calls for Protests

Billy Baldwin: Any Uprising Over Trump’s Arrest ‘Will Be Over in Two Ashli Babbitts’

Maxine Waters Claims President Trump is Trying to “Organize His Domestic Terrorists” by Calling for Protests

Elise Stefanik Rips Potential Indictment of Trump: ‘Attempt to Silence and Suppress the Will of the Voters’

MAGA voters say an indictment would help Trump’s 2024 presidential bid

Elon Musk Warns Trump Indictment Will Backfire, Predicts ‘Landslide’ Reelection

MTG Blasts Plans to Arrest Trump: ‘This Is What They Do in Communist Countries’

Marjorie Taylor Greene: Biden DOJ Coordinating with Manhattan DA to Prosecute Trump; Calls for Congress to Investigate

McCarthy Speaks Out: House Speaker Announces Investigation of Federal Funds Used to Subvert Democracy By Interfering with Elections Through Political Attacks

McCarthy directs committees to probe whether federal funds were used in potential Trump indictment

Kevin McCarthy Directs House Committees To Investigate Partisan Witch Hunt Against Trump

Senator Hawley Goes There, Labels Democrat Party “The Banana Republic Party” – Defends Trump as Soros DA Alvin Bragg Prepares to Bring Charges

Alan Dershowitz: Indictment ‘Political Circus’ to ‘Get Trump’

Pence: Trump Indictment Like ‘Russian Hoax’

GOP Presidential Candidate Vivek Ramaswamy Calls Potential Indictment of Trump a Politically-Driven ‘Dark Moment’ in U.S. History

‘Legally Pathetic’: Jonathan Turley Shreds Alvin Bragg’s Potential Case Against Trump

Rudy Giuliani: Trump Hunt a ‘Violation of Due Process’

Trump-Stormy Daniels settlement at heart of potential NY DA indictment didn’t violate campaign law: FEC expert

Not so fast. A New York grand jury will hear a final surprise witness on Monday and won’t vote on Trump indictment until it’s over.

Rep. Fry Blasts ‘Reckless’ DA for Targeting Trump While ‘Choosing Not to Prosecute’ Others

Bill Clinton Paid Paula Jones $850,000 in Hush Money – Was Never Charged

Flashback: Hillary Clinton quietly settled campaign finance violation last year, was never arrested – Clinton was given a $113,000 fine, Trump is looking at the possibility of handcuffs for the same thing

Revenge: Miles Guo Arrested After Visits to Congress by NFSC Supporters Calling for Investigation into DOJ’s Infiltration by CCP

Chinese Firm That Bankrolled Biden Associates Closely Linked To Communist Party Officials

Hunter Biden’s lawyers mount legal offensive against Trump allies over laptop data

Even CNN is Reporting on Biden Corruption After Biden Family Received $1 Million Indirectly From Chinese Company

Legacy Media Ignored Voting Irregularities in 2020 Election

How TikTok went from teen sensation to political pariah

GPT-4 Hires And Manipulates Human Into Passing CAPTCHA Test – It deliberately lied so the human didn’t know it was an AI

AI Gods & ChatGPT religions are coming – they will be better than human priests & they could turn evil, warns experts

Revival event in Kentucky draws 3,500 people: ‘An evident move of the Spirit’

6.8 Earthquake in Ecuador and Peru kills at least 14, causes widespread damage

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near San Martin, Argentina

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 23,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 22,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 21,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Semeru volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Cut off by cyclone, Malawian villagers face hunger, perilous journeys

Church Tower Reemerges From Parched Reservoir in Drought-Hit Spain

Millions of dead fish wash up amid heat wave in Australia

Newsweek runs false ‘fact check’ claiming Greta Thunberg didn’t tweet the world will end in 2023 even though she did

San Francisco announces ban on gas-powered furnaces, water heaters

Biden admin moves to shut down another mine over eco concerns amid green energy push

EPA Orders States To Stop Blocking Toxic Waste Shipments From Ohio Train Derailment

