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Today’s Massive Earthquake In Utah Is Latest Event In A Series Of Events That Began On January 1st And Is Starting To Look Like Matthew 24 Birth Pangs

The Pretribulation Rapture of the Church is the main and primary event that will kick everything off, but since Matthew 24 is geared to Jews in the Tribulation it is not mentioned. What is mentioned is a ‘beginning of sorrows’ that precedes everything thing, and rightly dividing can certainly place that in the tail end of the Church Age. Could it be that is happening right now? Here now is our timeline of events that have taken place since the beginning of 2020, placed in context with scripture, and we ask you to study it through and let us know your thoughts. 

The 2020 Timeline Of End Times Events And The Matthew 24 'Beginning Of Sorrows'

by Geoffrey Grider March 18, 2020

The fig tree in Matthew 24 is obviously the nation of Israel, and Jesus urges us to look for it to bloom in the end of time when the ‘beginning of sorrows’ takes place.

I was having lunch with my good friend, Christian brother and fellow bible ‘sword sharpener’ Andy yesterday, and like always, our lunchtime conversation was a bible study. In the course of what is probably our last lunch for the next few weeks due to the coronavirus, we got to talking about what a crazy, crazy year 2020 has been from the very first day. Regular listeners of our NTEB weekly radio bible study know that all through 2019, I called for 2020 to be a ‘year of incredible change’, and it is been that in spades.

“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.” Matthew 24:6-8 (KJB)

But as we started to recollect the myriad wild events that began on January 1st, which we will lay out here for you in detail, Andy and I noticed how similar what is happening right now is to the ‘beginning of sorrows’ Jesus tells us to watch for in Matthew 24. Incredible, actually, as you will see below. As you read our list, please remember that the majority of Matthew 24 is addressed to the Jews living in the time of Jacob’s trouble that leads into the Great Tribulation. When we rightly divide the scriptures, as Paul tells us to do, we can see what applies to us in the Church Age and what does not.

The Pretribulation Rapture of the Church is the main and primary event that will kick everything off, but since Matthew 24 is geared to Jews in the Tribulation it is not mentioned. What is mentioned is a ‘beginning of sorrows’ that precedes everything, and rightly dividing can certainly place that in the tail end of the Church Age.

Could it be that is happening right now? Read on and see.

Here now is our timeline of events that have taken place since the beginning of 2020, placed in context with scripture, and we ask you to study it through and let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

The 2020 Timeline Of End Time Events And The Matthew 24 ‘Beginning Of Sorrows’

  1. WARS AND RUMOURS OF WARS: On January 1st, we told you about the joint war games between Russia, China and Iran, something that had never happened before in world history. During those games, they declared that the dominance of America in the Middle East was coming to an end. The very next day, President Trump ordered the death by drone of Iranian general Qassem Solemani, which led to an intense face-off between the United States and Iran with all the world wondering if WWIII was beginning. Britain sent warships to the Gulf as tensions soared right up to the brink. Iran then intentionally shot down a Ukrainian jet liner with 176 souls on-board. All this was just the first 13 days of January. “And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars:…For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: “ Matthew 24:6,7 (KJB)
  2. SPIRITUAL DECEPTION: While WWIII was potentially waiting to break out, spiritual deception on a mass scale broke out as well. We told you all about the Kanye West Sunday Service end times false revival, and on January 13 it was announced that he would join the false teachers and heretics of the New Apostolic Reformation at the Sun Devil Stadium for a display of ‘signs, miracles and wonders‘. “And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” Matthew 24:4,5 (KJB)
  3. FAMINE: ON January 16th, we brought you the story of how researchers are predicting that over 40% of the globe will experience civil unrest in 2020. Then the locusts started to swarm, and they haven’t stopped yet. The UN warned of an unprecedented threat to food security in a part of the world where millions face hunger, and the FAO estimated that 70,000 hectares of crops in Kenya and around 30,000 hectares in Ethiopia had been infested. It added that locusts had attacked coffee and tea crops that account for approximately 30% of Ethiopia’s exports. As of this writing today, a ‘biblical-sized’ swarm of locusts are preparing to descend on the Middle East just in time for Passover. The Times of Israel reported that “A plague of locusts the likes of which have been unseen for over 30 years is about to hit Africa and the Middle East. Adding to the perfect biblical storm, the current coronavirus pandemic is affecting travel of international experts and in-country gatherings for training to combat the locust threat, said Rome-based Senior Locust Forecasting Officer Keith Cressman on Monday.” “…and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.” Matthew 24:7 (KJB)
  4. PESTILENCE: The entire world, right now, is on some degree of lockdown as the coronavirus pandemic is generating fear and panic that I have not witnessed in my 59 years upon this earth. Say what you will about how it started, where it started and why it started, the fact of the matter is that pestilence is the #1, all-consuming headline anywhere and everywhere you look. Nothing in the past 100 years has caused this level of consternation, so why now? Why is the coronavirus so different from all the others? “…and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.” Matthew 24:7 (KJB)
  5. EARTHQUAKES: This morning in Utah, a magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck the Wasatch Front at 7:09 a.m., shaking homes from Logan down to Utah County. It was the state’s largest earthquake since 1992. It has caused damage to the Salt Lake City International Airport, downtown buildings and even the Salt Lake Temple, where the Angel Moroni statute has lost its trumpet. So far, there have been no reports of serious injuries. Dozens of aftershocks followed, with the strongest being a magnitude 4.6. It’s likely there will be hundreds of aftershocks in the days to come, Keith Koper, director of the University of Utah Seismograph Stations told FOX 13, and they could last for weeks. This earthquake is only one of dozens and dozens of ‘significant earthquakes’ to be recorded by the USGS since 2020 began. “…and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.” Matthew 24:7,8 (KJB)
  6. THE FIG TREE: The fig tree in Matthew 24 is obviously the nation of Israel, and Jesus urges us to look for it to bloom in the end of time when the ‘beginning of sorrows’ takes place. The ‘beginning of sorrows’ at the start of all these prophetical events needs to have the fig tree blooming, and it is. When we rightly divide, we see the following. Israel needs to become a nation again, the ‘beginning of sorrows’ starts, the Church is raptured out, the time of Jacob’s trouble begins when Antichrist shows up, 3.5 years of false peace and safety followed by 3.5 years of the Great Tribulation. At the end of all that, we return with Jesus on white horses, Revelation 19, to fight the battle of Armageddon after which King Jesus sets up His literal, visible, physical Kingdom of Heaven on the Throne of David in Jerusalem. And it all starts with the fig tree. “Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is neareven at the doors.” Matthew 24:32,33 (KJB)

On the one hand, you could easily dismiss any or all of these things as nothing special because none of them are new either to America or the world at large. But what is new, however, and what shocked Andy and I yesterday as we reviewed all these things, is how they are all starting firing simultaneous, one after the other, since day one of 2020. At the very least, it is an odd coincidence, so much so that the Lord put it on my heart to bring these things to your attention for your prayerful review and consideration.

