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THE GLOBAL ELITES ARE CALLING IT ‘THE GREAT RESET’ AND IT IS EXACTLY WHAT END TIMES BOOKS AND MOVIES HAVE BEEN WARNING YOU ABOUT FOR DECADES

The COVID-19 pandemic represents a rare but narrow window of opportunity to reflect, reimagine, and reset our world to create a healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous future in the Great Reset.

We are living in an amazing time, a time foretold within the pages of the bible, and we have been privileged to watch them leap off the pages and into our daily lives. Prophecy is being fulfilled before our very eyes, and it is awesome. But there is so much happening, with myriad events coming from seemingly unconnected places yet they are all connected and all part of the same plan. The global elites who run things have been kind enough to give it a name, they call it ‘The Great Reset’, and it is the New World Order. It has arrived. Here’s what you need to know.

“And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.” Revelation 17:12-14 (KJB)

Think about COVID-19, the lockdowns, the economic crashes, the mandatory mask wearing, the race riotsANTIFAID2020Bill GatesBlack Lives Matter, the Declaration Of Human FraternityChrislam, ponder for a moment on all of it. When you have wrapped your head around all those things, now wrap your head around this. Everything we have been experiencing, it is all part of the Great Reset, and it is all driving towards the same outcome. That is, the resetting of the entire world to prepare the people for the arrival of Antichrist. That’s how close we are to seeing him step out of the shadows and onto the world stage.

“Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 (KJB)

Paul our apostle tells us that two things need to take place before the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church can happen. First, there will be a great falling away from teaching and preaching bible doctrine, that has already taken place and gets worse every day. Second, the ‘man of sin’ needs to be revealed, the man who will receive the spirit of Antichrist which will transform him into the son of perdition. Paul says the Church will see that man revealed in his pre-satanic state. I believe we have already seen him, I could be wrong, but that’s my best guess. In any event, the Rapture of the Church remains at this hour a mere kitten’s whisker away from taking place.

Please be sitting with your seats locked in the upright position, Flight #777 is preparing for takeoff. This is not a game, be ready for what comes next. We are going to see some strange and terrifying things before we fly. Count on it.

THIS IS THE NEW WORLD ORDER, IT HAS ARRIVED.

Now is the time for a ‘great reset’

FROM WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM: COVID-19 lockdowns may be gradually easing, but anxiety about the world’s social and economic prospects is only intensifying. There is good reason to worry: a sharp economic downturn has already begun, and we could be facing the worst depression since the 1930s. But, while this outcome is likely, it is not unavoidable.

To achieve a better outcome, the world must act jointly and swiftly to revamp all aspects of our societies and economies, from education to social contracts and working conditions. Every country, from the United States to China, must participate, and every industry, from oil and gas to tech, must be transformed. In short, we need a “Great Reset” of capitalism.

THERE ARE MANY REASONS TO PURSUE A GREAT RESET, BUT THE MOST URGENT IS COVID-19. HAVING ALREADY LED TO HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DEATHS, THE PANDEMIC REPRESENTS ONE OF THE WORST PUBLIC-HEALTH CRISES IN RECENT HISTORY. AND, WITH CASUALTIES STILL MOUNTING IN MANY PARTS OF THE WORLD, IT IS FAR FROM OVER.

This will have serious long-term consequences for economic growth, public debt, employment, and human wellbeing. According to the Financial Times, global government debt has already reached its highest level in peacetime. Moreover, unemployment is skyrocketing in many countries: in the US, for example, one in four workers have filed for unemployment since mid-March, with new weekly claims far above historic highs. The International Monetary Fund expects the world economy to shrink by 3% this year – a downgrade of 6.3 percentage points in just four months.

ALL OF THIS WILL EXACERBATE THE CLIMATE AND SOCIAL CRISES THAT WERE ALREADY UNDERWAY. SOME COUNTRIES HAVE ALREADY USED THE COVID-19 CRISIS AS AN EXCUSE TO WEAKEN ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS AND ENFORCEMENT. AND FRUSTRATIONS OVER SOCIAL ILLS LIKE RISING INEQUALITY – US BILLIONAIRES’ COMBINED WEALTH HAS INCREASED DURING THE CRISIS – ARE INTENSIFYING.

Left unaddressed, these crises, together with COVID-19, will deepen and leave the world even less sustainable, less equal, and more fragile. Incremental measures and ad hoc fixes will not suffice to prevent this scenario. We must build entirely new foundations for our economic and social systems. 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.

Likewise, populations have overwhelmingly shown a willingness to make sacrifices for the sake of health-care and other essential workers and vulnerable populations, such as the elderly. And many companies have stepped up to support their workers, customers, and local communities, in a shift toward the kind of stakeholder capitalism to which they had previously paid lip service.

Clearly, the will to build a better society does exist. We must use it to secure the Great Reset that we so badly need. That will require stronger and more effective governments, though this does not imply an ideological push for bigger ones. And it will demand private-sector engagement every step of the way.

THE CORONAVIRUS PLANNEDEMIC IS AN ACT OF WAR DESIGNED TO CRASH THE GLOBAL ECONOMIES AND BRING IN THE NEW WORLD ORDER WITH A DIGITAL ID

The Great Reset agenda would have three main components.

The first would steer the market toward fairer outcomes. To this end, governments should improve coordination (for example, in tax, regulatory, and fiscal policy), upgrade trade arrangements, and create the conditions for a “stakeholder economy.” At a time of diminishing tax bases and soaring public debt, governments have a powerful incentive to pursue such action.

Moreover, governments should implement long-overdue reforms that promote more equitable outcomes. Depending on the country, these may include changes to wealth taxes, the withdrawal of fossil-fuel subsidies, and new rules governing intellectual property, trade, and competition.

