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WASHINGTON DC EXISTS RIGHT NOW IN A STATE OF WAR WITH ARMED TROOPS PATROLLING THE STREETS AS PRESIDENT TRUMP DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY

The President’s action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the District of Columbia. Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. Emergency protective measures, limited to direct Federal assistance, will be provided at 100 percent Federal funding.

by Geoffrey Grider January 11, 2021

Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that an emergency exists in the District of Columbia and ordered Federal assistance to supplement the District’s response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from the 59th Presidential Inauguration from January 11 to January 24, 2021.

 

It is absolutely breathtaking watching all the news stories coming across the wire, each new headline trumpeting the latest disaster in a nation that is literally coming apart at the seams. The fear coming out of Washington DC tonight is so palpable, if I open my north-facing windows I can smell it all the way from down here in the free state of Florida.

“Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman: If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people; Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head.” Ezekiel 33:2-4 (KJB)

The Democrats, so consumed with their lust for power in light of their sweeping, across the board political victories are way overplaying their hand and now look like they are about to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Twitter, having banished President Trump is now experiencing a massive stock drop, as millions rise up against them to protest their squelching of free speech. The pushback against the fascist social media overlords is actually having an effect, so keep up the pressure, they can be defeated.

Pelosi and her brown shirts demanding either Trump get the 25th Amendment or be impeached is causing a rift even within the Democrat party. The FBI is now warning of a ‘huge uprising’ of American citizens who are rightly rejecting what they see happening right now. It look just like either a pathetic, Third World banana republic, or the greatest nation on earth being squeezed to death by the judgment of Almighty God. You pick.

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure.” Thomas JeffersonMonticello 1787

The very air we are breathing right now is crackling with electricity, something really big is coming and everyone from the farmers in the wheat fields of Kansas, all the way up to the hedge fund titans in their steel and glass towers in every major city knows something is about to break loose. Something tells me that Trump has not played his final card yet, stay tuned.

President Donald J. Trump Approves District of Columbia Emergency Declaration

FROM THE WHITE HOUSE: The President’s action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the District of Columbia.

THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IS EXPECTED ON TUESDAY TO TAKE UP A MEASURE CALLING ON VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE AND MEMBERS OF TRUMP’S CABINET TO INVOKE A PROCESS UNDER THE 25TH AMENDMENT, WHICH ALLOWS FOR THE REMOVAL OF A PRESIDENT DEEMED UNFIT TO FULFILL THEIR DUTIES. DEMOCRATIC HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI SAID ON MONDAY THAT THE PRESIDENT POSES AN “IMMINENT THREAT” TO THE NATION AND “MUST BE REMOVED FROM OFFICE IMMEDIATELY”.

Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. Emergency protective measures, limited to direct Federal assistance, will be provided at 100 percent Federal funding.

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THE PURGE: PARLER IS DOWN AS APPLE AND GOOGLE THREATENS TO DEPLATFORM FREE SPEECH SITE WHILE TWITTER PERMANENTLY SUSPENDS TRUMP’S ACCOUNT

Apple wrote to Parler executives Friday telling them it had received complaints about “objectionable content,” according to BuzzFeed, “accusations that the Parler app was used to plan, coordinate, and facilitate the illegal activities in Washington D.C. on January 6, 2021 that led (among other things) to loss of life, numerous injuries, and the destruction of property. The app also appears to continue to be used to plan and facilitate yet further illegal and dangerous activities.” If Parler doesn’t comply, the app will be removed from the App Store. Activist group Sleeping Giants had called on both Apple and Google to ban Parler from their app stores in response to posts calling for violence against elected officials.

by Geoffrey Grider January 8, 2021

Apple and Google are facing new pressure to deplatform Parler, a social network founded as a less moderated and more conservative-friendly alternative to Facebook and Twitter. Late Friday, BuzzFeed News reported that Apple has given Parler 24 hours to put a moderation platform into place or be expelled from its App Store.

 

The radical anti-free speech Leftists that control all of the fake new media and the social media just made their move to rid the world of free thought and speech. Twitter permanently banned President Trump’s account, Facebook is moments away from doing the same thing. Parler is currently down as both Apple and Google issued the deplatform ultimatum to either censor their content or be deplatformed. The purge we’ve been warning you about has begun tonight.

The Democrats who now have the House, Senate and the White House are on a mission to not just remove President Trump from office, they want to silence each and every one of the 73 million people who voted for him. We told you this was coming on our podcast today, if you haven’t listened to it yet, we highly advise you do. Welcome to 1933.

Tech tyrants Apple and Google face pressure to deplatform Parler over calls to violence

FROM THE VERGE: Apple wrote to Parler executives Friday telling them it had received complaints about “objectionable content,” according to BuzzFeed, “accusations that the Parler app was used to plan, coordinate, and facilitate the illegal activities in Washington D.C. on January 6, 2021 that led (among other things) to loss of life, numerous injuries, and the destruction of property. The app also appears to continue to be used to plan and facilitate yet further illegal and dangerous activities.” If Parler doesn’t comply, the app will be removed from the App Store.

ACTIVIST GROUP SLEEPING GIANTS HAD CALLED ON BOTH APPLE AND GOOGLE TO BAN PARLER FROM THEIR APP STORES IN RESPONSE TO POSTS CALLING FOR VIOLENCE AGAINST ELECTED OFFICIALS.

As evidence, the group posted screenshots of Parler posts calling for Vice President Mike Pence to face a firing squad and encouraging “American Patriots” to return to the capital on January 19th “carrying Our weapons.”

The group points out that both Google and Apple have clear rules against violent threats and moderation of content. Apple’s App Store says apps must have “a method for filtering objectionable material from being posted” and “a mechanism to report offensive content.” Google’s Play Store bars apps that “depict or facilitate gratuitous violence or other dangerous activities,” and that “we don’t allow apps that contain or facilitate threats, harassment, or bullying.”

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‘We Are in War’: Skillet Frontman John Cooper Fights for Biblical Truth over Cultural Relativism

Milton Quintanilla | Contributor for ChristianHeadlines.com | Tuesday, December 22, 2020

‘WE ARE IN WAR’: SKILLET FRONTMAN JOHN COOPER FIGHTS FOR BIBLICAL TRUTH OVER CULTURAL RELATIVISM

John Cooper, who has been fronting the Christian rock band Skillet for over two decades, is speaking out against cultural relativism in his fight for biblical truth, Faithwire reports.

In a recent episode of the Edifi With Billy Hallowell podcast, Cooper argued that Christians have “gotten so scared about saying things that are true that it has caused a crisis.”

“It has caused a crisis of people believing that they are good and that they can reach heaven without Jesus’ help,” Cooper asserted.

The rockstar also noted that some of his Christian friends were starting to compromise on biblical truth after they made comments inconsistent with Christianity.

“I don’t think that Jesus is the only way,” the singer said of one of his friend’s claims.

 Cooper added that now he must step up and help others be grounded in biblical truth amid an increasingly chaotic culture.

“There is chaos happening for a reason and we need to be bold about what those reasons are,” Cooper argued. “If you just ground your life in the truth of Christ, you can escape all of this chaos.”

Cooper went on to note a troubling trend taking place today as many people are embracing relativism.

Many are saying things like “your truth” and “my truth” because “nothing in the world is absolutely 100 percent true,” Cooper explained.

“Relativism is something that Christians cannot believe,” he stressed. “We are in war where the church is losing so much ground within the church … the church is not looking like Christianity anymore.”

While he may lose fans, Cooper believes there’s too much at stake to stay quiet.

“What we are losing is so great,” he said. “If it costs me fans, we have to start trying to save as many as we can. It’s that kind of a time.”

Cooper, who also hosts the Cooper Stuff Podcast, recently published his first book titled, Awake and Alive to Truth: Finding Truth in the Chaos of a Relativistic World.

“Awake and Alive to Truth tackles the reigning philosophies of our day of post-modernism, relativism, and the popular view of the goodness of man-and combats these viewpoints by standing on the absolute truth of the Word of God,” the book’s description reads.

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AS AMERICA DESCENDS INTO TURMOIL, SUDAN BECOMES THE LATEST NATION TO SIGN THE ABRAHAM ACCORDS AND NORMALIZE RELATIONS WITH ISRAEL

A statement from the office of Sudan’s prime minister on Wednesday said Justice Minister Nasredeen Abdulbari signed the Abraham Accords with visiting US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Sudan’s Acting Minister of Finance Hiba Ahmed and Mnuchin also “signed a memorandum of understanding in Khartoum to provide a same-day bridge financing facility to clear Sudan’s arrears to the World Bank”, her office said in a statement.

by Geoffrey Grider January 6, 2021

Sudan has signed the Abraham Accords with the United States and Israel despite the move being rejected by its political parties when it was first announced in October last year.

 

Normally, a story like this would be headline news for a cycle or two but not today, the day in which the battle for America began out in the open. Sudan became the latest Muslim nation to join the Abraham Accords, and nobody even notice. Maybe that’s a good thing, because flying under the radar will only increase the number of Muslim nations who will sign on, and at some point on that journey you will wind up at the Isaiah 28 and Daniel 9 covenant with death and hell confirmed by Antichrist.

“Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:” Isaiah 28:15 (KJB)

The next few weeks here in America are going to go by in a fuzzy, hazy blur where Democrats will attempt to unseat President Trump, and squash all free speech and dissent as they complete their stranglehold on power in Washington. What will the next 4 years be like for us in America? Think Germany in 1933, and that’s how it’s going to go, with maybe a few new things Hitler never thought of. The America you once knew drew its last breath today, what happens next is the judgment of the God of Abraham.

Sudan signs Abraham Accords peace treaty deal to normalize relations with Israel

FROM AL JAZEERA: A statement from the office of Sudan’s prime minister on Wednesday said Justice Minister Nasredeen Abdulbari signed the Abraham Accords with visiting US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Sudan’s Acting Minister of Finance Hiba Ahmed and Mnuchin also “signed a memorandum of understanding in Khartoum to provide a same-day bridge financing facility to clear Sudan’s arrears to the World Bank”, her office said in a statement.

“THIS MOVE WILL ENABLE SUDAN TO REGAIN ACCESS TO OVER $1 BILLION IN ANNUAL FINANCING FROM THE WORLD BANK FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 27 YEARS,” THE STATEMENT ADDED.

The US embassy in Khartoum said the agreement will “help further Sudan on its transformative path to stability, security, and economic opportunity”. The signing came just over two months after US President Donald Trump announced that Sudan would start to normalize ties with Israel. Sudanese political parties rejected the government’s decision to normalize relations with Israel at the time it was announced, with officials saying they will form an opposition front against the agreement.