New Soil Testing in East Palestine, Ohio Finds Cancerous Agents Not Detected by EPA Following Toxic Chemical Mushroom Cloud Explosion

CNN reporter reveals her crew was robbed in San Francisco while covering city’s rampant crime: ‘Ridiculous’

Border Patrol encountered sixteen illegal aliens on the terror watch list in February

‘Enough Is Enough’: Grandmother and Granddaughter Killed After Being Hit by Truck Packed with Illegal Immigrants

Anchor Baby Population Far Exceeds One Year of U.S. Births

Canadian General Sues Trudeau Govt for Millions After Sex Assault Acquittal

Op-Ed: Feminism Is Dead – It’s a Man’s World After All

Deranged Drag Queens in “Demonic” Outfits Crash Arkansas Children’s Book Reading Event Hosted By Kirk Cameron

‘Drag Race’ star Jinkx Monsoon slams wave of anti-drag laws

Kansas governor’s veto of transgender-athletes bill sets up override fight

In wake of Florida law, additional states seek to restrict certain LGBTQ discussions in schools

Sharks goalie opts not to wear LGBTQ-themed warmup jersey on team’s Pride Night

Irish PM Leo Varadkar Praises America on St. Patrick’s Day as Leader in ‘LGBT Equality’

Protests in Italy as government restricts same-sex parent rights

‘Fed Propaganda By Adults’: Elon Musk Puts Dem Gov On Blast For Saying Parents Should Allow Child Sex Changes

‘There Are Big Bucks in Medicine’: Doctors Rip ‘Gender-Affirming Care’ Model

California Teen Sues Doctors Over Double Mastectomy at Age 13-“Mutilating Children for Profit”

Transcript of Abortion Pill Hearing Reveals Texas Judge Used Anti-Abortion Terms During Questioning

CBP officers seize $1.5 million of cocaine hidden in watermelon shipment

37-Year-Old Italian Swimmer Reportedly Took His Own Life After a Long Period of Suffering Due to COVID Vaccine Reaction

LA meteorologist collapses on live TV in frightening moment

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

EU Warmongers ‘Uncomfortable With Truth’ About US & NATO Proxy War in Ukraine

MEP Mick Wallace previously accused the US and NATO of using Ukraine to undermine Russia, while warning that providing arms to Kiev was only going to prolong the conflagration.

Source: EU Warmongers ‘Uncomfortable With Truth’ About US & NATO Proxy War in Ukraine

West Applying Lessons Learned From Iraq War to Stifle Dissent Over Ukraine: Ex-UK Envoy

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Orwellian messaging and media control techniques the Western powers honed in the run up to and during the Iraq war are being applied two decades later to stifle any dissent over involvement in the Ukraine conflict, former UK ambassador Peter Ford told Sputnik.

Source: West Applying Lessons Learned From Iraq War to Stifle Dissent Over Ukraine: Ex-UK Envoy

ChatGPT May Have Irreversible Consequences for Learning and Decision-Making

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It has more than 100 million users. The author of this article warns that, due to reliance on technology, daily tasks have become more mechanistic that has atrophied thinking and crowded out creativity. A recent survey found that most teachers (51%) are already using ChatGPT in schools and a number of students are using it for assignments. ChatGPT has passed many high-level exams, including the Wharton MBA exam, US medical licensing exam, several law exams and a final at Stanford Medical School.

Applications in other sectors such as government also present cause for concern.

.Mankind’s modern trajectory has been defined by several inflection points. The invention of electricity, light bulb, the telegraph system, computer and the Internet, among others, signalled new irreversible milestones in our modus vivendi. The recent introduction of ChatGPT may, however, prove to be more than an inflection point. It may be a permanent disruptor to our way of life; its bloopers and Wokist tantrums notwithstanding.

The Alleged Trump Arrest is the Last Gasp of 7 Years of Fake Lawfare

Editor’s Note: I’ve said all along that Trump is merely playing his part in all of this. He is one of them and this alleged arrest coming this week is quite interesting, don’t you think? It will only prove to bolster support for him, the “father of the vaccine.” Watch and see. There’s no case …

Source: The Alleged Trump Arrest is the Last Gasp of 7 Years of Fake Lawfare

Lauren Boebert Says Donald Trump Arrest Democrat’s ‘Only Hope’ of Winning

“It’s ridiculous that Hillary Clinton and others walk around without a care in the world while President Trump is put through hell on Earth,” Boebert said.

Source: Lauren Boebert Says Donald Trump Arrest Democrat’s ‘Only Hope’ of Winning

Illegals are riding on top of trains… Next stop is Joe Biden’s Open Borders USA… — CITIZEN FREE PRESS


EL PASO – A new group of 600 illegals arrived Friday in Juarez. Ferromex rail line stopped the train before coming to a Mexican military checkpoint and told the invaders to get off and “be on their way.”

Illegals are riding on top of trains… Next stop is Joe Biden’s Open Borders USA… — CITIZEN FREE PRESS

I’m an AI prompt engineer. Here are 3 ways to use ChatGPT to get the best results. | Business Insider

Anna Bernstein is a prompt engineer at Copy.ai.Courtesy of Anna Bernstein

  • Anna Bernstein is a prompt engineer at Copy.ai, which makes AI tools to generate blog posts and emails.
  • Her job is to write prompts to train the bot to generate high quality, accurate writing.
  • Here are three tips on how to write prompts to get the best outcomes from AI.

This as-told-to essay is based on conversations with Anna Berstein, a 29-year-old prompt engineer at the generative AI firm Copy.ai based in New York. The following has been edited for length and clarity.

When I was a freelance writer and historical research assistant, I spent a lot of my time scrolling through microfiche in libraries. Now I’m a prompt engineer helping to optimize the most cutting edge technology in the world.

My journey into prompt engineering began in the summer of 2021, when I met a guy at a jazz bar who, at the time, worked for Copy.ai, which makes an AI tool that can generate copy for blogs, sales emails, and social media posts.

He mentioned that Copy.ai — run on OpenAI’s GPT-3 language model — was having some trouble with the quality of its outputs and asked if I wanted to take a stab at being a prompt person. I didn’t like the stress of freelancing — plus it seemed fascinating — so I said yes, even though I was an English major and had zero background in tech.

Soon after, I got offered a one-month contract to work on executing different types of tone. At first, I barely knew what I was doing. But then the founder explained that prompting is kind of like writing a spell: If you say the spell slightly wrong, a slightly wrong thing could happen — and vice versa. Taking his advice, I managed to come up with a solution for better tone adherence, which led to a full-time job offer at the company.

Since then, the scope of my job has grown. I now help improve existing tools and create new ones with the goal of getting the AI to spit out the best responses for users.

In practice, I spend my days writing text-based prompts — which I can’t reveal due to my NDA — that I feed into the backend of the AI tools so they can do things like generate a blog post that is high quality, grammatically correct, and accurate.

I do this by designing the text around a user’s request. In very simplified terms, a user types something like “Write a product description about a pair of sneakers” which I receive on the backend. It’s my job, then, to write prompts that can get that query to generate the best output through:

  • Instruction, or “Write a product description about this”
  • Example-following, or “Here are some good product descriptions, write one like this about this”

In addition to the pure prompt-engineering part of my job, I also advise on how the models behave, why they might behave the way they do, which model to use, whether we can make a specific tool or not, and what approach we should take to do that.

I love the “mad scientist” part of the job where I’m able to come up with a really dumb idea for a prompt, and see it actually work. As a poet, the role also feeds into my obsessive nature with approaching language. It’s a really strange intersection of my literary background and analytical thinking.

The job, however, is unpredictable. New language models come out all the time, which means I’m always having to readjust my prompts. The work itself can be tedious. There are days when I’m obsessively changing and testing a single prompt for hours — sometimes even weeks on end —  just so I can get them to work.

At the same time, its exciting to not know what’s coming next.

Aside from people at parties not understanding my job, one of the big misconceptions I’ve noticed around AI is the idea that it is sentient, when it’s not. When it tries to talk about being an AI, we freak out, because we see so many of our fears reflected in what it’s saying. But that’s because it’s trained on our fears informed by scary, sci-fi like depictions of AI.

While writing good prompts is easy to pick up, it’s actually difficult to master. Getting the AI to do what you want it to do takes trial and error, and with time, I’ve picked up weird strategies along the way; some of my prompts are really wild in structure.

Here are some tips that can help you develop better prompts:

1. Utilize a thesaurus. Don’t give up on a concept just because your first wording didn’t get the result you want. Oftentimes, the right word or phrasing can unlock what you’re doing.

2. Pay attention to your verbs. If you want the AI to fully understand your request, make sure your prompt includes a verb that clearly expresses your intent. For instance, “Rewrite this to be shorter” is more powerful than “Condense this.”

3. ChatGPT is great at intent, so use that. Introduce what you’re trying to do clearly from the beginning, and play around with wording, tense, and approach. You can try “Today, we’re going to write an XYZ” or “We’re trying to write an XYZ and we’d like your input.” Putting an umbrella of intent over what you’re doing is always useful, and playing around with different ways to do that can make a big difference.

Source: I’m an AI prompt engineer. Here are 3 ways to use ChatGPT to get the best results.

Western Propagandists Have Trouble Reading the Tactical Situation in Bakhmut — The Gateway Pundit

Military leaders in the U.S. and NATO continue to insist that the Russians are making little progress in Bakhmut. Here are a couple of examples of this so-called “thinking”:

Russia is making small advances near the eastern Ukrainian city of Bakhmut but this was coming at a great cost, the top U.S. general said on Wednesday.

Reuters quotes thoroughly modern Milley:

“The Russians are making small, tactical advances (but) at great cost,” Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley told reporters.

Yahoo News:

Russia has reported painstaking gains around Bakhmut in recent weeks, making progress on encircling the city, but it has not made significant territorial gains in months.

No significant gains? I am publishing this animated map as a public service.

If you look carefully at the last three seconds of the video gif you will see that there are at least 9 Ukrainian brigades that are now surrounded and trapped. The Russians have fire control over the only route of retreat for these Ukrainian units. The time-lapse video shows significant progress over the course of the last thirty days. And I am not just talking about the capture of territory. The losses the Ukrainians are suffering are enormous in terms of men and equipment.

The next time-lapse video shows the results of capturing Soledar aka Соледар. Controlling this city provides Russia with a secure rail line that is being used to provide supplies of food and ammunition to the Wagner Group and other Russian forces on the front lines. It also provides the logistics infrastructure for moving wounded soldiers to more secure medical care. Ukraine does not have a comparable logistics system in place to provide the same level of support.

I want to remind you that this is only a snapshot of a small sector of the the 1000 mile long line of combat. While Western officials continue to cling to the delusional belief that Russia is making small progress, we have yet to see a single instance in the last six months of Ukraine pushing the Russians back on these points of attack. The reason is simple — Ukraine lacks the manpower, the ammunition supplies and the logistics to carry out such an operation.

As you can see in the following map, Russia is maintaining pressure, with a high rate of fire, all along the front.

Officials in the West and in Ukraine continue to insist that a counter-attack is coming. I have to assume this is a desperate psychological operation. I find it difficult to believe that responsible military leaders and planners would be publicly tipping their hand about what they intend to do and where they intend to strike. General Eisenhower and General Montgomery did not blather on in the press about their upcoming invasion in Normandy. They obfuscated their moves and made masterful use of deception. Ditto for Marshal Zhukov and General Konstantin Rokossovsky in their planning and execution of Operation Bagration.

I think the United States and its NATO partners are making a deadly mistake in underestimating Russian intelligence about the disposition and readiness of Ukrainian forces. What is clear is that the Russians are not saying anything about their plans for destroying the Ukrainian Army. But I am certain that such plans exist and are being executed according to a schedule dictated by Russia.

Western Propagandists Have Trouble Reading the Tactical Situation in Bakhmut — The Gateway Pundit

Oversight Chair James Comer: Very Odd that Trump Indictment Announced Day After Biden Bank Records Released – We Have 11 More Deals to Release (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. James Comer (R-KY) joined Maria Bartiromo this morning on Sunday Morning Futures.

Rep. Comer was asked about DA Alvin Bragg’s announcement on Friday that Presient Trump will be arrested on bogus obstruction charges involving a deal signed by stripper Stormy Daniels. The case has already been thrown out of court and Stormy was ordered to pay President Trump $300,000 for filing the junk lawfare case against Mr. Trump.

Comer said he thought it was odd that this took place THE DAY AFTER Congress released proof that the Biden family was paid millions by the China regime in secret deals not reported by the criminal family.

Comer also announced the Oversight Committee has bank records on 11 more illicit Biden family business deals.

Rep. James Comer: Well, it’s very odd that this would come out just the very next day after I revealed bank records which showed that the Biden family, the President in particular, hasn’t been truthful with respect to his family receiving payments directly from the Chinese Communist Party. So it almost looks like it’s an effort to detract, but at the very least, it’s another example of a two-tier system of justice. Look, we’ve been looking into these classified documents. We saw the FBI rated Mar-a-Largo for one set of supposedly mishandled classified documents, but yet Joe Biden had at least five different locations of mishandled classified documents, and they give him days and days to go in and clean up with his attorney. So this looks to me like it’s another example of a two-tier system of justice at the DOJ.

Comer announces more evidence against the Biden Crime Family.

Rep. James Comer: There are many more. Maria, this is one deal. We think there are as many as eleven more deals. Now, we don’t know what those deals were for… In the beginning, the White House denied having any knowledge, or the fact that their family was involved in any sort of way, shape, or form with the CCP. But now we have bank records that reveal otherwise. We don’t know what the Bidens did in return for this money. The lawyer said that it was “seed capital for a business.” We haven’t been able to find a business, Maria.

What an interview!

It all makes sense now. Joe Biden is caught red-handed making illicit and illegal deals with the Communist Chinese – so the Democrats announced the arrest of Donald Trump to change the subject. And their accomplices in the fake news media are more than happy to carry their water.

Via Sunday Morning Futures.

Oversight Chair James Comer: Very Odd that Trump Indictment Announced Day After Biden Bank Records Released – We Have 11 More Deals to Release (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

BREAKING: Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg Sends Out Email to Staff Regarding Upcoming Arrest of President Trump on Junk Charges — The Gateway Pundit

Corrupt New York City District Attorney Alvin Bragg received $1 million from Soros in his election for NYC DA.

Following his successful election, New York City saw a rise in crime from 2021 to 2022.  The overall index crime in New York City increased in September 2022, by 15.2% compared with September 2021.

Now the corrupt Soros-funded DA is going after President Donald Trump.  And he is using Stormy Daniels as his means to attack the former president.

Almost one year ago this month the 9th Circuit Court issued a final ruling in the case brought against Trump by disgraced attorney Michael Avenatti and Stormy Daniels.  The washed-up stripper was later ordered to pay President Trump $300,000 in legal fees.

But suddenly Bragg has somehow rinsed off this case and he is going after President Trump again using poor Stormy.

FOX News reported on Friday that final preparations are being made to arrest Donald Trump next week.  The persecution of Donald Trump never ends.


On Saturday Alvin Bragg sent out an email to members in his office regarding the arrest of the President of the United States this coming week.

Breanna Morello reported:

In part, Bragg tells the members of his office, “…Please know that your safety is our top priority. We have full confidence in our outstanding security staff and investigators, along with our great OCA and NYPD colleagues, and will continue to coordinate with all of them. We do not tolerate attempts to intimidate our office or threaten the rule of law in New York.

Our law enforcement partners will ensure that any specific or credible threats against the office will be fully investigated and that the proper safeguards are in place so all 1,600 of us have a secure work environment.

This office is full of the finest public servants in the country. I am committed to maintaining a safe work environment where everyone is able to continue to serve the public with the same diligence and professionalism that make this institution so renowned. In the meantime, as with all of our investigations, We will continue to apply the law evenly and fairly, and speak publicly only when appropriate.”

If you’ve been following the Soros-funded DA, you know he DOES NOT apply the “law evenly and fairly”.” That claim is an absolute joke.

BREAKING: Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg Sends Out Email to Staff Regarding Upcoming Arrest of President Trump on Junk Charges — The Gateway Pundit

The Scourge of NYT Fake News — The Stephen Lendman Blog

The same disturbing reality applies to all US/Western MSM — state-approved propaganda masquerading and news and information.

On major world and national issues, it’s mind-manipulating propaganda rubbish.

At a time when regime forces in strategically important Artyomovsk are surrounded and trapped by Russian forces — when they continue taking enormous losses — the NYT reported the following fake news rubbish, falsely claiming:

Russia is “(s)ending unarmed ‘diggers’ into the front lines and near certain death (sic).”

So-called reports by the Times and other MSM are based on state-approved talking points — trash devoid of reality.

Throughout Russia’s liberating SMO, its forces routed every attempted regime offensive.

Its US-recruited troops are outgunned, outmaneuvered, outwitted and eliminated.

Nazi-infested Ukraine lacks manpower, weapons, munitions and will to challenge Russian military and tactical superiority.

As a result, regime troops are being systematically eliminated.

The territory of former nation-state Ukraine is being demilitarized and deNazified.

Fake news by the Times and other MSM can’t and won’t change reality on the ground.

It bears repeating what’s indisputable.

Russia defeated the scourge of Nazi-infested Ukraine on day-one of its liberating SMO.

Fake news by the Times and other MSM falsely claim otherwise.

Rubbish like the following is typical Times trash, defying reality as follows, saying:

The campaign to control Artyomovsk has been especially “costly for the Russians (sic).”

Puppet Zelensky said the regime is “determined to hold onto” virtually lost Artyomovsk.

All things Russia and Ukraine reported by the Times and other MSMS are perversions of reality on the ground.

At a time of hegemon USA in irreversible decline — when undemocratic Dems are making a bad situation worse under the fake Biden, when the survival of hundreds of US banks are jeopardized, when Russia is slaying the made-in-the-USA, Nazi-infested, Ukraine monster, the collective West pretends otherwise.

Brilliantly executed, Russia’s military campaign is proceeding effectively as planned.

US/Western created and supported Nazism infesting central Europe is being systematically smashed. 

Commenting on reality on the ground, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, said the following:

The empire of lies and its Western vassals have “no pity for Ukrainians, or Russians, or Americans” in pursuit of their diabolical aims.

They underestimated Russia’s military and tactical superiority.

The end game of all things Russia and Ukraine is clear.

The US-created Ukraine monster is in its death throes. 

Puppet Zelensky is detached from reality by falsely claiming that Nazi-infested Ukraine is “fight(ing) for justice (sic)” — that the smashed and defeated regime “will win (sic).”

Installed to serve its interests by the empire of lies by a reign of terror, his days are numbered.

The same goes for the made-in-the-USA, Nazi-infested Ukraine monster.

As for the Times and other MSM, everything reported on all things Russia and Ukraine is fake news — reality on the ground suppressed.

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How The Fed’s 2008 Mortgage Experiment Fueled Today’s Housing Crisis | ZeroHedge News

Authored by Alex Pollock abd Paul Kupiec via The Mises Institute,

How should Congress assess the Federal Reserve’s track record as an investor in residential mortgage-backed securities (MBS)? Regardless of Fed spin, it merits a failing grade.

The Fed’s COVID-era intervention in the mortgage markets fueled the second real estate bubble of the 21st century. The bubble ended when the Fed stopped purchasing MBS and raised rates to fight inflation. While time will tell whether recent increases in home prices are reversed, the end of the bubble has already cost the Fed over $400 billion in losses on its MBS investments.

From 1913 until 2008, the Fed owned precisely zero mortgage-backed securities. While the Fed’s monetary policy decisions still impacted conditions in the housing and mortgage markets, they did so indirectly through the influence the Fed’s purchases and sales of Treasury securities had on market interest rates.

