The Police Are Switching to Soft Targets
The left’s war on law enforcement is driving our nation closer to the point of total civil disorder. For months, they have cheered violent rioters, called for the dismantling of police departments, and demanded the nation’s citizens bend their knees to their agenda. They portray law enforcement members as instigators of violence, and praise hoodlums as defenders of justice.
The Black Lives Matter crowd has become so hateful of the police that routine traffic stops often result in violence. A black guy was being ticketed for parking in front of a fire hydrant, and he began to punch two officers. The police officers didn’t draw their guns because they didn’t want to be the center of another media circus.
The recent FBI alert said, “…pact [was] made by People Nation Gang factions to ‘shoot on sight’ any police officer with a weapon drawn.” These animals are going to the homes of cops to taunt them and their family.
An aggressive mindset on the part of criminals has resulted in cops being shot at in record numbers. Two officers were shot, and the suspected gunman was wounded by police in Chicago. The event was ignored by nearly all major media outlets.
We are now seeing what I predicted six years ago. The police are backing away from the areas that are controlled by BLM and liberal mayors. We’ve come full circle from the days of the KKK. In the early part of the 20th century, the police didn’t go after the KKK because it could get you a conviction. Even in cases where several witnesses identified Klan members that publicly attacked black people, all white juries would refuse to find them guilty.
Since the police need to justify their reasons for still getting a paycheck, they are now going after soft targets. An easy one is people who stand out on social media. In June, Jake Paul was charged with criminal trespass and unlawful assembly after a video showed him at a Scottsdale, Arizona, mall as it was being looted. In a Twitter post, Paul denied that he and anyone else he was with was engaged in looting or vandalism.
Jake Paul has propelled to fame as a brash social media villain. He has earned a fortune by living the life of a hedonist and filming his various stunts. Some of these include lighting fires in his backyard, filling pools with cereal, draining pools and lighting a fires in them, hosting parties on his roof, installing a trampoline on his roof, and making holes in the interior walls of the subject’s property.
When I read that FBI agents had executed a federal search warrant at Paul’s Calabasas, California, home, I could only think about how mixed up we have our priorities. Paul has had so much law enforcement focus on him that he said he is quitting YouTube. This is an announcement he has made in the past.
TikTok stars, Blake Gray and Bryce Hall, seem to have a division of the Los Angeles police focused on their web activity. They have been the subject of several low-level criminal complaints. LA city attorney Mike Feuer held a press conference to announce charges against the pair. Blake Gray and Bryce Hall were charged with misdemeanors after holding two large house parties in defiance of local health orders. The pair could face up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,000, according to Feuer.
I watched aerial footage of 30,000 BLM protesters gathered together, and there was zero health concern, but if Gray and Hall have a house party, it’s time to call out the riot squad. The police have become so timid that they go after two guys who just need to grow up.
The softest target I’m most worried about is the Body of Christ. Since the police have so much free time, they found the need to start criminalizing worshipers. The LA county police went after John MacArthur’s church, saying it didn’t have a right to hold worship services. The city even said that MacArthur was in violation of a court order and was being fined several thousand dollars per worship service. A judge said there was no court order, so the city had lied or did not know what it was talking about. What is clearly happening is that God-hating liberals are using the COVID-19 virus scare to target Christians.
It would be a stunning leap into a totalitarian state if we came to realize that a workable vaccine is decades away. Clearly, we are seeing a precursor to the tribulation hour with this move to outlaw Church services. Since Christians have become so weak in their faith, I fear an increasingly evil world will view them as easy prey.
“Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another” (Matthew 24:9-10, KJV).
The “Sudden Destruction” Prophetic Reference
It seems that every interview I’ve heard lately contains words along the lines of: “We just want peace in our neighborhood/city. We want to be safe when we go from our homes. We want security that is afforded by the police—not chaos and danger to our family, to our children.”
The cry for ”peace and safety” at this present hour might not be the same as we’ve traditionally thought as being centered around potential Mideast war threats or even world peace. The term has nonetheless leaped to the forefront of life in America (I realize I’m perhaps being too America-centric again in my analysis). However, it’s most relevant to examine in prophetic terms considering the many significant signs of these last days that have converged and are proliferating.
Each news cycle brings about worries as expressed in interviews with those who have just experienced threats from Antifa, Black Lives Matter, and other violent anarchist organizations. Some of the threats are terrifying.
A number of such interviews came following the wrap-up of the Republican National Convention August 27. Many people, when they were leaving the White House grounds that evening after President Trump’s acceptance speech as his party’s nominee for president, were threatened by large mobs of rioters. Senator Rand Paul, for instance, told in several interviews how he, his wife, and a couple of friends were all but physically assaulted. As I understand, Paul has even begun legal movement to get the FBI involved in going after those who hurled the nastiest kind of invective—threats to kill—at himself and those with him.
Another Fox News pundit—a former police officer and secret service agent—said that he and his wife were also verbally assaulted and threatened when they left the grounds following the speech. The mob threatened to rape and kill them, according to the officer, as well as to do the same to others who were leaving at the same time.
Yet another man told in a studio interview that he and his neighborhood had to face-down a mob of threatening anarchists who shouted that they were out of the cities and now were intent on destroying “your communities and places you live.”
He called for increased “security” in the suburbs now, because the rioters promise to “disturb the peace” at every opportunity.
There is a call for “peace and safety” unlike at any time that I’ve known in the nation. As I mentioned previously, with the converging signals that this generation is nearing the end of the age, the cry almost certainly has dramatic prophetic overtones. I have no doubt that it is crucial to consider it as a key indicator of just how near we are to the end of this Church Age (Age of Grace).
As the title of this piece implies, we’re considering the time of “sudden destruction” that God’s prophetic Word indicates will mark the dénouement of this dispensation.
Let’s look at two key prophetic Scripture passages that explain my point.
The first is the apostle Paul’s warning in his letter to the Thessalonians:
For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 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. (1 Thessalonians 5:2–3)
Recently, we posted my article, “Thief in the Night,” which, of course, is a reference to the Rapture of the Church. The “day of the Lord” comes with the disappearance of those millions of believers.
The Church Age or Age of Grace ends and the Day of the Lord begins, and prophecy unfolds all the way to the end of this period, which reaches its consummation with the remaking of the heavens and the earth following the millennial reign of Jesus Christ.
The “thief-in-the-night” break-in upon the generation living on earth comes while there is a call for ”peace and safety.” Paul says that when this happens, “sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.”
The apostle distinguishes between “we and us” and “them and they” to specify the saved from the lost (those who will be left behind at the Rapture). The pronoun “them,” in this case, refers to those who don’t know Christ for salvation.
Those left behind will, Paul warns, face “sudden destruction,” and they won’t be able to escape it, as those who were taken in the Rapture.
The second passage we’ll examine validates what Paul has just written, I’m convinced. They are the words of the Lord Jesus Christ, Himself:
Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. (Luke 17: 28–30)
Jesus, like Paul, said that it will be just like the time when Lot was taken out of Sodom to safety. Judgment followed that very day. “Sudden destruction” will occur when He is next revealed, and that will be at the Rapture.
A key indicator prevalent at that time of Christ’s call to His church, according to Paul, will be a great cry among earth dwellers for “peace and safety.”