The Pretribulation Rapture Is Scheduled For A Springtime Launch

But before we go, let me throw in an added ‘bonus feature’ to this list that while it does not appear in Matthew 24, it does take place in the springtime which is right around the corner. My very first article to start the NTEB 2020 season was one where I spoke about my fond hope that we would be raptured in 2020. Did you know that the Bible tells us that the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church takes place…in the Spring?!? I am not saying it will be this Spring, but it certainly looks like it will be in a Spring, either 2020 or another year.

Song of Solomon chapter 2, verses 8-14, is an amazing picture, in type, of Jesus Christ coming to snatch His Bride up and away from off the Earth in the Rapture. For starters, you will note that the bride’s beloved is pictured as being above her, as if He was coming down to get her:

“The voice of my beloved! behold, he cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills. My beloved is like a roe or a young hart: behold, he standeth behind our wall, he looketh forth at the windows, shewing himself through the lattice. My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.” Song of Solomon 2:8-10 (KJB)

Secondly, He is looking at her “through the lattice” located “behind our wall”, which is exactly where Jesus is when He comes to get us. He is veiled to the rest of the world, mocking referred to as “the secret Rapture”, but He is clearly visible to us.

“For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.”Song of Solomon 2:11-13 (KJV)

Solomon clearly puts the timing of when the Beloved comes for the Bride as being at a time of year, right after winter, when everything is blooming and the birds are singing. Birds sing in springtime, I noticed their song this morning for the first time all year. Also, please note that it is not just any Spring to which he refers, but to one that also has the “fig tree” in leaf. That would mean that Israel would be back in the land, which they are.

The Conclusion Of The Matter

We are living in exciting times if you’re a bible believer, watching a world where the fig tree has already bloomed and the where the beginning of sorrows could right now be taking place. Matthew 24 is primarily of tale of the Jews in the Tribulation, but there certainly seems to be a snippet or three that might apply to us in the Church Age, rightly divided of course. If you haven’t looked at Matthew 24 and the beginning of sorrows, now while you’re home on lockdown due to the coronavirus pestilence might be an excellent time to get acquainted or reacquainted with the prophecy of truth that must shortly come to pass. Flight #777 on Titus213 Airlines ready for takeoff!

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Five Earthquakes Hit Carolinas And Tennessee In Fifteen Hours

By Andrew Bieszad on March 16, 2020 in Featured, General

Natural disasters pose a major threat to the US, perhaps even more than a political threat, because the former cannot be controlled for the most part, and if such were to happen at a politically unstable time, the results could be disastrous. According to a recent report from the Charlotte Observer, five earthquakes hit the Carolinas and Tennessee in less than fifteen hours.

At least five earthquakes reaching up to 2.4 magnitude rattled the Carolinas and Tennessee within 24 hours, the U.S. Geological Survey reports.

The other quakes ranged from 1.7 to 2.2 magnitude, according to the USGS.

The series of quakes began around 5:30 p.m. on Sunday in Mulberry, North Carolina, the USGS reported. More followed over the next several hours, with the most recent one striking around 8 a.m. Monday.

The largest 2.4 quake hit around 11 p.m. near Centerville, South Carolina — about 30 miles southwest of Greenville, according to the USGS. At least 480 people, some as far as 300 miles away in Georgia, reported feeling the tremor to the agency. (source)

Could this be a sign of more earthquakes in the region? It is possible, but the main to watch is if one starts seeing them near the Mississippi river region or near Yellowstone, as there are major inland fault lines in those regions that pose a direct threat to the country.

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If The Internet Is Suspended Or Shut Down For Any Reason, That’ll Be All The Proof You Will Need To Know The Coronavirus Panic Is Engineered

William Haseltine, president of the global health think tank ACCESS Health International, who recently chaired the U.S.-China Health Summit in Wuhan, where the virus likely originated, has a theory. “There are four ways,” the doctor told The Daily Beast. “One, it peters out with the weather. Two, everybody gets infected, so it’s got no new places to go… so it ends—but that’s a pretty horrible ending. Three is a vaccine, which is about a year away. Fourth way is the most likely: We’re going to have a few drugs, within a few weeks to a few months, that prevent people from getting infected—like PrEP for HIV—and for treatment.”

by Geoffrey Grider March 16, 2020

As major cultural events are forgotten, workplaces, bars, and restaurants close, and prominent politicians around the world go into quarantine, two simple questions about the novel coronavirus pandemic seem to rise above the rest: How long will this last? And how will it end?

Last night we brought to you an intense, 2-hour bible study on the timeline arc for how prophetic events come to pass. We showed you the 400-year arc from Malachi 3 and 4 to Luke 2 that resulted in the fulfillment of prophecy of the coming Messiah. We showed you the 51-year arc from 1897 to 1948 regarding the ‘phase one’ prophecy for God to regather the Jews back to the land of Israel. And last we showed you how, for all practical intents and purposes the New World Order found in Daniel 7:23-26 began on September 11, 1991, and here 29 years into that the whole world has gone crazy over the COVID-19 coronavirus.

“Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.” Daniel 7:23-26 (KJB)

Make no mistake about it, the COVID-19 coronavirus is real, it is not a hoax, and it is actually making thousands sick with a small percentage of those people dying from it. Take any and all precautions you deem necessary for the protection and safety of you and your loved one, I am taking it seriously and taking precautions. But while the coronavirus is in fact real, the fear and panic that is being forced upon us is not, we are being told to be afraid and we are obeying.

“Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:12 (KJB)

I believe that the key sign that this is being done by the New World Order will be if and when the Internet begins to get really spotty and sporadic, or if it for whatever reason shuts down altogether. If that happens, it will be proof that after isolating us in our homes, they are then taking away our ability to communicate with each other and share the truth. If anything happens to the Internet, then in my opinion, it will truly be time to panic. NTEB will be monitoring this around the clock, and as soon as we know something new, so will you.

The Department of Health and Human Services experienced some form of cyberattack Sunday night related to its coronavirus response, administration sources confirm to ABC News.

The attempt was to slow down operations, sources say. https://t.co/AmYSXi7FQQ

— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) March 16, 2020

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Rabbi Warns Vatican: Return Temple Vessels or Corona-Virus in Rome Worsens

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz March 15, 2020 , 4:19 pm

“All this, O king, Araunah gives to Your Majesty. And may Hashem your God,” Araunah added, “respond to you with favor!” II Samuel 24:23 (The Israel Bible™)

As the COVID-19 crisis worsens worldwide, the Nation of Israel requests that the Vatican immediately return to Jerusalem the Temple vessels that have been stored in Rome for nearly 2000 years. 