In a statement, Sudan’s Popular Congress Party, the second most prominent component of the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC) political coalition, said in October that Sudanese people were not obligated to accept the normalization deal.

Sudan’s former Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi also slammed the announcement, adding that he withdrew from a government-organized conference at the time in protest.

Last year, the Trump administration engineered diplomatic pacts between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain — the first since Jordan recognized Israel in the 1990s and Egypt in the 1970s. Morocco also established diplomatic ties with Israel. The agreements are all with countries that are geographically distant from Israel and have played a minor role, if any, in the Arab-Israeli conflict.

The Abraham Accords have also contributed to the severe isolation and weakening of the Palestinians by eroding a long-standing Arab consensus that recognition of Israel should only be given in return for concessions in the peace process

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Franklin Graham: U.S sins ‘are a stench in the nostrils of our Creator’

‘God’s judgment is coming. We are in trouble’

By Bob Unruh
Published January 6, 2021 at 1:29pm

The American vote system, the 2020 results of which remain under challenge in multiple courts, first apparently gave the office of president to Democrat Joe Biden, whose recent epiphany about abortion now has him supporting the killing of the unborn almost without limit.

Now voters in Georgia, based on preliminary totals, apparently have given two Senate seats to Democrats who are part of the “demonic-driven abortion agenda.”

The result, according to Franklin Graham, chief of the worldwide Christian ministry Samaritan’s Purse?

“God’s judgment is coming.”

On social media, even as the final counts for the Georgia Senate runoff elections were being continued, he wrote, “The votes are in, but is the election over? I have no clue. I guess we just have to wait and see. But I do know that we need to pray for our nation.

“We are in trouble,” he continued. “I believe God’s judgment is coming, for the sins of our nation are great and they are a stench in the nostrils of our Creator.”

He earlier had urged voters to reject that “demonic-driven abortion agenda” of the Democratic Party.

Republican incumbent Sen. David Perdue faced challenger Jon Ossoff in one race, and incumbent Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler faced Raphael Warnock in the other.

Graham was responding to Planned Parenthood’s praise of Warnock. The abortion-industry giant called him a champion for reproductive rights.

“Truthfully translated, that means Raphael Warnock champions the killing of babies in the safety of a mother’s womb through abortion,” Graham wrote on Facebook.

“I hope the church and all Georgians will see through this demonic-driven abortion agenda,” he said. “This is not just a political issue, it is a moral and biblical issue. We need leadership in our nation that sees the wisdom in defending life.”

Noting the impact of the race on the whole nation, he urged Americans to join him “in praying that candidates who support life – note the murder of babies in the womb – will be elected.”

Graham, the CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse, noted Warnock tweeted he supports “reproductive justice.”

“Justice? What an ironic term to use. Abortion represents the biggest, most significant INJUSTICE of our time in history—genocide of entire masses of babies,” Graham said.

Earlier, Graham urged people to believe President Trump when he charges that the 2020 election was stolen.

After all, when Trump said he was spied on by the Barack Obama administration, he was right, the evangelical leader wrote on Facebook.

And when he said there was no collusion with Russia, he was right.

“When President Trump says that this election has been rigged or stolen, I tend to believe him. He has a track record of being right. Pray for President Trump, pray for Joe Biden, and pray for our nation—that we will get through this, and for God’s will be done,” Graham said.

Congress took up the issue of the Electoral College votes, which remain under challenge in the courts, on Wednesday.

Graham noted Trump said the government was spying on him.

“The media said that he was paranoid. The Obama administration and the Democrats said that this was an absolute lie and that Donald Trump was not fit to be president, only for us to find out later that the U.S. government did spy on Donald Trump, and what he had said was in fact true,” Graham said.

“Then we spent the next two years with the president under investigation for collusion with the Russians. The president said there was no collusion, but night after night, the media and the Democrats said there was collusion. After an investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, it turned out to be false—there was no collusion. President Trump was right again.

“Then the Democrats impeached him over a phone call. The president has been maligned, falsely accused, and attacked on every front since before the election in 2016,” he said.

Regarding Biden, Graham has urged his social media followers to pray for him.

“As we approach a transition in the leadership of our government in Washington, it is critically important for followers of Jesus Christ to pray for those who will be making decisions that impact the future of our nation,” he wrote on Facebook.

“Just because we might not have voted for someone doesn’t mean that we get a pass to not pray for them. The Bible instructs us to pray for all of our leaders—’all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior’ (1 Timothy 2:2-3). We must not give up or waver,” Graham wrote.

“Pray for President-elect Joe Biden, that he would not be swayed by the voices of self-interest, but that he would listen to the still small voice of Almighty God,” he said.

Graham said he’s thankful for the accomplishments of the past four years.

“People have asked if I am disappointed about the election,” he said on Facebook. “When I think about my answer, I have to say honestly, that I am grateful—grateful to God that for the last four years He gave us a president who protected our religious liberties; grateful for a president who defended the lives of the unborn, standing publicly against abortion and the bloody smear it has made on our nation; grateful for a president who nominated conservative judges to the Supreme Court and to our federal courts; grateful for a president who built the strongest economy in 70 years with the lowest unemployment rate in 50 years before the pandemic; grateful for a president who strengthened and supported our military; grateful for a president who stood against ‘the swamp’ and the corruption in Washington; grateful for a president who supported law and order and defended our police.”

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Saudi Arabia, Qatar to sign U.S.-brokered deal to ease Gulf crisis

Barak Ravid, author of from Tel Aviv

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L) and Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani. Photo: Fayez Nureldine/AFP via Getty Images

Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Gulf countries are expected to sign an agreement on Tuesday toward ending a diplomatic crisis in the Gulf after 3½ years.

The big picture: A Saudi-led coalition severed ties with Qatar in 2017 and closed their airspace and sea routes to Qatari planes and vessels, citing Qatar’s alleged support for terror groups and relations with Iran. In recent weeks, Saudi Arabia and Qatar have been under pressure from the Trump administration to end the dispute.

  • The U.S. maintains close ties with both Qatar and its rivals, but the Trump administration’s past several attempts to reconcile the parties have been unsuccessful.
  • Both Gulf countries see the signing of the agreement as a gesture to the Trump administration and part of their effort to “clean the table” to prepare for the incoming Biden administration.
  • Jared Kushner mediated between the parties and traveled to Saudi Arabia to participate in the signing during this week’s Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit.

The latest: Ahead of the signing of the agreement, the Kuwaiti foreign minister announced that Saudi Arabia and Qatar would open their land, air and sea borders starting on Monday night.

Driving the news: Kushner traveled to the GCC summit in Al Ula, Saudi Arabia, with White House envoy Avi Berkowitz and adviser Brian Hook, who helped negotiate the agreement.

  • The summit will be the first time the Emir of Qatar Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani will visit Saudi Arabia since the crisis erupted in 2017. The leaders of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Kuwait will also attend.
  • The leaders are going to sign an agreement that includes three confidence-building measures: Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain will lift the air and sea blockade of Qatar; Qatar will withdraw all lawsuits against its three Gulf neighbors; and all parties will stop their media campaigns against each other.

Behind the scenes: The deal was reached in principle during Kushner’s last visit to Saudi Arabia and Qatar several weeks ago, where he met Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Sheikh Tamim. Kushner has close relationships with both leaders.

  • U.S. officials say that after meeting the Saudi crown prince, Kushner traveled to Qatar’s capital Doha with Hook while leaving close aides Berkowitz and Adam Boehler behind in Saudi Arabia. The two mediated talks between the Saudis and the Qataris over the phone in real time until a draft deal was reached.
  • In the last few weeks, final discussions were held with the Saudis and the Qataris to ensure both sides were committed to the understandings that were reached, the officials told me.
  • The White House also lobbied the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt — all three of which have reservations about the agreement, as they view Qatar in a negative light and do not believe the Qataris are sincere.
  • The deal almost fell apart on Sunday when a last-minute miscommunication created new tensions between the Saudis and the Qataris, sources briefed on the matter told me.
  • Kushner and his team were supposed to leave on Sunday afternoon but postponed their trip. A source told me Kushner and his team were forced to negotiate with the Saudis and the Qataris into the night on Sunday until a solution was found. They left Washington en route to Saudi Arabia early Monday morning.

What they’re saying: A senior diplomat from one of the Gulf countries told me the agreement is a step in the right direction and includes some positive developments — but it does not mark the end of the Gulf rift.

  • “Some of the issues were solved, but the root causes for the rift — bad personal relationships between the leaders and big policy differences on Iran, Turkey and the Muslim Brotherhood — are still there,” the diplomat told me.

The bottom line: The agreement, which will be signed on Tuesday, would be a last-minute achievement for Kushner and the Trump administration before President-elect Joe Biden takes office on Jan. 20.

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January 6: A Crossroads Not Just for USA, But for Prophecy As Well

BY MARK DAVIDSON on JANUARY 4, 2021 • ( 0 )

We as a Christian prophecy community are watching for the Second Signpost.
Two days from now, January 6, 2021, will be a day of crossroads—not only for the United States but interestingly for contemporary prophecy as well.


USA At a Crossroad
Because of the advance of evil in this country in the form of generally collectivism, and more specifically Marxism, the US has come to this point where the constitutional republic may actually be lost.


If you doubt its most current form working in this country, look no further than the “woke” community with its charges of racism and forcing of transgenderism. Marxism needs a victim class and a rich class. Since the American worker is generally happy, Marxists had to create a new victim/rich class—that is, women, minorities, and immigrants being the “victims” to racist white men. Ridiculous, but nevertheless there it is.


Marxism is evil due to its envy manifesting as theft of private property, and extreme pride resulting in wholesale murder. Mankind has witnessed in the last century a couple dozen times in which it was tried and it always resulted in misery and murder. And now its extreme pride which causes its proponents to say everyone must think the way they do, has compromised the elections in six “battleground” states: Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Nevada.


The courts won’t touch these lawsuits either due to the courts themselves are leftists, or they are conservatives afraid of being attacked in their private, personal lives.


So it has come down to January 6, the date at which both houses of Congress will certify, or not, the electors coming from the states.


Trump could still win reelection if the Republicans have a spine or if they all cared. And this is the danger—historically Republicans have only cared about themselves or don’t believe in anything. This is why over the last hundred years as the Left advanced their agenda every time the Presidency and Congress was theirs, these advances were not rolled back but allowed to stay whenever the Presidency and Congress were Republican.


And if the Presidency and Senate is won by the Left that may spell the end of the republic because the Left has got to the place where it will not let go of power. As Mark Levin said, we are staring at an abyss. States will be added, the Supreme Court will be packed, the Senate filibuster will be ended, and the Electoral College will be assaulted.


