Aug 13, 2018

Big Tech Is Back on a Censorship Binge

The websites like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube have become hopelessly fixated on who should be allowed as members of their social media club. The membership rulebook is under constant revision. If you are someone who holds to leftist views, you might not notice the changes. That is because conservatives and Christians are the only ones being restricted.

A couple weeks ago, there were headline reports about Twitter’s effort to “shadow ban” conservatives. A “shadow ban” involves blocking a website account in a way where the account’s content is not readily available to others on a website. The user is unaware that their content is blocked.

When a YouTube page that hosts The Hal Lindsey Reports sends out a notification about his latest video, I don’t always receive the message. Since I’m on his contact list, I should be alerted every time he adds a new post. I don’t receive the notice because someone has decided to limit the number of people who can access his material.

Last week, there was an outright ban on Alex Jones by Facebook, Apple, Spotify, and YouTube. Jones was marked as an easy target because he is the source of many conspiracy views. He believes that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was fake, the 9/11 attack was planned by the U.S. government, and the moon landing was staged in a Hollywood studio.

I think it is very dangerous to free speech to allow Jones to be banned. The Silicon Valley is the most liberal region of America, and it’s very obvious that these companies would like to silence all voices on the right.

Tech companies such as Facebook, Senator Ted Cruz said, have “a degree of power and an ability to censor that William Randolph Hearst at the height of yellow journalism could never have imagined. They have the ability, if there is a speaker who is disfavored, simply to silence the speaker — to shadow ban them so that you might speak, but your words float off into oblivion and nobody hears them.”

Several years ago, I decided against posting Rapture Ready’s content on Facebook and Twitter because I knew that censorship would eventually become a problem. Lately, I’ve read numerous letters that detail how social media has largely destroyed platforms that people spent years building up. Last week, I read an email from Joseph Farah of WorldNetDaily. He said the Internet Cartel had caused a profound shrinking in his site’s traffic and revenue. “WND.com, for instance, saw drops in revenue from more than $10 million in 2016 to $6 million last year to perhaps as little as $4 million in 2018,” said Farah.

Martin Niemöller was a prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps. He wrote the following poem that should be applied to this current situation:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

The only thing to keep us from falling into a situation where Big Brother controls access to all web platforms is the fear of public opinion. These big tech firms have gone through several steps where they would restrict someone and then back away from criticism, and then they would censor the same person in a different way. With each cycle, the restrictions become progressively worse.

If the Democrats win control of the government, they have promised to add controls to the web. Senator Chris Murphy said censorship of websites is so vital the “Survival of our democracy depends on it.”

Other Senate Democrats are already circulating plans for a government takeover of the internet. The paper suggests forcing social media platforms to identify and track the person behind all user accounts. To protect us from Russia agents, they want the federal government to act as a tyrannical gatekeeper of the worldwide web.

If we continue down this path, the day will eventually come when President Trump’s Twitter account is deleted. I’m sure Jack Dorsey, the head of Twitter, gets asked each day why he hasn’t already made this move. When Facebook had its last earnings report, reporters were constantly badgering the firm on why it allows Fox News to have a platform. I think these so-called reporters have become so evil, they’re incapable of realizing they are acting like Nazis.

I firmly believe that God is going to hold things together until the very end. If we reach the point where the web authorities have decided to label and ban all Christian sites as purveyors of hate speech, the rapture will occur right before they get a chance to throw the switch. Since this demonic cabal is obsessed with finishing its task, we have a strong indication that time is very short.

“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14).

–Todd


Catalyst for Cataclysm

Economics on a worldwide scale continue to broil under intensive pressures exerted by America’s president. It is such squeezing, I am convinced, that will help induce the prophesied Tribulation era. That time, known as Daniel’s Seventieth  Week, looks to be on the near horizon.