Rabbi Levi Sudri, an award-winning Bible expert, noted that a divine message must surely be contained within the coronavirus.

“It is clear to everyone that we are living in powerful times,” Rabbi Sudri said. “It is our responsibility to understand what God wants from us. We have no prophets today, so we need to do our best to understand.”

Rabbi Sudri pointed out that the coronavirus began in China and very quickly took hold of Italy in a counter-intuitive manner. 

“What is the connection between China and Italy?” Rabbi Sudri asked. “They are geographically distant from each other. That is true but they have a spiritual connection in that they are both centers of two different types of idolatry.”

Italy is, in fact, the country with the second-largest outbreak of coronavirus outside of China with over 21,000 cases reported and over 1,400 deaths. The country’s healthcare system has been overwhelmed by the sudden spike of COVID-19 cases, despite a week-long lockdown of the entire nation in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus.

“In Daniel’s vision, he spoke of the feet of the idol which is Rome” Rabbi Sudri explained, noting that the distinctive boot shape of Italy hints at this Biblical reference and is referred to in Hebrew as ארץ המגף (eretz hamagaf; land of the boot). Rabbi Sudri noted that the word  מגף (magaf; boot) shares the same root as the word מגיפה (magefa; epidemic).

“The word ‘corona’ means crown and that is precisely the issue,” Rabbi Sudri said. “Rome stole the crown from Israel, the utensils from the Temple, so they are being struck by the crown virus.”

Josephus Flavius, a first-century Roman-Jewish scholar of priestly descent, reported that the Temple artifacts were indeed taken to Rome and placed in Vespasian’s Temple of Peace, completed in 75 CE.

Since that time, there have been several unverified sightings of the Menorah in the Vatican, but most are second-hand or anecdotal claims that point fingers without providing actual proof.  In the second half of the 12th century, a Spanish Jew known as Benjamin of Tudela made a tour of the known world, traveling as far east as Mesopotamia. He claims in his journal that the Jews of Rome knew that the Temple vessels were hidden in a cave in the Vatican.

“This is a historic opportunity to bring the world to its rightful state and to stop the Coronavirus from devastating humanity. The response of the global political, medical, and scientific communities in the face of the present pandemic is noble and necessary. We ask the Vatican to enable the Nation of Israel to do its true part,  beyond the development of vaccines and the effecting of quarantines in which Israel is already engaged.

Restoration of the Temple services will crown the Rock and Redeemer of Israel, thus completing the efforts needed to bring about the historic change that humanity now seeks.”

Rabbi Sudri also made his request in Italian.

“De Jérusalem, En ces jours difficiles de pandémie mondiale du au Corona, une demande historique a émergé du peuple d’Israel:

“Le peuple demande au Vatican de tenir une audience d’urgence au sujet des instruments du temple de Jérusalem ( détenus depuis 2000 ans au Vatican) et de les restituer au peuple d’Israel en Israël la terre sainte.

“C’est un événement historique! Nous émettons cette demande car il en va de la paix mondiale. In questi giorni difficili, arriva la richiesta storica: il pubblico israeliano chiede al governo italiano di tenere un’audizione di emergenza sulle navi del Tempio (che è tenuta dal Vaticano) e sul loro ritorno in Israele.  Questi sono i momenti storici”

Rabbi Sudri noted that the plague is focusing on religious centers.

“Italy is, of course, the crown of Catholicism, and has been hit very hard by the coronavirus,” Rabbi Sudri noted. “But also Iran, the head of Shia Islam has been hit equally as hard. And in Israel, the focus seems to be Bethlehem, the focus of Christianity.”

Rabbi Sudri noted an internal reason for the coronavirus to strike Israel.

“We are warned in the Bible not to count the Jews lest we bring upon ourselves a plague,” Rabbi Sudri said. “Due to excessive elections, we have counted Israel, not once but three times.”

“In addition, the Jews have to return the crown to Jerusalem,” Rabbi Sudri said, noting that Netanyahu made a political decision to deny the right of Jews to pray on the Temple Mount. “Instead of the proper crown, a Jewish Temple, there is the Dome of the rock, a modern day larger-than-life replica of the Golden Calf.”`

It should be noted that on Sunday, the Waqf (Muslim authority) ordered the silver-domed al Aqsa Mosque and the gold-domed Dome of the Rock closed until further notice. Jews are still visiting their holiest site; the Temple Mount.

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The ‘Elite’ Bugging Out To Their Bunkers Another Sign ‘The Great Freakout’ Has Begun – Study Hints Millions Of Americans May Be Infected Without Even Knowing It, Yet Spreading COVID-19 To Others

– Was COVID-19 Engineered To Usher In The Globalists End Game? 

By Stefan Stanford – All News Pipeline – Live Free Or Die


The ‘great freakout’ has begun.

While the twitter hashtag #CancelEverything trended for much of Wednesday night after the NBA season was cancelled, President Trump announced flights from Europe into America would be ‘temporarily’ halted by Friday and Americans who hadn’t been paying attention finally began to realize that a full-fledged pandemic had been unleashed upon our nation, some of doctors worst fears have been confirmed with reports COVID-19 can survive in the air for up to 3 hours, live on surfaces for up to 3 days with doctors also now warning this coronavirus is 10 times more lethal than the seasonal flu.

With the media’s of China, Russia and Iran now pushing a ‘conspiracy theory’ that COVID-19 is a US biological weapon despite the fact that this pandemic began in Wuhan, China, home to one of China’s most top secret bioweapons laboratories, warnings from a Harvard epidemiologist that coronavirus will likely infect between 40% and 70% of the world this year also trended on twitter on Thursday morning, awakening the masses just partially to the ‘new reality‘ that Americans and the world will face in 2020. 

As Natural News had reported in this recent story, with the state of New York activating the National Guard and erecting a ‘coronavirus containment zone’ around the small city of New Rochelle, just the first of likely many to come in the days, weeks and months ahead should America not get this outbreak under control, the show ‘Containment’ helps us to understand that any estimate of just how short or how long a ‘medical martial law lock down’ might really last is sure to change, with estimates of two weeks sure to change to a month and then 3 months and possibly even longer should this thing explode in America. And with COVID-19 taking very little time to go from just breaking out to ‘endemic’ in the state of Washington, many have warned that this is how the globalists could complete their lockdown of America and the world with forced vaccinations, medical martial law and tyranny ahead.