The second component of a Great Reset agenda would ensure that investments advance shared goals, such as equality and sustainability. Here, the large-scale spending programs that many governments are implementing represent a major opportunity for progress. The European Commission, for one, has unveiled plans for a €750 billion ($826 billion) recovery fund. The US, China, and Japan also have ambitious economic-stimulus plans.

THE GREAT RESET OF THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM

Rather than using these funds, as well as investments from private entities and pension funds, to fill cracks in the old system, we should use them to create a new one that is more resilient, equitable, and sustainable in the long run. This means, for example, building “green” urban infrastructure and creating incentives for industries to improve their track record on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) metrics.

The third and final priority of a Great Reset agenda is to harness the innovations of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to support the public good, especially by addressing health and social challenges. During the COVID-19 crisis, companies, universities, and others have joined forces to develop diagnostics, therapeutics, and possible vaccines; establish testing centers; create mechanisms for tracing infections; and deliver telemedicine. Imagine what could be possible if similar concerted efforts were made in every sector.

The COVID-19 crisis is affecting every facet of people’s lives in every corner of the world. But tragedy need not be its only legacy. On the contrary, the pandemic represents a rare but narrow window of opportunity to reflect, reimagine, and reset our world to create a healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous future.

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ANTIFA AND BLM RIOTERS ARE NOW COAST-TO-COAST AND THREATENING SUBURBAN AREAS AS DEMONIC TRAIL OF VIOLENCE AND BLOODSHED LEAVES 12 DEAD SO FAR

More than 20,000 National Guard members have been called up in 29 states to deal with the violence. New York is not among them. De Blasio has said he does not want the Guard, and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said he will not send it into the city against the mayor’s wishes. During the violence that gripped communities from coast to coast again on Monday night, police officers were shot, run over and showered with rocks and bottles.

by Geoffrey Grider June 2, 2020

The majority of those who have died in the riots at the hands of ANTIFA were black, which is a stunning statistic when you consider that ANTIFA is mostly white.

Do you see this as an ‘organic movement to protest police violence’? I see nothing of the kind. I see rioters, looters, thieves, assaulters and all manner of degenerate humanity being sent in as an ersatz military force by the global elites to tear society down to shreds, so that a New World Order can rise up in its place. This is nothing to do with the death of George Floyd, and everything to do with the rising, lawless spirit of Antichrist.

“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.” Romans 1:28-32– (KJB)

When was the last time you read about a ‘peace movement’ that had a death toll? Unless you are talking about Islamic terrorism and their bogus ‘religion of peace’ nonsense, you’d have to concede that members of a ‘peace movement’ causing the death of other people is an idea diametrically opposed to the concept of peace. ANTIFA and BLM have no intentions of stopping, and I highly urge you to take common sense precautions as the riots spread. Do not stop on the road if ANTIFA blocks the traffic, do not walk down any city streets without carrying legal firearms protection, should you meet up with the rioters, take them at face value and proceed accordingly. The majority of those who have died in the riots at the hands of ANTIFA were black, which is a stunning statistic when you consider that ANTIFA is mostly white. Hmm….

“And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.” Daniel 12:9,10 (KJB)

You still need me to spell it out for you? Sure, here you go. What you are seeing is the rise of the spirit of Antichrist who is preparing to make an entrance quite soon, consider this the warm-up act. Honestly, you may not get much more of a warning than that.

A Sample Of Those Have Been Killed In The Riots Thus Far:

  • David McAtee was a 53-year-old African American.
  • Dave Patrick Underwood was a police officer.
  • Chris Beaty a former offensive lineman for Indiana University.
  • Italia Kelly 22, who was shot Monday while leaving a protest outside a Walmart.
  • Calvin L. Horton Jr. was fatally shot outside a pawn shop last week.
  • James Scurlock, a 22-year-old black man.
  • A 21-year-old man was killed in downtown Detroit.
  • Two people were killed during unrest Monday in the suburb of Cicero. source

A Florida sheriff recommended homeowners shoot any looters who attempt to break into their homes during a press briefing Monday.

“I WOULD TELL THEM, IF YOU VALUE YOUR LIFE, THEY PROBABLY SHOULDN’T DO THAT IN POLK COUNTY,” POLK COUNTY SHERIFF GRADY JUDD SAID, ACCORDING TO FOX 13 TAMPA BAY. “BECAUSE THE PEOPLE OF POLK COUNTY LIKE GUNS, THEY HAVE GUNS, I ENCOURAGE THEM TO OWN GUNS, AND THEY’RE GOING TO BE IN THEIR HOMES TONIGHT WITH THEIR GUNS LOADED.” SOURCE

About a dozen deaths have been reported around the country over the past week.

FROM THE AP: In New York on Monday night, people smashed shop windows near Rockefeller Center and breached the doors of Macy’s flagship store on 34th Street despite the first curfew in the city in decades. Police said nearly 700 people were arrested and several officers injured in the overnight violence.

New York and other cities braced for more trouble after nightfall Tuesday, with Mayor Bill de Blasio extending an 8 p.m. curfew all week.

“WE’RE GOING TO HAVE A TOUGH FEW DAYS,” HE WARNED, BUT ADDED: “WE’RE GOING TO BEAT IT BACK.” HE SAID HE WOULD DO THAT WITH THE HELP OF COMMUNITY LEADERS, URGING THEM TO STEP FORWARD: “CREATE PEACE. … STAND UP.”

More than 20,000 National Guard members have been called up in 29 states to deal with the violence. New York is not among them. De Blasio has said he does not want the Guard, and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said he will not send it into the city against the mayor’s wishes.

During the violence that gripped communities from coast to coast again on Monday night, police officers were shot, run over and showered with rocks and bottles.

In Atlanta, police fired tear gas at demonstrators. In Nashville, more than 60 National Guard members put down their riot shields at the request of peaceful protesters. And at a demonstration in Buffalo, New York, an SUV plowed into a group of officers, injuring three.

