Hunter Biden is in financial turmoil after his paintings sold for less than the six-figure price tags estimated by his gallerist, who previously spent time in jail for making terrorist threats.
The post Hunter Biden Paintings Worth Less Than His Mounting Legal Bills appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.Hunter Biden Paintings Worth Less Than His Mounting Legal Bills — Conservative Review
DEEP STATE METASTASIZED
Guest post by John L. Kachelman, Jr
“Instead of politicians, let the monkeys govern the countries; at least they will steal only the bananas!” This quote well serves to frame the current feelings of citizens in many nations of the world!
Over the past thirty years I have worked with forty different foreign nations and the USA. I can honestly say that in ALL nations, I have wrestled and continue to wrestle with corruption from the politicians and the bureaucrats. It is a constant and discouraging struggle not only for those seeking to assist but for those citizens in each nation. In every action, the right thing to do is opposed by arrogant, callous greed and discouragement is increased by ignorant critics. Often, I am tempted to throw up my hands and say “Forget it all!” But then the commitment to right overrules and I return once again to the war against corruption’s obfuscation.
In 2017 the term “Deep State (DS)” entered use and referred to the idea that there is a cadre of career employees inside a government who are working to manipulate government policy and undermine elected leaders or political appointees by slow-walking requests or dribbling leaks of classified information. These people are positioned in the military, intelligence fields, elected offices, and every bureaucratic agency.
I addressed this evil in an earlier article noting: Undergirding all governing is a large minion of faceless workers. These are the “Chiefs.” And the “Chiefs” actually run operations. Those elected are the “Faces”; those in the background are the “Chiefs.”
Our current national distress is fueled by the disintegration of civility, by the devilish strategy to divide the population with hate-filled propaganda ploys, and by dissolving our personal and national security. We stand in a precarious position orchestrated by the Deep State. It is discouraging.
But! Our current situation is not unique in the world’s history. Historical facts buttress our faith against fear. Our confidence can be firm. Our resolve must be deliberate.
Recently I was reminded of the historical fact of the DS unraveling a government. This first account takes us back to the later years of the Roman Empire. Read and observe how closely the politics then are practiced now.
The Praetorian Guard began as a loyal elite unit. They were trusted and committed to the rule of law and civility. However, their reputation was compromised and their splendor was replaced with ruthless greed. When Emperor Commodus was killed in 192 AD, Emperor Pertinax took the throne hoping to correct the national decline. Pertinax realized that Rome’s treasury was empty, the legions were being over-paid, and financial ruin was soon to come.
When a new Emperor took the throne it was customary to give a large donation to the Praetorians. By this point, the Praetorians held the only weapons in Rome—thus giving them all the power. Pertinax paid the Praetorians but the Praetorians complained that it was not enough. The Praetorians respond by killing Pertinax.
But there was a problem—with whom would they replace Pertinax? Usually, when you killed an Emperor you have his replacement ready to go. Usually, this replacement has made deals with the Praetorians to pay everyone obscene amounts of money once he becomes Emperor.
The Praetorians did not have a successor so, they auctioned the throne to the highest bidder.
A Senator named Didius Julianus won. He met with the Senate and tried to comfort them by reminding them that he was one of them.
The Senate, the people, and the Legions were furious. The commanders of the frontier legions turned and marched on Rome. The Praetorians surrendered.
Didius was executed, his last words being “but what evil have I done, who have I killed.”
The Praetorians were disbanded and further devolved into a group of lazy political thugs.
A sobering historical constant…the unraveling of a nation’s civility begins when the politicians surrender the nation’s interests for personal greed and the instruments of national justice surrender the principles of justice for personal proclivities! Destruction is guaranteed. Even those in ruling status are not immune to certain destruction.
Didius the Senator and the Praetorians followed their delusions into destruction. This is a constant that is unyielding and absolute.
Those in positions of governing today (elected or bureaucratic) should fear because they are approaching an appointment with this historical constant! They may protest “What evil have I done?” but the politicians and bureaucrats will not be excused.
Look now to the year 612 BC for another illustration of the DS treachery. Another government had fallen into dysfunction. The citizens pleaded for divine help but none appeared. A prophet spoke: “How long, Lord, have I called for help, and You do not hear? I cry out to You, ‘Violence!’ Yet You do not save. Why do You make me see disaster, and make me look at destitution? Yes, devastation and violence are before me; strife exists and contention arises. Therefore, the Law is ignored, and justice is never upheld. For the wicked surround the righteous; therefore, justice comes out confused.” (The Bible, Habakkuk 1:2-4).
The situation sounds as if it is today’s news. Civility has vanished. Governing has become corrupt. Justice is “never upheld.”
The perplexity of the prophet and people was not left unanswered. The Almighty God replied, “Look! Watch! Be horrified! Be frightened speechless! For I am accomplishing a work in your days—You would not believe it even if you were told!” (1:5). The perplexed prophet agreed to wait for the unbelievable to occur, but in the meantime, he was expected to continue his discouraging labor to expose and confront the evil injustices and ungodliness of his day.
The lessons buttress our hope
…accountability is assured—no one will escape; each will be held responsible!
…lazy political thugs further devolve—exposure is assured; true character will emerge!
…national conscience is critical—our nation is not past hope IF the national conscience lives!
…politicians will answer and bureaucrats will be judged—civil function integrity can be restored!
…consequences will be certain—it will be horrific and the guilty will be speechless!
…the Deep State will be Deep Six—they will not continue!
…God will not be mocked—He is working an unbelievable work in the midst of evil!
The Nuremberg and Tokyo trials emphasized that transcending norms govern all humanity. These norms cannot be set aside by national laws, selfish politicians, arrogant bureaucrats, or revisionist progressives. This conclusion is validated by historical constants.
It is past time for the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of our government to face these historical facts. To them I say, “YOU have the opportunity to do what is right for this nation! YOU can stop and stand and join with others to return our nation to its position. YOUR day of reckoning, as to how you governed, is coming so prepare to meet YOUR God!”
It is time for the general population to realize the tragic state into which our nation has devolved—hatred, division, and ungodliness headline a long list of accepted actions that are unraveling the fabric of our nation’s conscience. The answer is not in the State’s power but in the hands of each citizen. There is a call to action—Hold the elected accountable! Prosecute punishment for the criminal!Kachelman, Jr. – Deep State Metastasized – The Answer Is In the Hands of Each Citizen — The Gateway Pundit
WASHINGTON, D.C. — First, there were the loaves and the fishes. Then came the Trump Presidency. Now, the United States has been blessed to witness another miracle, as President Biden has ended the same COVID-19 pandemic three times in a row.
“No other President has ended the COVID-19 pandemic even once, let alone three times,” said gay black Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre at a press conference that still bars entry to anyone who has not recently tested negative, and also mandates the unvaccinated to wear masks and social distance.
“However, we must make this clear,” stated Jean-Pierre. “The ongoing pandemic, which President Biden has ended multiple times, is not over.”
Critics have voiced concerns about President Biden taking credit for ending the ongoing pandemic, and wonder if President Trump should also receive credit for Operation Warp Speed, which helped rush Pfizer’s perfect, 100% effective COVID-19 vaccine into our veins, then hearts.
At publishing time, Biden’s team had confirmed there will be a fourth, pandemic-ending miracle in our future, right before the 2024 election.
Watch as a fired Twitter employee applies for her first *actual* job:Miracle: Biden Ends Same COVID Pandemic For The Third Time — Babylon Bee
President Joe Biden informed Congress on Monday that he will end the COVID public health emergency just as his administration weighs a new health emergency for abortion access.
The post White House: Health Emergency for COVID Is Out. Health Emergency for Abortion Is In. appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.White House: Health Emergency for COVID Is Out. Health Emergency for Abortion Is In. — Conservative Review
The fact that Americans are just now finding out about the inspection by federal agents three months later reveals the deep state at work.New Disclosure Of Silent FBI Raid On Biden’s Office Shows Deep State At Work — Conservative Review
As our prayers go out to the families of mass shootings, it begs the question: What in the world is going on? As a pastor, it’s clear that our nation has rejected God and we are reaping the whirlwind.
Just as water rapidly eroded the banks of the mighty Colorado River and created a vast Grand Canyon, America’s current belief system (relativism) has eroded her foundation and created a moral void.
As Founding Father Robert Winthrop said, “Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled either by a power within them or by a power without them; either by the Word of God or by the strong arm of man; either by the Bible or by the bayonet.”
When the Word of God doesn’t restrain society, all hell will break loose.
The Enemy Within
Interestingly enough, the stability of America is one of the top concerns on the minds of many today. There was a time in recent history when America felt secure knowing that the most formidable enemies were abroad. Not so today. Our enemies are within our gates.
We, like the mighty Roman Empire that collapsed centuries ago, are crumbling from within. There are people who attempt to be “one nation ‘above’ God,” rather than “one nation ‘under’ God.” Scripture identifies this as foolishness, self-exaltation, and arrogance—the downfall of nations.
Do we really believe that we can allow that outright perversion and darkness that is engulfing our nation without there being consequences?
Don’t Pull Up the Roots
There is a saying that one generation plants trees for the next generation. I’m concerned that instead of planting, we are removing and destroying the roots. As a result, our legacy as a great and noble nation has all but been forgotten.
For instance, most schools no longer teach students about the spiritual foundation that has guided America throughout its history.
The U.S. Supreme Court, in Vidal v. Girard’s Executors, echoed this same sentiment, “Why may not the Bible, and especially the New Testament be read and taught as a divine revelation in the [school]? Where can the purest principles of morality be learned so clearly or so perfectly as from the New Testament?”
Our Only Hope
When America’s moral and religious heritage is deleted, grossly distorted, or revised altogether, chaos will follow. We must not miss the critical connection between America’s unparalleled greatness and her early devotion to God. This should concern us.
The ideas of the classroom in one generation will create the ideas of society within the next. And this is exactly what is happening today: There is no fear of God in this place.
We must bring God back into our lives. He is our only hope.
As a Man Thinks
Another problem is that many are becoming desensitized by movie sensations and video games that depict ungodly themes such as witchcraft, the occult, extreme violence, perverted sex, and so on. Make no mistake, mass shootings are demonic. This is a spiritual battle.
For anyone to assume that there isn’t a pattern here is either naive or grossly out of touch with the culture. The greatest battle we will ever fight is within. Even secular psychologists recognize that our mind is where the battle is either won or lost: “As a man thinks in his heart so is he” (Proverbs 3:27).
Not surprisingly, many shooters are also on powerful antidepressants drugs to deal with the intense battle in the mind.
I Will Keep Sounding the Alarm
As I’ve said many times in the last few years: Without a massive spiritual awakening, the violence in our country will only get worse. We must learn from King Josiah in the Old Testament. Once he heard what God’s Word said about the current condition of the nation, he humbled himself in a profound way, repented, and asked for God’s intervention.
God’s answer also offers hope for us today: “Because your heart was tender, and you humbled yourself, I heard your cry and answered your prayer. I have stayed my hand of judgment for now” (paraphrasing 2 Kings 22:19).
The cure for violence has never changed: humility, repentance, and fearing God. Our cry must resemble Isaiah’s: “Oh, that You would rend the heavens! That You would come down! That the mountains might shake at Your presence” (Isaiah 64:1).
Like any parent, God hears the cries of His children. Would be to God that America would tremble again at His presence and fear Him again (cf. Isaiah 64:1-2).
This is our only hope.Why Are Mass Shootings Increasing? — Shane Idleman
No matter what she says, no matter how often she lies, partisan Democrats will do everything they can to defend Ilhan Omar.Local Congresswoman Accidentally Spends A Decade Being An Antisemite — Conservative Review
According to reporting by The Washington Post, over a dozen Democratic Party Leaders repeated similar concerns about the Vice President’s future prospects.REPORT: Democrats Worried Kamala Harris Not Capable of Succeeding Biden — Conservative Review
WASHINGTON, DC — In a stunning development sure to cause significant controversy around the globe, every human being on earth has been ordered to make financial reparations payments to every other human being in the world due to the fact that at some point in history, every people group owned slaves from another people group.
“This is really the only way to truly guarantee actual equality,” said Richard Fliehr, Chairman of Reparations for Humanity, a global non-profit group looking to bring in billions of dollars in revenue from its push for reparations. “We started with a few ethnic groups, but according to our research, pretty much every group, nation, and civilization has owned slaves of every other ethnic group at some point.”
Though having every person pay every other person is (by definition) equal, some groups were outraged. “How is making everything the same for everyone fair?!” asked Reverend Al Sharpton to reporters gathered outside his luxurious apartment building in New York City’s Upper East Side. “Acknowledging the fact that every group of people has oppressed another group of people at some time during human history is a slap in the face to those of us who want special treatment. This is unacceptable!”
At publishing time, various minority organizations in the United States sought to appeal the decision after learning that people of white European descent were not the only people who would be required to pay reparations and were not, in fact, collectively responsible for all oppression and human suffering from the beginning of time.
Watch as a fired Twitter employee applies for her first *actual* job:Everyone Ordered To Pay Everyone Reparations As Every Race Owned Every Race At Some Point — Babylon Bee
CNN on Tuesday confronted Joe Biden’s comms director Kate Bedingfield after another leak to the media revealed the FBI searched Penn Biden Center for classified documents in November.
The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday reported the FBI searched Penn Biden Center for classified documents in November with Joe Biden’s permission.
US Attorney General Merrick Garland never disclosed the FBI search during his press conference earlier this month when he announced a special counsel was appointed to investigate Joe Biden.
Joe Biden’s lawyers never disclosed the FBI search in any of their statements related to the classified documents scandal.
The DOJ is actively covering up Joe Biden’s crimes.
The American people only know about the classified documents scandal because of leaks to the media.
CNN called Biden out after the latest leak to the media.
“You’re claiming transparency… this happened in mid-November. If you are, indeed, being transparent, why the continued trickle of disclosure around these classified documents?” CNN asked Bedingfield.
“We have released multiple statements,” Kate Bedingfield said.
VIDEO:CNN Confronts Biden Spox After Leak to Media Reveals FBI Searched Penn Biden Center in November (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit
Twila Brase is the president and co-founder of Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom. She’s a registered nurse, a certified public health nurse, and author of the eight-time award-winning book, Big Brother in the Exam Room: The Dangerous Truth About Electronic Health Records. She’s the speaker on the daily Health Freedom Minute heard on stations across the nation. Additionally, her efforts led to a national law requiring parent consent for research using newborn DNA, a national campaign exposing HIPAA as a data-sharing rule, an online nationwide directory of direct-pay-practices, The Wedge of Health Freedom and the Patient Toolbox designed to help patients understand their options in coercive situations and maintain control over their treatment decisions.
Yesterday the White House reported that President Joe Biden intends to end the COVID-19 national and public health emergencies. This won’t happen today, nor will it happen retroactive to September 18th of 2022 when he said on the 60 Minutes TV program that the pandemic is over. Instead, he will end the emergencies over 3 months from now on May 11th, 2023. Why then?
Twila noted that since the Republicans are now in charge of the House, they are clamoring for the end of the emergency declarations, so she believes Biden wants to claim to be the one who ended it rather than letting the Republicans force his hand.
Could this be due to some legislative activity? For instance, there’s HR-382—The Pandemic is Over Act as well as HR-497—The Freedom for Healthcare Workers Act. This latter piece of legislation removes the vaccine mandate on healthcare workers around the nation. As Twila explained, the Biden administration has been clinging to the mandate that communicates that as a condition of participation in Medicare and federal programs, all healthcare providers and workers have to be vaccinated or they will be terminated unless they meet an exemption. This act would completely eliminate the mandate and let workers go back to their jobs, let hospitals be more fully staffed, and not threaten healthcare workers with having to take an experimental vaccine.
Next is HR-139—The Stopping Home Office Works Unproductive Problems Act of 2023, otherwise known as the Show Up Act of 2023. Twila commented that so many government workers are now at home and there’s the general sense that there may be a lack of productivity going on as well as wasted space and energy in government buildings. So this bill would not allow any expansion of telework practices and policies so it’s really about calling such individuals back to work at their respective government agencies.
Another factor is House Joint Resolution 7 which basically says that the national emergency declared by the president is terminated.
Another factor that may be pushing President Biden to end the pandemic on May 11thinvolves a new set of rules and guidelines including the government stopping COVID treatments, shots, etc. Then again, some things Congress may want to keep such as access to telehealth. Then there’s about 15-17 million people who were allowed to enroll in Medicare who aren’t eligible when they should have been paying for coverage on their own.
So as President Biden attempts to wind down the pandemic, there are a lot of details to work through. Jim and Twila discuss much of it on this edition of Crosstalk.