Of course, the Left winning has a direct impact on the Second Signpost, for the CCP-compromised Biden and his cronies may very well let Iran run out over the Middle East because the CCP told them to. What if there was no one to stop the ram because the only power that could was compromised by another power?


Prophecy At a Crossroad
The prophecy community that visits this website is in some ways a microcosm of evangelical Christianity in general in this country. Both here and in the country as a whole, opinions vary as to what will happen here in this country in the years prior to Christ’s return.


There are two camps. One says the USA is headed to judgment if we do not repent. The other says great days are just ahead for the USA.


The former position is held by many. Not only that but the Four Signposts of Daniel Revisited suggest that the USA will be in trouble (I wrote about this here). The findings shown in Chronicles also show that the USA will be in deep trouble with its people descending into great poverty.


The other prophecy camp shows great optimism for the future of the USA. What would drive this idea? General optimism may be one. Another might be American hubris which is driven by the normalcy bias. Yet another I’ve seen many times are all the people claiming to be prophets giving words saying the USA will have great blessing in the years ahead.


Both camps cannot be right.


Conclusion
The events of January 6 may give us more clarity as to which path the USA will travel.
If Trump wins and the Republicans hold the Senate, we stay the present course. The USA may indeed have a few good years ahead, and the Second Signpost may happen via a war between the USA and Iran in which Iran wins.


But if Biden wins and the Left takes the Senate, this will likely be the signal that (a) the Second Signpost can proceed at any time due to Biden appeasing Iran and/or China, and (b) the end of the republic due to elements on the Left basically telling the American people elections don’t matter and normal Americans responding to this challenge.


If the Left wins the election and takes over, time may show us all the contemporary prophecies telling us of America’s future wealth and power are all for naught.
January 6 indeed gives us a crossroad.

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Russia Furious At Azerbaijan After Helicopter Shot Down

by Andrew Bieszad on January 4, 2021 in FeaturedGeneral

The situation in Nagorno-Karabakh is far from over. While Azerbaijan may have one, Russia’s entrance into Armenia is the beginning of potentially something much more serious.

Armenia and Azerbaijan were both part of the Soviet Union until her breakup in 1991. Azerbaijan, a Shiite Muslim nation culturally influenced by the Persians, ethnically influenced by the various Caucasus peoples, and linguistically influenced by the Turks, has since given her full support to Turkey, and she has openly expressed a desire to be annexed by the Turks. Armenia is hated by Turkey, who has made clear with her recent encirclement of Armenia following the capture of Nagorno-Karabakh that by her actions she is preparing to isolate and “finish the job” that she began in 1914. Armenia, however much she does not like the Russians, is also part of the CSTO, or a Russian attempt at her own NATO, and while really powerless, is there to be a thorn in the side of the Turks for the Russians. Meanwhile, Putin has made clear that since he equivocates Russian glory with Stalin and the USSR, his words and actions show attempts to rebuild the Red Giant.

The conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, with a Russia trying to revive the USSR and an Ottoman ghost attempting to summon herself from the grave of history, sets up a scenario for a clash of major powers, between the first and second largest militaries in Europe and the second and seventh most powerful militaries in the world. Considering how Turkey has NATO and specifically, US and German backing, given that they are the first and ninth most powerful militaries, it has the potential to make any conflict between Russia and Turkey more interesting.

Just hours before a peace agreement was to be signed between Azerbaijan and Moscow, a Russian aircraft was shot down. While the Azeri government has apologized and offered to pay for it amid other concessions, it is being reported by Reuters that Russia is treating it as a case of murder.

Russian military investigators are now treating the Nov. 9 downing of a helicopter over Armenia as “wilful murder”, a more serious charge than the previous “death through negligence”, Interfax news agency reported on Monday, citing a source.

A Russian Mi-24 helicopter was shot down over Armenia near the border with a region belonging to Azerbaijan, killing two crew members and injuring another, just few hours before a Moscow-brokered peace deal over Nagorno-Karabakh was reached.

Heavy fighting between Azerbaijan, which has the political backing of Turkey, and ethnic Armenian forces over the mountainous region had been raging for six weeks at the time of the incident.

Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry said Azeri forces shot down the helicopter by accident, expressing apologies to Moscow and a readiness to pay compensation.

Interfax said on Monday, citing the source, that a case had initially been opened into a potential infringement of flying regulations that had resulted in deaths through negligence.

The reported switch to a murder charge, which could lead to a sentence of life imprisonment for those held responsible, may complicate relations between Moscow and Azerbaijan.

The conflict has tested Moscow’s influence in the South Caucasus, a swath of the former Soviet Union it views as vital to defending its own southern flank. (source)

While one cannot confirm anything, one must say that the timing is highly suspicious, especially since portraying Azerbaijan as the ‘aggressor’ may be a card Russia tries to use to force influence into that nation, up to and including potentially declaring war against her. However, the main target would not be Azerbaijan, but Turkey, since Russia wants what she considers “her territories” from the USSR back, but also to prohibit further expansion of a nascent Ottoman Empire that through Azerbaijan would have control over the oil sands of Baku and given new construction developments, passage into Central Asia, another bloc of nations under Russian control.

The world right now bears an increasing semblance to the world pre-World War I, where nations were scrambling against each other over small territories, building up troops and with tensions brooding between them, eventually breaking into the First World War. However, the difference was that major technologies then were the machine gun and poison gas. This time it is robotics, artificial intelligence, and computers, which is far more dangerous.

It will be interesting to see where this conflict goes and how Russia responds, given the trends toward war and potentially grave responses from either side.

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How elites are leveraging COVID to ‘Reset’ the world

David Kupelian lays out momentous choices facing Americans in the new year

By David Kupelian
Published January 3, 2021 at 2:37pm

Looking back at 2020, it’s undeniable that this has been one of the strangest years in American history – from January’s sham presidential impeachment, to the coronavirus pandemic and economy-destroying national lockdown, to widespread hysterical demands to “defund the police” while Marxist mobs burned and looted American cities, to Big Tech scandalously suppressing journalism it doesn’t like, to Big Media openly siding with the senile and corrupt Joe Biden while portraying President Donald Trump as a mentally ill, racist would-be dictator, to November’s breathtakingly rigged election – likely the most crooked and corrupt in our history.

In between these wall-to-wall crises, blue-state mayors and governors still found time to close churches while keeping strip clubs open, destroy as many small businesses as possible while encouraging rioting, and threaten law-abiding citizens with arrest and imprisonment for having too many people in their home for Thanksgiving or Christmas.

The widespread anxiety, confusion, distrust, and most of all, anger and fear resulting from these events all but guarantees ongoing division and violence throughout America, if not outright civil war. It’s been well over a century since American national politics was this ugly and explosive.

Yet what is happening in our nation today cannot truly be understood by looking at it through a political lens.

It’s often said “politics is downstream from culture” – that is, a society’s political life reflects its citizens’ deeply held cultural values. But culture in turn is downstream from religion, which represents the “unseen realm” of ultimate issues like good and evil, sin and redemption, the origin, meaning and purpose of life, and where we spend eternity. This all-important moral-spiritual dimension in which human beings uniquely dwell is the only frame of reference by which one can really comprehend what is happening in America right now.

For the great war in which Americans are engaged is not left versus right, Democrat versus Republican, or Trump supporters versus Biden supporters. Rather, it is one of good versus evil. And as usual, it features a great evil masquerading as noble and good, while accusing what is good and decent of being immoral and reprobate. It’s a classic case of projection – evil pretending to be good while condemning good as evil.

Which brings us to the “Great Reset.”

What we cryptically call “the left” is, of course, always trying to “reset,” “reform” or “transform” the world, as it is a fundamentally revolutionary worldview. Barack Obama, just prior to being elected president in 2008, famously said, “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” Today, Joe Biden likewise insists he wants to “transform” America. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, breathlessly anticipating the upcoming Georgia runoff races that will determine control of the U.S. Senate, announced with a flourish: “Now we take Georgia, and then we change America!”

What are they all talking about? In a world of very deeply flawed human beings, America has already been blessed with the most enlightened, noble, moral, compassionate and liberty-preserving political and economic system in world history.

Superficially, those on the hard left claim they want a socialist utopia (though most avoid the word “socialist”) where justice and equality prevail. But that’s not the prize they truly seek. Let’s take a closer look.

‘Build back

In the case of the “Great Reset,” global elites, including right here in America, are intent on leveraging the coronavirus pandemic into a completely new world system.

The first and most pivotal phase of the Great Reset plan under cover of COVID is, of course, winning the 2020 presidential election through a dizzyingly multifaceted attack on the integrity of the U.S. election system itself, on top of a unified campaign by Big Media and Big Tech to elect Joe Biden at all costs.

Whereas Trump, as president, has represented “America First” and all the traditional moral and constitutional underpinnings of genuine American greatness, Biden is fully on board with the “Great Reset.”

In fact, Biden’s campaign chose as its official campaign slogan the seemingly innocuous phrase, “Build Back Better.”

“Build Back Better” is literally the slogan of the “Great Reset,” coined by its originator and main advocate, World Economic Forum founder Klaus Schwab.

Under cover of the COVID-19 pandemic, Schwab insists the entire world must “act jointly and swiftly to revamp all aspects of our societies and economies,” meaning, as he explains, “we need a ‘Great Reset’ of capitalism.” In other words, socialism.

Indeed, right now, the elite class in America and around the world is planning – in fact, openly bragging about – the “Great Reset,” whereby they intend to leverage the COVID era’s widespread public fears and government’s rampant emergency powers to “reset” the world’s economic, social and governmental systems to institute a “more just” global socialist utopia – run by them.

Schwab, patriarch of the “Great Reset,” explains: “The level of cooperation and ambition this implies is unprecedented. But it is not some impossible dream. In fact, one silver lining of the pandemic is that it has shown how quickly we can make radical changes to our lifestyles. Almost instantly, the crisis forced businesses and individuals to abandon practices long claimed to be essential, from frequent air travel to working in an office.”

“Every country,” insists Schwab, “from the United States to China, must participate, and every industry, from oil and gas to tech, must be transformed.”

Prince Charles is a key advocate for the Great Reset, as is International Monetary Fund chief economist Gina Gopinath, U.N. Secretary General António Guterres, as well as heads of many major corporations, including Microsoft.

Former Secretary of State John Kerry is all in, recently exclaiming: “The notion of a reset is more important than ever before. I personally believe … we’re at the dawn of an extremely exciting time.”