An officer was shot and gravely wounded as police tried to disperse a crowd outside a Las Vegas hotel and casino. Four officers were shot in St. Louis; they were expected to recover.

“WE HAVE BEEN SITTING ON A POWDER KEG FOR SOME TIME AND IT HAS BURST,” PHILADELPHIA POLICE COMMISSIONER DANIELLE OUTLAW SAID.

In Philadelphia, where hundreds of protesters spilled onto a highway in the heart of the city, Mayor Jim Kenney described a chaotic night in which one person was killed attempting to use explosives to open an ATM, a gun shop owner fatally shot a would-be thief, and a 19-year-old died of injuries during looting.

About a dozen other deaths have been reported around the country over the past week. Some protesters framed the burgeoning movement as a necessity after a string of killings by police.

“I fear for my safety every time I get in the car to go for a drive. I fear of getting pulled over. I fear for all 10 of my brothers’ and sisters’ lives, for my parents’ lives!” 19-year-old Amari Burroughs of Parkland, Florida, said Tuesday as she prepared for another protest. “My goal is to use my voice and my leadership to make this world safer so that one day I can bring children here and won’t have to fear for their safety.”

Outside the Minnesota Capitol in St. Paul, where a youth protest was held Tuesday, 18-year-old Joseph Tawah agreed.

“IT’S REALLY HARD NOT TO FEEL AFRAID,” HE SAID.

More than 5,600 people nationwide have been arrested over the past week for such offenses as stealing, blocking highways and breaking curfew, according to a count by The Associated Press.

In Richmond, Virginia, several hundred people gathered outside City Hall on Tuesday, shouting down Mayor Levar Stoney, who apologized for police lobbing tear gas at peaceful demonstrators.

“WHERE WERE YOU LAST NIGHT WHEN WE WERE BEING TEAR-GASSED?” A WOMAN YELLED. “WHERE WERE YOU? WHERE WERE YOU? WHERE WERE YOU?” THE CROWD CHANTED.

Meanwhile, Democratic governors and mayors rejected Trump’s threat to send in the military, questioning whether the federal government has such authority and warning that such a step would be incendiary.

De Blasio said military troops would create “a dangerous scenario,” while Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock likewise warned such a move would just lead to more violence and destruction.

“Denver is not Little Rock in 1957, and Donald Trump is not President Eisenhower. This is a time for healing, for bringing people together, and the best way to protect civil rights is to move away from escalating violence,” they said in a statement, referring to Eisenhower’s use of troops to enforce school desegregation in the South.

Even some in the president’s own party rebuffed the idea, including Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, who said his state has what it needs.

“The military is here to protect and defend this country. We don’t have that need here in this state,” he said.

A senior White House official said Tuesday that despite Trump’s threats, the goal was to pressure governors to deploy more National Guard members. The president is not rushing to use the Insurrection Act to send in the military, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The unrest in Minneapolis, meanwhile, appeared to stabilize on the same day Floyd’s brother made an impassioned plea for peace at the spot where a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, put his knee on the handcuffed black man’s neck for several minutes, even after he stopped moving and pleading for air.

Chauvin has been charged with murder. Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said Tuesday that prosecutors were working as fast as they can to determine if the three other officers at the scene should be charged too. All four have been fired. Floyd’s family was expected to join a march in Houston on Tuesday.

The state of Minnesota opened an investigation into whether the Minneapolis Police Department has a pattern of discrimination against minorities. Cities struggled to keep police in line and avoid instances of excessive force.

The police chief in Louisville, Kentucky, was fired after a restaurant owner was killed by police and National Guard members enforcing a curfew. In Richmond, the police chief said officers who used tear gas on a group of peaceful protesters would be disciplined. In Atlanta, six officers were charged Tuesday after a video showed authorities dragging two young people from a car during protests.

Sending the military into the states would mark a stunning federal intervention rarely seen in modern American history. It drew comparisons to 1968, when Richard Nixon ran as the law-and-order candidate in the aftermath of riots following the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Federal law allows presidents to dispatch the military into states to suppress an insurrection or if a state is defying federal law, legal experts said. But some state officials asserted that the president does not have a unilateral right to send in troops against the will of local governments.

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IT BEGINS: DOMESTIC TERROR GROUPS ANTIFA AND BLACK LIVES MATTER HAVE BEGUN A 20-CITY CAMPAIGN OF ARSON, LOOTING AND BOMBING OF BUSINESSES

Reginald Denny was a truck driver who had the bad fortune of driving his truck along the same streets where people were protesting the treatment by police of Rodney King back in 1992. Denny had nothing to do with that, he was just a commercial truck driver on his route. When he stopped his truck as the protesters formed a line across the road, he was pulled out of his truck, and beaten into a coma. I want you to remember that as you are driving in the coming days through the streets of your city. Whatever you do, do not stop your vehicle should Black Lives Matter or ANTIFA terrorists try to block your movement. It is highly likely your windows will be smashed and you will be pulled out and beaten.

by Geoffrey Grider May 29, 2020

Take a look at the following scenes of the terror campaign of Black Lives Matter and ANTIFA, this is war, people, and the police may or may not be able to keep you safe.

The radical Left in this country have decided to attack, and have already begun a campaign of domestic terror that right now is playing out in over 20 American cities tonight, with many more planned in the coming days. Black Lives Matter has once again joined up with the fascists of ANTIFA, with the CNN headquarters in Atlanta surrounded by anarchists who have already set of bombs in the hopes of gaining access to the building. America is at war, this is exactly what the Democrats have been planning, and it has begun.

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.” 2 Timothy 3:1 (KJB)

Reginald Denny was a truck driver who had the bad fortune of driving his truck along the same streets where people were protesting the treatment by police of Rodney King back in 1992. Denny had nothing to do with that, he was just a commercial truck driver on his route. When he stopped his truck as the protesters formed a line across the road, he was pulled out of his truck, and beaten into a coma. I want you to remember that as you are driving in the coming days through the streets of your city. Whatever you do, do not stop your vehicle should Black Lives Matter or ANTIFA terrorists try to block your movement. It is highly likely your windows will be smashed and you will be pulled out and beaten.