Reach out to your members of Congress by calling 202-225-3121.COVID Health Emergency and COVID Shot Update — VCY America
Once upon a time the United States was known as a “Christian nation”, but now our country is moving away from those roots at a pace that is absolutely breathtaking. I spend a lot of time writing about the ongoing collapse of our economic system, but the truth is that we are witnessing a collapse of faith as well. In 1972, a Pew survey found that 92 percent of all Americans identified as Christians, but the most recent Pew survey that asked this question discovered that only 63 percent of Americans still identify as Christians at this point…
Pew Research Center has been measuring religious identity since 2007 using a slightly different question wording – “What is your present religion, if any?” – as well as a different set of response options. Since 2007, the percentage of adults who say they are atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular” in the Center’s surveys has grown from 16% to 29%. During this time, the share of U.S. adults who identify as Christian has fallen from 78% to 63%.
If you look at this chart, you will see that the decline has greatly accelerated in recent years.
Assuming that this trend continues, it won’t be too long before we are under 50 percent.
And it is very important to note that many Americans that still identify as “Christians” want absolutely nothing to do with traditional Christian values.
Church attendance in the United States has been steadily falling for decades as well, and the shift that we have seen since the pandemic started has been particularly dramatic…
Protestant pastors reported that typical church attendance is only 85% of pre-pandemic levels, McConnell said, while research by the Survey Center on American Life and the University of Chicago found that in spring 2022 67% of Americans reported attending church at least once a year, compared with 75% before the pandemic.
As a result, large numbers of churches are being forced to close all over the nation.
In fact, a recent Guardian article claimed that “thousands of churches are closing each year”…
Churches are closing at rapid numbers in the US, researchers say, as congregations dwindle across the country and a younger generation of Americans abandon Christianity altogether – even as faith continues to dominate American politics.
As the US adjusts to an increasingly non-religious population, thousands of churches are closing each year in the country – a figure that experts believe may have accelerated since the Covid-19 pandemic.
We are going down the exact same road that almost every other western nation has already traveled.
At one time, virtually every nation in the western world was heavily Christian, but now most of them have been transformed into post-Christian societies.
It could be argued that the United States is already there as well, and one recent surveyfound that most parents do not consider it to be important to pass their faith on to their children…
“Parents place less importance on their children growing up to have religious or political beliefs that are similar to their own. About a third (35%) say it is extremely or very important to them that their children share their religious beliefs, and 16% say the same about their children’s political beliefs,” Pew researchers Rachel Minkin and Juliana Horowitz said in Parenting in America Today released on Tuesday.
Numbers such as these should make all of us very sad.
As Americans increasingly move away from what they have previously believed, it is inevitable that even more churches will close.
Meanwhile, many of the institutions that still remain are bitterly divided over sexuality. Here is just one example…
The United Methodist Church announced a proposal Friday to split the denomination over what it called “fundamental differences” regarding its beliefs on same-sex marriage and LGBTQ clergy.
The proposal, signed by 16 church leaders from around the world, will be voted on at the church’s 2020 general conference in May. If passed, it would allow for a “traditionalist” denomination to separate from the United Methodist Church, the second largest Protestant denomination in the U.S., with more than 12 million members worldwide.
And Roman Catholicism is also being torn apart by controversies related to sexuality…
Gay “clubs” operate openly in Catholic seminaries, the institutions that prepare men for the priesthood, the late Pope Benedict XVI has claimed in a posthumously published book scathing of Pope Francis’s progressive agenda.
In a blistering attack on the state of the Catholic Church under his successor’s papacy, Benedict, who died on Dec 31 at the age of 95, said that the vocational training of the next generation of priests is on the verge of “collapse”.
He claimed that some bishops allow trainee priests to watch pornographic films as an outlet for their sexual urges.
Our culture is being fundamentally transformed all around us, and many prominent Christian leaders are deeply concerned about where things are headed.
During a recent interview, Franklin Graham warned about what will happen if we do not change course…
Graham, who heads the Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, told CBN’s Faithwire he’s read Scripture and knows where culture is headed.
“I know where we’re going,” he said. “I’ve read Revelation. I know what’s getting ready to happen to this world. Judgment is coming.”
Graham continued, “God is going to judge this earth with the rejection of His Son, and there’s gonna be a great price to pay.”
Of course Franklin Graham is quite right.
These are the end times, and judgment is coming.
Unfortunately, most people are not interested in listening to the warnings.
But even though our society is rapidly moving away from religion, more evidence that validates the Christian faith continues to emerge.
For example, a team of researchers in France has determined that an ancient stone that is on display at the Louvre Museum in Paris actually contains references to King David from the Bible…
The stele includes phrases such as “House of David” and “Altar of David,” but the damage to the stone’s face made accurate translation of the text difficult.
By using newer technology, including enhancing techniques in digital photography, researchers verified that the text does refer to the biblical King David.
I was so excited when I first read that.
And all over the Middle East, vast numbers of Muslims are becoming Christians after having supernatural experiences with Jesus…
The Rev. Lazarus Yeghnazar, founder of Transform Iran, an organization preaching the Gospel to Iran and planting churches, told CBN’s Faithwire many Iranians find themselves enraptured by Christ following these apparitions.
“They cannot stop talking about it. Hence the severe persecution, the severity of the brutality,” Yeghnazar said of the persecution many Iranian Christians face. “[Believers will say], ‘I saw a vision of a man with a white robe, with a cross on his shoulder or on his heart, and he says, ‘I’m Jesus.’”
Just as He has done throughout the past two thousand years, Jesus is still showing people that He is alive.
Sadly, many Americans simply do not care.
Our nation is choosing to reject faith like never before, and right now there are no indications that this is going to turn around any time soon.