So while we’ll absolutely pray that theory is wrong, as we’ll explore within this ANP story, with health authorities in the state of Ohio believing perhaps 100,000 residents of the state have the virus via community spread without even knowing it and Ohio just one US state of 50, and now Congress being warned 150 million Americans will likely get the disease, there could already potentially be a million or more Americans who have already been infected, have no idea they’ve been infected, and are walking around spreading it to others. A disaster in the making. 

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The new story out on Thursday over at the Daily Mail titled “Coronavirus can live in patients for up to FIVE WEEKS after they first fall ill – more than twice as long as the recommended 14-day isolation period” helps to explain why this beast will spread rapidly here in America and is likely already doing so. 

Patients sickened with coronavirus may be infectious for up to five weeks after they first fall ill, a new study has found.

Researchers from China discovered that people could live with virus in their respiratory tracts for as long as 37 days. That’s 2.5 times as long as the mandatory two-week isolation period required by most healthcare experts.

It comes on the heels of the World Health Organization finally declaring the global outbreak to be a pandemic on Wednesday.


For the study, published in The Lancet, 191 patients from two hospitals in Wuhan – the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak – were studied.

The team used electronic medical records to collect demographic data as well as laboratory data.

Researchers detected the RNA of the virus – which carries the genetic information – in respiratory samples from patients for a median of 20 days after they first becoming sick.

The shortest amount of time someone was infectious was eight days and the longest amount of time was 37 days.


With that study likely helping to explain why there may be up to 100,000 cases of undiagnosed coronavirus in the state of Ohio alone this very moment as reported in the Daily Mail due to so-called ‘community spread’ with only 5 people officially diagnosed with coronavirus in the state, if those numbers are repeated from state to state across America, there could be millions of Americans walking around with coronavirus already, completely undiagnosed, and spreading it to others to ‘wash, rinse and repeat’ the hellish cycle. 

Ohio has estimated it has more than 100,000 undiagnosed cases of coronavirus, after the virus was detected in people that had not traveled to affected areas.

The state’s director of health, Dr Amy Acton, who is also a licensed physician, warned the virus was moving through the population via ‘community spread’ as state governors moved to close all schools from Kindergaten to K-12 on Monday.

The northern state, which has a population of 11.7 million, has only reported five cases of COVID-19 so far. Two have contracted the virus via ‘community spread’.

Warning of the rapid spread of the disease from the Ohio General Assembly in Columbus yesterday, Dr Acton said: ‘I know it is hard to understand COVID-19 since we can’t see it, but we know that one per cent of our population is carrying this virus today. That’s more than 100,000 people.’

With the so-called ‘super rich’ now bugging out to their disaster bunkers as the Guardian reports in this new story hopefully giving a hint to those who think that COVID-19 is only a ‘hoax’ to usher in medical tyranny here in America that it is something real that we should prepare for, we still can’t overlook the possibility that this ‘outbreak’ will be used by tyrants to usher in global martial law.

And with potentially large parts of America to be completely locked down in the days ahead, including confirmed reports of all public schools here in the state of Maryland as well as those in Ohio and Michigan being shut down, it’s long been warned that when the ‘elite’ begin to ‘bug out’, it’s time for those who haven’t been paying attention to wake up because time is running out. And now, the ‘elite’ are ‘bugging out’. From the Guardian.: 

Like hundreds of thousands of people across the world, the super-rich are preparing to self-isolate in the face of an escalation in the coronavirus crisis. But their plans extend far beyond stocking up on hand sanitiser and TV boxsets.

The world’s richest people are chartering private jets to set off for holiday homes or specially prepared disaster bunkers in countries that, so far, appear to have avoided the worst of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Many are understood to be taking personal doctors or nurses on their flights to treat them and their families in the event that they become infected. The wealthy are also besieging doctors in private clinics in Harley Street, London, and across the world, demanding private coronavirus tests.

Robert Vicino, founder and chief executive of Vivos Group, a California-based company constructing underground shelters designed to withstand a range of natural disasters and catastrophes, said his firm had seen a surge in inquiries and sales since the crisis took hold.

Vivos has converted a a cold war bunker in Indiana into accommodation for 80 people, and is offering space in 575 concrete bunkers in an abandoned second world war ordnance depot in South Dakota.


So while most of us aren’t able to jet off to our disaster bunkers in some far away places, far from the unfolding madness, we’re still able to buckle in for a bumpy ride ahead and while New York governor Andrew Cuomo recently banned gatherings of 500 or more people in New York in an attempt to cut the spread of this  beast in the state of New York, that still potentially puts 10’s of millions in New York in the ‘line of fire’ of coronavirus as, should only 1 person in that gathering of 499 people be positive for the virus, it’s likely to spread much further anyways. 

As this shocking new story over at the Daily Mail reports, while only 5 people in the state of Ohio had been officially diagnosed with coronavirus, doctors believe over 100,000 Ohio residents might be infected with the disease via community transmission, having no idea what-so-ever they’ve been infected, yet contagious to others. 

How many more such situations are going on now here in America? Please join us in prayer for the people of America.

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Globalists Look To Exploit Coronavirus In Push For Global Government

By Brandon Smith/Activist Post February 24, 2020

Once you understand the globalist mindset, almost everything they do becomes rather robotic and predictable.  It should not be surprising that the World Health Organization (WHO), a branch of the United Nations, has been so aggressive in cheerleading for the Chinese government and its response to the coronavirus outbreak.

After all, China’s communist surveillance state model is a beta test for the type of centralization that the UN wants for the entire planet. They certainly aren’t going to point out that it was China’s totalitarian system that allowed the outbreak to spread from the very beginning.

Even now Xi Jinping is trying to rewrite history, claiming that he had been swift in responding to the crisis more than a month before he actually did.  The lie that the coronavirus mutated naturally in a food and animal market in Wuhan continues to be peddled by the mainstream media even though no evidence supporting this claim exists.  

And China is still releasing rigged death and infection numbers while they have over 600 million people under martial law lockdown and their crematoriums continue pumping out the fumes of the dead 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Brave health workers like Li Wenliang, who was punished by the government for warning about the virus in December, have died in the process of trying to fight against the centralized behemoth just to get vital information to the world, but that never happened, right? 

It was actually president Xi and the CPC that saved the day. The WHO and the CPC say so. You’ll never hear the UN praise the efforts of Li Wenliang; they want his name to disappear down the memory hole as much as the Chinese government does.

The developing narrative is a familiar one – Local officials “stifled” the response to the outbreak while the centralized national leadership put things back on track with extreme control measures that have turned the Hubei province into a veritable internment camp. 

Whatever you do, don’t point out that it was the national government’s habit of imprisoning health officials that release “false information” that led to the delayed reaction on the coronavirus. 

Also, don’t point out that ground zero for the outbreak is just down the road from the largest Level 4 Biohazard Lab in Asia, because that would make you a “conspiracy theorist”.

The message being pounded into the public consciousness is clear: “Shut up and accept that Centralization works”. Even when it fails miserably, it is still the answer to all our problems. All we have to do is “adjust” the historical record a little bit every time the system breaks and then institute even MORE centralization in response.

In other words, if the interdependent and draconian top-down structure of the globalist state leads to crisis, then it is because it was not centralized ENOUGH. Centralization always begets more centralization.

The financial fascist system of central banking and corporate oligarchy leads to the socialist welfare state, and the socialist welfare state leads to the surveillance state, the surveillance state leads to the martial law state, and the martial law state leads to full-on global governance; an endless elitist empire.

The failings of centralization have caused numerous problems long before it led to a potential pandemic. The pandemic simply clarifies the issue. For example, the breakdown in the global supply chain is becoming a bigger threat by the day.  The Baltic Dry Index a measure of shipping rates as well as global demand for goods, has essentially collapsed.  

This should have been the first warning sign that the supply chain was in trouble, but the mainstream doesn’t pay attention to the fundamentals, only stock markets.  Enter Apple, one of the largest companies in the world, which has now abandoned its projections for 2020 and finally admitted that the shutdown of Chinese factories may just be a problem. 

Some mentally challenged people out there are scoffing sarcastically at this issue, saying “Oh no, whatever will we do without iPhones…?”.  They don’t grasp the wider implications.  If Apple’s production is going down because of the supply chain disruption then this is a signal that multiple companies and most of the economy are also going down because of supply chain disruptions. It’s not about iPhones, it’s about the bigger picture.

Globalism has led to interdependent economies and nation states that no longer have redundancies in production. We have been forced to rely on production centers on the other side of the world for a vast majority of our goods.

When China shuts down, the US economy loses almost 20% of its supply chain. When Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Vietnam shut down from the virus, you can add another 10% to 15% on top of that. Retailers in the US represent around 70% of GDP. Cut off the supply chain in Asia and retailers lose a vast array of goods to sell. The US economy eventually shuts down also, even if the virus never spreads here.

Some people will argue that we don’t need all the “cheap plastic crap” from Asia anyway, and this situation is a “good thing”. Sorry to break it to you, but America’s economy is built on the selling of cheap plastic crap (along with the selling of the fiat dollar as the world reserve currency). 

Walmart (Chinamart if you discount agricultural products) is the largest employer in the US and the world, after all. Right or wrong, our economic system is so globalized that the fall of the Chinese dominoes will eventually knock down our own dominoes.

But when this disaster occurs and numerous national economies suffer from enforced globalist integration, guess what will happen next? The globalists will ride to our “rescue” with even greater centralization. This was their agenda all along.

Many people in the liberty movement are now aware of the Event 201 simulation, a war game run by globalists in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Economic Forum on a “theoretical” coronavirus pandemic that kills 65 million people. 

This simulation took place only a couple of months before the real thing exploded in China in December. But hey, maybe that’s all just amazing coincidence. 

What concerns me even more is the solution that was presented at the end of Event 201 – the creation of a centralized global financial body that would manage the international response to the outbreak.

Isn’t it amazing how every major catastrophe caused by globalism seems to lead to more globalism? One might start to wonder if some of these events were triggered by incompetence, or if they were deliberately engineered. 

At the very least, crisis events have been allowed to fester unchecked by organizations like the WHO as they continue to write off the coronavirus as a non-issue that is “well under control” by a Chinese government that caused it to spread in the first place.

So here is what is going to happen next:

Best case scenario is that the Western world is mostly unscathed by the virus itself but the economic supply chain suffers major setbacks. The global economy, which was already crashing over the past year due to historic levels of corporate and consumer debt, not to mention faltering exports and freight, is finally tipped over the edge. 

The massive Everything Bubble, fueled by a decade of inflationary central bank stimulus, implodes. Governments respond with totalitarian measures in the name of “protecting the public”.

Globalist institutions like the IMF step in and suggest that frail national monetary systems come under the management of their Special Drawing Rights basket in order to mitigate the debt crisis. Essentially, this is the first step to global governance.

Worst case scenario, the virus spreads throughout the US and Europe and governments respond the same way China’s government has; martial law and full-blown concentration camp culture. This would lead to civil war in the US because we are armed and many people will shoot anyone trying to put us into quarantine camps. Europe is mostly screwed.

The establishment then suggests that paper money be removed from the system because it is a viral spreader. China is already pushing this solution now. Magically, we find ourselves in a cashless society in a matter of a year or two; which is what the globalists have been demanding for years. Everything goes digital, and thus even local economies become completely centralized as private trade dies.

Again, this might be an engineered event, or it might simply be that the globalists are exploiting a natural outbreak. Either way, they are not going to let a good crisis go to waste. Whether or not they succeed is dependent on several factors, but mostly, its dependent on us. 

How many people will buy into the notion that centralization is the answer to out problems? How many people will realize that centralization is the CAUSE of all our problems? And how many people will fight to prevent ultimate centralization under a psychopathic globalist cult?

A viral outbreak is a significant danger to us all, but an even greater threat is the supposed cure. Trading our economic and social freedom in the name of stopping the coronavirus?  No matter how deadly the bug, it’s just not worth it.

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The Entire Western World Is Starting To Shut Down As Authorities Brace For “Millions” Of Coronavirus Cases

March 11, 2020 by Michael Snyder

Since the end of World War II, have we ever seen the entire globe gripped by so much fear?  This week, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. and Europe has absolutely exploded, and authorities all over the western world are rushing to shut down public gatherings of all kinds.  The NCAA has banned fans from upcoming tournament games, the NBA just suspended the entire season because a Utah Jazz player tested positive, and dozens of other sporting events have been canceled all over the planet.  In both the U.S. and Europe, schools are being shut down for weeks, some universities are telling their students not to come back for the rest of the semester, and a whole host of concerts, conferences, festivals and religious gatherings are either being postponed or canceled altogether.  We have never seen anything like this before, and the implications are staggering. 

Keeping everyone at home for a few weeks is one thing.

But what is going to happen if this pandemic just keeps growing for the rest of this calendar year or even longer?

According to NBC News, the attending physician of Congress believes that “70 million to 150 million people in the United States will become infected”…

Dr. Brian Monahan, the attending physician of Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court, said he expects 70 million to 150 million people in the United States will become infected with COVID-19, NBC News reported Wednesday, citing two sources.

Monahan made the comments to Senate staff during a closed-door meeting Tuesday afternoon, according to NBC News.

Right now, there are less than 2,000 confirmed cases in this country and fear is off the charts.