Take a look at the following scenes of the terror campaign of Black Lives Matter and ANTIFA, this is war, people, and the police may or may not be able to keep you safe. Protect yourselves to the best of your ability. And remember, do not stop your car should you come across protests. Slow down but don’t stop. The last video is uncut, raw footage of the beating they gave to Reginald Denny in 1992, watch it a few times until you learn the lesson it is showing you.

BREAKING: MY SOURCE WITH WHOM I HAVE GREAT TRUST SAYS MN AG ELLISON IS COORDINATING W/ANTIFA. THIS IS VERY DISTURBING AFTER HEARING HIS COMMENTS IN TODAY’S PRESSER. ANTIFA HAS BEEN BUSSED IN AND ARE BEING PAID $20/HOUR WITH BONUSES PAID TO THOSE LOOTING AND DESTROYING. SOROS. PIC.TWITTER.COM/HU9XRPBL3S

— ERIC SEVAREID, CBS NEWS (@SEVAREIDCBSNEWS) MAY 29, 2020

 

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ROVING BANDS OF CRIMINALS PROTESTING DEATH OF GEORGE FLOYD HAVE ROCKED MINNEAPOLIS WITH CASCADING WAVES OF ARSON, VIOLENCE AND LOOTING

Firefighters were still spraying water onto hot buildings Thursday morning, and some buildings still smoldered, sending a bitter smell into the smoke-filled air. Windows were smashed out of several businesses in a strip mall, including a department store, a charter school and other businesses, and the destruction was visible for blocks. A Wendy’s restaurant was damaged beyond recognition. Inside some of the stores, shelves were toppled and debris strewn about. Video taken inside a damaged Target that had been looted showed empty clothing racks. Obscenities were spray-painted on the outside of the store. Streets and parking lots were also covered in debris, and many businesses had been spray-painted.

by Geoffrey Grider May 28, 2020

Violent protests over the death of a black man in police custody rocked a Minneapolis neighborhood for a second straight night as angry crowds looted stores, set fires and left a path of damage that stretched for miles. The mayor asked the governor to activate the National Guard.

As you watch this horrific scene unfold, it is at once shocking and familiar to you. Shocking because you are watching the utter deprivation of humanity, depraved both in the killing of George Floyd as well as the waves of violence by hundreds of looters, thieves and arsonists in protest. Let’s call it for what it is, shall we? But taking just a small peek behind the curtain reveals to us another familiar character we’ve seen before in these back alleys of the end times, and he has much previous experience with financing and inciting these types of events.

Now, I am not saying that George Soros and his Open Society Foundation are behind the riots underway right now, only because at this exact moment and on this exact day I lack the proof to make that type of claim. But I am quite confident that as further revelations roll in, we will have the proof we need to make that statement. Why? Because we have shown you over the years that George Soros has financed much civil and racial unrest in America, like he did in Ferguson to the tune of over $33 million dollars. Let’s take a look, shall we?

Take a look at what George Soros has already been involved with:

Looting, fires rock Minneapolis after man dies in custody

FROM THE AP: The protests that began late Wednesday and stretched into Thursday morning were the most destructive yet since the death of George Floyd, who was seen on video gasping for breath during an arrest in which an officer kneeled on his neck for almost eight minutes. In the footage, Floyd pleads that he cannot breathe and slowly stops talking and moving.

MAYOR JACOB FREY SOUGHT CALM. “PLEASE, MINNEAPOLIS, WE CANNOT LET TRAGEDY BEGET MORE TRAGEDY,” HE SAID ON TWITTER.

Protests also spread to other U.S. cities. In California, hundreds of people protesting Floyd’s death blocked a Los Angeles freeway and shattered windows of California Highway Patrol cruisers. Memphis police blocked a main thoroughfare after a racially mixed group of protesters gathered outside a police precinct. The situation intensified later in the night, with police donning riot gear and protesters standing shoulder-to-shoulder in front of officers stationed behind a barricade.

Minneapolis police said the violence contrasted sharply with a mostly peaceful demonstration Tuesday afternoon at the street corner where Floyd died.

“THEY WERE CHANTING FOR THINGS TO REMAIN PEACEFUL,” POLICE SPOKESMAN JOHN ELDER SAID. “TONIGHT DIDN’T HAVE THE SAME FEEL. AND THAT’S SAD.”

Pockets of looting continued Thursday. A liquor store employee displayed a gun as he stood among the debris of broken bottles and beer cans inside the business.

Amid the violence, a man was found fatally shot Wednesday night near a pawn shop, possibly by the owner, authorities said. Fire crews responded to about 30 intentionally set blazes during the protests, including at least 16 structure fires, and multiple fire trucks were damaged by rocks and other projectiles, the fire department said. No one was hurt by the blazes.

Firefighters were still spraying water onto hot buildings Thursday morning, and some buildings still smoldered, sending a bitter smell into the smoke-filled air.

Windows were smashed out of several businesses in a strip mall, including a department store, a charter school and other businesses, and the destruction was visible for blocks. A Wendy’s restaurant was damaged beyond recognition.

Inside some of the stores, shelves were toppled and debris strewn about. Video taken inside a damaged Target that had been looted showed empty clothing racks. Obscenities were spray-painted on the outside of the store. Streets and parking lots were also covered in debris, and many businesses had been spray-painted.

There was no sign of a police presence, except around the precinct building, where officers were in riot gear. One man standing outside the building was using a bullhorn to shout. “I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe. Mama, I can’t breathe,” repeating some of Floyd’s pleas for relief.

ACROSS FROM THE PRECINCT, SOMEONE HAD SPRAY-PAINTED THE SIDEWALK IN RED: “WHERE’S HUMANITY?”

Protesters began gathering Wednesday afternoon near the city’s 3rd Precinct station, in the southern part of the city, where the 46-year-old Floyd died on Memorial Day as police arrested him outside a convenience store on a report of a counterfeit bill being passed. Demonstrators also skirmished with officers, who fired rubber bullets and tear gas in a repeat of Tuesday night’s confrontation.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI in Minneapolis said Thursday they were conducting “a robust criminal investigation” into Floyd’s death and making the case a priority. The announcement came a day after President Donald Trump tweeted that he had asked an investigation to be expedited

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China moving military ships near Taiwanese coast may spark US confrontation

By Mark Moore

May 26, 2020 | 1:04pm

The Chinese Communist Party is readying two new aircraft carriers for deployment off the coast of Taiwan that could lead to a military confrontation with the US ships in the region, as the relationship between the two global powers has become strained by trade issues and the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report.

The ships Liaoning and Shandong, part of the People’s Liberation Army navy, are conducting military readiness drills in the Yellow Sea but are expected to move into the South China Sea to Pratas Island for invasion mock battles, CCP-controlled Global Times reported.

Noting Chinese President Xi Jinping’s assertions of territorial control over most of the waterway and lack of respect for the sovereignty of countries in the region, like Taiwan, the “risk of a military confrontation in the South China Sea involving the United States and China could rise significantly in the next eighteen months,” the Council on Foreign Relations said in a report issued last week.

The think tank said the US has a “strong interest” in stopping China from taking control over the South China Sea to keep the waterway open for navigation and secure international supply chains.

“The United States is also at risk of being drawn into a military conflict with China in this region as a result of U.S. defense treaty obligations to at least one of the claimants to the contested territory, the Philippines,” the council said.

President Trump, who has accused Beijing of misleading the world on the coronavirus pandemic, has been sparring with Xi over China’s trade policies, which he said are stacked against US corporations.

“We could cut off the whole relationship” with China, Trump told “Fox Business” earlier this month.

Those comments led to Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi accusing the US of pushing the two countries to the “brink of a new Cold War.”

“China has no intention to change, still less replace, the United States,” Wang said. “It’s time for the United States to give up its wishful thinking of changing China and stopping 1.4 billion people in their historic march toward modernization.”

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Mike Pompeo tells Greg Laurie he depends on God to help him protect Americans; pastor talks End Times

By Anugrah Kumar, Christian Post Contributor| Monday, May 25, 2020

Pastor Greg Laurie speaking at SoCal Harvest in Anaheim, California, on Aug. 23, 2019. | Courtesy of Harvest

In an interview with Pastor Greg Laurie of the California megachurch Harvest Christian Fellowship, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he reads two books each morning — the Bible and the day’s intelligence report about threats to Americans at home and around the world. Juxtaposing the two, he shared, is difficult.

“I manage to synthesize them … knowing that the Lord gives me the capacity to work, to be diligent,” Pompeo said in the pre-recorded interview that was featured Sunday. “I hope He’ll give me the wisdom and the perseverance to meet these challenges head-on in a way that protects the American people.”

The secretary of state said he goes back to that most important book every day “and remind myself that the Lord is looking out over this world … The Lord is watching us.”

He said whenever he’s stressed or preparing for a meeting, he’s confident that the Lord is watching over everyone in the room.

In his sermon on Sunday, Pastor Laurie addressed the question: “Is coronavirus a sign of the End Times?”

We can feel the fear, the anxiety and the stress, he said. All the news stories are about COVID-19, and new words have entered our vocabulary: pandemic, sheltering in place, self-isolation, social distancing, community spread, herd immunity … and plagues.

Plagues, Laurie said, will increase when the End is near, according to the Bible.

To suggest that God expects believers to know when the time is near, the pastor read Matthew 16:1-3, which reads, “The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven. He replied, ‘When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’ and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.’”

He quoted a recent national poll: “A stunning 43 percent of poll respondents said they believe the coronavirus and resulting economic meltdown is a wake-up call for us to turn back to faith in God.”

It is a wake-up call, he stressed.

Laurie cautioned against listening to those who claim they know the exact time, quoting Luke 21:8-11, which reads, “He replied: ‘Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them. When you hear of wars and uprisings, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away.’ Then he said to them: ‘Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.’”

Over the last 40 years, the pastor pointed out, COVID-19 is the sixth infectious plague unleashed on the planet.

As we can see these things beginning to happen, we have two options: “You can freak out … or you can look up,” he said.

He explained what could be the order of events of the End Times.

The next event on the prophetic calendar is the Rapture, he said, explaining that it is when Christ descends from Heaven and we are caught up to meet Him in the air.

And after “some time,” the devil will appear as a very persuasive, charismatic leader of the world with a peace plan “that works for three and a half years.” And around mid-way during these seven years, called the Tribulation Period, the anti-Christian will show his true colors. “And he forces people to take his mark.”

That’s when the judgment of God begins to come and builds up until the final battle of humanity, known as the Battle of Armageddon, the pastor said. “And as the world is at war, the Second Coming takes place.” That’s when Jesus will establish His Kingdom, which will be the beginning of the Millennium, a thousand-year reign of Christ. After that, the Heaven and the earth will become one.

However, Laurie cautioned, “We should not be looking for the anti-Christ, we should be looking for Jesus Christ.”

He quoted C.S. Lewis as once saying, “A continual looking forward to the eternal world is not a form of escapism or wishful thinking, but one of the things a Christian is meant to do.”

As many churches have been livestreaming their services online as large physical gatherings are temporarily halted due to government-issued social distancing orders to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Laurie said in mid-April that the move to digital means of worship might portend a Great Awakening.