About the Author: My name is Michael and my brand new book entitled “End Times” is now available on Amazon.com. In addition to my new book I have written six other books that are available on Amazon.com including “7 Year Apocalypse”, “Lost Prophecies Of The Future Of America”, “The Beginning Of The End”, and “Living A Life That Really Matters”. (#CommissionsEarned) When you purchase any of these books you help to support the work that I am doing, and one way that you can really help is by sending copies as gifts to family and friends. Time is short, and I need help getting these warnings into the hands of as many people as possible. I have published thousands of articles on The Economic Collapse Blog, End Of The American Dream and The Most Important News, and the articles that I publish on those sites are republished on dozens of other prominent websites all over the globe. I always freely and happily allow others to republish my articles on their own websites, but I also ask that they include this “About the Author” section with each article. The material contained in this article is for general information purposes only, and readers should consult licensed professionals before making any legal, business, financial or health decisions. I encourage you to follow me on social media on Facebook and Twitter, and any way that you can share these articles with others is definitely a great help. These are such troubled times, and people need hope. John 3:16 tells us about the hope that God has given us through Jesus Christ: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you have not already done so, I strongly urge you to invite Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior today.The Collapse Of Faith In America — The Economic Collapse
Joe Biden will send Ukraine ANOTHER $2.2 billion in military aid.
For the first time ever, the military aid will include longer-range missiles, according to Reuters.
The United States is readying more than $2 billion worth of military aid for Ukraine that is expected to include longer-range rockets for the first time as well as other munitions and weapons, two U.S. officials briefed on the matter told Reuters on Tuesday.
The weapons aid is expected to be announced as soon as this week, the officials said. It is also expected to include support equipment for Patriot air defense systems, precision guided munitions and Javelin anti-tank weapons, they added.
One of the officials said a portion of the package, expected to be $1.725 billion, would come from a fund known as the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI), which allows President Joe Biden’s administration to get weapons from industry rather than from existing U.S. weapons stocks.
The USAI funds would go toward the purchase of a new weapon, the Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB) made by Boeing Co (BA.N), which have a range of 94 miles (150 km). The United States has rebuffed Ukraine’s requests for the 185-mile (297-km) range ATACMS missile.
Last week the Biden regime agreed to send 31 Abrams M1 tanks to Ukraine to fight the Russian military.
This means the US will be forced to send men and women to operate the tanks and perform maintenance. It is the Biden regime’s attempt to escalate the war in Ukraine despite Russia’s threats of nuclear war.
However, Joe Biden on Monday said the US will not be providing the F-16 fighter jets that Ukraine has sought.
WATCH:Biden to Send Ukraine ANOTHER $2.2 Billion in Military Aid – Including Long-Range Missiles: Reuters — The Gateway Pundit
You Are Not In Control | WRETCHED TV Episode 3149
Let’s read some tweets from some really smart guys about desire for control, spending time with God in the midst of chaos, “Glorified bodies,” and Spurgeon.YOU ARE NOT IN CONTROL — Wretched
Every day we continue to get even more evidence that our society is going completely and utterly insane. I really wish that this wasn’t true. I really wish that we could just hit the rewind button and go back several decades to a time when most people tried to behave normally and there wasn’t rampant corruption all around us. Unfortunately, our social decay has shifted into “turbo mode” over the past several years, and at this point a lot of Americans actually celebrate the evil that is gnawing away at the foundations of our society like cancer. Some of the videos that I am about to share with you are really creepy, some of them are quite funny, and some of them are incredibly alarming. But ultimately they all have something to say about where we currently are as a society. The following are 14 videos that will make you want to scream out “ARE YOU KIDDING ME?”…
#1 This is the super creepy way that Bill Gates responded when a reporter recently confronted him about his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein…
Are you kidding me?
#2 “This is what leftism does to you”
Are you kidding me?
#3 “I’m old enough to remember when going to an airport was not reminiscent of bootcamp”
Are you kidding me?
#4 Joe Biden decided to get way too cozy with a female reporter…
Are you kidding me?
#5 What would you do if somebody did this to you?
Are you kidding me?
#6 “A transgender killer is identifying as a baby in order to get better treatment in prison”
Are you kidding me?
#7 “Biden documents scandal includes 1850 Boxes, enough to fill a tractor trailer, plus 415 GB of electronic records”
Are you kidding me?
#8 “If you don’t like your job, just quit”
Are you kidding me?
#9 MSNBC host Yasmin Vossoughian says that her myocarditis was caused by a “common cold”…
Are you kidding me?
#10 A public school teacher laughs about corrupting her students…
Are you kidding me?
#11 “You wanted equality, and now you are complaining that they don’t want to be in a relationship with you…”
Are you kidding me?
#12 I thought that you told us that the pandemic was “over”…
Are you kidding me?
#13 This is how they are recruiting new soldiers in Ukraine, and our leaders are apparently just fine with this…
Are you kidding me?
#14 Do you think that we will ever be able to get American kids to do this?
I was absolutely stunned by the precision that those Japanese students were able to achieve.
Here in the United States, many of our high school students can barely even read once they graduate from high school.
Of course we didn’t get here by accident.
Our society is a giant mess because our leaders have been making the wrong decisions for decades.
If we don’t reverse course, things will only get worse.
So hopefully America will wake up soon, because the clock is ticking.
About the Author: My name is Michael and my brand new book entitled “End Times” is now available on Amazon.com. In addition to my new book I have written six other books that are available on Amazon.com including “7 Year Apocalypse”, “Lost Prophecies Of The Future Of America”, “The Beginning Of The End”, and “Living A Life That Really Matters”. (#CommissionsEarned) When you purchase any of these books you help to support the work that I am doing, and one way that you can really help is by sending copies as gifts to family and friends. Time is short, and I need help getting these warnings into the hands of as many people as possible. I have published thousands of articles on The Economic Collapse Blog, End Of The American Dream and The Most Important News, and the articles that I publish on those sites are republished on dozens of other prominent websites all over the globe. I always freely and happily allow others to republish my articles on their own websites, but I also ask that they include this “About the Author” section with each article. The material contained in this article is for general information purposes only, and readers should consult licensed professionals before making any legal, business, financial or health decisions. I encourage you to follow me on social media on Facebook and Twitter, and any way that you can share these articles with others is definitely a great help. These are such troubled times, and people need hope. John 3:16 tells us about the hope that God has given us through Jesus Christ: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you have not already done so, I strongly urge you to invite Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior today.14 Videos That Will Make You Want To Scream Out “ARE YOU KIDDING ME?” — End Of The American Dream
It is definitely not normal for so many mainly young athletes to suffer from cardiac arrests or to die while playing their sport, but this year it is happening. Many 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.
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A hurdle many Christians cannot seem to get over is accepting and embracing the doctrine of election, or predestination. By nature, we don’t like the fact that God is the one who does the choosing. We want to be the masters of our fate and the captains of our soul. Yet Paul seems to make the case very clearly in Ephesians 1:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,even as he chose us in himbefore the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In lovehe predestined usfor adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ.” (Eph. 1:3–5; emphasis added)
What brings Paul to doxology is distasteful to many. R.C. Sproul accurately describes the feeling of most people towards the concept:
The very word predestination has an ominous ring to it. It is linked to the despairing notion of fatalism and somehow suggests that within its pale we are reduced to meaningless puppets. The word conjures up visions of a diabolical deity who plays capricious games with our lives.
Yes, this is a hard truth to come to terms with, but such a fatalistic view tragically eclipses the beauty of God’s work for undeserving and incapable sinners like you and me. To help us grapple with and grow to love this essential aspect of the gospel, consider the following three points about election.
1. Election is a biblical doctrine.
First, the doctrine is biblical. This should seem evident enough, as it is clearly spelled out in the section of Ephesians 1 quoted earlier. Nor is this the only place we run up against the concept in Scripture. Just a few verses later on Paul will say—even more bluntly—that we have been “predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will” (Eph. 1:11). In Romans 8:29-30 we read,
For whom he foreknew, he also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he predestined, these he also called; whom he called, these he also justified; and whom he justified, these he also glorified.”
These are places in which these theological terms are used explicitly, but if we broaden our radar to also pick up allusions to and themes of choosing, predetermining, and electing, the list gets longer.
There are some out there who have a false notion of predestination and election, namely, that it was the invention of some ancient French madman named John Calvin. No doubt, Calvin would mourn the fact that history has dubbed this doctrine “Calvinism,” as though it somehow belonged more to him than to God.
Others who are more informed would recognize that the idea of election is not strictly Calvinist and is in fact a scriptural concept. Indeed, Catholics, Lutherans, Methodists, and so-called Calvinists all hold to different nuances of predestination. But even then, the most common view is not the biblical one; that is, while God does choose some to salvation, He does so based on “foreseen faith.” This view states that God was able to look down the halls of time and see everyone who would, if presented the opportunity, respond to the gospel in faith. Those who would respond in faith God elects to everlasting life. This effectively makes our choice the foundation for God’s. It would put us over and above God.
2. Election is a big doctrine.
To those who would argue for that view, I would respond by saying it does not square with the rest of the biblical data regarding who God is, and that those who hold to it don’t understand the second thing about election: it is a big doctrine. By that I mean several things.
It is big in the sense that there is a lot at stake with election—like salvation! But the doctrine also deals with a big topic: the sovereignty of God. Or, to put it another way, election is a big deal because it deals with the bigness of God.
The Westminster Confession of Faith gives us a great description of what God’s sovereignty is all about:
God, from all eternity, did, by the most wise and holy counsel of his own will, freely, and unchangeably ordain whatsoever comes to pass.” (WCF 3.1)
This sweeping statement accurately captures the bigness of God, all in reference to predestination, or foreordination. First, in terms of time: “from all eternity”—there was never a moment that God wasn’t in control. Second, in terms of necessity: “freely”—no one forces God to do anything. Third, in terms of permanence: “unchangeably”—nothing can thwart God’s plan or cause it to take a detour. Fourth, in terms of scope: “whatsoever comes to pass”—in other words, if it happened, it’s because God ordained it to happen.
You see, if we lose God’s bigness, we lose God. If God is not sovereign, he is not God at all. If something can be decided or determined apart from, outside of, or before God, then that means that there is something out there that is greater than God. And if something is greater than God, then God isn’t God at all. Think about it: why would you want to choose salvation in Jesus for yourself, when it would mean putting your eternal destiny in the hands of a God who doesn’t even have a say in your temporal decisions?
Of course, the main concern for people is that if we “give” God His sovereignty, then we are giving away our own freedom. But this is a false dilemma. Loraine Boettner writes,
The true solution of this difficult question respecting the sovereignty of God and the freedom of man, is not to be found in the denial of either, but rather in such reconciliation as gives full weight to each, yet which assigns a preeminence to the divine sovereignty corresponding to the infinite exaltation of the Creator above the sinful creature.
It is the very same God who has ordained “whatsoever comes to pass” who has also ordained our freedom! We can both be free, me and God. He’s just freer. As a father and a child are both free, yet the father’s freedom outweighs the child’s, so too does God give his creatures freedom out of and yet also within his own freedom.
3. Election is a beautiful doctrine.
This brings us to the third thing regarding predestination and election. Not only is it a biblical doctrine and a big doctrine, but it is also a beautiful doctrine. It can so often be caricatured as nothing more than a cold and lifeless calculus. But what does Paul say in Ephesians 1? That it was in love he predestined us (Eph. 1:4-5)! Thus, it has been said that election is based on affection. It is God’s love for us that causes him to ordain us to everlasting life. This is a beautiful truth, and it should move us to praise as it does Paul:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!” (Eph.1:3)
When properly understood, election teaches us not just about how great God is, but how good he is:
God’s love is the fountainhead of the gospel. God’s Son did not come into the world to persuade the Father to love or to win His love for us; He came as the gift of the Father’s love to us.
He is a sovereign God, and yet also a saving God. Some people might tend to pit John’s “God is love” (1 John 4:16) against Paul’s predestination. But they go hand in hand. If God were not love, we would be lost. Yet while we were still sinners, God loved us—God chose us.
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Jonathan Landry Cruse is the pastor of Community Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Kalamazoo, MI. He is a published hymn author and his works can be viewed at http://www.HymnsOfDevotion.com. He is also the author of The Christian’s True Identity: What It Means to Be in Christ.
The Christian’s True Identity: What It Means to Be in Christ by Jonathan Landry Cruse
 R.C. Sproul, Chosen by God (Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House, 1982), 1.
 Loraine Boettner, The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination (Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 1932), 208.
 Ian Hamilton, Ephesians (Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2018), 20.3 Points about the Doctrine of Election Every Christian Needs to Know — BLOG – Beautiful Christian Life
We do not know at what hour the Lord Jesus is coming back. But we are told in Scripture that there will be signs pointing toward the return of the Lord. I believe that we see those signs in the world today, and I believe that the coming of the Lord is near.
The Bible tells us, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. … Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming” (Matthew 24:36, 42).
We read in the Scriptures about Noah and the flood. It was the greatest catastrophe in the history of the world. Scripture says that the flood destroyed everything. The importance of Noah and the flood is emphasized by the many references in the Bible. The flood was both a warning and a promise. God warned that He would not always strive with man. Then He made a covenant with Noah and his sons that He would never again destroy the world by flood, and He gave the rainbow as a promise.
The Apostle Peter wrote that in Noah’s day “the world that then existed perished” (2 Peter 3:6). But he also wrote that “the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up” (2 Peter 3:10).
The world is under the partial control of the devil. He is called “the god of this age” (2 Corinthians 4:4) and “the prince of the power of the air” (Ephesians 2:2). This is the age of evil, and God says it’s so terrible and so awful that He has to destroy it.
Let us look at man’s condition at the time of the flood. The Bible tells us that the people gloried in sin; they loved it. Jesus said, “As the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be” (Matthew 24:37). Today, every form of perversion recorded in human history is being practiced on an even greater scale.
In Noah’s day, the world was filled with violence. And today we see films in which people are doing all kinds of terrible things. Listen to some of the conversations on talk shows. As some of those people are expressing themselves, we can’t believe that human nature has sunk so low.
God said He will judge the world. God is still a God of love, but He is also a God of judgment. He is going to judge the world, and He is going to judge you, unless you repent of your sins and receive Christ into your heart.
The Bible says there is a limit to God’s patience: “The Lord said, ‘My Spirit shall not strive with man forever’” (Genesis 6:3). He said there was a time limit for the people of Noah’s day.
The flood was not a natural catastrophe. It was a moral catastrophe. It came as a result of God’s judgment on the attitudes and actions of the people in the world of that time. God has set a time limit for our day as well. God has “appointed a day on which He will judge the world … by the Man whom He has ordained” (Acts 17:31). That Man is Jesus Christ. We don’t know when it will happen, but Jesus said the hour is coming.
Today the Holy Spirit is at work showing you your spiritual need. The Scripture says, “When [the Holy Spirit] has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:8).“Christ will return, and there will be the Judgment. Eternity will be before you: Heaven or hell. You will be in one of them, according to the choice that you make about Jesus Christ.”
We are not on trial. The trial is over. We have already been found guilty in the sight of God. We are not being tried. The court is finished. The jury has said, “You are guilty.” The penalty is death—spiritual death and physical death.
What can we do?
We have to make a choice. We have to make a personal commitment to Christ. We can’t go on our mother’s faith or on our father’s faith. We can’t go on the faith of the church. We can be baptized, we can be confirmed, we can live a decent life and still not know Christ, still not be saved.
On the other hand, we may come from families with no Christian background or influence. We don’t have to have Christian parents to come to Christ by faith. Either way, we come just as we are. The Scripture says, “Whoever will, may come” (see Revelation 22:17).
Noah was a righteous man. He was a kind man. He did things that were right in the sight of God. “Noah walked with God” (Genesis 6:9). He was a man of faith. He feared the Lord. In his life there was obedience to God.
So God came to Noah and told him His plan. He said, “Noah, I am going to cause it to rain 40 days and 40 nights. The flood will destroy the whole world, because the world has become so wicked” (Cf. Genesis 7:4). God gave him all the specifications to build an ark. It would have one window. It would be designed to float, not to navigate. There would be no sails. It wouldn’t capsize.
Noah started building the ark, and as Noah built the ship, his work was a sermon to the people of that day: “Repent, believe. Let God come into your heart. Let God take control of your life. Come into the ark and be saved.” But no one repented. Then one day God said to Noah, “Come into the ark, you and all your household” (Genesis 7:1).
The Bible says a great deal about entire families coming to Christ. The Philippian jailer was saved with his entire household. The entire household of Cornelius, the Roman centurion, was saved. That could be true in your family too. You may be the one who could lead your family to Christ. If you take your stand for Christ, they may come to Him, too.
God told Noah to come into the ark, along with a male and female of every kind of animal.
Noah went into the ark, and nothing happened. This must have been the greatest test of his faith. People outside were probably laughing. Maybe they came from miles around to see the folly of Noah. He had told everybody that it was going to rain. He told them that God was going to destroy the whole world with water. They didn’t believe it. This tested Noah’s faith, but He believed, in spite of what the people said: “By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household” (Hebrews 11:7).
No one could ever say, “We didn’t know the flood was coming,” because they had heard Noah’s preaching. God had extended His love and mercy and righteousness in every possible way, but they had rejected it.
The Scripture says that one day God shut the door (see Genesis 7:16). Noah didn’t shut it; God did. And one day God will shut the door as far as we are concerned: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life” (John 5:24). Today you can pass from death to life. You can be saved from that which is yet to come.
The Scripture says that Christ will come back, and every eye shall see him. A day will come when Christ will return, and there will be the Judgment. Eternity will be before you: Heaven or hell. You will be in one of them, according to the choice that you make about Jesus Christ.
God said, “Come into the ark, you and all your household” (Genesis 7:1), a personal invitation to Noah. And Noah acted on it. And it’s a personal invitation to us to come to God—come to the cross, come to the empty tomb.
Noah was shut in; God had shut the door. Noah’s salvation was totally up to God.
“Look!” someone yelled. And there was a cloud, no bigger than a man’s hand; and the cloud grew and it grew and it grew. And finally, the waters came—a torrential downpour. The earth also broke up, and great floods came out of the earth. And people began to cry, “Let us in, let us in, let us in! We were wrong. We repent. Please let us in!” But it was too late. The only door was shut!
There is only one Door to Heaven, and that is Jesus. I am glad to tell you that Door is still open. Jesus said, “I am the door” (John 10:9). In Revelation 4:1 we read, “I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was … saying, ‘Come up here.’”
Are you ready for that Day that is certain to come? We don’t know when it will be, but we should be ready at any moment. Jesus said, “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming” (Matthew 24:42). Are you ready? You can make sure today.
You ask, “What do I have to do?” Three things: First, repent of your sins. To repent means to change, to turn to God and say, “I’m sorry I’ve sinned.”
Second, come to Christ by faith. You may never understand all about salvation, or all about God, or all about the Bible, but you can come by simple, childlike trust and put your faith in Jesus Christ.
Third, be willing to obey God as best you can. You can’t live the Christian life by yourself, but the Holy Spirit will come into your heart and help you to obey God. I can’t live the Christian life without the daily help of the Holy Spirit. And even then, sometimes I fail. But the Holy Spirit helps me, and God forgives my sins and my failures. He can do the same for you, if you will let Him. Today you can make your commitment to Christ. ©1992 BGEA
Scripture quotations are taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version.
Are You Ready for the Judgment?
If you are not sure that you have a right standing with Almighty God, you can be sure today. First, confess your sin and turn away from it. Second, receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, putting your faith in Him alone to save you. You can do that right now. He promises to live in you and transform your life. You can have a new life, a new beginning, if you will surrender to Christ.
START BY SIMPLY TALKING TO GOD.
You can pray a prayer like this:
“Dear God, I know that I am a sinner. I’m sorry for my sin. I want to turn from my sin. Please forgive me. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son; I believe He died on the cross for my sin and You raised Him to life. I want Him to come into my heart and take control of my life. I want to trust Jesus as my Savior and follow Him as my Lord from this day forward. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”
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“I am going to ask you to give your heart and life to Jesus Christ right now.” How many people, for how many years, in how many countries around the world, heard Billy Graham say these words during his decades of Crusade ministry? At his invitation, and the prodding of the Holy Spirit, scores of people would leave their seats and go down to the front of the arena and give their hearts and lives to Jesus.
There are various ways to describe what happened during those moments and at any time someone accepts Christ. While salvation is accomplished only through the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Bible uses words like faith, repentance, gift, believe, confess, call and receive to describe this transformation. All of these words answer Jesus’ call to Nicodemus in John 3:7: “You must be born again.”“The words faith and trust are inextricably intertwined into the whole meaning and application of salvation. Salvation is God’s gift to sinful man.”
Consider the word believe, which we see in John 3:16. Interestingly, it comes from the Latin root word cred, from which we would get our understanding of “giving credence to someone or something said.” Basically, it means the person who receives something said or given accepts it without cause for question. When Jesus invites us to believe in Him, He invites us to simply trust who He is and what He has done for us. So, it follows that the word faith or trustis the active ingredient of our belief in Christ. Salvation comes when the sinner recognizes his sin, confesses it to God and turns away from it, and puts his trust in Jesus as Savior.
The Holy Spirit exclusively does the work of conviction (John 16:8) and thus draws us toward placing our faith and trust in Jesus. This is why, when writing to the Roman believers, Paul said “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:9-10).
Furthermore, the words faith and trust are inextricably intertwined into the whole meaning and application of salvation. Salvation is God’s gift to sinful man, made possible only because of Jesus, received by faith and trust, and granted through God’s sovereign grace in the past, at the present, and for the future.
Salvation past affirms Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross in Jerusalem, which was the fulfillment of the eternal fact of God’s foreknowledge in that, “Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself” (2 Corinthians 5:18-19).
Salvation present is the very avenue by which all sinners acknowledge their sin to Jesus (confession), turn from their sin (repentance), and believe (trust) that God raised Jesus from the dead. Salvation future is God’s guarantee of being able to live out the Christian life, despite being trapped in human flesh. “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7).
In addition to our earthly salvation being guaranteed by God’s gift of grace, our eternal salvation is also guaranteed because God raised Jesus from the dead. This is why Paul was able to say, “We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8).
The bottom line is that “God loves you and you and you,” as Mr. Graham often said in his Crusades. He just said what is correct according to the Word of God. He himself believed God. He confessed his sin. He placed his faith and trust, without reservation, in the finished work of Jesus on the cross. God saved him. And now he is with Jesus forever. And so shall all be who have trusted in Jesus’ Name and received salvation. ©2022 Don Wilton
Scripture quotations are taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version.
Don Wilton served for 30 years as senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Spartanburg, South Carolina, and for 17 years as president of The Encouraging Word television ministry. For many years, he served as Billy Graham’s pastor.How the Bible Describes Salvation — Decision Magazine