In fact, during a World Economic Forum panel discussion in mid-November, Kerry – who figures to be a special presidential envoy for Biden on climate issues – publicly affirmed not only that the Biden administration will support the Great Reset, but that it “will happen with greater speed and with greater intensity than a lot of people might imagine.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is remarkably frank about the subterfuge under which the global Reset elites are operating: “This pandemic has provided an opportunity for a reset. This is our chance to accelerate our pre-pandemic efforts to reimagine our economic systems that actually address global challenges like extreme poverty, inequality and climate change.”

Many might ask, what’s wrong with combatting poverty and inequality?

What many Democrat Party voters – especially younger millennials – naively fail to comprehend is twofold: First, not only doesn’t socialism cure poverty – in fact, it creates it – but socialism also necessitates turning a society into a totalitarian dictatorship; after all, radical wealth redistribution only occurs when the brute power of government compels it.

But even more fundamentally, the world’s elites do not really want equality for everybody. Historically, from Stalin to Mao to Chavez, Marxist/socialist leaders have never been truly interested in everyone being equal. That’s just happy-talk to seduce the masses. They want, first and foremost, power, they want wealth and privilege for themselves, they want glory, they want revenge on their enemies, and they want worship.

In a word, they want to be gods.

Which brings us to the nuclear core of the issue: The original temptation in the Garden of Eden was, “Ye shall be as gods.” (Genesis 3:5)

But when humans try to become gods, they turn into devils. Indeed, from abortion up to the moment of birth to the celebration of transgenderism to mandatory gun confiscation to the outright suppression of free speech, today’s Democratic Party increasingly is promoting policies and agendas that are either insane or evil – or both.

Evangelist Franklin Graham recently urged Georgia voters to reject what he called the “demonic” agenda of the Democratic Party in the two January elections to determine the majority in the U.S. Senate.

“I hope the church and all Georgians will see through this demonic-driven abortion agenda,” he said. “This is not just a political issue, it is a moral and biblical issue. We need leadership in our nation that sees the wisdom in defending life.”

Graham, the CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse, noted that Senate candidate “Rev.” Raphael Warnock had tweeted his support for “reproductive justice.”

“Justice”? What an ironic term to use, when abortion represents the biggest and most significant injustice of our time, and perhaps in all of American history – the genocide of tens of millions of innocent human babies.

Summarizing America’s current state, Los Angeles mega-pastor John MacArthur recently told Laura Ingraham: “America’s in a moral free fall. … You murder the babies in the womb. If they survive the womb, you try to seduce them into transgender sexual deviation when they’re young. If they survive that, you corrupt them with a godless education. If they survive that, you have divorce in the family. And if they grow to be adults, we drown them in a sea of pornography. This is a nation so far down in the sewer of immorality and wickedness that nothing surprises me.”

Barring a spiritual-cultural turnaround in the United States of America, where is all this leading?

A barcode for every human on the planet?

Since the coronavirus originated in China, and since Joe Biden is profoundly compromised with regard to China because of his family’s corrupt financial activities with that nation, and since Big Tech and so many U.S.-based mega-companies are in total thrall to China both for its vast retail markets and its cheap labor pool, it is reasonable to wonder: How exactly does China fit into the plan to “reset” the world under cover of COVID?

That’s easy: China is the leader.

Recently, in a chilling story headlined “Give Everyone a Barcode? China Trying to Use COVID Fears to Launch Global Tracking System for Humans,” the Christian Broadcast Network reported: “China’s communist leader Xi Jinping is calling for countries across the world to accept a global COVID-19 tracking system that uses QR codes in an attempt to expedite international travel.”

It was during a Nov. 21 virtual G20 leaders’ meeting that Xi proposed the “global mechanism” to deploy an electronic barcode that would help determine travelers’ health status.

“China has proposed a global mechanism on the mutual recognition of health certificates based on nucleic acid test results in the form of internationally accepted QR codes. We hope more countries will join this mechanism,” Xi said, according to the CBN report, which explained:

The system provides users with a color code based on their risk of exposure to the coronavirus and the QR codes, or bar codes can be read on mobile devices.

A green code indicates that someone is safe to travel, while an orange or red code signifies the need to quarantine for up to two weeks.

Xi didn’t elaborate on the type of app or QR code system that would be used and who would design it.

Not everyone is thrilled with a brutal communist dictator, one openly bent on ruling the entire planet, launching such a new surveillance and people control system.

As CBN reported, Human Rights Watch executive director Kenneth Roth tweeted, “Beware of the Chinese government’s proposal for a global QR code system. An initial focus on health could easily become a Trojan Horse for broader political monitoring and exclusion, akin to the dangers associated with China’s social-credit system.”

And according to some Christians, the report concluded, such technology-driven measures and tracking systems look a lot like “another step toward the fulfillment of the End Times ‘Mark of the Beast’ prophesied 2,000 years ago in the biblical book of Revelation.”

Revelation 13:16-17 famously warns: “It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.”

Conclusion

Is “The Great Reset” inevitable? Not in America – unless 74 million American adults who voted for Donald Trump throw up their hands and resign themselves to a rapid decline and ultimate loss of the nation they labored to build, and in many cases fought and bled to defend.

America is still home to tens of millions of praying, Bible-believing, freedom-loving, right-thinking Americans. Rage and violence are not the answer, but boldly – as happy warriors – standing up for truth and for the nation that has blessed us all is now the order of the day, and will remain so for a long time to come.

America indeed needs a great reset, but not one envisioned by deluded, power-obsessed, sociopathic elites. Rather, the reset we truly need is a repentance-fueled revival that will invite God’s renewed blessing on us and restore our nation to its former greatness and goodness.