The pastor wrote in an op-ed published in Newsweek that he and his team were pleasantly surprised to see that their first week of shifting services to online-only drew over 250,000 viewers and has been growing ever since.

“Last week, we had over a million people tune in for church. These are people literally from all around the world, from every age and background, who are missing church. So, to the best of our ability, we are bringing church to them. What’s more, hundreds of thousands of them are people whom marketers would refer to as the ‘target demographic’ between the ages of 18 and 34.”

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Prophecy under the New Covenant: The ‘two houses’ theme

By Scott Lively
Published May 25, 2020 at 7:08pm

There are innumerable theories on biblical prophecy and numerous well-established camps totally convinced of their respective conclusions. I have charted my own course based on the premise that the Bible is intended to be one harmonious document in which all the diverse components interconnect naturally. That requires balancing the Old and New Testaments, and I believe the key to that balance is found in Jeremiah’s prophecy about the New Covenant. It is cited in Hebrews 8 by way of explaining to the Hebrew people why the New Covenant was superior to the Old Covenant, but it also highlights two critical facts important to the study of prophecy generally.

“Jesus has received a much more excellent ministry, just as the covenant He mediates is better and is founded on better promises. For if that first covenant had been without fault, no place would have been sought for a second. … ‘Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathers. … I will put My laws in their minds, and inscribe them on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they will be My people. No longer will each one teach his neighbor or his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest.'”

Jeremiah is clearly describing Christianity, wherein God indwells those who accept Christ as Savior, Who specifically promised “when the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth. For He will not speak on His own, but He will speak what He hears, and He will declare to you what is to come” (John 16:13). That was a spiritual quantum leap of incalculable magnitude. The passage also makes clear that understanding prophecy is about listening to the Holy Spirit for yourself.

The purpose of prophecy under the New Covenant is to prepare the church for the Second Coming of Christ. We should therefore pay very close attention to how the New Covenant is defined by Jeremiah, and to the instructions of the mediator of the covenant, Jesus Christ, on the subject of prophecy. That means first, to recognize the centrality of the Two House theme in understanding the phenomenon of Christianity in prophecy – which almost no one with a large prophecy-themed following does – and second, to give far greater weight to Jesus on the timing and landmarks of prophecy than any other prophet.

To the first point, I refer you again to Hebrews 8:8: “I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.”

Was the New Covenant primarily for the Gentiles? NO. In fact, Gentiles have to be “grafted in” before it will even apply to them (Romans 11). Was it for “the Jews” (the biblical nickname for “Judeans” as distinct from “Israelites” – 2 Kings 16:5-6 )? NO. It was expressly promised to the two separate houses of the Hebrew sons of Jacob: the House of Leah and the House of Rachel, named (per patriarchal custom) for their sons Judah and Joseph (“Israel” per Jeremiah 31:9), respectively. Hebrews 8:8 is thus proof both that the two houses are still separate at the issuing of the New Covenant, and that the story of the New Covenant is intimately related to the past and future story of the two houses.

To the second point, I argue that the Olivet Discourse as presented in Matthew 24-25 is the ultimate foundation and guide to all prophecy study, because it was the instruction given by Jesus to His disciples in response to their direct question in Matthew 24:3, “When will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” I contend His answer was a point by point chronological summary of end-time events, which is repeated with only slight variation in the Gospels of Mark (Chapter 13) and Luke (Chapter 21) and reiterated by Jesus in an expanded and annotated fashion in the book of Revelation, recorded by the Apostle John.

In my analysis of Matthew 24-25, I track 12 events in Matthew 24, starting with the “birth pains” and ending with the glorification of the Bride of Christ at the resurrection and rapture (“birth”). I then continue into Chapter 25 to track the three sequential post-rapture events (in three parables): the Wedding Feast of the Lamb, the Testing of the Works, and the Return of the King. Those 15 events establish a timeline template to which all other prophecies can be naturally correlated and aligned.

I next aligned Revelation to the Matthew 24-25 timeline, then brought in God’s time-keeping systems: the seven feasts of Leviticus 23, and the broader cycles-of-sevens teaching in Leviticus 25 to further assist on aligning the Old Testament prophecies to the timeline. Some of this will be familiar to those who have heard teachings on the Biblical Feasts which have been gaining popularity over the past decade.

Importantly, in my analysis, the three events of Matthew 25 fall within the Ten Days of Awe that begin with Yom Teruah (the Feast of Trumpets) on which I believe the resurrection and rapture will occur, and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), in which Christ will return with the Host of Heaven to take physical possession of the earth. While the Ten Days of Awe are a time of exceeding great joy for the Bride-become-Wife of God, they are simultaneously Ten Days of Wrath for those left behind on earth to suffer the bowl judgments, and finally, the Winepress of the Wrath of God.

I have designed a Scripture-citing graph that explains this last paragraph very simply and it will be included in the release this week in print and video, of my second installment of “The Prodigal Son Prophecy: God’s Amazing Plan for the Restoration of the Two Hebrew Houses and the Salvation of the Gentiles.” (Email scottlivelyministries@gmail.com to receive it without charge).

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Christian champion Ravi Zacharias dead

Franklin Graham: ‘Will be greatly missed’

By WND Staff
Published May 19, 2020 at 11:38am

Renowned evangelical Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias has died at age 74 after a battle with cancer

He was praised by evangelist Franklin Graham, who described Zacharias as “one of the great Christian apologists of our time, has stepped into the streets of glory and into the presence of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.”

“Don’t feel sorry for Ravi – his fight with cancer is over, and he has placed his crowns at the feet of the One who deserves all glory and honor,” said Graham, the son of evangelist Billy Graham and the CEO of both the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the relief and development group Samaritan’s Purse.

He noted that Zacharias’ defense of the Christian faith reached “millions worldwide.”

“Ravi will be greatly missed – join me in praying for his family and loved ones in their loss,” Graham said.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recalled Zacharias had been invited by Billy Graham to preach at the first International Conference for Itinerant Evangelists in Amsterdam in 1983 and the next year founded Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, or RZIM.

He was born in India and spent nearly 50 years responding to questions about faith.

He died in Atlanta, where RZIM is based.

Zacharias “saw the objections and questions of others not as something to be rebuffed, but as a cry of the heart that had to be answered,” Michael Ramsden, president of RZIM said in a statement.

“People weren’t logical problems waiting to be solved; they were people who needed the person of Christ. Those who knew him well will remember him first for his kindness, gentleness, and generosity of spirit. The love and kindness he had come to know in and through Jesus Christ was the same love he wanted to share with all he met.”

He’s survived by his wife of 48 years, Margie; daughters, Sarah and Naomi; son, Nathan; and five grandchildren.

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US increases military pressure on China as tensions rise over pandemic

By Barbara Starr and Ryan Browne, CNN

Updated 3:23 AM ET, Fri May 15, 2020

(CNN)The US is upping military pressure on China amid increased tensions over the South China Sea and accusing Beijing of seeking to leverage the coronavirus pandemic to extend its sphere of influence in the region.

Over the last few weeks US Navy ships and Air Force B-1 bombers have undertaken missions aimed at sending a very public message that the US military intends to maintain a presence in the region and reassure allies.

It’s also a top priority for the Pentagon to get the virus-stricken aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt back out to sea in the region by as soon as the end of the month.

The moves come as the US is increasing the pressure diplomatically with President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo publicly attacking Beijing for failing to stem the virus’s spread and not being transparent during the early stages of the outbreak which originated in the country.

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The Pentagon accused China of exploiting the pandemic to gain military and economic advantages by expanding the areas in which it operates.

“The People’s Republic of China is attempting to use the regional focus on Covid to assertively advance its own interests,” US Navy Capt. Michael Kafka, a spokesperson for the US military’s Indo-Pacific Command told CNN in a statement on Wednesday.

Pentagon says pandemic hasn’t hurt its capabilities

And the Pentagon made clear the coronavirus outbreak has not hurt its ability to respond to Chinese actions.

“We have the capability and capacity to provide long range fires anywhere, anytime and can bring overwhelming firepower–even during the pandemic,” said Gen. Timothy Ray, commander of the Air Force Global Strike command which oversees the bomber force in the area.

On Wednesday the Navy Pacific Fleet took the unusual step of announcing that all of its submarines in the region were at sea conducting operations “in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region amidst the pandemic caused by the coronavirus.”

While the US military recently ended its “continual bomber presence” on the Pacific island of Guam for the first time since 2004, the US Air Force has continued to dispatch bombers to the region.

In recent weeks the US flew B-1 bombers from bases in the US to the region on three separate occasions, including an operation over the South China Sea and a deployment of four B-1 bombers and 200 personnel from Dyess Air Force Base in Texas to Guam.

Late last month the US Navy also challenged Chinese claims to the waters surrounding the Spratly and Paracel islands in the South China Sea, contested islands that the US has long said China is using to house weapons and military facilities.

Those challenges drew a sharp rebuke from Beijing who urged the US to focus on its coronavirus response and to cease such military operations.

“China urges the United States to focus on its own business with pandemic prevention and control, make more contributions to the global fight against the Covid-19, and immediately stop military operations that are detrimental to regional security, peace and stability,” Senior Col. Li Huamin, spokesperson for the People’s Liberation Army Southern Theater Command, said in a statement.

Nobody is suggesting the US is headed towards conflict with China but Defense Secretary Mark Esper has continued to make blunting Beijing a priority.

“We are concerned by increasing, opportunistic activity by the People’s Republic of China to coerce its neighbors and press its unlawful maritime claims in the South China Sea, while the region and the world is focused on addressing the Covid-19 pandemic,” Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Dave Eastburn, told CNN.

China has long criticized what it calls provocations by the US and its military efforts in the South China Sea that commenced several years ago when China made disputed territorial claims.

South China Sea crucial strategically

The South China Sea is considered a crucial strategic location, being home to some of the busiest shipping routes in the world as well as potential natural resource deposits such as oil and gas. Parts of the sea are contested by multiple claimants, including China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Taiwan. China has constructed outposts on man-made islands in the disputed area, installing military facilities and missiles there as part of a bid to exert control over the strategic waterways according to US officials.

“We continue to execute a global Freedom of Navigation operations program in which US Navy ships safely and professionally challenge excessive maritime claims, including those in the South China Sea. We also conduct routine transits through the Taiwan Strait to further demonstrate that the United States will fly, sail, and operate anywhere that international law allows,” Kafka said.

On Wednesday a US Navy guided-missile destroyer, the USS McCampbell, transited the Taiwan Strait.

“The ship’s transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific,” Lt. Anthony Junco, a spokesperson for the US Navy’s Seventh Fleet told CNN.

The US routinely sails through the Taiwan Strait but the Chinese military views the strategic waterway separating China from Taiwan as a priority area and often shadows US vessels that sail through the area.

China routinely protests US Navy activities in the region, and often dispatches ships or aircraft to shadow the US vessels. Following the US freedom of navigation operation that challenged Chinese claims to the Paracel Islands late last month, Chinese officials said the US was engaging in “provocative acts,” that “could easily trigger an unexpected incident.”

The US also says China has attempted to intimidate other nations in the region.

In mid-April China deployed a survey vessel, the Haiyang Dizhi 8 alongside as many as 10 Coast Guard and maritime militia ships, as part of an apparent show of force in an area claimed by Malaysia and Beijing, according to two defense officials.

The move was an apparent attempt to intimidate a Malaysian state-owned oil company that had deployed a Panamanian flagged drilling vessel, the West Capella, to survey for oil in the area.