The pressure has forced what many experts of the fiscal sort–before the advent of Donald J. Trump–would have said could not have resulted in movement away from the globalist model. An example I have in mind is seen in a current story out of Germany.

A transfer of nearly $400 million in cash to Iran has been blocked by Germany’s central bank in what appears to be a response to efforts by the U.S. ambassador to Germany.

Last month, Ambassador Richard Grenell urged Berlin to prevent Iran’s withdrawal of large sums of cash from German bank accounts in an effort to offset U.S. sanctions that took effect following Washington’s withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. (Source: “‘This is huge’: US Ambassador Grenell quietly blocks $400 million transfer from Germany to Iran,” by Frieda Powers, Conservative News, August 3, 2018) 

Ever since the new American president began to deal with the likes of German Chancellor Angela Merkel in such matters, the dynamics of economic interaction on the international scene has been in dramatic flux. While it has been, in my opinion, good for the United States and our position economically, the president’s influence has continued to drive the one-worlders crazy. But, they nonetheless seem to have no choice but to go along with Trump’s pressure–to this point, at any rate.

At the same time the caterwauling increases from those opposed to Trump in everything he does, the stock market, despite bumps and grinds, continues to be bursting at the seams to advance. This, many financial experts both welcome and fear.

They welcome the powerful forces trying to move things upward, but they have an innate fear of pending fiscal cataclysm.

I had a friend email me a week or so ago, including in the email an advisory from the emailer’s financial expert. The advisory said the following:

The stock market has been responding positively to better than expected earnings, “The Melt Up is officially here. This is the boom we’ve been waiting for. And this phase should last 12 to 18 months”, said Steve Sjuggerud, Stansberry Research. He went on to say, “The Melt Up will propel U.S. stocks to fantastic heights. The Melt Up is the final push of a bull market. It’s when the leading companies of this near decade long boom really take off and propel the overall market dramatically higher.”

As I have written before, do not be complacent; you must be vigilant. Please enjoy the melt-up as you prepare for a melt-down. I don’t know what the catalyst might be for a reversal of fortune, but we all see the huge elephant in the room.

The friend went on to say simply, “We know what the catalyst might be.”

That pleased me very much. My friend instinctively realized, because of her study of Bible prophecy, what the expert’s advice contained but could not understand or explain.

We have gone over time after time in these commentaries the catalyst the expert mentioned that he himself instinctively knew was poised to bring economic cataclysm upon the world. That catalyst is wrapped up in Jesus’ “days of Noah, days of Lot” prophecy found in Matthew 24:36-42 and Luke 17:26-30.

Jesus said the world will be in an economic uptick when he is next “revealed.” It will not be at a time when as much as three-fourths of humanity on earth has been killed through judgment and wrath.

The catalyst for that coming cataclysm–the Tribulation–will be the Rapture of the Church, I am convinced.

We covered in last week’s column the fact that five top hedge-fund billionaires sensed the coming cataclysm. They had questions for their futurist expert questions he wasn’t prepared  to answer. They wanted to know how to best survive a world-rending collapse that was, they obviously thought, imminent.

I wrote in that commentary: “The world is indeed moving toward some climactic event that will bring about a world more horrific than any yet

experienced by earth’s inhabitants. But, those mentioned here have no idea of what that ‘event’ is or the signals of its approach. They simply sense that something is on the brink of bringing their world crashing down around their ears.”

Again, in a chapter in my newest book, Essays in Apocalypse: Some Thoughts On the End of Days, the chapter called “The Coming Economic Boom” presents an in-depth look at the catalyst for cataclysm that is even now coming into view within our hourly news.

–Terry


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Aug 6, 2018

Afghanistan: Our Most Costly War May Soon End

The war in Afghanistan, long acknowledged to be America’s “forgotten war,” has become a 17-year-long conflict. The Vietnam War is the only military campaign that has lasted longer at 19 years, 5 months, 4 weeks and 1 day.

The 2,400 death toll from the Afghanistan War is very low. In the Civil War and World War II, we lost a half million people in each conflict. During the Vietnam War, we lost 58,000 lives. Our losses in Afghanistan are so light, any grieving family can expect a call from President Trump.

The key problem with the Afghanistan war is the cost. Modern warfare has become such a massively expensive endeavor that the smallest military campaign cannot be sustained without bleeding a nation dry. There have been several projects that have tried to estimate the total war spending in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan since 2001. Most come up with a figure between $5 and $6 trillion.

The cost of the Afghanistan fighting doesn’t include future spending that will be needed for the Department of Veterans Affairs. The high rates of injuries and increased survival rates in Iraq and Afghanistan mean that over half the 2.5 million who served there suffered some degree of disability. Their healthcare and disability benefits alone will easily cost $1 trillion in coming decades.

We now spend so much on advanced military equipment, it’s not possible for us to fight a prolonged war. The F-35 has become my favorite example of cost overrun gone wild. It is America’s most expensive war machine. Each fighter jet was first slated to cost $52 million. After 10 years of mounting expenditures, the per unit cost has now reached $300 million.

From windows to jet engines, everything on the F-35 is more expensive. Each helmet for the fighter jet costs $400,000; more than four times as much as the Air Force paid for headwear for other aircraft such as the F-16. It takes a month just to apply corrosion prevention and radar absorbing layers of paint to one of these jets. Because the F-35 is so complex, we only produce 10 jets per month.

One indication that financial reality has set in are reports that the US is negotiating with the Taliban to leave Afghanistan. US State Department officials recently met with Taliban leaders in Qatar. At the request of the Taliban, the US-backed Afghan government was not invited. The officials discussed ceasefire and an end to the war. Another indication that Washington is looking for an Afghanistan exit is the US inspector general charged with monitoring US spending on Afghanistan reconstruction has reported that, since 2008, the US has completely wasted at the least $15.5 billion.

When Trump was running for office, he was very much against continuing the Afghanistan war. Now that he has had time to rethink his General’s advice, it appears that his business sense is returning him to his previous comments on the subject:

“It is time to get out of Afghanistan. We are building roads and schools for people that hate us. It is not in our national interests.” (February 27, 2012)

“Afghanistan is a total disaster. We don’t know what we are doing. They are, in addition to everything else, robbing us blind.”  (March 12, 2012)

“We should leave Afghanistan immediately. No more wasted lives. If we have to go back in, we go in hard and quick. Rebuild the U.S. first.” (March 1, 2013)

The liberal media have trained themselves to exploit any misstep or inconsistency that President Trump makes. Once an announcement is made, a plan to negotiate peace and leave Afghanistan will be reported as the greatest betrayal in history. Trump will be handing Afghanistan back to the Taliban, but you can save people who refuse rescue.

I have to wonder if the reason why America is not clearly mentioned in Bible prophecy is because we will implode under the financial weight of our vast military complex. It might not be Afghanistan that breaks us; but someday the dollar is going to collapse, and the Antichrist’s ten-nation military may just step in to take our place.

“After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns. I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things” (Daniel 7:7-8).

–Todd


Rush into Last Days

Rush Limbaugh, the premiere conservative radio talk-show host, delved into an arena he rarely enters. He bordered on getting into Bible prophecy Thursday July 26, while reading to his audience from an article written by a so-called futurist.

A few days previous, I had received the same article from which Rush read. My friend’s email note, I inferred, indicated that the article’s content might have some peripheral relationship to the deep state things often in the news these days–news reports surrounding hatred for President Donald J. Trump.

The deep state milieu rivets my attention. This is because I view everything we are inundated with in each and every news cycle as involving the hate-filled politics that smack of Paul’s warning in his letter to the Ephesians. That Scripture should be quite familiar to readers of this column: “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12).

The spiritually attuned believer should be aware of this battle taking place behind the headlines. It is all part of the opening salvos of the great end-times battle that will lead to Armageddon. The battle will break out in full force once the Church–all born-again believers in accordance with Romans 10:9-10–are called to be with Christ:

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)

But Rush, in that July 26 program, mentioned none of these prophetic truths–probably doesn’t grasp or even desire to grasp these future realities. I once heard him say his father didn’t believe the Book of Revelation even belonged in the canon of Scripture. He indicated that he believed the same.

However, during the Thursday program he said that the people who were the subjects of the article mentioned above didn’t recognize that the things they fear as soon coming to pass are given in that prophetic Book. He added that these men–five hedge-fund billionaires–totally left God out of their configuring for the world-rending event that is to come.

Here is a very brief excerpt of the article Rush addressed.  

Last year, I got invited to a super-deluxe private resort to deliver a keynote speech to what I assumed would be a hundred or so investment bankers. It was by far the largest fee I had ever been offered for a talk–about half my annual professor’s salary–all to deliver some insight on the subject of “the future of technology”…

My audience was brought to me: five super-wealthy guys–yes, all men–from the upper echelon of the hedge fund world. After a bit of small talk, I realized they had no interest in the information I had prepared about the future of technology. They had come with questions of their own…

They started out innocuously enough. Ethereum or bitcoin? Is quantum computing a real thing? Slowly but surely, however, they edged into their real topics of concern.

Which region will be less affected by the coming climate crisis: New Zealand or Alaska? Is Google really building Ray Kurzweil a home for his brain, and will his consciousness live through the transition, or will it die and be reborn as a whole new one? Finally, the CEO of a brokerage house explained that he had nearly completed building his own underground bunker system and asked: “How do I maintain authority over my security force after the Event?” (“How tech’s richest plan to save themselves after the apocalypse. Silicon Valley’s elite are hatching plans to escape disaster – and when it comes, they’ll leave the rest of us behind,” by Douglas Rushkof, July 24, 2018, https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/jul/23/tech-industry-wealth-futurism-)

The author of the article went on to write that the multibillionaires were interested only in surviving a coming “event” –one that would be the beginning of thehttps://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/jul/23/tech-industry-wealth-futurism-transhumanism-singularity end of the world. That was the future they wanted to learn how to survive–not how to plan, financially, to do even better than they already are doing.

Rush talked about how this sort of fear-mongering is normally part of the wild-eyed speculations of kooks. But these were men who dealt with the realities, not the apocalyptic fears of Hollywood-type fictioneers. And, these men now really believed there was one “event” that will initiate Armageddon!

The world is indeed moving toward some climactic event that will bring about a world more horrific than any yet experienced by earth’s inhabitants. But, those mentioned here have no idea of what that “event” is or the signals of its approach. They simply instinctively sense that something is on the brink of bringing their world crashing down around their ears.

Again, Jesus’ forewarns of just this scenario–but a scenario that is made of absolute truth, not Hollywood hype or writers’ fiction. These will not understand the true nature of what is about to happen because they, as Rush has charged, leave God out of the equation in looking to the future.

Those of you who read and believe what is written in Holy Scripture take the God who created all there is at His Word regarding Bible prophecy. You can, with study and prayer, understand things these great men of wealth refuse to grasp.

Jesus prophesied that there would be buying, selling, building, planting, marrying, giving in marriage–i.e., an extraordinary time of uptick in economic life at the very moment He next catastrophically intervenes (Matthew 24:36-42; Luke 17:26-30).

That great “event” will be the Rapture! (John 14: 1-3).

I believe we are seeing the beginning of that economic boom at present.

My new book: Essays in Apocalypse: Some Thoughts on the End of Days, is being released this week. That book contains my in-depth thoughts in a chapter titled “The Coming Economic Boom.”

Last-days dynamics are on full display for all to see. But the “seeing” of what is happening must be accomplished through unwavering belief in God’s Word on the matters involved.

–Terry