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APOCALYPTIC’ VOLCANO ALERT IN CARIBBEAN: 100,000 RESIDENTS WARNED OF EMERGENCY EVACUATION

BY ADAM ELIYAHU BERKOWITZ | JAN 3, 2021 | BIBLICAL NEWS

He looks at the earth and it trembles; He touches the mountains and they smoke. Psalms 104:32 (The Israel BibleTM)

Cumberland bay in St-Vincent and the Grenadines (Shutterstock)

As 46 volcanoes go active this week, scientists are reminded that eruptions account for four major extinction events in the earth’s history.

CARIBBEAN VOLCANO ALERT

An orange alert has been announced as over 100,000 residents of St. Vincent and the Grenadines were warned that they may need to evacuate their homes within 24 hours as the La Soufrière volcano began spewing lava.  

Posted by UWI Seismic Research Centre on Thursday, December 31, 2020

Last Tuesday, the volcano began spewing gases and ash, forming a new dome, changing the lake that had formed in its crater. The volcano has been dormant since 1979 but an eruption in 1902 killed 1,680 people, just hours before the eruption of Mount Pelée on Martinique killing more than 30,000 people.

A yellow alert was also raised for the island of Martinique, an overseas French territory, on Tuesday due to increased seismic activity under the mountain observed last month.

Seventeen of the eastern Caribbean’s 19 live volcanoes are located on 11 islands, with the remaining two underwater near the island of Grenada, including one called Kick ‘Em Jenny that has been active in recent years.

Scientists have assured the public that the simultaneous increase in seismic activity of La Soufriere and Mount Pelee is not linked.

PRAYERS CALLED FOR

Mark Brantley, the Premier of nearby West Indies Nevis Island, said he is praying for the people of St Vincent and the Grenadines and called on all the people of the Caribbean to join in prayer. n a statement issued on December 30, Premier Brantley who is also the Foreign Affairs Minister of St Kitts and Nevis said:

 “With the devastation already caused by COVID-19 and its disastrous impact on our small vulnerable states, our region cannot afford another disaster. I urge us all to pray for the continued safety and security of the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.”

46 VOLCANOS AROUND THE WORLD

But the Caribbean is not the only region of the world experiencing volcanic eruptions. Lava erupted from vents in Mount Kilauea, Hawaii last week. Three volcanoes in Japan have just started rumbling. A total of 300 earthquakes were recorded under the Kirishimayama volcano earlier last month. A total of 423 explosions were recorded last week at Suwanosejima’s Ontake Crater and the Minamidake Crater at Aira Caldera’s Sakurajima volcano has been emitting alarming levels of sulfur dioxide, indicating increased activity. Other eruptions were reported at Lewotolo and Tengger Caldera in Indonesia, Ruapehu in New Zealand.

In total, 46 volcanos are currently rumbling or erupting with seven of them waking up in recent weeks. Although detailed statistics are not kept on daily activity, the Smithsonian Institution Global Volcanism Program reported that there are generally around 20 volcanoes actively erupting on any particular day, making the current activity exceptional indeed. 

SCIENTIST WARNS ONE HUGE VOLCANO COULD SET OFF CHAIN OF APOCALYPTIC ERUPTIONS

American author Stephen Petranek revealed during a TedTalk in 2014 how one huge eruption in the future could lead to a chain reaction, potentially marking the end of the world.

“We do not live on a nice, stable solid planet,” Petranek said. “It is mostly molten rock and iron and it has a nuclear reactor in the center of it that keeps it hot. We’re, like, on these life rafts floating overall this molten rock. Earth’s crust is so constantly folding in on itself that we cannot find a stone on the surface of the Earth that is as old as the planet. 98 percent of all the species on Earth have gone extinct and volcanoes are the biggest reason why. Of the 11 biggest extinctions, four were caused by volcanoes”

“Studies link the late Triassic extinction to volcanic eruptions and outflows, and a new study links this amazing extinction of life – 95 percent of life on Earth – to volcanoes that essentially stretched and all went off at the same time. They essentially stretched from what is now New Jersey to what is now Morocco.”

In our past, Earth has opened up many times and flowed out for centuries – India is an outflow of volcanism.”

Mr. Petranek detailed the after-effects of such an event and how it could spark a nuclear winter.

He added: “Volcanic activity fills the sky with soot and hot ash and buries every living thing and blocks the sun for so many summers, the plants on land and plankton in the sea die, and when they die, we die. Volcanoes can also produce so much carbon dioxide that they will massively warm the planet and create a runaway greenhouse effect, which is the opposite of what we often expect from them.

PROPHETS WARN VOLCANOS MARK END-OF DAYS

Volcanoes are explicitly mentioned by the prophets as playing a role in the end of days, preparing the world by burning away impurities as a crucible is used in metallurgy to purify metal. This process is described in Zechariah.

And I will bring the third part through the fire and will refine them as silver is refined and will try them as gold is tried; they shall call on My name and I will answer them; I will say: ‘It is My people’ and they shall say: ‘Hashem is my God.’ Zechariah 13:9

This type of cataclysmic seismic activity is mentioned specifically by the prophets as an aspect of the End-of-Days process.

But Hashem God is the true God, He is the living God, and the everlasting King; at His wrath the earth trembleth, and the nations are not able to abide His indignation. Jeremiah 10:10

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