Can you imagine the societal meltdown that will ensue if 70 million Americans get infected?

Dr. Anthony Fauci is also warning that we we should expect to see “more cases” and that things will continue to “get worse”

“I can say we will see more cases and things will get worse than they are right now,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Wednesday at a hearing on the nation’s preparedness for the outbreak.

Unfortunately, these sorts of warnings don’t hit home for many Americans until someone that they personally love is affected.

But now that Tom Hanks and his wife have both tested positive, a lot of people that previously did not take this outbreak seriously are now officially freaking out.

Tom Hanks is one of the most greatly loved actors in America, and this is going to be the moment when a lot of Americans finally wake up and realize that this virus is definitely not “like the flu”.

Over in Europe, things are actually quite a bit worse than they are in the United States right now.  Just like Italy, Denmark has just locked down the entire country, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel continues to warn that 70 percent of the German population could eventually become infected

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that up to 70% of the country’s population – some 58 million people – could contract the coronavirus.

Mrs Merkel made the stark prediction at a news conference on Wednesday alongside Health Minister Jens Spahn.

But it may take a couple of years to get to that number.

So what are we going to do?  Are we actually going to shut down the entire western world for the foreseeable future?

If you go look at the map that Johns Hopkins has put up, the numbers coming out of Europe right now are like something out of a science fiction movie.

And as I discussed yesterday, the U.S. is on the exact same trajectory.

This is definitely a virus that you want to avoid if at all possible.  In many instances it causes devastating damage to the lungs, and even if you survive your lungs may not ever fully recover.

One of the very first confirmed British cases said that the virus hit him “like a train” and had him “in blinding pain for weeks”.

Has the flu ever left you “in blinding pain for weeks”?

Of course not.

And he was one of the fortunate ones that survived.  For those that die, the suffering can be far worse.

I truly don’t understand why there are still people out there that are attempting to downplay this pandemic.  This is a truly insidious virus, and numerous experts are warning that it could eventually kill millions.

As I wrap up this article, I would like to share with you an excerpt from a firsthand account from an American that is right in the middle of the nightmare that is currently unfolding in Italy.  I think that you will find what Christina Higgins posted on her Facebook page to be quite sobering…

When Prime Minister Conte announced last night that the entire country, 60 million people, would go on lock down, the line that struck me most was “there is no more time.” Because to be clear, this national lock down, is a hail mary. What he means is that if the numbers of contagion do not start to go down, the system, Italy, will collapse.

Why? Today the ICUs in Lombardy are at capacity – more than capacity. They have begun to put ICU units in the hallways. If the numbers do not go down, the growth rate of contagion tells us that there will be thousands of people who in a matter of a week? two weeks? who will need care. What will happen when there are 100, or a 1000 people who need the hospital and only a few ICU places left?

On Monday a doctor wrote in the paper that they have begun to have to decide who lives and who dies when the patients show up in the emergency room, like what is done in war. This will only get worse.

There are a finite number of drs, nurses, medical staff and they are getting the virus. They have also been working non-stop, non-stop for days and days. What happens when the drs, nurses and medical staff are simply not able to care for the patients, when they are not there?

And finally for those who say that this is just something that happens to old people, starting yesterday the hospitals are reporting that younger and younger patients – 40, 45, 18, are coming in for treatment.

You have a chance to make a difference and stop the spread in your country. Push for the entire office to work at home today, cancel birthday parties, and other gatherings, stay home as much as you can. If you have a fever, any fever, stay home. Push for school closures, now. Anything you can do to stop the spread, because it is spreading in your communities – there is a two week incubation period – and if you do these things now you can buy your medical system time.

And for those who say it is not possible to close the schools, and do all these other things, locking down Italy was beyond anyone’s imagination a week ago.

Soon you will not have a choice, so do what you can now.

Please share.

No matter how many reassuring press conferences our leaders hold, and no matter what moves global central banks make, most people are going to want to avoid places where they could become infected as long as this virus keeps spreading.

If our normal lives are interrupted for a few weeks, it ultimately won’t be that big of a deal.

But if this crisis just keeps going month after month, it will quickly bring us to the brink of societal collapse.

Let us pray for a miracle, because we definitely need one right now.

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Roman Catholics, Evangelicals, Pagans, Muslims And Buddhists Gather At The ‘Ring Of Peace’ United Nations One World Religion Interfaith Ceremony In Germany

The guiding “light” for this ecumenical extravaganza was the “Ring of Peace.” A 25-foot wooden ring-shaped sculpture was erected by the organizers to be a “permanent, multi-faith symbol” of interfaith cooperation. According to the creators of this modern-day idol, the ring is supposed to represent the wheel of Buddha, the ring of the Prophet Mohammed, the ring of King Solomon and Lessing’s Ring Parable – a story which equates different faiths as one.

by Geoffrey Grider March 9, 2020

All faiths are intertwined and interlinked together, complimenting each other and nurturing the same values that are also Universal values that unites us as One Humanity and Many cultures and many religions.

This happened a little while back in September of 2019, somehow we missed it, but better late than never, right? The official name of this annual gathering is called the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Religions for Peace World Assembly, and it centered around something called the ‘ring of peace’. The idea of the ‘ring of peace’ is finding ‘peace and harmony’ between the world’s religions so they can ‘work together’ to achieve their ‘common goal’ of universal peace and safety. Now let me see, where have we heard that before? Wait, I know!

“For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.” 1 Thessalonians 5:3-6 (KJB)

If it is religion you want, pick one, any one, they are all just as good as the other, and they all take you to the same place. Hell. The Bible tells us that in the days after the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church, during the time of Jacob’s trouble, a man will arrive on the scene and he will bring the world peace, and he’ll do it through religion. That man being, of course, Antichrist.