Utilizing a survey ship-led flotilla to harass South China Sea claimants “is a time tested” Chinese strategy, one official said, adding that China had used similar tactics against Vietnam.

The US responded earlier this month by twice sailing warships near the drill ship, a show of force intended to signal to Beijing that the US Navy can challenge any Chinese attempts to seize resources in the area.

“We are committed to a rules-based order in the South China Sea and we will continue to champion freedom of the seas and the rule of law,” Adm. John Aquilino, the commander of the US Pacific Fleet, said in a statement after one of the “presence operations” near the drilling vessel.

“The Chinese Communist Party must end its pattern of bullying Southeast Asians out of offshore oil, gas, and fisheries. Millions of people in the region depend on those resources for their livelihood,” he added.

China also appears to be using its military to send a message that it is capable of operating at longer distances for greater periods of to challenge its neighbors and the US. The US says China’s only operational aircraft carrier entered the South China Sea last week along with several other warships.

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A Greater Threat To American Life Exists Than Covid-19: Iran Still Wants To ‘Terminate The Great Satan’ And Could Use Recently Launched Satellites To Help Send America Back To The Dark Ages

By Dr. Peter Vincent Pry for All News Pipeline


“Iran states it has imaging capabilities — actually it’s a tumbling webcam in space, unlikely providing intelligence,” so General Jay Raymond, chief of U.S. Space Command, belittles as non-threatening the first launch of a military satellite by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the world’s deadliest state-sponsored terrorist organization. (See “Pentagon Downplays Iran Military Satellite As ‘Tumbling Webcam'” AFP – April 27, 2020.)

If U.S. Space Command will not take seriously that terrorists can now orbit a military satellite over the United States, that the IRGC is developing space weapons, then who will?

Warning about possible threats from space weapons should be U.S. Space Command’s first priority.

The IRGC’s Noor-1 (“Light-1“) satellite, orbited on April 22, is easy to mock, if you are a sunny optimist determined to “see no evil.”

Noor-1 is tiny, having a volume of only a few liters and variously estimated as weighing only 5-14 kilograms (11-30 pounds)—too small for an effective “spy in the sky” or for much else militarily useful.

Noor-1 is certainly too small for a nuclear weapon.

But wait.

Orbiting with Noor-1 is the third stage of the Qased (“Messenger“) missile that lofted Noor-1. The third stage is a now expended solid fuel rocket motor, either the Arash-24 probably weighing over 100 kilograms (220 pounds) or the Salman probably weighing over 300 kilograms (661 pounds).

So counting Noor-1 and the third stage together, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps demonstrated capability to orbit over the U.S. a net payload weighing about 105-334 kilograms (231-691 pounds)—enough for a nuclear weapon.

Suspicious minds, like mine, think the IRGC might deliberately try to deceive us into underestimating their space weapon capabilities by separating Noor-1 from the third stage, hoping we will dismiss the significance of the tiny Noor-1 satellite, as done by U.S. Space Command.

U.S. Space Command and virtually all analysts are focused on the IRGC’s Qased missile as the real threat, not the satellite. Rightly, U.S. Space Command and others are concerned about:

—Qased missile’s use of solid rocket motors in the second and third stages, a great leap forward in Iran’s missile technology.

—Solid rocket motors enable a missile to be launched quickly, with minimal preparation, increasing capability for surprise attack.

—Qased’s new Transporter-Erector-Launcher (TEL) enables the IRGC to launch from anywhere, increasing capability for surprise attack.

—The IRGC launched Noor-1 unannounced, attempting to achieve surprise.

—If Iran can develop solid-fueled ICBMs and a mobile TEL to launch them, they will join Russia, China, and North Korea as the only nations in the world with a mobile ICBM: a missile optimized for surprise attack. Not even the United States has mobile ICBMs.

Iran has orbited civilian satellites in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2015, and now a military satellite; has sub-orbited a monkey into space and returned it safely (2013); has medium-range military missiles, more than any other nation in the Mideast; but has not demonstrated a military intercontinental missile equipped with a reentry vehicle capable of penetrating the atmosphere, accurate enough to strike a city.

So U.S. Space Command worries about ICBM threats from Iran in the distant future, but not the potential threat from IRGC satellites here and now. U.S. Space Command does not think like a terrorist organization.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps thinks they are at war with the infidel West for the global triumph of Islam during the “end time” of history. They are willing to do anything to prevail, to take desperate strategic and technological chances.

Is it likely the IRGC will wait to weaponize their space capabilities until they can develop a “true ICBM” as defined by U.S. Space Command?

Right now, the IRGC is probably thinking about how to maximize the harm they can do to the U.S. by satellite delivery of a few hundred kilograms of payload.

Anthrax spores? Radioactive waste?

Not militarily effective, but psychologically terrorizing — which is what terrorists like the IRGC do.

If North Korea, Iran’s strategic partner, gives the IRGC a Super-EMP nuclear weapon, they would not have to wait for a “true ICBM” but could use a satellite to blackout North America and terminate the “Great Satan.”

The EMP Commission Chairman’s Report warns North Korea’s KMS-3 and KMS-4 satellites are potential Super-EMP threats because of technology transfer from Russia including possibly “ultra-small warheads weighing less than 90 kilograms . . . Such weapons would be small enough for North Korea’s satellites.”

The Greatest Generation who won World War II and the Cold War understood instantly the strategic threat from Russia’s Sputnik satellite orbited in 1957. Sputnik was merely the size of a beachball, weighing only 184 pounds.

General Amir Hajizadeh, Commander of the IRGC Aerospace Force, is pleasantly surprised by America’s passive response to Noor-1, telling Iranian press on April 23: “I did not believe they [the U.S.] wouldn’t respond. We had chosen 400 targets to strike in case the U.S. attacks.”

General Hajizadeh says the IRGC will orbit Noor-2 in June. The U.S. should EMP harden its national electric grid and deploy space-based defenses now.

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