In a radical “temporary” policy response to the 2008 financial crisis, the Fed began intervening directly in the mortgage market. Through a series of MBS purchases, the Fed’s MBS portfolio ballooned from $0 to $1.77 trillion by August 2017. The Fed subsequently altered policy and slowly reduced its MBS holdings. By March 2020, it held about $1.4 trillion in MBS.

When the COVID crisis hit in March 2020, the Fed decided to reinstate its 2008 financial crisis rescue plan. It resumed purchasing MBS as well as Treasury notes and bonds. By the time it stopped its purchases in the spring of 2022, it owned $2.7 trillion in MBS. The Fed had become the largest investor in MBS in the world. By spring 2022, it owned nearly 22 percent of all 1-to-4 family residential mortgages in the U.S. By Sept. 30, the date of the last available quarterly Fed consolidated financial statement, the Fed had lost $438 billion on its MBS investments. These losses will increase if the fight to subdue inflation requires still higher interest rates.

Because most buyers borrow 80 percent or more of the purchase price of a home, house prices are sensitive to the level of mortgage interest rates. Low mortgage rates increase the pool of potential buyers, stimulating housing demand. If the interest rate stimulus is overdone, excess demand will push up home prices. High mortgage interest rates have the opposite effect. They dampen demand, dissipate upward pressure on home prices, and in some cases, lead to home price declines.

As one might predict, the Fed’s massive MBS purchases coincided with large reductions in mortgage interest rates. During the Fed’s COVID MBS purchase campaign, the national average 30-year mortgage interest rate fell to a low of 2.65 percent in January of 2021. Today, with the Fed’s campaign of higher interest rates to battle inflation, 30-year mortgage interest rates are hovering around 7 percent. This change in the mortgage interest rate alone would cause monthly principal and interest payments on a same-sized mortgage loan to increase by 65 percent.

Predictably, the decline in mortgage interest rates stimulated housing demand and pushed up home prices. Government statistics report that, from January 2018 to this January, the median new home price in the United States rose from $331,800 to $467,700—an increase of 41 percent. Interestingly, from January 2018 through March 2020, before the Fed renewed its MBS purchases, the median price of a new house actually declined to $322,600. From April onwards, the national median house price rose steadily, reaching a peak of $468,700 by the end of June 2022.

In 2018, purchasing a new median-price home with 20 percent down and the then prevailing average 30-year mortgage rate of 3.95 percent required $1,259 in monthly principal and interest payments. In January, purchasing the $467,700 median-priced new home with 20 percent down required monthly payments of $2,360 given the 6.48 percent rate on a 30-year mortgage. In only 5 years, because of house price inflation and higher mortgage interest rates, the monthly principal and interest payment needed to purchase a median-priced new house increased by 87 percent!

The Fed’s foray into the MBS market will have a long-lasting impact on real estate markets. Not only has demand for homes been softened by home price inflation and 7 percent mortgage rates, but current homeowners with favorable mortgage interest rates are reluctant to sell, reducing the inventory of homes available for sale in a market that is already starved for listings. This unfavorable balance is clearly reflected in the National Association of Realtors housing affordability index which has fallen from a cyclic high of 180 in July 2021, to recent readings below 100, indicating affordability challenges not seen since the double-digit mortgage interest rates of the 1980s.

The end of Fed MBS purchases and the increase in Fed policy rates have put an end to the COVID housing bubble. While home prices are showing declines in some areas, prices in other areas remain elevated due to historically low inventories of homes for sale and strong job markets.

Any realistic review of the impact of the Federal Reserve’s experiment investing in MBS would conclude that the Fed should stop buying mortgages. Its decision to invest trillions of dollars in MBS has helped to push the cost of home ownership beyond the reach of many. Others will find themselves locked into homes they cannot afford to sell because of the artificially low rates on their current mortgages.

From either perspective, the Fed’s MBS experiment has whipsawed housing markets and cost the Fed over $400 billion in MBS losses. It’s hard to see how this experiment merits anything but a failing grade.

Source: How The Fed’s 2008 Mortgage Experiment Fueled Today’s Housing Crisis