Here are some remarks from the leader of the event His Excellency Mr. Miguel Angel Moratinos:

  • “I feel very privileged to be launching the sculpture “The Ring For Peace”, a symbolic artwork that sheds light on the theme that is gathering all of us here in Lindau, namely Peace between Religions. I thank Dr. William Vendley, Secretary-General of the Religions for Peace for inviting me. I also thank the Federal Government of Germany for co-organizing this important and timely meeting. Yesterday, I was very glad to meet with my good friend President Frank Walter Steinmeier. I echo what he said in his opening remarks that we should all work for peace and respect. I take the opportunity of this moment and invite you to commit to fulfill this recommendation “work for peace and respect”.”
  • “Afterall, all faiths are intertwined and interlinked together, complimenting each other and nurturing the same values that are also Universal values that unites us as One Humanity and Many cultures and many religions. That is the motto of UNAOC and its raison d’etre.”
  • “This Plan is elaborated in consonance with Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which affirms the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion, noting that this right includes the right of individuals and communities to manifest their religions and beliefs in teaching, practice, worship and observance. It is conceived as an action-oriented framework for action with suggested recommendations to support relevant stakeholders in their efforts to prevent possible attacks against religious sites and enhance preparedness to safeguard religious sites and worshippers. At the same time, this Plan is mindful that Member States have the primary responsibility in protecting their population throughout their territories.” READ MORE

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Religions for Peace 10th World Assembly “Ring for Peace” Ceremony

The guiding “light” for this ecumenical extravaganza was the “Ring of Peace.” A 25-foot wooden ring-shaped sculpture was erected by the organizers to be a “permanent, multi-faith symbol” of interfaith cooperation. According to the creators of this modern-day idol, the ring is supposed to represent the wheel of Buddha, the ring of the Prophet Mohammed, the ring of King Solomon and Lessing’s Ring Parable – a story which equates different faiths as one.

“In many world religions, the ring symbolizes loyalty, truthfulness and honesty. The Buddhist Wheel of Life, the signet ring of the Prophet Mohammed in Islam, the Ring of Solomon in Judaism or Lessing’s Ring Parable, are only a few examples.”

“As a ’round whole,’ equal and absolute in itself, the ring symbolizes the complementary and mutually completing nature of world religions, whose unity embodies the entirety of the consciousness.

This ceremony celebrates the “mutually completing” and “complimentary” nature of all the religions of the world. In other words, this is a call to all people of different faith systems to appreciate, cooperate, accept and praise each other. The “Ring of Peace” is a monument to every deity known to man – Jesus, Allah, Shiva, Buddha, Brahma, Ganesha, Mahavira, Vishnu, Durga and a thousand other gods.

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China’s New Silk Road Strategy and the Middle East

By Dr. Mordechai Chaziza March 8, 2020

BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,473, March 8, 2020

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: In recent years, the People’s Republic of China has significantly increased its economic and diplomatic engagement with the Middle East. Most of Beijing’s investment in the region focuses on energy, infrastructure construction, nuclear power, new energy sources, agriculture, and finance. These investments serve not only China’s interests but also those of Middle Eastern countries hoping to boost their economies as a means of strengthening social stability.

Outside the Asia-Pacific, the Middle East is likely the most critical region in the world for China, connecting it to the Mediterranean and Europe. It is a critical source of much-needed energy resources and an area of expanding economic ties. In turn, Middle Eastern countries see Beijing as the most important world capital after Washington because of China’s considerable economic power.

China’s policy toward the Middle East is necessarily defined within a complex regional context that involves a multitude of local rivalries enmeshed with serious great power competition. The Chinese policy is to maintain a balance among several priorities that are at times in conflict. These priorities are to:

  • maintain mutual respect between China and each regional state, which means honoring one another’s territorial integrity and sovereignty and agreeing not to interfere in each other’s internal affairs;
  • maintain a peaceful and stable environment for the advancement of China’s modernization drive, promotion of development, and improvement of its people’s livelihood;
  • maintain a peaceful environment in the Middle East, in line with the above, to protect Beijing’s regional interests;
  • maintain good relations with all countries in the region; and finally,
  • avoid a major confrontation with the US while limiting its regional hegemony and promoting regional as well as global multi-polarity.

In keeping with this policy, China seeks to forge a mutual interdependency with the countries of the region in sectors such as energy, construction and infrastructure projects—in other words, to leverage its economic strength to make the new Silk Road a success.

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a sprawling framework of trade and commercial ties between China and various world regions, is the flagship foreign policy of the Xi administration and its most significant diplomatic and economic activity of the 21st century. It seeks to open up new markets and secure global supply chains to help generate sustained Chinese economic growth and thereby contribute to social stability at home.

The initiative has both land-based and maritime components. The different sub-branches of the Silk Road Economic Belt (a series of land-based infrastructure projects including roads, railways, and pipelines) and the 21st-century Maritime Silk Road (made up of ports and coastal development) would create a multinational network connecting China to Europe and Africa via the Middle East. This will facilitate trade, improve access to foreign energy resources, and give China access to new markets. The two schemes are inseparable, and they are meant to be implemented in parallel.

The Middle East is situated at the physical heart of the BRI. Not only do the three continents of Asia, Africa, and Europe meet there, but the Mediterranean, the Red Sea, the Arabian Sea, the Caspian Sea, and the Black Sea also converge there. It is adjacent to the four strategic maritime channels of the Bosporus, the Dardanelles, Bab el-Mandeb, and the Hormuz Strait. The region contains diverse and complex humanitarian, religious, and ethnic factors, and its significant energy resources mean it will play a decisive role in the building of the BRI. This region will also play a major role in security coordination, economic cooperation, and cultural exchanges under the BRI framework.

The BRI is at the core of China’s diplomatic encounter with Middle East countries, a point repeatedly emphasized by Beijing officials. The Silk Road strategy thus provides new momentum for the economic transformation of the Middle East. Despite challenges, risks can be turned into opportunities as long as China faces up to them squarely and responds positively.

In the past two decades, major changes in the global economy and geopolitical trends have paralleled China’s ascent. These developments are creating new opportunities for Middle East countries as they look to diversify or rebuild their economies, increase trade, and seek investment opportunities in emerging markets. There is a growing tendency among the countries of the region to see China’s favorable business conditions, expertise, and experience as a path to economic development, a view that has led them to look favorably on the BRI and wish to incorporate it into their national development plans.

Chinese trade with the Middle East has sharply increased in recent years, making it the region’s largest trade partner. The two sides have deepened cooperation in the fields of energy, trade, project contracting, and investment. According to China Customs Statistics (export-import), China-Middle Eastern countries’ trade volume increased to $294.4 billion by 2019, up from $227 billion in 2018.

The Middle East also accounts for more than 40% of China’s oil imports and is a key supplier of the country’s liquefied natural gas. Forty-five countries supplied crude oil to China, but close to half (44.1%) of Chinese imported crude originates from just nine Middle Eastern nations, and six Persian Gulf states are among the top 15 crude oil suppliers to Beijing. This energy relationship is set to continue as Middle Eastern exporters look to East Asia in general and China in particular as a reliable long-term energy export market. The International Energy Agency (IEA) expects Beijing to double its oil imports from the region by 2035.

According to the China Global Investment Tracker, Beijing’s investments in the Middle Eastern states from 2013 to 2019 reached $93.3 billion. Most are in the energy sector ($52.8 billion), real estate ($18.4 billion), transport ($18.6 billion), and utilities ($5.9 billion). This is important for the Middle Eastern countries as they are all under pressure to create more diverse economies, and so are embarking upon massive infrastructure and construction projects. Chinese firms are uniquely well-positioned to take advantage of this, and an aggressive approach to infrastructure development is driving much of the BRI.

