19 Mar 2020

Germany closes borders to EU travellers in halt to free movement over coronavirus
GERMANY will close its borders to all EU travellers as the coronavirus pandemic continues to escalate across Europe.
“Since German reunification, actually, since World War Two. “There has never been a challenge for our country in which acting in solidarity was so very crucial.”

Utah earthquake damages Mormon temple and knocks trumpet from iconic angel statue
The 5.7-magnitude earthquake that shook Utah Wednesday morning also dislodged a symbolic part of Salt Lake City’s iconic Mormon temple: the trumpet of an angel statue atop its highest spire. The temple is the spiritual focal point for the 16 million members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “The trumpet on the Angel Moroni statue fell off, and there is minor displacement of some of the temple’s smaller spire stones,” said Daniel Woodruff, a spokesman for the church.

Powerful 6.4-magnitude earthquake strikes off Bali
A powerful 6.4-magnitude earthquake has struck south of Bali, Indonesia. The European Seismological Centre (EMSC) said the quake was at a depth of 10 kilometres. It struck at 1:45 am (1745 GMT) with an epicenter 255 kilometres south of the town of Nusa Dua, the US Geological service said. Indonesia’s weather and geophysics bureau said there was no tsunami threat.

Coronavirus is About to Bring About The Pre-Messiah Double Sabbath
while the dark cloud of the coronavirus hangs heavy over the Holy Land, one unexpected benefit might be that the strict quarantine will bring about the condition the Jewish sages say precedes the Messiah: universal observance of the holy Sabbath.

‘Plague’ of Locusts to Hit Egypt Area, But Not Israel on Passover
Just as the Biblical plagues skipped over the Children of Israel in Egypt, authorities reported that a huge swarm of locusts headed towards the Middle East will skip over Israel.
According to Locusts Watch’s three-month forecast, the threat will pass south of Israel before heading east towards Yemen, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, and Pakistan.

De Blasio Calls for Complete Gov’t Takeover Seconds After Bashing Gov’t Response to Pandemic
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is calling for the federal government to nationalize factories and other industries as the country grapples with the spread of the coronavirus. His reasoning for a massive government takeover? In an ironic twist, the mayor says the federal government is not adequately handling the pandemic. Apparently, if you’re a Democrat, the answer to the perceived failings of a large, centralized government is to give that government even more power over its citizens.

The Rapid Decline Of Religion In Canada: 89% No Longer Attend Services
The results of this poll reveal a nation utterly transformed by secularization — and the data also explain a lot about the state of Canadian politics. To spell it out, this means that a full 89% of Canadians do not attend religious services weekly. Those affiliating with evangelical churches have dropped from 12% of the population in 1996 to 9% in 2015, to 6% in 2019.

6.1 magnitude earthquake hits off coast of Vanuatu
The earthquake was registered at 03:13 UTC. The epicentre was located 97 kilometres (60 miles) northwest of the village of Sola. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 178.8 kilometres (111 miles). There have been no reports about possible casualties or destruction.

5.7-magnitude earthquake shakes Salt Lake County, Utah
A 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck near Magna, Utah, Wednesday morning, according to the United States Geological Survey. The temblor knocked out power for tens of thousands and operations at Salt Lake City International Airport came to a halt.

Foreshocks Of Revelation: One Day Everything Will Be Shaken
It’s true that the coronavirus is causing upheaval around the world. Whole countries are being quarantined. Massive sports events are being cancelled. Schools are being closed. The stock markets are collapsing. But this is a mere tremor compared to what is coming. One day the whole earth will be shaken.

Prayer at Kotel for end of coronavirus continues despite social distancing
The Western Wall Heritage Foundation, a governmental body responsible for the administration of all matters related to the Western Wall (Kotel), has announced that despite strict regulations for social distancing, the religious holy site will remain open for individuals wishing to pray, according to a press release.

Cancer, heart surgeries delayed as coronavirus alters care
Some cancer surgeries are being delayed, many stent procedures for clogged arteries have been pushed back and infertility specialists were asked to postpone helping patients get pregnant. Doctors in virtually every field are scrambling to alter care as the new coronavirus spreads.

Europe already looking to extend virus lockdowns
European nations are already looking to extend lockdowns put in place to try to stem the coronavirus outbreak. A lockdown imposed on 12 March in Italy, where the number of deaths may soon overtake China, will extend beyond the 25 March date set, its PM has said. France said its 15-day lockdown may also be extended, with European leaders reluctant to give any deadline for an end to crisis measures.