Moreover, Chinese companies are operating directly in the Middle East, often focusing on projects that lend themselves to the BRI’s goal of connectivity. Ports and industrial parks have been central to such cooperation, as they create an economic chain that links China to the Gulf, the Arabian Sea, the Red Sea, and the Mediterranean. Examples include the UAE’s Khalifa Port, Oman’s Duqm Port, Saudi Arabia’s Jizan Port, Egypt’s Port Said, and Israel’s Ashdod and Haifa ports. Chinese companies are also likely to play a significant role in reconstruction projects in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen. The Gulf monarchies have been major sources of infrastructure construction contracts for Chinese companies, such as those for Qatar’s Lusail Stadium, Saudi Arabia’s Yanbu Refinery, and the high-speed rail line that connects Jeddah with Mecca and Medina.

In the wake of the Arab uprisings and civil wars, the Middle Eastern countries are under pressure to rebuild their economies and boost growth to assuage domestic conflict and avoid being left behind in the wave of globalization. To this end, they have been actively rolling out plans for rehabilitation and long-term development. Comprehensive and upgraded Chinese engagement will provide a new impetus for regional economic growth.

China and the Middle Eastern countries have a common interest in integrating and synergizing the Belt and Road Initiative with major initiatives for national rejuvenation. These include Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, UAE’s Vision 2021, Jordan’s Vision 2025, Turkey’s Middle Corridor, Egypt’s Vision 2030 and Suez Canal Corridor Development Project, Oman’s Vision 2020, and Kuwait’s Vision 2035.

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The Bible Says That There Will Be “Pestilences” In The Last Days

March 8, 2020 by Michael Snyder

Jesus specifically warned us that there would be “pestilences” in the end times, and so if we really are approaching the time of His return this is one of the things that we should be watching for.  Of course we don’t know if COVID-19 is one of the “pestilences” that Jesus was referring to, but in recent days it has greatly distressed me to see so many Christians attempting to downplay the severity of this virus.  The number of confirmed cases and the global death toll have both been rising at an exponential rate day after day, and experts are warning that over half of the population of the world could eventually get this virus, but so many voices out there are boldly assuring people that they don’t have anything to be concerned about even though they don’t have any medical credentials at all.  Personally, I think that it pays to listen to the experts during a crisis like this, and the experts are telling us that millions could soon die.  In fact, as you will see below, a doctor that sat on the White House Homeland Security Council is saying that this is the most “frightening disease” that he has ever encountered.  After everything that we have already learned about this virus, anyone that is not taking this pandemic seriously is not being wise.

But is this just another pandemic that will come and go, or is this one of the “pestilences” that we were warned about almost 2000 years ago?

In Luke chapter 21, Jesus explained to His disciples what conditions would be like just prior to His return, and in verse 11 He specifically warned that there would be “pestilences”.  The following comes from the King James Version…

11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

We have definitely seen a rise in seismic activity in recent years, billions of locusts are devouring crops from eastern Africa all the way to China right now, and Australia just had the worst harvest season that they have ever recorded.

So it is interesting to note that the stage is being set for some of the other signs that Jesus mentioned at the very same time that this coronavirus outbreak is starting to spiral out of control.

Only time will tell if COVID-19 is truly one of the “pestilences” that Jesus was referring to, but at this point it has become exceedingly clear that we should all be taking it very seriously.

This virus jumps from person to person with incredible ease, and it has a death rate that is about 34 times higher than the ordinary flu.  In fact, the death rate for COVID-19 is actually higher than the death rate during the Spanish Flu pandemic.  And let us never forget that the Spanish Flu pandemic killed between 50 million and 100 million people from 1918 to 1920.

I do not understand why anyone would possibly want to try to downplay this outbreak, and those that are doing so could end up greatly contributing to the spread of this virus.

Proverbs 22:3 says this…

A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.

Fortunately for us, this outbreak started on the other side of the globe and so we had some time to prepare before it got here.

But now the number of confirmed cases inside the United States is starting to explode, and we are being warned that millions could die.

So will you be like the prudent man in the Book of Proverbs?

Sadly, a lot of people out there don’t seem to grasp the seriousness of what we are potentially facing.

According to Dr.Richard Hatchett, “50 – 70 percent of the global population” could eventually end up catching this virus…

An infectious diseases expert at the forefront of the search for a coronavirus vaccine said on Friday that it was the most “frightening disease“ he’s ever encountered, and that “war is an appropriate analogy” for what the country is facing, as “50 – 70 percent of the global population” may become infected.

Dr. Richard Hatchett, who sat on the White House Homeland Security Council in 2005 – 2006 and was a principal author of the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Implementation Plan, and currently heads the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, told the UK’s Channel 4:

This is the most frightening disease I’ve ever encountered in my career, and that includes Ebola, it includes MERS, it includes SARS. And it’s frightening because of the combination of infectiousness and a lethality that appears to be manyfold higher than flu.”

That sure sounds like a “global pestilence” to me.

Let us pray that he is completely wrong.

But as we pray, it will also be important for us to take recommended precautions.  During an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press”, Dr. Anthony Fauci warned that the elderly and those with “underlying conditions” will need to make adjustments to their lifestyles immediately…

“If you are an elderly person with an underlying condition, if you get infected, the risk of getting into trouble is considerable. So it’s our responsibility to protect the vulnerable,” he said.

“When I say ‘protect,’ I mean right now. Not wait until things get worse. Say no large crowds, no long trips. And above all, don’t get on a cruise ship.”

Personally, I think that is great advice for all of us.

If you have family members or friends that are not taking this outbreak seriously, you need to try to get through to them.

According to documents that have been leaked to the public, U.S. hospitals “are preparing for 96 million coronavirus infections”…

US hospitals are preparing for 96 million coronavirus infections and nearly half a million deaths from the outbreak, leaked documents have revealed.

The spread of the deadly disease could be far worse than officials claim, with 480,000 Americans expected to die from the virus and 4.8 million hospitalized, according to a presentation hosted by The American Hospital Association (AHA) in February.

Of course there are some experts that are warning that this outbreak will be even worse, and if that happens we could be facing a societal meltdown of epic proportions.

For years, Bible-believing Christians all over America have been preaching that Jesus is coming back soon.

And for years, we have seen so many other pieces of the end times prophetic scenario start to come together.

Now a global pestilence has erupted, and in Luke 21 we were specifically warned to watch for “pestilences” in the last days.

Once again, only time will tell if COVID-19 is one of those “pestilences”, but without a doubt all of us should be taking this virus very, very seriously.

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