Trump puts US on war footing to combat outbreak
Describing himself as a “wartime president”, President Donald Trump has vowed the US will achieve “total victory” over the coronavirus. He spoke as he revived a Korean War-era measure allowing the US to ramp up production of vital medical supplies. Two lawmakers meanwhile became the first members of Congress to test positive for the infection.

World leaders rush in to shore up panic-hit global financial system
World finance leaders tried to lift confidence with emergency measures to pour cash into panic-stricken markets on Thursday, as investors everywhere dumped assets, switching to dollars amid the escalating coronavirus pandemic. Policymakers in the United States, Europe and Asia have slashed interest rates and opened liquidity taps to stabilize economies left almost comatose…

Jerusalem prepares for mass closure against coronavirus, says mayor
Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon announced Wednesday he estimates that the government will announce a mass national closure, in the coming days to fight the spread of coronavirus… Leon said it was not a matter of additional guidelines, but a mere expansion on the guidelines already in place telling residents they should stay indoors, and a ban on opening businesses or mass gatherings.

US deployment in Iraq: Troops to leave smaller bases after attack
The US military in southern Iraq is moving troops to larger bases to better protect them. It comes after a series of rocket attacks hit a base where Americans are stationed. Several people were killed and wounded in the attacks.

Europe braces for intense Arctic cold outbreak after unusually warm winter
A significant Arctic cold outbreak is forecast to spread across much of Europe in the days ahead, ending unusually warm winter season. The cold is expected to last through the end of March, with another blast expected at the beginning of April. Prolonged, dangerous frost conditions are likely in many parts of the continent.

Winter ends with an all-out snowstorm for parts of north-central U.S., up to 51 cm (20 inches) of snow likely
Just as the winter season in the U.S. officially ends and spring begins, an all-out snowstorm is set to deliver a final blow to parts of the north-central region– particularly the central Rockies, northern Plains, and Upper Midwest. The blizzard-like conditions are expected to make travel difficult, if not, impossible, in some areas. Up to 51 cm (20 inches) of snow is also predicted.

Rare, unusually large ozone hole develops over the Arctic-Canadian region
A huge area of sustained ozone depletion has developed over the Arctic-Canadian region — too late for the winter season, too early for spring, and unusually strong for the northern hemisphere.

Strong and shallow M5.7 earthquake hits Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S. — the largest since 1992
A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M5.7 hit Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S. at 13:09 UTC (07:09 LT) on March 18, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 10.6 km (6.6 miles). This is the largest earthquake in Utah since M5.9 near St. George in 1992. EMSC is reporting M5.6 at a depth of 8 km (5 miles).

What to watch for when government tells churches to close – WND
Major sports have suspended their seasons, events of all kinds have been canceled, restaurants are closed and even beaches have been cleared in response to the coronavirus outbreak from China.

Heretic Paula White Is Asking You To ‘Sow A Psalm 91 Seed’ And Send Her $91 Dollars For Her Fake Coronavirus Hospital For The ‘Spiritually Sick’
The most frustrating part of having to report on stories like these, this one today from the Huffington Post, is that I am being forced to agree on this with the Liberal atheists who rightly call out end times heretics like Paula White for the frauds and con artists that they are. False teacher Paula White has a long and checkered history of taking bible teachings and twisting them into getting you to ‘sow a seed’ to her bank account. It must work, because last time I checked she is a multimillionaire living in lavish mansions. Regular readers will recall her horrific ‘Lazarus Seed‘ heresy based on John 11:44 and the raising of Lazarus. Ugh.

COVID-19 In The U.S.: Doomsday Numbers Just Don’t Add Up
Last week, when people in America used to leave their homes (remember that?), I was finishing up a big household project and stopped off at Lowe’s (every project I do requires at least 17 trips to the hardware store).

Another Illegal Immigrant Caravan Leaves Honduras for U.S.
While the world is absorbed in the Coronavirus drama, yet another caravan of illegal immigrants is heading north to the United States from Central America. The group departed recently from the northern Honduran city of San Pedro Sula and is making its way to Guatemala en route to the southern Mexican state of Chiapas. The final destination is the U.S., according to a Mexican news report that reveals the caravan has some 500 Central Americans but is expected to grow along the way. “They left their country due to a lack of work opportunities and prevailing violence,” according to the Spanish-language article published a few days ago.

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
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.

Oprah Winfrey Denies Being Arrested for Sex Trafficking
Billionaire TV star Oprah Winfrey has denied rumors she has been arrested during a sex trafficking raid on her Florida home.

7 million in San Francisco area wake up to empty streets
About 7 million people in the San Francisco Bay Area woke up Tuesday to nearly empty highways, shuttered stores and vacant streets after officials issued an order for residents to stay at home and only leave for “essential” reasons in a desperate attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus.